June, 2014

27 June
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My Big Fat Greek Holiday

What a delightful start to the week I had! A few days away in Greece! Corrie storylines are about to get heavier at work (yey!!) So we grabbed the chance of a cheeky get away while we could. I pretty much spent the entire time sat on my backside… Utter bliss!

I went to Greece

I went to Greece

I’m a bit behind on this but -I finally got around to reading my friends book ‘The Confusion of Karen Carpenter’ by Jonathan Harvey. Jonathan and I met in 2006 when he wrote an episode of ‘Lilies’- a fantastic BBC period drama I starred in, set in Liverpool. Jonathan is one of our fabulous Corrie script writers too.

I’ve always loved his work, this book didn’t disappoint (but I knew that anyway).

My good read

My good read

Pretty sure the pool staff at our hotel thought I’d lost the plot as I laughed hysterically several times each time I picked this little treasure up. I became so engrossed with the lead character – Karen (I’d like to be friends with her) other times I had to pretend the chlorine in the pool had gotten in my eyes, rather than the fact I was indeed balling my eyeballs out – Greek stylee.

(Tom just thought I was hormonal and ate his own body weight in Feta). Such a fantastic book- strongly recommend it if you’re off on your jollys. You won’t put it down, I promise.

Gorgeous Greece

Gorgeous Greece

I spoke last week about exercising outside and finding alternatives when you don’t have access to a gym – I mainly sat on my backside during my holiday – as it was totally about recharging for me. However we did venture out on some lovely walks in the Greek countryside – where we did some hill sprints – which is an incredibly efficient way of burning fat and upping your cardio-game at the same time.

Obviously it makes life easier when you’re overlooking mountains and beautiful coastlines. Hey – it made eating all that glorious Greek food a lot easier too :-) Now then… I’d like to talk about poo please. There I said it! Oh don’t pull that face! We all do it! Fact is 70% of the nation suffer with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) at some point in their lives. This can be incredibly debilitating for some people. It’s something that most of us will suffer with to varying degrees. It is a common condition of the digestive system.

It can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Symptoms vary between individuals and affect some people more severely than others. The symptoms of IBS tend to come and go in bouts, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods.

The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but most experts agree it’s related to an increased sensitivity of the entire gut, which can occasionally be linked to a prior food-related illness.

This may be caused by a change in your body’s ability to move food through your digestive system, or may be due to you becoming more sensitive to pain from your gut. Psychological factors such as stress may also play a part in IBS. If you think you may be suffering with IBS go and see your doctor!

There are things you can do to help yourself, foods to be avoided include: wheat, dairy, spicy foods and caffeine. Taking Magnesium and probiotics is helpful and eases cramps. Meditation often helps too in times of stress, I’ll be chatting to my good friend Tania next week about some ways in which you can help ease the symptoms and stress of IBS through meditation and EFT (http://www.prismhealing.co.uk/) The IBS Network also offers support- check out their website: http://www.theibsnetwork.org

I indulged in a facial

I indulged in a facial

When on holiday I always wear factor 50 sun-screen on my face (no one wants to look like a raisin at 40 right!). Nonetheless, it’s important to feed the skin after over exposure to the sun. The skin can become extremely dehydrated. So I indulged in a rose-oil based facial this week too.

It really rehydrates the skin, as well as having anti-aging properties it is an antidepressant: rose oil boosts self-esteem, confidence, and mental strength while efficiently fighting depression. So get smelling the roses!

Eva is getting stuck in behind the bar

Eva is getting stuck in behind the bar

 

I’m back on the cobbles now, as always were extremely busy and Eva is getting stuck in behind that bar.

So wonderful working with Bev and Simon (Liz and Steve). They both have me in fits of giggles most if the time – true Rovers legends! And I’m pretty sure Eva will be borrowing Liz’s bling at some point! Ha ha. Till next week kids! Stay happy, stay healthy and Dreambig!

19 June
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Tackling the Great Swim and flipping tyres

This week I’ve been muchos outdoorsie! @paul_Boys took our session outside. Paul spent 11 years as a PT in the army.

So if there’s a tree trunk/ tyre/ slab of stone/hefty person lying about, he’s usually lifting it/running a stupid distance with it strapped to his back. So I was pretty nervous when he told me we were venturing outside! Sure as eggs are eggs, there lay a large tyre (on the field, not my tummy).

Paul Boys

Paul Boys

 

Yup, this 60kg vehicle piece had my name written all over it. We took no prisoners! With several laps of squatted tyre flipping, travelling jumping squats, walking lunges and hill sprints. It felt great (I’m so weird)!! Nothing beats the feeling of a mega training session outside and it just reiterates the point that you don’t need to join a gym to stay fit, if you’re a bit skint. I’m a firm believer in the guidance of a good PT, but there are ways and means outside of this.

Heavy stuff

Heavy stuff

I always see health and fitness as – ‘you either pay now… Or pay later’! If your washing machine was broke, you’d hire a pro to fix it right? Same principle in my book! I’ll be posting more outdoor exercises of the next few weeks. There’s loads you can do guys and it’s great fun for all the family.


Tyre workout

Tyre workout

I know what you’re waiting for. How did the Great Swim go?! Well, we arrived into Windermere the night before the swim. Our hotel is right on the lake, literally, you could throw a stone into the lake from our window (please don’t try this). Which made us incredibly nervous! We could see the evening swim groups crawling out of the lake – exhausted and some very emotional after completing their swim. The hotel had no ‘good carbs’ on the menu, so I delved into a plate of chips – what?? It will restore liver glycogen which I’ll need for the morning… Ahem…

The Great Swim with my other half

The Great Swim with my other half

After ‘carbing up’ we went for a stroll lakeside. I dipped a trotter in this vast beauty and let out a little yelp – which confirmed to Thomas (my better half that I have roped into swimming too), what we indeed feared…It’s colder than a snowman’s rude bits! In the morning we head down to the starting point where we were met by hundreds of other swimmers. In total 10,000 swam for varies charities that weekend. How amazing is that? Also at the starting point was the lovely Rebecca Adlington, who couldn’t stop giggling as I shrieked while acclimatizing myself to this mahooooosive lake.

The big day on the lake

The big day on the lake

‘Eva Price’s’ fake tan was firmly gone for a burton at this point. After prepping the crowds and telling them they looked like giant sperms, we were ready – this was it!! After weeks and weeks of worrying and practise we absolutely smashed it. In approx 18mins no less! Rebecca Adlington said she watched me and thought I was a great swimmer :-) chuffty badge for Cath please! The feeling of exhilaration and achievement afterwards was fantastic, I even managed a breathy interview half way around the course! Seriously good fun guys – you can still sign up for Great Swims up and down the country.

Beautiful view from the hotel

Beautiful view from the hotel

We’ve been filming in the sunshine too this week (which is always weird – it’s forever raining on them cobbles) I’m thinking now that Jason has the Builders Yard, Eva should give that place a makeover – what you reckon? Some flowery wallpaper? Pink chair covers? Diamanté hard hats? I wouldn’t put it past her to be honest!

We’ve got a lot of children in our family at present, which is lovely :-)I’m constantly trying new recipes to try and give them the nutrients they need without them throwing a paddy over ‘scary veg’! Dale Pinnock (dalepinnock.com) is full of bright ideas when it comes to keeping little ones healthy. Here’s a VERY simple idea:

Healthy food for kids

Healthy food for kids

Getting kids to eat more fresh food is quite an art form. I’d really love to tell you that there is one sure fire way, but alas, it is any imaginable combination of bartering, inspiration, and outright deception. Getting kids cooking with you can sometimes do the trick, it’s amazing what they will eat if they helped make it.

But, for some parents, the art of culinary deception is the key. This is literally a case of finding as many creative ways as possible to hide the good stuff in the foods that your child will eat.

One of my favourite tricks here is my ‘pumped up pasta sauce’. Many kids will happily munch on pasta and tomato sauce. It’s quite a failsafe. So how about making the tomato sauce and give it a mother of a facelift?


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Makes a decent sized batch – 3 servings roughly. Freezes great.

1 clove of garlic – finely chopped
1 red onion – finely chopped
1 small courgette – sliced then halved
3 handfuls of baby spinach
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp of tomato puree
Mixed herbs

Sauté the onion and garlic in a little olive oil, with a pinch of sea salt (ok, you don’t want to give your kids lots of salt, but you don’t want their food tasting of nothing either), until the onion has softened.

Add the courgette and continue to sauté until that has softened.

Add the tinned tomatoes and tomato puree, and simmer for 10 minutes until the tomato reduces to a thicker texture.

Add the spinach and the herbs, and transfer to a blender or food processor. Blend into a smooth tomato sauce – and hey presto! It looks, feels, and tastes like tomato sauce, and they will never know that they are guzzling down green vegetables – plus it won’t have all the sugar, transfats, additive and gunk that the version in a jar will have.”

I’ve made the sauce with courgette ribbons instead of pasta and it’s delicious! Give it a go guys!

Until Next week! Stay Happy,
Stay healthy and dream Big!

Auntie Cath xxx

12 June
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Cracking footie seats and luxury treats with the other half

Knowing that the next two months are completely back to back I have played hard, trained hard and rested hard this past week! Starting with Helmsley :-) my little haven of calm, ’twas a pleasure to visit again.

A little treat

A little treat

I love Helmsley because it seems to be stuck in time zone. A rural time of community spirit and simple outdoor pleasures. A small village filled with antique shops and beautiful local produce. Him indoors treated us to the Feversham Arms- a firm favourite of mine, a little haven of relaxation and luxury.

Gorgeous facilities and outstanding service. Now – I’m a big fan of my food, and this place bowls me over every time. So much of it organic and locally sourced, the chef here really knows his stuff, and we utterly filled our boots!

All this pleasure was then balanced out nicely with a whole lot of pain with a killer gym session from the legend that is Nick Mitchell. I’m a big fan of UP Fitness and train there whenever I’m in London, so to get a session in with the big man himself is pretty awesome.

Nick and I

Nick and I

When Nick told me we were doing a ‘Leg Session’ I became fully aware that walking afterwards would be a massive challenge. There’s nothing Nick doesn’t know about fitness and nutrition – hence his status in the fitness industry. Most PTs, certainly here in the UK – are aspiring to be at Nick’s level. Sadly very few are.

Which is why it’s SO important to check what qualifications your trainer has. Our session was tough and included Laying Leg Curls w/toes pointed, Incline Hyperextensions, Laying Leg Curl w/toes up at shins, Front Squats, Back Squats, drop sets and just when we thought we were about to die he made us do Wingate intervals on an erg bike. What a nice guy!

UP is tough stuff

UP is tough stuff

 

We were training at the same time as the Team UP group training session – that looked like awesome too a very accessible and economical way to get Personal Training at UP Fitness.

Also this week I filmed an episode of new series Celebrity Squares, I’m sure you all remember the old show?! Well its back! The format is the same, with some awesome celeb guests, and the lovely Warwick Davis hosting, so that was pretty cool. It’ll hit your screens in a few weeks’ time – there’s plenty of giggles, I’ll promise you that much!

Celebrity Squares

Celebrity Squares

Whilst I was making a fool of meself on Celeb Squares my wonderful friends Rebecca and Antony were getting married in a dream wedding ceremony in Barbados! So massive congrats to them – wish I was there!

Friends tied the knot in Barbados

Friends tied the knot in Barbados

Who watched Soccer Aid?? How good was Olly Murs?! James McAvoy pulled it out of the bag too. We were lucky enough to have cracking seats for this fantastic match and loved every second. Not to mention the fact it raised 4.2 MILLION!!! Well done Rest of World Team! I’ve definitely got the football bug after last week’s 5-a-side revelation!

We had cracking Soccer Aid seats

We had cracking Soccer Aid seats

With only a few days to go until my Great Swim in Lake Windermere, I think I’d better rest up mind! Thank you for all your support after my appearance on Good Morning Britain this week, there is still time to sponsor (in aid of Manchester Children’s Hospital) :http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CathTyldesley

Good Morning Britain

Good Morning Britain

I have a gorgeous recipe for you this week to help improve and protect your skin in the sun! From my uber brainy pal @dale_pinnock – medicinal chef. I’ve been taking it to work with me this week and it’s lush!! Enjoy!

Proper Pepper Soup

This soup is gorgeous and nutrient-rich. Serve with a nice lump of fresh wholemeal bread, and get transported to heaven!

1 red onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 red peppers, coarsely chopped
1 large sweet potato, diced
Vegetable Stock

Sauté the onion and garlic along with a pinch of salt in a little olive oil, until the onion has softened.
Add the red peppers and sweet potato to the pan with the onion and garlic.
Add enough vegetable stock to cover all the ingredients, and simmer until the potatoes have softened.
At this point, use a hand blender, or add to a food processor, and blend into a smooth soup.

See you next week!

See you next week!

Benefits
Red Peppers
Red peppers are bursting with a whole range of powerful compounds. The chemicals responsible for the deep vivid red colour are compounds called flavonoids, which have a very powerful antioxidant property. All varieties of pepper contain a large amount of a compound called beta carotene, which is also a colour pigment, ranging from yellow to deep orange.

Beta carotene is the plant source of vitamin A. Beta carotene is also a fat-soluble antioxidant. This means that it will be most active within fatty tissues, especially the fatty areas of subcutaneous tissue of the skin. This will help to protect the skin from free radical damage, and can help to maintain elasticity and plumpness.

Helpful Hint: When buying red peppers, buy the darkest coloured ones that you can find. The darker they are, the higher the concentration of the antioxidant flavonoids.

That’s me for another week my little Health Bunnies!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and
Dream Big!!

Love Auntie Cath
Xx

06 June
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Becoming a football fan and heating up the BBQ

I had a revelation this week! A very surprising one at that. I LOVE football. This isn’t a joke, I promise! Some of my Corrie girls and I played five-a-side this week for charity – (http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/). For days beforehand, I was dreading getting on that pitch, having never played football in my life.

Football time

Football time

I’m used to singing on a pitch, not running around one. I was only supposed to play in maybe 4 out of 8 matches, but as the morning went on we had two injuries to our team members- so I had to play all 8 matches! Us Corrie lot, were equally spread out into opposing teams, I played against Samia several times – that girl can shift!

The team

The team

 

Also on board was Katie McGlynn and Tisha Merry, and I have to say girls – you all smashed it! I even scored a goal! (At this point I was borderline hysterical, feeling like Ronaldo with boobs and a weave). I lead warm-up in the changing rooms, supplied Kale chips at half time, and water and Bullet proof coffee on tap – @paul_boys I did you proud!

Corrie's Samia

Corrie’s Samia

 

I finally got my hands on our BBQ this week! Yep – Manchester had SUNSHINE!! I have a fab BBQ chicken sauce recipe for you to try:

BBQ

BBQ

Auntie Cath’s Chuck-Chuck Sauce

16 oz tomato sauce
– 1 cup water
– 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
– 4 Tbsp. Manuka honey
– 1/2 Tbsp. ground black pepper
– 1 Onion – very finely chopped
– 2 Garlic Cloves
– 1/2 Tbsp. ground mustard
– 1 tsp. paprika
– 1 mild chilli finely chopped (optional)
– 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium high heat and stir to combine. Taste and adjust any seasonings if you wish. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 1 hour. Whack it on your chicken and enjoy! Can also be used as an overnight marinade – Winner, winner chicken dinner!

I’m really starting to look at food and herbs in a different way these days. In a medicinal way and as a preventative to many different ailments. This week I’ve been reading up on ginger. I love ginger and use it in a lot of my cooking, especially in stir-fries. The benefits of ginger are fantastic, having had IBS and digestive problems in the past, I was already aware that historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects. But how else does it benefit us?

*Anti-Inflammatory Effects
*Safe and effective relief of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
*Ginger induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells

* Wonderful immune boosting action

I feel ginger is the way forth is it not? Especially for us ladies! It’s so easy to prepare too! To remove the skin from fresh mature ginger, peel with a paring knife. The ginger can then be sliced, minced or julienned. The taste that ginger brings to a dish depends upon when it is added during the cooking process. Added at the beginning, it will lend a subtler flavour and when added near the end, it will deliver a more pungent taste. Or if you’re lazy like me – you can pre-prepare ginger!

Single leg squat

Single leg squat

This week @Paul_Boys shares with you a truly life-changing…no, scratch that…a truly ass changing exercise! It’s tough, but if it wasn’t tough, what’s the point eh? Ladies and gentlemen, the master of glutes gives you ‘The Single Leg Squat’ (Cath shudders with fear).

The single leg squat is a great exercise to target your bum and legs, giving you a backside you can bounce coins off!

A special morning

A special morning

Have one foot planted on a platform as high as your knee, take a big stride forward with the other foot. When performing the squat, lower yourself under control as deep as you can go without leaning too far forward and making sure all the weight is over the planted foot.

Keep the chest held high, chin up and then when you push try making sure the foot remains flat, pushing from the heel of the foot. Repeat. (Cath does 20 reps each side, with weights then repeats, start with no weights on 8 reps then build) Then change legs. Try your best throughout to not shift the weight back onto the raised leg.

Hero Ride

Hero Ride

This morning was a very special morning for me as I started the ‘Hero Ride’ – a mammoth bike ride in aid of a charity very dear to my heart – ‘Help For Heroes”. I had the opportunity to meet some of the cyclists and start the race for them. Many of them ex-military, with astounding stories to tell. Each person taking part a true inspiration. I felt very honoured they had asked me to attend. Well done to ALL involved! Find out how you can help here: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/

Help For Heroes

Help For Heroes

Next week I’ll be giving you some more fab recipes for the BBQ, and we’ll chat more with @dale_pinnock about foods to help improve your skin, so you’re ready, set and glowing for that beach!

Till then my little Health Bunnies!
Dream BIG
Auntie Cath

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