Soaps and food for your face!
This week has been all about the Soap Awards! Didn’t we do well?? 8 awards in total, especially thrilled for Julie, David and of course Helen. So deserved! We arrived into London at lunch time on Saturday, from there on out, it was all about bobbin my face on and sorting my barnet! I’d love to pretend I’m very low maintenance when it comes to events like these.
One of those girls that could just bob a frock on and look good…but no…there were tans, nails, hair treatments, facials – the lot!
My favourite thing about these awards is that so many members of our ‘Corrie Family’ are all together, and we get to appreciate and praise the hard work of everyone involved. It was such a lovely evening. Although I won’t mince my words – we SHOULD have won ‘Best Soap’. Thrilled for our pals at ‘Hollyoaks’, but how we didn’t win after the ‘Goodbye Hayley’ storyline is a complete mystery!
It being bank holiday and all, me and him indoors decided to make the most of things! We paid a visit to world famous Jazz club Ronnie Scott’s to watch ‘Soul Family’ perform and caught up with my lovely pal (John Michie). As a singer – I’ve utterly fallen in love with this venue – I’m hooked! So much history there, some of my favourite singers have performed there, including Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis and Alexander Stewart. I was in my element.
This was followed by a surprise, rather swanky stay in ‘The Cora Pearl Suite’ at the Grosvenor. I’m a bit of a ‘History Geek’ you see (I love going to see National Trust places!) this room, aside from it being utterly spectacular, has a story (I’m an actress…I LOVE a story)!
A bit of a frisky one at that! The Parisian-inspired suite has been wonderfully created in homage to one of the grand railway hotel’s most infamous visitors – the scandalous courtesan, Miss Cora Pearl. Having done a few period dramas pre-Corrie days, it was much like stepping onto a set! Cora was notorious with entertaining only the highest members of social standing, including royalty, Cora Pearl was one of the most feted courtesans of her time.
In the 1870s, Cora made a rare visit to London and after arriving at Victoria Station – the gateway into London at that time – booked a suite at The Grosvenor Hotel, only to be immediately refused entry when stories of her illicit and hedonistic lifestyle surfaced. It was very cool, so much of the hotels features are original, it was nice to play tourist for the day.
Also this week, I paid a visit to the lovely Sylvain Longchambon. Now not many of you will know this but Sylvain is actually a very well qualified personal trainer (@_SLPT ).
I’ve been trying to get in for a session with him for a while now. Stupidly, I thought “well he’s my mate’s other half, he might go easy on me”…I was wrong. Very wrong. Sylvain had prepared a full body work out for me, combining high rep weight baring exercises with interval training. I’m going to be doing a few sessions with him over the next few weeks, so I’ll keep you posted on what we get up to (soon as I stop aching that is!) and I’ll be posting some of the exercises that we do, so you can try them out yourselves. But here’s Sylvain’s TOP 5 TIPS, small changes that will make a huge difference:
1. STRETCH! Stretching exercises help prevent injury and prepare your body for exercise. Use stretching for both warming up and cooling down.
2. For effective FAT LOSS combine interval cardio with weight training.
3. Change your workout. Make sure you change your workout routine every 4-6 weeks. It’s important that your body never gets too adapted to what’s coming next. Stops you from getting bored too!
4. Eat clean! Eat lean meats, remove any processed foods or those high in sugar, increase vegetable intake.
5.) Water – it’s a no brainer! It helps you with weight loss, keeps a healthy heart, gives you more energy, promotes healthier skin, helps prevent digestive problems and helps you to cleanse, by flushing toxins from the body.
Been chatting to @dale_pinnock about nutrient dense foods to help you glow from the inside out! With Summer nearly here, I thought I’d try some recipes to help my skin and hair look healthy, Dale gave me a fab recipe, – give it a try guys!
Sesame Soy Tuna Steaks with Sweet Potato Wedges
This is a great recipe for those days when you feel like you could eat a horse and chase the jockey, but don’t want to spend half your life in the kitchen! It is seriously filling, but won’t overload with calories, and contains so much skin-friendly nutrition, that I swear you can notice the difference the next morning!
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp honey
1 fresh tuna steak
1 large sweet potato
1 clove of garlic
The first stage of this dish is to create the marinade, and marinate the tuna steak. Create the marinade by combining the soy sauce, sesame oil, and honey together in a small bowl. Ensure that all three ingredients are well mixed into a glossy emulsion.
Add the tuna steak to the bowl, and roll it over and over in order to coat thoroughly in the marinade.
Marinate the steak for one hour, 30 minutes on each side.
Once the steak has been marinating for an hour, it’s time to start cooking. Cut the sweet potato into wedges (leaving the skins on), and place in a roasting tin. Drizzle a little olive oil over the wedges, stir well, then place in a hot oven and roast for 20–25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When the wedges have been roasting for about 15 minutes, heat a little olive oil in a shallow frying pan, and add the tuna steak. Fry for about 10 minutes, 5 minutes on each side.
Just before serving, finely chop the clove of garlic, and stir through the wedges. Return the wedges to the oven for another minute, then its’ ready to serve.
Serve with a side salad.
Fresh tuna is another incredibly rich source of that ever wonderful nutrient, omega 3. I know I never stop talking about omega 3, but it is SO vital for all aspects of health, the skin is no exception. It helps reduce inflammation and redness (think spots or eczema here), helps the skin retain moisture, and keeps it dewy and fresh looking. Tuna is also incredibly rich in the minerals zinc and selenium. Zinc is vitally important for the regulation of sebaceous gland activity. If the skin is too oily, zinc can tone things down a little. Conversely, if the skin is too dry, zinc can stimulate the sebaceous glands to release extra sebum, improving skin composition. Selenium is the precursor to the body’s formation of its own naturally occurring enzyme, called glutathione peroxidase. This powerful enzyme can help to minimize free radical levels in all tissues.
Sweet potatoes are packed up to the eyeballs with the potent fat-soluble antioxidant, beta carotene. It is what is responsible for that luscious deep orange flesh. If you recall from the antioxidants chapter, we need to maximize our intake of the fat-soluble varieties so that they can deliver their activity within our skin.
On Wednesday I paid a visit to the stunning Loch Lomond in Scotland, to help promote ‘The Great Swim’. What a place! Truly stunning, I wanted to dive in and have a dip then and there (but I didn’t on account of it being FREEZING). There’s still time to sponsor me for my Great Swim guys.
I’m swimming in aid of Manchester Children’s hospital, every single donation is so much appreciated, so please give what you can. Right! I’m off to play some football! Yes, you heard me correctly (I’ll explain next week!) In the meantime, stay happy, stay healthy and DREAM BIG!