Body image, my gig at the Lowry Theatre and my dad’s 60th birthday lunch
There are more eating disorders today than ever before. It’s no wonder really is it? With all the airbrushing available- we’ve lost sense of what is real and what isn’t.
The models and celebrities that we see in magazines DONT look like that in real life. Are they beautiful? Yes! Of course! But do they really not have a single freckle/Zit/stretch mark/mole/cellulite?!? Of course they do! They’re human!! But we seem to be de-humanising our pictures these days. In a world where a size 12 is deemed as ‘plus size’ – we really have messed up haven’t we?
We can now airbrush ourselves using apps on our phones!? So we are utterly losing our grip on reality. Young people are seeing these images on social media/in magazines and striving to become what they see- the unattainable. Resorting in a rise in eating disorders and plastic surgery.
This saddens my heart massively. All this suffering. All these people feeling inadequate. What have we done?! Three cheers for model Irina Shayk who recently revealed her beautiful, curvaceous, attainable body on a train journey. Taking her clothes of- just wearing underwear, she spoke of how we are all so much more that a ‘body’.
Yet we all judge each other on just that. I encourage you to watch this video. It’s beautiful. It’s inspiring. It’s reassuring. It’s refreshing. We get one body- we must take care of it. Give ourselves the right food and stay active.
But we also only have one life, and people are losing chunks of their precious time on this beautiful planet stressing over whether they have a thigh gap or not. Give yourself a break. These images are NOT real. YOU are real. YOU are Happening. YOU are now. YOU are what matters.
I had a wonderful concert on Saturday in my home town. The Lowry Theatre, Salford.
I had a lovely chat with Lorraine Kelly last week all about my love of Jazz music and all the latest Corrie gossip. Great to see you Lorraine
Happy Birthday to my wonderful dad who turned 60 this week!! I surprised him with an awesome trip to Ireland. He’s so chuffed! We had a gorgeous meal to celebrate! Happy Birthday Graham!!! We love you so much.
Matt Warner my PT and I have been upping our game even more so this week. I like to really give a big push at the gym just before Christmas.
Meaning I feel good in my party clothes and I won’t feel guilty having those few extra festive treats. I never see the point in going crazy over Christmas and working twice as hard come January to shift those extra pounds.
Here’s a recipe for a lush Paleo Christmas pud!! I made this last year- it really is gorgeous!
70ml alcoholic ginger beer
2 tbsp rum
75g ground almonds
1 tsp mixed spice
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g desiccated coconut
100g coconut butter
200g coconut nectar
75g cooking apples, peeled and chopped
½ zest of orange
½ zest of lemon
Place all the dried fruit and candied peel in a mixing bowl; soak overnight with the alcohol.
Mix the ground almonds with the mixed spice, nutmeg, cinnamon & bicarb of soda.
Add the desiccated coconut, coconut butter and nectar to the ground almonds.
Drain the fruit from the alcohol. Add to the dried mixture along with the apple & grated zest.
In a separate basin, beat the eggs with the alcohol.
Add the liquid to the fruit and mix thoroughly.
Pack into a lightly greased basin (1litre). Cover with a sheet of greaseproof and aluminium foil and secure well.
Steam for 8 hours over a pan with simmering water, keep checking the water levels to prevent the pan going dry.
Remove from the steamer and allow cooling. Remove the greaseproof and foil and replace with new. Secure well.
Allow to mature for at least 2 months. Reheat by steaming for a further 2 hours.
Serve with rum and brandy sauce.
Stay Happy, stay healthy and dream BIG!!