Deadlifting and my love for garlic!
Well its been another busy week on those cobbles. The British Soap Awards are fast approaching so be sure to vote all things Coronation Street Guys! It only takes a few minutes to vote and we really are so very grateful for your support http://www.britishsoapawards.tv/
One has been busy as ever at the gym too. On screen and off screen! Only difference is Eva spends her time in the steam room sipping a latte… and I get my backside kicked lifting heavy weights! I treated myself to a new ‘Jim Bag’ this week… Yep, you heard me right… a ‘Jim Bag’, these fab bags, are great for the gym and us lot at Corrie love them. You can get yours here: http://www.jimbag.co.uk/
So, one of my staple exercises is a ‘Deadlift’. We’ve all heard of ‘Deadlifting’ right? But are you actually performing this exercise correctly? If you are – then its probably all round, the best exercise you can do!
Deadlift is a very technical move so it’s best to have a spotter. Feet are placed about shoulder width apart, when you lift the bar ensure your back is in neutral position and engage your core, arms locked, head is held up, then drive through the mid to heel of your foot driving your chest up high. Do not rock your hips forward like you see lots of people do, just stand tall. The bar shouldn’t deviate from a straight line and not have to be held out away from the body to avoid clashing with the knees. Lower the bar slowly and safely, if you maintain keeping eye contact in the mirror with yourself then that should keep your back straight and ensure safe lifting. If your grip isn’t very strong, try alternating grips, one being over hand and the other under hand. Then switch grips each set. This improves your grip on the bar. The dead lift is one of the greatest exercises for burning body fat and achieving a great hormonal response from your workout. Everyone should be dead lifting. Arguably the most beneficial exercise there is!
Now, were constantly bombarded by how ‘bad’ salt for us right? Well here’s a salt everyone should include in their diet! A few months back @paul_boys introduced me to Himalayan Pink Salt. I can’t believe I had’t heard of it sooner! Start using it in your cooking guys, as opposed to regular salt, the benefits are fantastic and it tastes pretty good too! Here’s just some of the pro’s!
◾Create an electrolyte balance
◾Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
◾Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
◾Prevent muscle cramping
◾Aid in proper metabolism functioning
◾Lower blood pressure
◾Help the intestines absorb nutrients
◾Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins
Apparently it even supports libido, reduce the signs of ageing (whooop!), and detoxifies the body from heavy metals (I buy it in bulk and bathe in it too, I’m hoping its a bit like that magic, anti-ageing stuff in Death Becomes Her!)
Now, I’m ALWAYS rushing around. So its really important that I keep my energy levels up and my metabolism happy by eating every 4 hours. Snack wise my moto is ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!’ So I always have a good mix of protein and veg to hand! KarmaBites Uk do some gorgeous organic dehydrated healthy snacks! Dehydrated food is great and often more nutritious than cooked food in fact ‘raw food’ ( food that isn’t cooked above 40 degrees) is proving increasingly popular… So if you fancy trying some tasty raw bites then tweet twitter.com/KarmaBitesuk. I love their All Hail The Kale whilst their Nutty Moments are delicious cracker style bites jam packed with blended walnuts, flax seeds, tomatoes and onion, perfect to snack on whilst you’re on the go!
This week my Glamour Guru, Armand Beasley (@armandbeasley), has been loving the Dr Alkaitis skin range. An organic ‘living food’ for the skin which is entirely made up of edible ingredients! Their motto is: if you can’t eat then you shouldn’t have it on your skin! Armand is going to pop down to the Natural Product and Organic show at Olympia on the 13th April so I’m sure he will have some more pearls of wisdom for us when he sees what new innovations and goodies they have there! My good pal @dale_pinnock ( http://dalepinnock.com/) and I will also be at Olympia, cooking up a storm with some of Dale’s fabulous recipes. So be sure to come say hello to us if you’re attending!
One of my favourite Paleo recipes are my very own Lamb Burgers, They’re quick and easy to make, and taste delicious! Here’s the recipe, this makes around 4-6 burgers. Tweet me and let me know how you get on guys!
Organic Lamb mince
One red onion
Fresh, chopped coriander
8-10 chopped, pitied olives (optional)
One cup of goats cheese cubes or feta cheese)
2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste (Himalayan pink salt if possible!)
8 Portobello large cup mushrooms (to be used instead of burger bap)
Mix all the ingredients together and shape into burgers, Grill for 10-12 mis, turning inbetween, until cooked through. Lightly grill mushrooms at the same time for around 5-6 mins. Place burger on top of mushroom, add another mushroom cup on top. Serve with salad – bellissimo!
I’ll be giving you some fab summer salad recipes over the next few weeks too, you lucky lot!
Now, just before I go, you’ll start to notice over the next few weeks that one of my favourite ingredients is GARLIC.
I pretty much put it in everything. There is a reason for this! Aside from the fact that Ryan Thomas probably hates our on-screen kissing scenes, Garlic is so wonderfully good for you! I’m sure most of you already know this, but are you aware of just how powerful this humble, smelly little bulb is? I remember as a child, hating the stuff, my mum used to make us take garlic capsules that would repeat on us all day (cheers Janet). Mum always used to tell us it would keep the bugs away – she’s right… and then some! Garlic is a natural antibiotic, it has anti fungal and antiviral properties. It promotes the ability of white blood cells to fight viral and bacterial infections AND cancer. It also has blood thinning properties and helps protect against cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and angina. I’m not finished yet! Garlic reduces cholesterol, lowers the risk of most types of cancer, increases insulin release and regulates blood sugar levels in diabetics, reduces the formation of fat cells AND its a natural aphrodisiac! Winners all round eh!? Get scoffing that garlic guys!
Much Love, Dream Big