Skin Food and a Cheeky Chilli!

It’s been an incredibly sad few days. Not just for the cast and crew of Corrie, not just for ITV…but as a nation. We lost our beloved Anne Kirkbride – a national treasure and true legend. This lady made everyone she came in contact with smile. Anne spent no less than 44 years of her life playing the infamous Deirdre Barlow, and no less than 44 years of her life making all who watched her – laugh wholeheartedly and cry along side her. Rest in peace Anne. We will all miss you terribly. http://www.itv.com/coronationstreet/news/anne-kirkbride

At the start of this week we paid a visit to my soon to be brother and sister in-law, Ian and Sarah. Sarah is due to have her baby girl two weeks before Me! So Tom’s parents are going to be very busy grandparents! A boy and a girl within weeks of each other! How lovely is that? I’m sure our ‘little pickle’ will look after their little princess. I smell lots of joint birthday parties ahead! (And cute matching outfits … Obvs!) Sarah looks amazing and it’s so nice to be going through our pregnancies together. As we chatted about breast feeding, backache and sore nipples the boys got all manly and hung out in their little girls nursery… Talking all things football and rugby I’m sure! It’s such a special time for our family- with weeks to go, and Sarah already experiencing frequent Braxton Hicks- everything is getting VERY real!!

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I’ve been spending time with my best friend Peter ahead of becoming a mummy. We’re trying to get as many lunches in as possible! So Peter has been wining and dining me and bump which has been lovely.

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Tom and I went to see ‘The Theory of Everything’ this week too- if you haven’t seen it- GO!!!! It’s a truly a remarkable film, and Stephen Hawking is truly a remarkable man. It made me feel so grateful for my health and my body- never take anything for granted we must be inspired by this man – seize every day!! You can’t help but be affected by this film, brilliantly cast and wonderfully directed. Eddie Redmayne is outstanding as Stephen Hawking – completely convincing with his physicality. If you don’t weep – you have a heart like a swinging brick!

Talking of great performances – how awesome was the Corrie coach crash!? I was utterly on the edge of my seat. Well done to all cast and crew involved – superb! You can see how things were done behind the scenes here:

http://www.itv.com/coronationstreet/extras/behind-the-scenes-minibus-crash-part-two-the-aftermath

There’s lots coming up for ‘Eva the Diva’ over the next few weeks too. I was given such a fab storyline prior to my maternity leave. I can’t wait for you guys to see it!!

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My skin has been a little dry during pregnancy and because its so cold outside – your skin needs extra TLC – ladies AND gents!! I saw my good friend and make-up artist @ArmandBeasley this week. He’s given me some great tips for skincare that are simple and easy to look out for and try at home – without spending a fortune on jazzy labels!

Armand said:

Hyaluronic acid. This wonder ingredient has multiple functions like improving skin hydration, stimulating collagen production, helps maintain skin elasticity as well as a powerful cushion for joints and nerve tissues, along with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Of course to target the latter you need to take the HA orally, so look out for these supplements.

Hyaluronic Acid in a moisturiser can of course only target the upper layers of the skin however as HA is also a powerful humectant ( so attracts moisture) ,so you only need to apply a small amount.

Another great ingredient for the skin is Rosehip seed oil. It helps accelerate cell growth and keeps the skin young looking, it can help boost levels of collagen and can naturally aid cell regeneration. It is also great for helping repair the skin after sun damage and for easing the signs of premature ageing. Plus it’s a great natural treatment for scars.

 

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Vitamin E has loads of benefits including boosting your immune system as well as working wonders for your hair, skin and nails when taken orally. But in a moisturiser or face oil it’s still a good antioxidant, but can be heavy, so again a little goes along way. It’s has great anti inflammatory benefits as well as soothing, calming and hydrating sensitive skin.

If you have a dry skin type look out for cold cream style consistencies as you might find them more comforting whilst an oily skin type needs a lighter oil free lotion.

Whilst on maternity leave I’m trying to practice ‘Hypnobirthing as much as possible, below I chat to expert @CherylYogaBelle in more depth about this unique and wonderfully positive attitude towards childbirth:

I’ve loved learning more about Hypnobirthing from you. In regards to childbirth what would be your top five tips for a mummy to-be like myself?

1. Prepare for childbirth but in the right way. I always say you wouldn’t turn up for a marathon without any training and yet every day women ignore their pregnancy, carry on as normal, try to block it out completely and are then surprised when birth goes down the medical path. Nobody can control what happens during birth, but we can aim to be physically strong to cope with the rigorous demands of childbirth. We also need to be mentally prepared which leads me to…

2. Be realistic but positive. Childbirth is frankly, the most amazing experience you will ever have. Yes it’s hard work, but when was something amazing ever easy? :) I think its important to choose your birth preparation method carefully. I’ve come across methods which promise pain free and even ‘orgasmic’ births and while this can sometimes be the case, this is not for the majority of women. I think this leads to unfair and false expectations for mum and if things don’t go to plan, blame mum for not having ‘the perfect birth.’ Birth ROCKS hypnobirthing, respects each mother and child as individual and doesn’t say that hypnosis will work for everyone. We use techniques to determine what will give you personally comfort during birth, not just a one size fits all approach. Childbirth is amazing, the rush of hormones directly after birth also makes you feel completely ecstatic and the love you feel for your baby is unlike anything you will ever experience. But expect hard work :)

3. Stay away from the people with the horrible stories. Everyone has a scary birth story to tell you, not enough mums have positive experiences are sharing! You need to remember that one persons birth experience is not yours so don’t take that baggage on. If someone tries to tell you a horrible story, stop them and say, if you don’t mind I’d rather not know. Women who have had these experiences find it difficult to believe that there is another way and may even mock you for aiming for a natural or peaceful birth, so best just not to discuss it.

4. Look after yourself and your baby. Stay fit and healthy, if you haven’t been fit before not is not the time to reach peak fitness. Try out a pregnancy yoga class, a qualified teacher will be able to work with your current fitness level. Eat well, don’t pig out on junk ‘because your fat anyway. Everything you eat is feeding your baby so try your best to eat and drink healthily.

5. Be prepared to surrender to pregnancy and birth. People often think of ‘surrendering’ as giving in or being weak, but during pregnancy and birth its the most powerful thing you can do. It takes great strength to be able to trust our body and our baby, and trust that they know what to do. Our bodies were created to grow our babies and to birth them, it makes no sense that birth should be the torturous time portrayed in the media. There is another way and looking towards pregnancy yoga, making use of the breath and birth hypnosis are the best way to prepare for surrender.

I promised you some comfort food this week didn’t I? Its still bloody freezing outside, so get this down your chops! Its healthy, its hearty and packed with good protein, good carbs and fibre! (also freezes really well!)

Auntie Cath’s Cheeky Chilli!

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• 2 medium red onions

• 2 cloves garlic

• 2 red peppers

• olive oil

• 1 heaped teaspoon chilli powder

• 1 heaped teaspoon ground cumin

• sea salt

• freshly ground black pepper

• 400 g tinned red kidney beans

• 2 x 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes

• 500 g quality minced beef

• 1 small bunch fresh coriander

Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic. Halve the red peppers, seeds and roughly chop. Place a large pan on a medium high heat. Add some olive oil and add the onions, garlic and peppers. Add the chilli powder and cumin with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until softened.

Add the drained kidney beans and the tinned tomatoes followed by the minced beef. Fill one of the empty tomato tins with water and pour this into the pan. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and turn the heat down to a simmer with a lid slightly askew for about an hour, stirring every now and again to stop it catching. Add the chopped, fresh coriander last minuet then serve with sweet potato wedges! I like to cook my wedges in a little bit of coconut oil with some fresh garlic cloves and sun dried tomatoes. They take approx 30 mins! Enjoy!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream Big

Love Auntie Cath and Big Bump!!

One Hell of a Year , kale chips and Embracing my ‘downward dog’

What a romantic start to my week :-) Tom and I celebrated a year since our very first date :-) We went to Rosso Rrestaurant, which is where we’d had our first date a year ago.

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We certainly didn’t think that a year later we’d be getting ready to welcome our first child! What an incredible year it has been. I love you so much Tom – thank you for the most wonderful year of my life!

Happy Anniversary! Celebrations continued over the weekend with a rock n roll shopping trip for baby things :-) How daunting is that by the way??? There’s soon much stuff on offer, it’s really difficult to know what you do/don’t need.

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I think its quite easy to become paranoid and buy all the gadgets available. Crib CCTV! My parents couldn’t believe it when we told them! I’ve been texting friends with  children for tips and lists of essentials. I can’t believe some of the gear on offer these days – prams that look like space ships and cost well over a grand!??

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I’ve been chatting with friend and yoga/Hypnobirthing expert Cheryl MacDonald this week. Her advice during my pregnancy has been so invaluable to me. I wanted to share this wonderful lady with you lovely people! Yoga is something I know little about …but know I should do more of it!! We practiced some yoga at drama school and I loved it – so its something that I’d like to do more of this year. Its WONDERFUL during pregnancy – Cheryl explains why….

Why is Yoga beneficial during pregnancy?

As much as mum may have wanted to become pregnant, it can still create a number of conflicting emotions when those two little lines appear on the pregnancy test :) Practising yoga during pregnancy can help mum work through these emotions, stay flexible, strong and healthy and become more positive about birth and parenting.

Yogic breathing (pranayama) encourages you to deeply relax and to take control of your body and emotions during pregnancy and also during the birth. The fact is that yoga actually makes you happier. The ‘love hormone’ Oxytocin helps you to relax and reduces blood pressure and cortisol levels. Yoga is now well recognised as one of the ways to encourage the body to release this amazing hormone and built in anti-stress mechanism.

When yoga is practised, oxytocin is released.  Deep breathing warms the body, and warmth is one of the key elements that allow us to release Oxytocin. By taking the body through the practice of yoga asana (postures) we warm the muscles and joints, make the physical body more comfortable and relaxed. By then continuing the practice with savasana (deep relaxation) and meditation, we encourage the production of oxytocin even further.

Some of oxytocin’s main functions are preparing the female body for childbirth, stimulating milk production and ‘let down’ so that baby can nurse, and encouraging the bond between mum and her newborn baby.

Another important aspect of joining a YogaBellies for Pregnancy class, is the social aspect. Our classes are not simply, come in, pull shape yoga shapes safe for pregnancy and leave: Our classes focus very much on building a community of women supporting women during this extra special time. You get to meet other women going through the same things at the same time and that support is invaluable. It’s lovely when we see mums coming back postnatally with their new babies with their friends they met in prenatal class. Building a support network and new ‘mummy friends’ can one of the most important deterrents against post natal depression also.

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Is it OK to start Yoga during pregnancy if one hasn’t tried it before?

Absolutely! 86% of the women who attend YogaBellies classes have never set foot in a yoga class ever before! The great thing about pregnancy yoga is that it is, by it’s very nature gentle and adaptable to different stage of pregnancy and mum’s physical ability.

I tend not to teach per trimester, as I believe that there is no set ‘cooking time’ for any baby or pregnancy: every mother and baby are unique and every mum will feel different at each stage of the pregnancy. If mum can take the posture and breath a little further then we encourage her to do so, but the main rule in our classes is to listen to your body and your baby and be guided by how you personally feel.

I recommend that pregnant women always work with a specially qualified perinatal yoga teacher, as standard yoga teaching barely skims the surface of what you need to know when working with pregnant women. There are so many pregnancy related conditions and contraindications and modifications that you need to sure that you are your baby are working with a pregnancy expert and are safe.

For complete newbies, I think 12-14 weeks gestation is a good time to start a prenatal yoga class. We say this as there is a higher risk of miscarriage in the first trimester, but also, its important that mums spend that trimester relaxing, tuning into what’s happening in their body, meditating, deep breathing and just allowing baby to grow within them. Many women feel very sick at this point in the pregnancy and my advice would be to surrender to what your body needs: rest, comfort, a hot water bottle and a good book :)

I have treated myself to a ‘new do’ this week! My lovely friend @calumtierney @terencepaul worked his hair magic to make me feel like a ‘yummy mummy’. I think its so easy during pregnancy to feel a bit ‘fed up’ sometimes.

You can get very tired, you don’t have the energy to pamper yourself as much (and that’s coming from a girl who pre-pregnancy was practically a ‘drag queen’) You start to miss your old energetic self. As baby gets heavier so do you and that can leave you feeling frumpy. Thus I declare it UBER important for all mums-to be to be treated like princesses!! I certainly felt a million dollars with my new hair :-) I’ve gone darker – more like my natural colour. I’ll go blonde again for ‘Eva The Diva’ before I head back to Weatherfield, but its nice to have a change.

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I also had a session with my friend Tania @EFTandhealing . I’ve found reiki and EFT really useful and its PROVEN to work!! It absolutely relaxes you – its safe, its mindful and its such a warming experience – perfect during pregnancy. If you haven’t tried it please do! I felt as though I was floating after my reiki session, and its easy to practice your Hypnobirthing breathing during too!

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By now you’re probably fully aware that I am indeed slightly obsessed with Kale. The benefits of this leafy green are boundless – I try to have at least one large portion a day. I love this recipe by Dale Pinnock – perfect for throwing in some Tupperware and carrying around as ‘food on the go!’

Asian Spiced Kale Chips

200g Raw Curly Kale

olive oil for drizzling

1 Clove of Garlic finely chopped

1 Small red chilli finely chopped

1 teaspoon of runny honey

2 teaspoons of soy sauce

1 table spoon of natural crunchy peanut butter

1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

Sea Salt

Preheat the oven to 180/350/Gas mark 4. Remove the kale stalks and put the leaves in a bowl. Drizzle over with a little olive oil and season with salt. Massage the leaves so they soften and wilt. 

Mix the rest of the ingredients with 2 teaspoons of water to make a rich sauce. Coat the Kale leaves with the sauce.

Place on a baking tray and bake for 15-20 mins until crispy and crunchy. Remove and let cool. Store in an airtight container!

SIMPLES!

I intend to slowly get back to the gym this weekend – doing very light exercise after being a little run down over the festive period. I’m feeling much better so I’ll be starting with simple back squats, squats and lunges – using mainly body weight. As much as I’m chopping at the bit to ‘smash’ the gym – Its SO important to be careful – especially as my due date nears. I need to be fighting fit – as it sounds to me like labour is the ultimate workout! I have my play list ready – yes – ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ from ‘Rocky’ is on there!! 

I loved my twitter chat with @HELLOMAG this week – thank you for your questions guys. If you missed it, you can read some of my answers here:

http://www.hellomagazine.com/healthandbeauty/mother-and-baby/2015011522867/catherine-tyldesley-talks-baby-names/

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Be happy, be healthy and DREAM BIG!!

LOVE

Auntie Cath and Bumpus Maximus 

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The new year ‘fads’, healthy eating and giant sets!

Starting the new year with The RIGHT mindset is great. Around this time of year I start to see lots of people tweeting and Facebooking things like “just joined XXX slimming club. New year- new me”

“Just going to juice till summer #beachbody”

“Doing this new diet- can’t wait to see results”

“Starting the ‘Fasting Diet’ Next week!”

Let me stop you right there!! for example, some ‘slimming clubs’ operate on a ‘counting calories’ basis. Now I’m not saying calorie intake shouldn’t be taken into consideration when trying to manage weight loss- HOWEVER it is NOT the most important factor! For example a large avocado can contain over 300 cals but it is a fantastic source of GOOD fats!

Having a food like avocados in your diet could help you naturally eat fewer calories and have an easier time sticking to a healthy diet because you’ll feel fuller for longer .

Avocados are also high in fibre, and very low in carbs, two attributes that should also help promote weight loss, at least in the context of a healthy, real food based diet.

Here’s my point- some ‘Diets’ are fads.

Some can be about a quick fix and are NOT sustainable!! Yes you may loose a few pounds by juicing for weeks- Of course you will – guess what – You’ll could lose muscle mass due to lack of protein- the more muscle mass you have the easier you burn fat so surely that’s just senseless? Correct. Not to mention depletion in energy! You’ll feel weak, areas of muscle will ironically start to look ‘flabby’ , you won’t recover as quickly (from training, injury or illness) in short – your body goes into conservation mode. You may even lose hair !

If you’re serious about looking awesome and feeling awesome- then it has to be a lifestyle change.

It’s simply about a rounded healthy diet and exercise. You cut out processed food and eat clean foods from the land in a balanced manner, with a high protein intake and plenty of green vegetables – you WILL lose weight. You will lose weight healthily and you will keep it off.

This week my papa-bear – Graham made an AWESOME batch of soup. Its comforting, packed with nutrients to help fight colds and flu and its SO easy to make. Possibly my favourite soup now. I’ve just made an extra batch to freeze for when baby arrives (I have a feeling I’ll be unto my eyes in nappies with no time to cook!)

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Graham’s Winter Red Soup!

• 5 large red peppers, de-seeded and chopped

• olive oil

• 3 to 4 red onions, chopped

• 5-6 cloves garlic, chopped (this sounds like a lot, but will give your immune system a real boost. Just don’t go on a date straight afterwards!)

• 3 to 4 red chillies, de-seeded and chopped

• 8 to 10 medium carrots, diced

• (1 1/2 pt) vegetable stock

• salt and black pepper, to taste

• Toss peppers with some olive oil and place on a baking tray. Roast peppers in the oven at 200 C for 20-25 minutes, or until soft and browning. Meanwhile, warm a little olive oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add onions and garlic and soften for a few minutes. Add chillies and carrots and continue to cook for a few more minutes. Remove the soft red peppers from the oven and add to the saucepan- stir well. Season with salt and pepper, then add vegetable stock. Bring mixture to the boil and then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until veg is soft. Blend mixture with a hand blender until smooth. SIMPLES :-)

Much needed this week as I have been under the weather. I have a strong immune system and purposefully eat foods that help to strengthen that so it just goes to show how susceptible you are when pregnant. You’re immune system is so much weaker that a common cold can quickly turn into flu, a chesty cough can quickly turn nasty So it really is SO important to fill up on theses much needed nutrients!! Pregnant or not – if any of the following apply to you then you could be weakening your immune system:

*Not getting enough sleep

*Not exercising

*Poor diet

*High stress levels

*Feeling isolated/not laughing enough! (laughter helps lower stress levels – when you’re around people that make you happy, stress levels drop and endorphins are raised!)

• So keep an eye on things – especially during winter! Its important to keep on top of your D3 Levels too – I’ll be chatting more about that next week!

I’ve indulged in some more reflexology this week with my therapist Beverley @potionshopUK Its so wonderfully good for you and is perfectly safe during pregnancy. not only is it healing, but its incredibly relaxing. I practise meditation during sessions – give it a go!

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Now – As much as it’s killing me – Ive had ANOTHER week off training! Thats TWO WEEKS now! Soooo frustrating!! But needs must – its SO important I make a full recovery before returning to exercise, however my better half Tom has been training and working with clients to get rid of that Christmas weight so many people gain (we had a great time doing it though right? ;-). Incredibly envious, he’s been chatting to me about the benefits of ‘Giant Sets’…

The Beauty of Giant Sets!
With health and fitness expert @TP_PTFitness

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Giant sets – pretty awesome if you are looking to gain lean mass and lose body fat . Incorporating giant sets to your workout will achieve this for you,along with cardiovascular benefits. Giant sets work by picking four exercises for a specific muscle group. Completing all four exercises back to back with around 60/90 second recovery period. For example:

Chest

Flat Bench X 10

Incline flys X 10

Incline press X 10

Press ups X10

Rest & repeat 3/4 times

Hamstrings

Stiff leg deadlift (straight legs) X10

Hamstring curl X 10

Romanian deadlift X 10

Back extension X 10

Rest & repeat 3/4 times

Giant sets can work for anyone in the gym, whether your looking to bulk or strip body fat. The routine will just need adjusting in accordance to your end goal.

Tweak your work out and begin to strip that stubborn body fat and get the results you want.

God I can’t wait till I can do all this again!!! Chomping at the bit! Give it a try guys. Remember to set yourself fitness goals on a regular basis!!

Hopefully I’ll be back at the gym next week… I’ll also be doing a twitter chat with @hellomag on Thursday at 12 so please tweet me all your health and fitness questions, and i will be chatting with Yoga expert Chery MacDonald @CherylYogabelle about yoga benefits during pregnancy! Stay tuned health bunnies!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream BIG!

Love Auntie Cath xxx

New Year’s Eve, hypnobirthing and top training tips

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hope you all had a gorgeous time celebrating 2014 and looking forward to 2015?

First up – mahooosive congratulations to my beautiful and uber talented friend Paula Lane (aka Corrie’s Kylie) who has started the New Year with a bang by giving birth to her son – Congratulations Paula and Tom, you’re going to be such wonderful parents. I can’t wait to meet the little fella!


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My New Year’s Eve did not go to plan :-( I was supposed to be celebrating at Antony Cotton’s house but I am full of the worst cough and cold :-( I was tucked up in bed by 10pm – utterly gutted. I LOVE NYE celebrations.  There isn’t much you can take to ease the discomfort of flu like symptoms either when you’re pregnant, so I’ve just been having lots of ginger and garlic, Hot water with Manuka Honey (at least +15) and lemon and plenty of magnesium baths to help me sleep. I also recommend drinking Coconut water – it rehydrates you ten times quicker than water due to the amount of electrolytes it contains. To be honest pregnant or not – most cough syrups are just that – sugar. They can’t ‘fix’ you so you’re probably best with natural remedies in the first place. Dexter hasn’t left my side whilst I’ve been poorly (Dexter is my foster son Chihuahua!) He’s very protective of bump :-) Although I’ve struggled to perform anything that puts pressure on my respiratory system with this bloody cough – we’ve had some lovely winter walks (I’m a terrible patient, if I don’t get even a little bit of fresh air I go nuts!)

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Before the nasty cold set in we enjoyed a gorgeous meal with my parents at The Peacock Rooms in Rochdale. It was my first visit there – we LOVED it! We spent the evening talking about how different things will be in 2015! This little baby is my mum and dad’s first grandchild – they’re so very excited. Both our families get on so well and my parents adore Tom so we’ve all become very close which is lovely. Tom can’t wait to take his little boy to watch Wigan Warriors – my dad can’t wait to introduce his Grandson to a ‘Wigan Barm’ (This is a pie on a barmcake…or a ‘roll’ to you southerners) This will NOT happen on my watch!!! Bloody hell dad!! #heartattackbarm

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As some of you know I have been researching ‘Hypnobirthing’. It amazes me that when I tune into documentaries surrounding childbirth how negative people can be. As I sit here watching a certain famous documentary about midwives and childbirth, one of the midwives carelessly spits the following words:

 “Childbirth is horrific. It is the worst pain you will ever experience. You won’t want to do it again. But you will. We have plenty of drugs to get you through, That is why were here”

WHAT?!! Right Mrs – we know for a FACT the power of the human mind leads your body to react.  If your mind is surrounded by negative words, negative influence and intervention…that’s not going to be very helpful for you or baby is it? You and baby are a team during the birthing process, how much better would it be if mum is calm and rested in the weeks leading up to the birth? Surrounded by mediation, positive thoughts and positive people? It has a HUGE impact on mum’s mindset!! I am a self confessed control freak with certain aspects of my life. Especially when it comes to health – so the thought of not being in control of this situation freaks me out – that I will fully admit .

 I appreciate that often medical intervention is needed and can be a wonderful thing – if its needed – its needed. However the more ‘intervention’ mum has – generally the longer the labour will take. So its always best to endeavour to birth as naturally as possible. I seriously urge expectant mums to look into Hypnobirthing. Before I started my research my thoughts were thus – “If I have a baby – it is coming out of the ‘sun roof’ – drug me up and give me a c-section”

…But since reading up on the sheer power of hypnobirthing I have changed my mindset.. Did you know that your endorphins (that your body produces naturally) are 50 TIMES more powerful than an epidural??? Not that there is anything wrong with an epidural or a c-section IF it is needed. I have no idea how I will react during labour. Medical intervention can be lifesaving and wonderful – and you can still have a positive birth experience  regardless. Without sounding like a ‘hippy’…in fact sod it, I don’t care if I sound like a hippy – I’ve done my research – NATURE KNOWS BEST! We’ve been doing this for millions of years – our bodies are designed to do this – YOU CAN DO THIS!!! Good luck to all you expectant mums. Do not dread your labour. Be excited. Each surge that you feel is one step closer to meeting your little son/daughter. How on earth can that possibly be viewed as a negative??

I strongly recommend the following reading material:

http://birthrocksacademy.com/buy-birth-rocks-book/

http://www.thehypnobirthingcentre.co.uk/hypnobirthing-book/hypnobirthing-book.html

Now then! Its January – I LOVE January! New start – NEW goals!! I’m a huge fan of goal setting! I have discovered more than ever this year how important it is to eat and train well. It is simply priceless. Why not make 2015 the year you feel AMAZING? The difference you will feel from eating a clean diet and staying active is HUGE. I have lots of exciting health and fitness ventures coming up this year, after our son arrives I’ll be posting lots of exciting things for you to read about, but its all top secret for now :-)

Health and Fitness expert @TP_PTfitness has had some amazing results with his clients all year round and has given you some top tips to get you off to the right start! Give him a follow to keep updated!

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Tom’s Top January Tips:

1.) Have at least one Personal Training session

Personal training is often associated with cost. Personal training doesn’t have to be expensive. The reason why this is No.1 is that too many people join a gym blind. A one hour session will give you guidance and knowledge to help you achieve your goal. One every 6/8 weeks minimum would help you stay on track. Explain to your trainer what your goal is and you would like a program to follow for the next 6/8 weeks.

2.)1 hour work out. Maximum

If you find yourself doing 3 classes back to back or you’re still playing on the cross trainer for over an hour – alarm bells are ringing. If your working out properly you should be in and out of the gym within the hour. Again backing up my previous point about PT’s. Know what your doing, do it efficiently and getting results. 3 times a week as a minimum. That’s just 3 hours out of 168hour week!

3.) Organisation. Don’t underestimate Tupperware

When on a health kick I find this is the top of the list. Don’t get caught out hungry, this is when most of my clients slip up. Be prepared. As cliche as it sounds the saying is very true. “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. Tupperware will be your best friend, whether it be full of nuts, chicken or some carrots sticks to keep you ticking over. Do the big shop on a Sunday, start the week well and end the week with results.

4. Goal setting

Goal setting is key to achieving what you want out of the gym. No matter how big or small. Set two. One long term and one short term. Whether it would be to lose a dress size for a party and a holiday. 3/4 weeks on your way to your goal, assess whether your on track. If not, why not? What could you change? Constantly assessing will help you achieve your goal.

5.  Do the basics

Don’t over complicate gym life. Be patient, and enjoy. Too many people try to over complicate gym life, tick the basic boxes and you will be successful. Train well, eat clean and keep it up. DON’T quit, results take time and they’re worth the wait. Enjoying gym life is half the battle, I challenge anyone not to enjoy getting results.

Wishing You All a truly WONDERFUL New Year with Many a blessing!!!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream BIG!

Love Auntie Cath xxx

Theatre, Food and Birthing Pools!

I’m now officially on Maternity leave!!! I can’t believe it. That final week in work was a toughie. There were a lot of emotional scenes and extremely long days….By Friday my energy levels were completely depleted so my maternity leave couldn’t have come at a better time.

As I stepped off set after filming my final scenes, Ange our lovely receptionist pulled me to one side and told me something special had arrived for me.

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As I looked across reception I could see the biggest, most beautiful bunch of flowers I’ve ever seen. Intrigued I headed over and opened the card… “I am so proud of you. Now please come home and be a mummy” . They were from my Tom. I was an emotional wreck for a good hour. Completely bursting into tears in the middle of ITV!

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This is a huge new era for me and I am SO excited about being a mummy!! Since graduating drama school, I have been so very lucky, I have worked continuously in film and television pre-Corrie, so it feels pretty strange that I won’t go back to the world I know so well till early summer. But I couldn’t be anymore excited about my new role as ‘mummy Cath’!

We’re über prepared and the nursery is looking great, its all about finishing touches now :-)

We kicked off maternity leave with a very chilled weekend followed by some much needed catch ups with friends!

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Between a crazy schedule and tiredness my social life has been pretty limp these past few weeks. I met up with my publicist Laura for a gorgeous catch up at our favourite restaurant Australasia, and to celebrate her birthday. Laura is a yummy mummy so she’s been amazing with tips and advice throughout my pregnancy too – THANK YOU lovely!!

Then we had a wonderful trip to one of my favourite theatres – Manchester’s ‘Royal Exchange’ to enjoy one of my favourite musicals ‘Little Shop of Horror’s’ – this production is outstanding! They have extended the run due to selling out initially, after such fantastic reviews – if you get chance -GO!

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Director Derek Bond has assembled a fantastic cast . Gunnar Cauthery is brilliant as Seymour, and Kelly Price captures Audrey (one of my dream roles) and her ‘chain link fence’ dreaming’s perfectly!

Puppetry designer Toby Olie has provided a huge, monstrous ‘Audrey 2′ ( a huge venus fly trap) with this plant – you forget about the puppetry – much like ‘War Horse’ – just as you believe that horse IS a horse…this man eating plant is as real as you or I for those captivating 2 hours. 

Our Little Shop of Horrors will be a gory, scary, glitter and sequins treat for all the family. The Royal Exchange’s in the round theatre will be sure to provide an immersive toe-tapping musical spectacular this Christmas.” Derek Bond, Director

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After the theatre I enjoyed another fab meal at Jennie McAlpine’s Restaraunt ‘Annie’s’ , were I met my good pal David – for another much needed catch up! HUGE congratulations to Jennie (our Fiz) and Chris who have finally welcomed their little boy Albert into the world!!! So happy for you both and your little man is beautiful xxxxx

Now – FOOD and Christmas!!! Here’s where I stand …Its Christmas – ENJOY IT!!!

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Yes I live a healthy lifestyle and follow a Paleo diet. Christmas for me is the one time of year I refuse to give two hoots! I work hard all year round to maintain a healthy body a diet so having a few days off over the festive season is very welcome…HOWEVER… I don’t know about you lot, but doing this simply proves my point EVEN more – how rubbish do you feel after eating junk for a few days?

YES you enjoy it at the time, but I see it as a gentle reminder as to why I choose not to eat these foods on a regular basis. It baffles me how some people do it so often – how do they function?? I was in a sugar/carb coma for most of Christmas day! (Although I do have to say, Tom did all the cooking and it was OUTSTANDING!) Breakfast was bacon butties on Sourdough bread followed later by a full on Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and then Christmas pud! (Not to mention the jelly beans,choccies and crisps in between!) I think Bump thought mummy had lost her mind!

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We had such a gorgeous day with lots of family. Next year will be VERY different with the arrival of our little one, so Tom and I are taking as much time together as possible before our two becomes a three!!

I’ve managed two swimming sessions and a gym workout this week. I have to say – the gym workouts are really becoming difficult now. I suspect I will end up just swimming for the last few weeks of my pregnancy. I’m pleased Ive managed to keep up with weight training for as long as I have to be honest. Feeling weightless in the water is priceless! My friend had a water birth recently , it was her second child and she swears by it! Its worth looking into if your expecting guys – there are lots of benefits to having your baby in a birthing pool:

*The relaxing effect of water, with its support and warmth, can help you through your labour. 

*Being relaxed helps you to breathe calmly. It means you’re less likely to take short, shallow breaths, which can make the pain of contractions worse.

*Labouring in water may help your body to release less of the stress hormone adrenaline and more of the labour hormone oxytocin. This stimulates your labour contractions to be strong and regular.

*Your body may also release more endorphins. These are the hormones that help you cope with contractions. A birth pool provides the perfect private nest for you to labour in.

*The water makes you feel lighter. It’s easy for you to move about, so you can make yourself comfortable.

*Being in warm water can make it easier for you to cope with the pain of contractions . It’s just the same as having a bath to soothe a tummy ache or back ache.

*Hospital guidelines state that you should not be left alone while you are in a birth pool. This means that either your midwife or your birth partner should be with you at all times.

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Big thank you for all your kind comments on ‘What Would Kirk Do’ ITV’s interactive online series. You can still watch Eva making Kirk squirm by following this link:

http://www.itv.com/coronationstreet/what-would-kirk-do/episode-two-the-list

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas! You all set for NYE Celebrations too? Stay safe!

Stay happy, Stay Healthy and DREAM BIG!

Love and Christmas Kisses

Auntie Cath 

xxx

 

My last week in Weatherfield and keeping a ‘Peachy Bum’

Well! My last week in Weatherfield before I become a momma!!! Eeeeek!! It’s gone so fast. It’s been quite emotional filming my last scenes here for a while. I am going to miss Eva over these next few months, and I am going to miss my Corrie family massively.

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Big thank-you to all my fellow cast mates for looking after me. Especially my Telly Fella Ryan Thomas (aka Jason Grimshaw) who for the past few months has been on-tap with daddy-tips, back rubs, pickles and bear hugs. Love you Ry – Thank you for putting up with me!! I adore working on Coronation Street as you know, and I’m a workaholic so I never thought I’d say these words- but – I CAN NOT WAIT for a break!! I’ve never been so busy!

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Baby has been so very patient, waiting for me to rest – and let me tell you – I fully intend to do so!! The next few weeks before this little dude arrives will consist of nice walks, swimming, reading and PLENTY of pampering!!!

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Also got a few box sets to watch- the lovely Sue Cleaver has recommended ‘American Horror Story’ anyone seen that?

Big congrats to the uber talented Katherine Kelly (you’ll all remember her as the infamous Becky Granger right?) well Kate hasn’t stopped since she departed Weatherfield. From Lady Mae in Mr Selfridge to Claire Reid in Red Productions ‘The Guilty’ Kate has impressed non stop since graduating from RADA.

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Kate is currently starring in Cy Colemans ‘City of Angels’ at the Donmar theatre. Unsurprisingly the reviews have been fantastic and I’m really hoping I get chance to go and see the show in January.

Well done to all cast and crew and break legs for the continuation of the run!!

The first instalment of ‘What Would Kirk Do? ‘ was released last week. It’s been a great success. You can catch my instalment this week – log onto ITV.com to watch and participate!!

We also have a snazzy new Bistro after Nick decides on a refurb! Check it out! Posh or what!?

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This week I spoke to top Celebrity chef Andrew Nutter @nutsfood , owner of one of my favorite restaurants ‘Nutters’ http://www.nuttersrestaurant.co.uk/

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As Christmas Day approaches- we all want our Christmas lunch to kick ass right? Well here’s some top tips from Andrew (obvs number 5 is my fave ;-)

1 – Pre preparation is the key – get as much as you can done the night before.

2 – Get the family involved – there’s never a more prouder moment than saying – ” I did that ” or “I helped with that”cath6

3 – Don’t over cook your sprouts – simmer gently until al dente / drain / then toss in hot garlic butter with a shower of frazzled bacon.

4 – Less is more with Xmas pudding or why not try something different and do a sticky toffee pudding – but in the sauce try adding a generous spoonful of mince meat – all the flavours of Christmas without the sometimes heaviness of the traditional pud.

5 – Dessert served – feet up / Xmas day Corrie on and get someone ekes to do the washing up !!!!

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Here’s one of my favourite exercises. We did a lot of reps at the start of the week and I’m STILL aching (I secretly love that ache though :-) It’s my body’s way of saying ‘Thank you’ !! Below Tom ( TP_PTfitness) explains the Romanian Single Leg Squat- I usually do this with weights but as my pregnancy has entered the third trimester – body weight is MORE than enough!! It’s all about adapting as you grow! But this is a great exercise during pregnancy – giving you great shape around your quads and keeping that ass peachy!!

ROMANIAN SINGLE LEG SQUAT

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• Placing one foot on a bench behind you deactivates your back leg and transfers the emphasis to the front leg, giving you a unilateral workout.

• Stand looking forward with torso upright, core braced and hips square to your body, resting your back foot on bench. Your leading leg should be half a metre or so in front of bench.

• Lower until your front thigh is almost horizontal, keeping your knee in line with your foot. Don’t let your front knee travel beyond your toes.

• Return to starting position, standing tall engaging core and then repeat.

MUSCLES USED

• Primary muscle used is Quadriceps

• Secondary, glutes and hamstrings

Keep squatting ladies!!! Your tummy might take a while to regain definition after the baby arrives but your rear can be an absolute peach throughout!

Mery Xmas everyone and DREAM BIG!

Love Aunty Cath xxx

Posh cars, posh jam and Cuddles with Auntie Brooke

I have been lucky enough to be involved in a Coronation Street online mini-series! Its called What Would Kirk Do? 

What Would Kirk Do? is Coronation Street‘s first interactive online mini-series.Fan favourite Kirk our lovely Andy Whyment (@Andywhyment81) is finally getting married, but before he does there are certain issues he has to overcome and he needs your help! For the first time ever, Coronation Street fans can take control of Kirk’s destiny and choose from one of three endings to each comedy situation.

 

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Guest starring some of Corrie’s most fabulous faces, including Maria, Craig, Chesney, Sinead, Beth, my good self (and a well hidden bump) and the man himself Kirk of course! Its been so much fun to work on – it Launches 12th Dec so log onto ITV.COM for more info – we hope you enjoy it :-)

My Tom had a mahoooosive treat this week! My good friend’s David Castle and Paul Cavanagh at St. James’s Place have been working with Aston Martin. So Tom managed to get his paws on a couple of nice cars for a while :-) Needless to say – he now thinks he’s James Bond! He’d better get his finger out because I’ve fallen in love with these cars! I’m really low maintenance…honest ;-)

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Meanwhile I have been chatting to health and fitness expert Glenn Parker. Glenn was fortunate enough to work with UP Fitness to do a huge body transformation! He’s now constantly inspiring other people determined to change their lifestyles and get fit.

The challenge was set to Glenn in 2010 – it was a groundbbreaking project working with the big man himself -Nick Mitchell founder and owner of UPfitness Ltd. The media went crazy and Glenn ended up being in Men’s Fitness In the UK, Germany and as far as Australia.

He was 25.4 % Body-fat while weighing 98.4kg and was not confident. He was however uber determined!! He had 15 weeks to get from fat to lean and end up on the front cover of a major fitness magazine! Talk about pressure!

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The diet was a complete change. Where pizzas and burgers were mainstream he now had to go carb free. Eating just lean meats, fish and plenty of green vegetables!

Glenn said: “Training was rigorous. I had to train body-parts every morning and every afternoon. Using different rep ranges to obtain a different training stimulus. While the addition of abs was every other training session. At the end of this event I finished at 5.4% BF weighing in at 86.4kg I had lost 12kg and 21% BF.

“This is not an everyday occurrence. I had worked hard and have that personality that will succeed in a challenge. But it just shows what amazing feats can be achieved. To whatever level. Anybody can achieve their own final fitness goals.”

Sooo guess what?? I’ve picked Glenn’s hench brains and he’s given you lot his top five fitness tips! I think stories like Glenn’s are SO inspiring. If he can do it- so can you!

Glenn’s top 5 Health and Fitness for a Body Transformation:

1. Set yourself some goals and have a plan. I needed a plan and a goal to succeed. So do you! This will enable you to give your best and stay consistent. Make your goals realistic. If they are to high this can be very un-motivational and you’ll struggle to perform. Get the help of a professional Personal Trainer if needs be.

2. Find a source of Motivation. Keeping in shape requires discipline. So find ways to keep you on track. These are various motivational ways you can use to keep you towards achieving your goal.

-take photos of yourself through your journey

-get a training partner or a group class for encouragement/competition

-measure the circumference of your body-parts with a tape measure

-measure your results. Are you losing weight? Are you losing BF%?

-imagine you’re success at the end of the road. Always keep that vision in mind.

3. The Correct Nutrition Quality and Portion Sizes. Eat the correct nutritional quality of foods and portion size. Overeating with bad food choices will cause laziness and stop progression. Under eating is just as negative – you will just grab anything and compromise the quality of food. Make sure you get a healthy balanced macro nutrient choice rather than eating fast and processed foods.

4. Sleep and Recovery. This is an important part of your fitness journey . It’s not just Diet and Exercise that helps create the body you want. It’s also sleep and resting which will allow your body to recover.

5. Water. Hydration is key to your body functioning well. It also essential for your exercise and recovery when training. Drinking water will also give you that full feeling. It helps you keep control when your hungry.

These are small tips I personally used when I performed my own transformation.

Glenn Parker, Senior Trainer – UP Fitness, @GPtransformer

So I only have two weeks left before I go on maternity leave!!! Eeek! I’m going to miss everyone so much!! I think bump will too. Especially my ‘roomie’ Brooke Vincent – Brooke and Bump love a cuddle in the green room. He’s been kicking her lots this week!

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My pal Katie Healey sent me lovely gift for baby this week – a Harmony ball. It’s a silver jewel worn as a pendant on the belly of the pregnant woman. The magic little sound of the chime ball will rock and calm your baby throughout and after your pregnancy. How cool is that?? Thank you Katie :-) I’m not sure its working on my boy yet – but it sent Brooke to sleep!

I’m going to leave you with another gorgeous festive recipe from @nakeddeli. It’s gorgeous on toasted rye bread or sourdough.

Spiced Prune & Smoked bacon Jam

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Ingredients:

1 Red onion, sliced
6 Rashers organic smoked bacon finely chopped
300gram Prunes, roughly chopped
3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp all spice
1 tsp fresh nutmeg
1 tbsp tomato puree

Method:

Sautee onions with bacon until golden (in a wide heavy bodied pan)
Add the prunes and puree cook on medium heat for 5 mins, add maple, balsamic & all spice and reduce until about half left.
Now add enough water to cover and simmer stirring often, when water is nearly evaporated top up again and repeat 4-5 times until thickened
Season to taste and finish with nutmeg……….. Stick in a jar and put to one side

You can thank me later ;-)

Stay happy, stay healthy, stay festive and Dream BIG!

Love

Auntie Cath!

A romantic retreat for two and a delicious clean Christmas recipe – just for you!

Haven’t I been the lucky bunny this week?!

I haven’t had a day off work in weeks so when we saw a couple of free days in my busy schedule , my lovely Tom decided we should take advantage. Tom took me to Oulton Hall just outside Leeds (http://www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/oulton-hall/)cath2-a

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A huge driveway lead us into a rather grand entrance – a beautiful 18th century former family mansion. Incredible gardens, a huge golf course (totally Tom’s bag!), and a state of the art spa (utterly my bag :) )

This little break was about locking ourselves up in a little bubble of luxurious bliss. There was a fab private room within the spa with our very own hot tub and herbal steam room, along with two treatment beds where our therapists spoiled us rotten with massage and facials. We ate a lovely paleo lunch in the room too, completely closed off to the rest of the world. My idea of heaven!

 

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On our first night there we dined at the Calverley Grill – the food was to die for. On our second day, after a sneaky gym session (obvs) and our treatments, we were that zoned out – room service was the only way forward. We realised that we’d never actually had a day like this – you know – when you stay in one spot all day? Be pampered and indulge in christmas films and lovely food? Let me tell you – we’ll be making time to do it again – SOON!

 

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Lads turn away now! I’d like to talk about your pelvic floor please ladies!!

Your pelvic floor is a broad sling of muscles, ligaments and sheet-like tissues that stretch from your pubic bone at the front of your body, to the base of your spine at the back.
But if it bears weight for a long time (as it does during pregnancy) the muscles or tissues can become overstretched and weak. Having a weak pelvic floor can lead to incontinence as it supports your muscles surrounding your bladder and bowel. If you do your pelvic floor exercises however, it can help to protect you from leaking wee while you’re pregnant and after your baby is born (nobody wants that now, do they!?), and it will also help to prevent a prolapse.

Due to my training, much of the time I have been engaging my pelvic floor muscles without even realising it. But here is a great exercise to help strengthen those muscles (also helps to tone bum and hamstrings too – winner!)

 

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Pelvic Floor Thrust:

Lie flat on back with knees bent, feet flat on floor about hip-width apart, and both arms extended by side. Lift pelvis off the floor and press hips as high as possible, squeezing buttocks. Hold for 5 counts, then slowly release hips back down to the floor. Do 8-12 reps. You can do this several times a day – the stronger the better! Guess what – it’ll enhance your sex life too :-)

 

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My lovely Tom played a charity football match this week - Corrie and Emmerdale v. Hale Country Club PT’s! Normally Id be cheering for team Corrie – but my loyalty lay with my man! Guess what? Tom’s team won! 2-1! Well done to everyone who took part. All proceeds go to Children in Need.

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Now then- here’s a treat! My lovely pals at The Naked Deli (@nakeddeli) have sent me the most luscious festive recipes to try :-) All their food is clean, Paleo and organic (if only there were more places like this!!!) Here’s two of my favorites that we cooked up this week! Delicious! Enjoy!

Naked-Nog (also vegan!)
Ingredients:

40ml Almond Milk
2 x tablespoon coconut milk
2 x tablespoon raw maple syrup
1 x teaspoon vanilla extract
1 x teaspoon cinnamon
1 x teaspoon nutmeg
small pinch of all spice
half a ripe avocado

Method:

Add all ingredients to blender, blend for 30secs …… soooo easy and deliciously creamy enjoy hot or cold

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Naked Christmas balls
For the balls:

2 x cups currants
2 x cups raisins
2 x sultanas
2 x cups almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp all spice

For topping:

1 block coconut cream
250ml hot water
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp vanilla

Method:

Blend all of the ball ingredients for approx 60 seconds then simply roll into golf ball sized balls put to one side. For the topping, mix the coconut block in hot water, add zest and vanilla and mix together (may need to place in freezer to thicken for ten mins), then simply dip the ball in the topping and decorate with a goji berry and a little zest.

Now, I’ve spoken before about the benefits of boxing – I’m a huge fan. I plan on including boxing in my post-baby workouts. Such a great way of keeping fit. Thus I’m uber excited about a certain HUGE charity event taking part January 31st.

Bump, Tom and I will be in full attendance (Rocky Balboa who?!)

The website for info is http://mcrsportsandentertainment.com/ Twitter – @Manchester_SEL

The fundraising night takes place at Manchester’s Event City, for three Manchester based charities: Once Upon A Smile , Children’s Adventure Farm Trust and and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. It’s going to be a star studded night of sport and entertainment, normally found only in Las Vegas! (Excited Much!!??)

 

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Lots of pro and ex pro boxers are going like Paulie Malignaggi, Scott Quigg, Anthony Crolla, Tommy Coyle, Josh Warrington and Johnny Nelson and trainer Joe Gallagher.

After the boxing, the venue apparently will turn into a gaming palace and Viva Las Vegas-esque super club, with Internationally renowned DJ Brandon Brock spinning the tunes till the early hours. Woohoo!

Next week, I’ll be chatting all things health and fitness with non other than Glenn Parker (@GPTransformer ). STAY TUNED!!!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream Big!

Lazy Sundays, puppy cuddles and Christmas markets!

Starting my week with an uber chilled weekend was bloody lovely! And very much needed! We ventured over to my friends pub in Chorlton – ‘The Parlour’, their Sunday roast is to die for!! So we enjoyed our Sunday dinner there and had a mooch around the local shops and deli’s. Perfect lazy Sunday (might as well get em in before baby arrives right mummy’s?!)

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We’ve had Dexter most of the week too – so I’ve had lots of puppy cuddles to come home to, which has been lovely!

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I’ve felt slightly needy this week :-( back ache is well and truly kicking in along with all kinds of weird aches and pains – apparently all normal as my body grows and prepares for baby . Exciting-yes! But also pretty draining! I can’t believe how fast my pregnancy is going. It seems to be flying by, each day that passes I know I’m one day closer to meeting my son. I can’t wait!!! Something that I’ve found uber useful is a ‘Pregnancy Girdle’. My good friend, interior designer Alexandra Thompson recommended I take a look at these, and I have to say – now that bump is so big- it really does seem to help. The bottom of my back seems to ache less when I wear it, and although I’m conscious of my posture anyway- this definitely helps when I’m tired. They’re not the most attractive item you’ve ever seen- but worth investing as you grow for sure! Girdle up girls!

I’ve managed to get a couple of home gym sessions in this week! Oh how I’ve missed those Kettle-bells! As well as some swimming :-) From around 20 weeks your body produces a hormone called ‘Relaxin’ … It kinda does what it says on the tin to be honest.

The placenta produces this hormone and it basically helps your whole body physically become a bit looser.

During pregnancy, your uterus grows from about the size of a tennis ball to the size of a beach ball (she gulps) Relaxin relaxes the intrauterine ligaments, allowing the uterus and pelvis to expand (all those weird aches and pulling pains?? That’ll be the Relaxin!) Your musclucer skeletal system also loosens up, giving you more flexible joints and more curvature in the back – simply your body’s amazing way of preparing you to carry your baby and deliver your baby- pretty awesome eh?! HOWEVER! When hitting the gym it is VITAL – I repeat VITAL that you warm up correctly! You’re now a string of over cooked spaghetti – waaaaay too many pregnant ladies cause themselves injury by not taking this hormone into account. Due to my resistance training background – I’ve created a great base for my body to work with – the stronger you are , the more able you are to adapt and listen to your body’s bed continue training. If you didn’t exercise before pregnancy (why the hell not?!) then I’d say walking and swimming is about your limit. If your body isn’t used to a certain activity- pregnancy is NOT the time to take it up!! Be careful yummy mummy!

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Tom and I enjoyed a trip to the German Markets this week :-) They come to Manchester each year and I never get bored of them. Although I wasn’t necking ‘Mulled Wine’ and Hot cider this year- we had a ball! There may have been a sneaky Hot Chocolate involved… Ahem! Don’t you just love Christmas?! Well our little trip has inspired me to bob our Christmas tree up! I say ‘me’… Actually I’m uber lucky because one of my best pals is interior designer Rebecca Green- so she has done the most wonderful job turning our home into a cosy Christmas fest!! Thank you Becky!! Yes, yes, I know it’s early… But I’m way too giddy and festive now. Tom had to restrain me from putting the decorations up straight after bonfire night! I should probably grow up a bit eh? Naaaahhhh!!!ru

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I’m going to be sharing some gorgeous festive recipes with you lot- starting next week . I’d love to hear what your favorite recipes are too. You can tweet me @cath_tyldesley – the best recipes will go in my blog. All this cooking Tom and I do for you lot! What a hardship eh? ;-)

People always ask me for breakfast ideas- well here’s a great one for all the family! To be fair – it’s Great any time of the day. Makes a fab breakfast, lunch or dinner! Enjoy!

Auntie Caths Fantastic Frittata!!

• 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into small pieces

• 8 large eggs

• 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard, divided

• 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

• 1 Tsp coconut oil

• 1 small red onion, diced (1 cup)

• Large handful of kale roughly chopped into small pieces

• ½ cup crumbled goat cheese (2 oz.)

1. Preheat oven to 200, Place sweet potato pieces in medium microwave-safe bowl. Add 1/2 cup water, cover, and microwave on high power 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, mustard, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper.

3. Coat large oven proof non stick skillet with coconut oil. Add oil, and place over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 3 minutes, or until onion begins to soften. Add kale, and cook 2 minutes- until kale is wilted but still bright green. Add sweet potato, and toss to blend, arranging vegetables over bottom of skillet.

4. Carefully pour eggs over top without displacing vegetables. Cook 3 minutes, or just until bottom of frittata is set.

5. Transfer skillet to oven. Bake 10 minutes, or until frittata is set in centre.

6. Using spatula, loosen frittata from skillet, and slide out onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand 1 to 2 minutes to soften cheese. Cut frittata into 4 wedges, and serve. With crisp baby spinach , smoked salmon or bacon!! Yum!!

Until Next week!

Stay Happy, stay healthy, Dream BIG and get festive!!

Love

Auntie Cath and Bump

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TV Awards, listening to my Changing Body and Super-Smoothies!!

What a fab start to the week, we had a lovely time at The Royal Television Awards North West. Quite a few of us Corrie lot attend including Alison King, Debbie Rush, Ian Puleston- Davies, Katie McGlynn, Tisha Merry , Sean Ward, Oliver Farnworth and Les Dennis.
We were chuffed to bits when we won Best Continuing Drama Storyline (Hayley’s cancer battle)

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And a huge congratulations to my beautiful and talented friend Ali King who won Best Performance in a Continuing Drama! Were all so proud of the show, award ceremonies are such a lovely chance for us all to be together and celebrate. (Although I was of course just toasting our success with water :-)

Big thank you to designer Nadine Merabi for my beautiful maternity dress!!

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Bump and I loved it!!

It was also lovely to see my old pal James Sutton there too- currently playing the wonderful John Paul Mqueen in ‘Hollyoaks’.

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Big congrats to Red Productions Company who picked up the judges award for making a significant contribution to the region at the RTS North West Awards. I’m a huge fan of Red- their Productions are fantastic.

If it’s a Red Production – I always tune in as I know Ill be hooked. So I’m doubly excited to see our ‘Keegs’ (Michelle Keegan) in one of their latest projects ‘Ordinary Lies’.

This week has been busy… something has had to give… Much to my dismay it has had to be my sessions with Paul :-( . Last week I did one session with Paul and swam twice for 45 mins… Alongside work I felt exhausted. Honestly? I remember observing some of my friends during their pregnancies and thinking – why aren’t you exercising? What’s with all the carbs? You’re not active enough… Now I’m pregnant – I stand by my views …BUT – I can totally see how their minds were working. It’s only due to my knowledge surrounding health and fitness that I haven’t fallen into the same trap. I’m six months pregnant and thus far I have sustained weight training, swimming, yoga and 12-14 hour work days, 5 days a week. Yet I am STILL beating myself up that I am not doing enough. Tom has to constantly say to me ‘you’re pregnant Cath!! Your bound to feel exhausted’ More than ever before I have to listen to my body- and I DO!! Before pregnancy, if I felt tired or unable to train – I’d simply have a large strong coffee and ‘crack on’ . I can’t do that now – I’m learning fast and quick that being selfish has zero space in Motherhood. However I still maintain that health (mental and physical) permitting – it IS important to keep fit during pregnancy. It’s so much better for you and baby. I suspect Ill swim a lot more once I’m on maternity leave before the little chap arrives. I adore the feeling of weightlesness. It chills me out- and is an awesome form of exercise. It also helps get baby into optimal position in your last trimester. I’m a little quieter after next week so I’ll be training with @paul_boys then and posting some further fab exercises for you guys to try..

The talented Mr Jack P Shepherd (aka David Platt) and I have been out and about on location this week filming scenes connected to ‘Kylie’s’ storylines – Jack and I are working together a lot at the moment. Which is great – he’s a brilliant actor technically and emotionally, and off screen he has me crying with laughter. We’ve been back and forth to some not-so- glamours locations including pubs that look like they should be on the set of ‘Shameless’, boarded up disused housing estates and local supermarkets (much to the other shoppers dismay! Don’t think they were too impressed when they couldn’t do their ‘big shop’ because of David Platt and Eva Price!)

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This week I’ve been making lots of energy boosting snacks and foods to help me sustain my energy at work – This smoothie recipe is fab when you need a kick!

Cath’s Kickin Kale Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c Almond Milk (unsweetened)
1 1/2 heaping tbs. Almond or cashew Butter, raw
1 Banana, frozen
1 Cup of frozen blueberries
2 cups of Kale
1 tbs Hemp Seeds
1 tbs Rice Bran
1tsp Manuka Honey

Instructions:
Blend up in a high speed blender until completely smooth (no chunks or bumps).
Sprinkle with Hemp Seeds

It’s lush! If you add some ice and bob it in a shaker you can take it to work, just shake it up and enjoy when you feel you need it!! Fab for us mum’s to be that our watching our caffeine intake too!!

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I’ve also found cold showers first thing in the morning really beneficial (no I haven’t lost my mind) . Of course it wakes you up – but it also it increases your metabolism, recovers your body quickly after exercise, strengthens immunity and circulation, and refines ones hair and skin!!! I sooooo wish Id started this sooner. I’m not going to lie- it’s horrid at first! I HATE being cold, but since ‘The Great Swim’ , I’ve gotten used to it! Now I know what the benefits are I will keep up with it. Try it first just for 5 seconds, then the next day aim for ten. Then fifteen… Etc. Built on it each day until you can withstand a good minute or two- you’ll feel fabulous I promise!!

Stay happy, stay healthy and dream big!!

Love
Auntie Cath & Bump

Xx

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