04 October


Wedded bliss and a new addition to Weatherfield!!

Most importantly – happy RUBY wedding anniversary to my gorgeous mum and dad!! RUBY!!! 40 YEARS!! I think in this day and age, when marriage is sometimes taken so lightly – that is quite an accomplishment! Mum and dad married when they were 17 and 18, the fact they are still together is a massive inspiration to me. Yes marriage is hard work sometimes, but to ride the ups and downs of life with someone you love, and more importantly – someone who loves YOU back is pretty awesome. Well done Janet and Graham!! We had a lovely meal out to celebrate (of course Alfie stole the limelight as per!)


I was thrilled to discover that Coronation Street had cast Ted Robbins to play Mary’s new love interest – Brendan. I’m a big fan of Ted, they’re aren’t many actors/comedians that can make me cry laughing – but he’s one of them! I shot some scenes with him and Patti (Mary) the other day and what a pleasure it was.

The duo work fantastically well together and Ted is like having a cheeky Mr Sunshine on set – I’m really hoping he’s with us for a while. Having been viewer of Coronation Street for my whole life – he’s perfect for the show. I can’t wait for you guys to meet Brendan!

Now – I’m giving you the heads up nice and early – this Wednesday, 7th October, Tom and I are taking part in Mr & Mrs 8pm ITV1. I’m a big fan of the show. We shot our episode several months ago and I have to say – it’s very bloody funny – mainly at my expense (it was a quiet car journey home!). I know we’re up against the ‘Bake-Off’ Final, but you can record that! I promise you’ll giggle more watching us if nothing else!



I’ve only managed a couple of sessions at the gym this week, as I continue to be insanely busy! But as the weather has been so gorgeous here in Manchester, we’ve made an effort to power walk with Alfie when we’re not too tired, which has been lovely. I’ve started a new phase with my trainer @mattwarnerpt – for the next few weeks it’s about really building muscle and getting my strength up. I’m already stronger than I was pre-pregnancy would you believe!!!
I’ve only been training with him a matter of weeks and I’m managing to do ‘Farmers Walks’ carrying more than my own body weight (and I’m no feather-light!). So I’m eating plenty of muscle-feeding foods to keep my strength up (pop-eye eat your heart out).

It’s really important to consume a good source of protein post workout to aid growth and repair. This is when a decent protein shake can come in handy if you’re in a rush. I’ve been cooking one of my favourite Dale Pinnock recipes in the evening and putting it in a tupperware to enjoy after the gym the next day. Dale describes the dish as a ‘Powerhouse’ – packed with protein and omega 3 fatty acids, it’s ridiculously easy to prepare!

Baked Salmon With Herbed Omega Crust

3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon wholemeal breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 garlic clove, crushed
1 lemon, zested, plus 1 lemon cut into wedges
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large salmon fillets
sea salt
black pepper


Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Combine the ground flaxseeds, breadcrumbs, herbs, garlic, lemon zest and olive oil in a bowl to make the topping, then season with salt and pepper.
Spread the flaxseed mixture over the salmon fillets, flesh side up, and place the fillets on the prepared baking tray.
Roast in the oven for about 8–10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
Serve with lemon wedges and a salad of mixed leaves.
Thanks @Dale_Pinnock!! Making the world a healthier place as always!!


We all get a bit achey from workouts, especially you runners/footballers out there who are more likely to sustain an injury. Something Ive found very useful is Arnica. Arnica is a plant based product with excellent anti-inflammatory properties. I buy an Arnica gel that I can rub onto the affected area, and find it really useful. Works well on bruises too!


I’ve been supporting Breast Cancer research this week by wearing my t-shirt from Bows Couture. You can buy yours here: http://bowscouture.bigcartel.com.

Earlier this week one of the daily tabloids claimed I was moving house, because I had the ‘neighbours from hell’…
let me set the story straight. That is COMPLETELY untrue. I have never said this. My neighbours are adorable.
I really get on with my neighbours… it must have been a REALLY slow day for news.

Other than this , it’s been an exciting week all round, and over the next few weeks, I’ll be revealing some wonderful bits of news to you I hope.

Have a great week my lovelies!!

Good luck to Corrie at the ‘Inside Soap’ awards too. Thank you to all who have voted.

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream BIG.

Auntie Cath


28 September


Corrie live – behind the scenes

We did it!!!! Coronation Street LIVE episode went unbelievably well, without a glitch! I can’t put into words how proud I am of my wonderful Corrie family every single person involved – from our wonderful producers, director, crew, actors… to the awesome canteen staff and security staff.


EVERYONE – well done!!!

We smashed it. Our central characters to that episode- Tina O’Brien, Paula Lane, Jack P Shepherd, Sean Ward- you were all phenomenal. Congratulations. It’s was such an honor to be a part of something so special, hard work? Yes! Worth it? Ten fold!


I couldn’t really compare the experience to theatre. It was totally different… I’m not sure I can compare it to anything actually.


During dress rehearsal I had a seriously hairy moment where I had to sprint from one location to the next…losing a shoe in the process! (Told you I was Cinderella! ?) with 30 seconds to spare I skidded into place at the Rovers, followed by a flying shoe – kindly returned to me with 10 seconds left to rehearsal transmission…


My heart was in my mouth!! But, we had a saying in my early theatre days- “if the dress rehearsal goes breast-upwards, then you’re set for a great show”. Well that saying turned out to be true didn’t it?


Our rehearsals sometimes went on into the early hours, but we all rallied together, keeping each other warm, making each other laugh and brewing each other much needed cups of coffee!!


I also supplied the cast with Vitamin B Sprays! The sense of our little Weatherfield community made my heart swell- I love you all so very much and count my lucky stars to be around such lovely, talented people.

I met up with my good friend @HeyNickMitchell this week too, as he officially opened his new gym. It was a fab day- I really support the ethos of Nick’s gyms, with education at the forefront. Joined by my Tom and Of course little Alfie, it was a great chance to chat to several fitness experts and lovers all all things healthy, and get the latest training tips from Nick and Of course my lovely trainer @mattwarnerPT.



Nick and I got together for a wonderful shoot too – with some awesome tips for you guys. I shall keep you posted on that!


Also this week I have been filming my other project- which I can’t say too much about at present but I’m hoping you guys will be supportive as always. It’s something I’m so passionate about and my God has it been interesting!!! Can’t wait to tell you more!

I met a young lady this week who told me she felt she had to miss out on holidays with her friends because she “didn’t have a thigh gap”…

This makes me so sad. This beautiful young girl was truly gorgeous inside and out, but due to silly media posts on Instagram and Twitter about celebs with thin legs (in my opinion some of them far too thin) and this so-called ‘thigh gap’ .

She lost out on happy memories with friends because she felt under pressure and not worthy. What have we done to today’s generation?! I have NEVER had a thigh gap, and due to physiology a lot of women never will as it is about where your hip sockets are and you cant do much about that !

I am strong, I am healthy – I can deadlift more than most men and my baby son has a healthy bit of cushioning to sit on – with no danger of falling through!! So you can keep your thigh gap – thank you very much!


There’s nothing sexier than a strong, healthy, feminine shape. We’re all different, and we all need to embrace what we have!! Stop posting silly pictures! Inspire don’t shame.

Stay Happy, Stay healthy and dream BIG
Auntie Cath

21 September


Christening, Corrie News and Cracking’ Cod!

Very special week for the Tyldesley/Pitfield’s! Our gorgeous son Alfie James was baptised this week. Joined by close friends and family – we celebrated Alfie’s special day in style! With afternoon tea afterwards and a big ‘Sweetie Cart’ for the kids – Filled with healthy snacks instead! Alfie was treated to a ‘Merabi’ christening suit and his little friends Paula Lane’s son Arthur and Jennie Mcalpine’s son Albert joined him on his special day – complete cuteness overload!!



This week I had the honour of meeting Professor Tim Spector. Tim is professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College London and Hon Consultant Physician at Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospital.

Tim has won several academic awards and published over 700 academic papers- most of which relate to nutrition and causes of obesity. Due to his research on microbes at Guy’s he is also the lead investigator of the British Gut Project at King’s.


“Many people don’t realize that the bacteria that live inside us play an incredibly important role in our health. There are so many of them, that they make up 90 percent of the cells in our body and their most important jobs include manufacturing vitamins for us and breaking down and digesting our food. The trillions of bacteria in our gut weigh nearly 2 kg (over 4lbs). This community of bacteria can be thought of as an extra ‘organ’ which we call our “microbiome”. We evolved together with our microbiome over millions of years. Recent research has discovered that small changes in this finely balanced community can affect our immune system, metabolism, body weight, mood and may even cause diseases such as Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, autoimmune disease, diabetes and heart disease.

In short- this guy is a genius! I felt incredibly lucky to spend some time with Tim, picking his awesome brains about nutrition, gut health and obesity. The few hours I spent with Tim felt like a crash course in ‘Diet Myths’ (funny that , because his new book is entitled ‘The Diet Myth’) .


So thank your lucky cabbage that finally there is a book out there giving you an honest, factual outlook to your nutrition. No clueless ‘celebs’ on the front cover in a bikini , eating a burger, no hilariously, ridiculous diets telling you to live on lettuce leaves. Facts. The truth about what certain foods do to your body, how to keep your microbes happy and ultimately- what you need to do if you want to stay alive!

In the UK two out of three adults are now overweight or obese. This is clear to see as we no find ourselves in an epidemic of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Surely educating people CORRECTLY from an early age would be a damn sight cheaper?! I’m with Jamie Oliver on this one. The right information needs to start in schools from an early age.

WE have to take responsibility for ourselves. Educating ourselves and our children. Teaching them to make healthy meals from an early age. It’s not rocket science- it simply requires a bit of effort- on your part! worth it though… Unless you want to be riddled with obesity related illness and possibly die a lot sooner obviously. I’ll be keeping you posted on when you can catch me chatting to Tim in more depth.

Rehearsals for our live episode have been going wonderfully well! We are SO excited now! There’s been some very late nights involved, well late to me – my nickname on set is ‘Granny Cath’, anything past 10pm and I’m ready for bed! Thus I may have been wearing my PJ’s to work (what a chav!)



Announced this week was the news that our lovely producer Stuart Blackburn will be leaving us in a few months time.

Stuart was not ‘axed’ as some of the newpspapers have suggested.

Producers at ‘Corrie’ never stay longer than three years, its a massive undertaking and a very stressful job, so naturally producers seem to move on after 2-3 years. We still have Stuart looking after us for the next few months, before our new producer – the wonderful Kate Oates joins us!

Kate used to be our assistant producer here in Weatherfield before she became producer at Emmerdale. So we are simply thrilled to be having her back – exciting times ahead! We’ll be sure to give Stuart an awesome send-off and Kate an epic welcome!

Training is going super-well! Another few pounds and I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight. But more importantly I feel great and I feel really strong. My energy levels are better than they have been in months and I’m loving each new challenge thats presented to me.


In the new year I’m hoping to announce some pretty awesome fitness ambitions that I’d like you guys to get involved with!

Here’s a very quick and easy recipe for cod. I whip this up in about 5 minuets and serve with stir-fried green vegtables – great for when you’re in a rush! (Which tends to be most days!)


1. 1 lb. cod fillets

2. 1/3 cup almond flour

3. 1/2 tsp Himilayan pink salt

4. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

5. 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided

6. 3/4 cup chicken stock

7. 3 tbsp lemon juice

8. 1/4 cup capers, drained

9. 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


1. Stir the almond flour and salt together in a shallow bowl. Rinse off the fish and pat dry with a paper towel. Pat the fish in the almond flour mixture to coat.

2. Heat enough olive oil to coat the bottom of a large skillet over medium heat along with one tablespoon coconut oil. Add the cod and cook for 2-3 minutes to brown. Remove to a plate and set aside.

3. Add the chicken stock, lemon juice, and capers to the same skillet . Simmer to reduce the sauce by almost half. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil.

4. Put cod onto plates, drizzle with the sauce, and sprinkle with parsStay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream BIG


Auntie Cath

13 September


Corrie, Coffee & Choccy!

So! It has begun! We had our read-though this week for our amazing live episode! Rehearsals are now well underway.

I am SO excited to be a part of something so special. Wonderful written by Debbie Oates, all I can say is – this episode will have you GRIPPED. I was gripped at the read-through so god knows what I’ll be like when we watch it back!




Lots of rehearsals mean lots of late nights. So I’m fully armed with lots of tupperware!


I’ll be making plenty of healthy snacks to share on set and some tasty treats for after our live ep! I’ve found a new recipe, inspired by my lovely co-star Cherylee Houston. Cherylee has some awesome recipe ideas – she’s quite the ‘foodie’ and has fantastic nutritional knowledge – always aiming for nutrient dense meals and snacks – a lass after my own heart!


So I’ve included a fab sweet treat for when you’re feeling indulgent! But first…

Coffee…always in the middle of a good health debate! With valid reasons for and against DEPENDING on the individual. If you’re an anxious person that can’t sleep for example – well, then having a coffee is like pouring petrol on the fire. I am most certainly 100% FOR coffee. I believe that coffee is very good for you, for many reasons:

For me it massively improves my energy levels, so I often have a strong black coffee before I hit the gym. It improves your physical performance by 10-12%. Now, I’m talking, good quality, organic stuff here. If you want to reap the benefits – spend the extra pennies!

The higher quality the coffee the more effective its rewards. It’s also been proven that coffee improves various aspects of brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive function. What do I say to this?? YES PLEASE!!!


And let’s not ignore the fact that caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning. This happens by boosting your metabolic rate.
Recent research has shown us that drinking 1-2 cups of coffee a day helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular related death by 65%.

Another study saw the risk of Alzheimer’s disease reduce by 65% in those that drank 3-5 cups of coffee a day. Still not sold? Coffee also has some pretty handy nutrients on board:v

A single cup of coffee contains:

• Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.

• Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.

• Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.

• Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.

Coffee is also packed with antioxidants and new research has shown strong evidence that it can help to prevent type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and depression.

My top tip is to not drink this wonderful stuff past 3pm to ensure a good night’s kip. I tend to have two good quality coffees a day.

One pre-workout and one just after lunch. It depends how sensitive you are to caffeine. In my humble opinion, looking at the given research…go forth and drink coffee!!

Choccy Cheeks!


• 1 cup almond butter

• ¼ cup manuka honey

• ¼ cup coconut sugar

• 1 egg

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• ½ teaspoon baking soda

• pinch of sea salt

• ½ cup dark chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Grease an 8×8 baking dish.

3. Mix together all ingredients and fold in chocolate chips.

4. Pour mixture into baking dish and spread out evenly

5. Bake for 20-23 minutes . Cool for about 10 minutes before slicing.

One week left till Eva Price returns to the cobbles! I do believe that my first episode back is September 16th, the day before my birthday!

Needless to say…Eva the Diva comes back with a bang!




Welcome to our new family here in Weatherfield!! The lovely Shane Ward who plays Aidan, Richard Hawley who plays Johnny Connor, Aidan’s dad and theatre star Faye Brookes who plays Aidan’s sister Kate! I’ve been filming with Faye this week – Faye starred in Legally Blonde- one of my favourite musicals…it’s only a matter of time before I beg her to teach me the dance routines! #campaschristmas

Another busy week with @mattwarnerPT ! This week has been really tough training wise. I’ve lots of exciting new tips to share with you- I’m learning so much from Matt, watch this space!


Thanks so much for all your lovely tweets about my return to Corrie next week, I really do appreciate your support!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream Big

Auntie Cath xxx

07 September


Mindful Eating and Sleepy Houmous!!

This week I’ve been looking into ‘Mindful Eating’ i.e. paying attention to what’s going in your gob! It’s the principle of eating with the intention of caring for yourself and eating with the attention necessary for noticing and enjoying your food and its effects on your body.

It’s not simply about “eating slowly, in a quiet place”. It’s taking into consideration the entire experience – physically AND mentally. Looking at emotional eating, choosing the right foods on a nutritional level and for your enjoyment and feeling fuller for longer. We so often sit in front of the TV with a packet of something, and because our focus is on the telly and not what we’re eating, we lose track… yup… before you know it – you’ve eaten the packet.


I was raised to sit at the table for meals – a social affair, a chance for the family to catch up on each other’s day and spend quality time together. I think there’s a lot to be said for this. Focussing more on the enjoyment of a meal, talking about the food and its flavours maybe. Taking the time to appreciate. Maybe try it for a few weeks – being more aware of your food will stop you from over eating and you’ll enjoy the experience a whole lot more and it will prevent you from ‘binge eating’. Which I’ll be talking about in more depth next week.

This week, I feel I’ve been training harder than I have done in months. @MattwarnerPT has moved things up a notch… thus I am walking like John Wayne and have the appetite of a man! Which is great – I’m getting so much stronger and I’m starting to see a bit of muscle definition coming back. In our last session one of the exercises included was ‘The Dumbbell Prone Row” @MattWarnerPT explains below…


Dumbbell Prone Row:

A great exercise for the intermediate to advanced trainee. If you are a beginner I would begin with a seated cable row to ensure correct position and contraction of the mid back.

What to do:
Ensure the bench is on a slight incline.
Choose a weight that allows you to maintain tension in the working muscles (back) throughout the desired rep range.
As you row, imagine you are rowing the dumbbells towards your hips. This will minimise any elevation in the shoulders. You want to keep your shoulders depressed allowing the muscles of the mid back to contract optimally.
Lower the weight under a slow controlled tempo using the mid back muscles to do so.
Repeat for the desired reps.

Remember. For all exercises it is important to feel right muscles and eradicate all compensation from other muscle groups for the sole purpose of moving the weight. If you cannot feel the right muscles working you may be using a weight too heavy for you. If so, reduce the weight and focus on each repetition.

Thanks Matt!


In other news – Happy Birthday to my amazing fiancé Tom!! Tom turned 29 this week, we celebrated with a ‘date night’ at one of our favourite restaurants. I bought him golf clubs and a massage – not a bad girlfriend am I?I also went out for delicious lunch at Georges Restaurant in Worsley last week, for an overdue catch up with my lovely publicist Laura … So many exciting things afoot!!

Things are really gearing up in Weatherfield as preparations begin for our ‘live episode’. Theres a real buzz at work, I can’t wait to be a part of things! The story lining is awesome to say the least. You lot are in for such a treat!!



I always make sure I have plenty to snack on, when I’m on the go. Im a big fan of houmouss with green veg. One of my favourite recipes is by Dale Pinnock. It takes minuets to whizz up AND
Chickpeas are rich in vitamin B6, which is important for the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. BOOOOM – much needed as a new mummy! Give it a try with some peppers, sugar snap peas and mange tout for dunking!!

Dales Houmous!
1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained
juice of ½ lemon
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 bunch fresh basil, leaves torn
sea salt and black pepper


Be happy, Be healthy and DREAM BIG!
Love Auntie Cath

28 August


Sack the soy and Ninja Warrior!

‘Gluten Free’… people seem drawn in by this label. If you are Gluten free – YES you will be healthier and feel a damn sight better too. Supermarkets are cashing in on this, and now stock hundreds of products in the ‘Gluten Free’ section…some supermarkets indulge in a whole aisle of ‘Gluten Free’ products. DO NOT BE FOOLED!! Gluten Free on a label does NOT always mean that it is healthy!!

Many of these products are filled with tons of sugar, industrial seeds (i.e Rapeseed and Sunflower oil), soy and cereal grains. These little minions…are often found on the ‘Healthy Living’ aisle…


Many of these products are promoting low-fat, highly processed diets made up of toxic foods. ‘Gluten Free Skinny Muffins’??? It’s almost comedy value to find such a thing on the ‘Healthy Living’ section. Thats not to say there aren’t healthier recipes available, should you wish to make a paleo, Gluten and dairy free ‘Muffin’ at home. If you’re really craving something like that – make them, at home and chose a recipe with no ingredients that will cause you inflammation or any physiological changes.

For example…let’s chat about Soy …for a long time ‘hippies’ around the globe have been hailing this as a ‘healthy option’ – I have a real ‘beef’ with Soy – Soy can sometimes screw up your hormones, and it is high in phyates, which means it could rob you of valuable minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Thats just a few soy-related problems for you. So before you head to the ‘Healthy Living’ section in the supermarket and give yourself a ‘Chuffty Badge’…BE AWARE.

I’ll bore you once more with the line I live by, and make all nutritional decisions by:


If you want a ‘treat’, make it. Don’t have the time? MAKE time. You only have one body. I could give you ten options off the top of my head for a ‘treat’ that takes under ten minutes to prep. The options are there. Fail to prepare…prepare to fail. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL guys, it takes 60 seconds of your time.

Tom and I took Alfie for a little trip to Wrea Green and Lytham this week. I love Lytham- lovely stretch of beach to run about on with the dogs, fab shopping and darling little tea rooms dotted around like they never went out of fashion! unnamed3

Alfie saw ducks for the first time (which he found very confusing! He’s just about got his head around dogs) And he bravely attempted the ball pool- which he tired of quite quickly! But we had some quality family time- which are always my favourite kinda time :-)


Training with @Mattwarnerpt from @upfitness is going REALLY well, and after one week my results in terms of measurements and strength are already fab!! Roll on next session!!

We’ve been very busy making more telly magic for you lot on the cobbles too. My schedule is starting to ramp up prior to the live now- so I had a cheeky little night shoot with the wonderful Paula Lane this week. So nice to see Eva and Kylie reunited!! And of course Paula and I get to chat all things babies in between scenes ?


I also attended a VERY special filming of ITV’s ‘Ninja Warrior Uk’ this week. Its an extra special episode! I LOVE that show! All will be revealed!


This weeks recipe is one of my faves! A gorgeous Paleo Lasagne, that really quick and easy to make!

Lush, Lean Lasagne


For beef and tomato sauce

• 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil

• 1 onion, diced

• 1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink salt

• 1 teaspoon coconut oil

• 500g grass-fed beef mince (1.1 lb.)

• ⅔ cup dry red wine

• 3 garlic cloves, finely diced chopped

• ⅔ teaspoon black pepper

• ⅔ teaspoon sweet paprika

• 3 cups tomato passata

For the lasagna layers

• 1 Large Parsnip, thinly sliced

• 1 large Aubergine, sliced into 1 cm-thick disks

• 1 teaspoon sea salt

• 2 tablespoon virgin olive oil

• ½ cup torn fresh basil leaves

• 5–6 button mushrooms, sliced

• 2 cups baby spinach leaves

• 3 medium courgettes sliced vertically into thin ribbons

• 2–3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

• Cherry tomatoes to garnish

1. Heat oven to 180°C (355°F). Place a layer of parsnip slices with a coconut oil in a deep lasagna tray and pre-bake in the oven for 15 minutes, this will help to soften them slightly before we build the rest of the layers. Set aside

2. To make the sauce, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil and sauté onion with a pinch of salt for 5 minutes, until slightly caramelised. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil and bring the heat up to high. Break the beef mince and add to the frying pan. Stir and break the mince apart into small pieces. Cook for about 5–6 minutes, until browned.

3. Add red wine, garlic, pepper, paprika and salt to cooking meat and fry for a further 3-4 minutes. Add tomato passata, bring to boil and turn the heat down to simmering temperature. Cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, sprinkle aubergine slices with sea salt and set aside for 10 minutes to draw out some of the juices. Rinse and pat dry. Heat the oven back to 180°C (355°F).

4. In another frying pan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil. Fry the aubergine in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side, until light golden brown. Set aside.

1. Take the baking tray out of the oven and start layering the lasagna in the following order: pre-cooked parsnips, ⅓ of tomato meat sauce, aubergine slices, fresh basil leaves, mushrooms, the rest of the meat sauce pressed down evenly, baby spinach, courgette, drizzle of olive oil and some cracked black pepper. Cook in the oven, at 180°C (355°F), for 35–40 minutes. If using grated Parmesan cheese, add on top of the lasagna at the 20 minutes cooking-time mark. Increase the heat to 200°C (390°F) for the last 10–15 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil and a few cherry tomatoes. Serve with mixed salad. Job done. This freezes really well too! Enkoy and don’t forget to tweet me your pictures if you give it a go!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy & Dream BIG

Auntie Cath xxx

23 August


Virtually Famous and gut health!!

This week I’ve been filming Virtually Famous for E4. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a guest panel show, with the fabulous Kevin McHale (of Glee fame) as the hilarious host. Guests comment and play various silly games, centred or based around the latest popular social media hits. Be it on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook.


I was joined by Chris Stark and Russell Kane…WHAT a night we had! When a medic approached me to check on my health status, I knew the producers had something special in store for me. Let’s just say it involved me playing barmaid… in very unusual… ‘electrifying’ circumstances. I’ll keep you posted on the transmission date. It really is a very funny show.


We all have a ‘weak spot’ when it comes to health. When busy lifestyles take their toll, physically – we often see the impact. Some people may struggle with migraines (as mentioned in last week’s blog) for example, bad skin, IBS, anxiety, depression… one of the biggest complaints doctors receive is problems with digestive health.

Much of the time, simple changes to your lifestyle can eradicate some – if not all – of these symptoms. It all starts with eating properly – working from the inside out!! Taking pills and potions from the doctor often will simply ‘mask’ symptoms. If you get constant indigestion – WHY are you getting constant indigestion? If you have IBS flare-ups – WHY? Constipation? WHY??


So many people rely on quick fix solutions from a local pharmacy – not really looking into what is causing the problem. Having a healthy gut isn’t rocket science. There are really simple steps you can take to improve gut health.

I spoke to my trainer Matt Warner this week in regards to this subject, as my digestive system is the first thing to malfunction if I’m stressed or I’m not eating in a ‘clean’ way.

So I’ve asked Matt to share his top tips for Gut Health. Give it a try – you’ll probably see a HUGE difference, I know I did! (Always go to your doctor with persistent symptoms)


@MattWarnerPT: 5 Tips for Optimal gut health.

Clean up your diet: This is always the best first step for anyone looking to improve gut health. Processed foods and drinks, as we know, contain an abundance of sugar, artificial sweeteners, trans fats and chemicals. These are major causes of inflammation within the gut leading to the symptoms often associate with IBS and other gut discomfort.

Anti-inflammatory foods: So often we neglect the health benefits of food. Eating the right foods at the right times can have a dramatic impact on improving health. Include foods such as cruciferous vegetables, Sauerkraut, green tea, garlic, cinnamon and onions as part of your daily nutrition plan.

Supplement with omega 3s and Vitamin D3: Falling short of calling these two ‘super supplements’, both Omega 3s and Vitamin D3 should be a staple supplement in your daily routine. They provide hundreds of benefits to your health from improving body composition by turning on the fat burning genes to natural anti inflammatory properties thus improving gut health.

Food rotation: We all tend to stick to the same food sources our whole lives. Sometimes these foods can irritate us causing many of the common symptoms of gut discomfort. Bloating, excess gas, mood swings and poor skin health to name a few. Rotating food sources can help to minimise intolerance and help improve your body composition.

Add good bacteria: Once you have followed steps 1 to 4 for a few weeks, try adding a good quality probiotic into your regime. The good bacteria will thrive in the new, improved environment within the gut and help to optimise your health further.

Well done to everyone who got their exam results this week! I remember those days (albeit many moons ago! It’s bloody tough!)

Extra special well done to my cousin Lucy who grafted her socks off and did brilliantly in her GCSEs. Go Lucy!!!

14 August


Birthday’s, baby sensory and salt baths!


Hello! I hope you are all happy and healthy! We had a wonderful weekend last week, with big celebrations for Antony Cotton’s 40th Birthday (aka Coronation Street’s Sean Tully)! It was a fantastic party held at Antony’s beautiful home.

cath-bday3So many people turned out to wish Antony happy birthday, amazing food, plenty of drinks and great company – perfect! I’ve known Antony for many years now, as his partner Peter is my best friend.

cath-bday1cath-bday2cath-bday Peter and I grew up together. So I used to spend much of my time gate crashing their house before I met Tom. I think they’re relieved I’ve settled down to be honest. It was a bit like that film ‘You, Me and Dupree’?


Also this week – I took Alfie to a local ‘Baby Sensory’ class. I highly recommend these classes!! Not only will your cherub be able to spend time around other babies, but the classes will give you some great ideas for play, massage, tummy time, movement, visual development, hand-eye coordination and music – in simple practical ways that can easily be repeated at home. Alfie loves music and lights – baby sensory classes are the ideal environment for him to play safely and learn from older babies.


There are plenty of classes available if you check with your local community centre/Sure Start Centre (it also helps to tire them out….meaning you’ll get a decent nap out of them afterwards!) I have played music and sang to Alfie from the moment I found out I was pregnant. We use the same song to sing him to sleep each day. So he knows that when mummy sings this song – its time to nap/go to bed. Researchers believe that musical training creates new pathways in the brain. Classical works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart–is different from music such as say ‘pop’ or ‘rock’… it has a more complex musical structure.


Babies as young as 3 months can pick out that structure, would you believe!! They can even recognize classical music selections they have heard before.

Researchers think the complexity of classical music is what primes the brain to solve spatial problems more quickly. So listening to classical music may have different effects on the brain than listening to other types of music (however, this won’t stop me bombarding Alfie with Disney songs…its for his benefit …honest…ahem…)

I believe that listening to any kind of music helps build music-related pathways in the brain. And music has been proven to have a positive effects on our moods that may make learning easier. When we sing we release endorphins, which is probably why I’m slightly addicted to singing where ever I am…non stop. I think it may ‘grate’ on Tom occasionally! Give it a go!! Get musical with your baby! It can’t do any harm eh?

Great news! I’m back in my pre-pregnancy jeans (okay… They’re tight… But they’re on!!) so pleased!! Big Thank you to my wonderful Tom for helping me, and to my new personal trainer @mattwarnerpt who is now helping me to achieve my fitness goals (I think Tom’s glad of the hand over to be honest… Nagging him about home improvements mid- workout didn’t go down to well!)

I’ll be posting some fab workout tips over the next few weeks. Matts knowledge is amazing- I’ve learnt so much from him already and can’t wait to share with you guys!

I’ve spoken previously about the importance of ‘rest days’. I used to train 6 days a week… Sometimes 7! Allowing my body very little time to recover and repair. At least two rest days are important. I still remain active on rest days e.g I walk with Alfie or go for a little swim, but I don’t lift weights. I also make the effort to take a Magnesium Salt bath after training – which helps you repair quicker. I recommend bathing in a pint of Magnesium Salts for at least 25 minuets. I also use a product new to the market- magnesium body butter! The idea being the same- aiding muscle recovery transdermally.

Give it a go- salt baths are cheap and highly effective!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream BIG


Auntie Cath


09 August


My new personal trainer and a monkfish BBQ recipe!

This week I had my first meeting with my new trainer @MattWarnerpt! I’m about to undertake the most advanced training and nutrition plan to date – I’m VERY lucky! Terrified…but lucky! I’ll be keeping you guys posted on my progress!

Also been loving my time on the cobbles… I’ve been a nice level of busy – meaning I’m spending lots of time with Alfie too. Weatherfield is easing me back in nicely…


We had a gorgeous BBQ this week at Corrie too which has inspired this week’s recipe! Although most of the cast were more concerned with the HUGE chocolate truffles on offer!!

Something I’ve been meaning to chat about for a while – migraines – the absolute bain of many peoples lives. Including some members of the Corrie cast past and present.

I myself used to struggle with these horrible headaches as a teenager on a daily basis. I used to take medication every day to try and improve the situation.


Through keeping a dairy of my diet (which granted, back then, was terrible) and menstrual cycle I learnt that mine were heavily affected by hormones, diet and stress. Now thanks to changes in my nutrition and wising up to ‘warning signs’ I’m able to keep my migraines at bay.

I have maybe one or two a year now which is more than manageable. However, due to the drastic changes in hormones during pregnancy, I struggled with migraines whist carrying my son Alfie.

I had maybe one every couple of weeks. To people who have never had to endure a migraine, you may be thinking ‘man up! Its a headache!’ WRONG. A migraine is the mother of all headaches!! I lose some of my vision, which no matter how many times I experience this, always leaves me feeling panicked.

I continued to have migraines for several weeks after the birth whilst breastfeeding. Again – in my case most definitely hormone related.

Some people also have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound.

Migraines are extremely common, affecting approx one in every five women and around one in every 15 men.


There are several types of migraine, including:

migraine with aura – where there are warning signs before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
migraine without aura – where the migraine occurs without warning signs.
migraine aura without headache, also known as a silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache does not develop.
Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally. It is possible for years to pass between migraine attacks.

There are many different treatments for migraines. For me personally it seems to help keeping my hormones at bay. I also found reflexology extremely helpful. In times of stress, meditation also acts as a preventative. As well as several supplements being proven to help including:


Vitamin B12

Co-enzyme Q-10


There is also new research showing a direct link between artificial sweeteners and headaches (I’ve said it a million times – you consume artificial sweeteners, you are ASKING for a whole bunch of side affects. This rubbish is NOT supposed to enter our bodies).



Now… on to fish! I adore monkfish! I’ve found a great recipe this week, with a bit of luck we’ll get some good weather and you can bob these monkfish skewers on the BBQ! Mmmmm… monkfish skewers!

500g monkfish tail, diced into chunks
2 large sweet potatoes, cut into wedges
2 large red onions, cut into wedges
5cm fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
Juice 1 lemon
1 tsp turmeric
handful fresh coriander
3 tbsp full fat Greek yoghurt
6 – 8 bamboo skewers

Preheat the oven to 180C /350F . Arrange the sweet potato wedges in a roasting dish, drizzle with a little olive oil and season. Place in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until cooked. Leave to cool.

In a food processor, combine the ginger, garlic, lemon, turmeric, coriander and yoghurt to make a marinade.
Place the Monkfish and onion wedges into the roasting dish with the sweet potatoes. Pour over the marinade and coat well.

Arrange the skewers by alternating between the fish, sweet potatoes and onions. Aim to fit around 2 / 3 of each item on to each skewer.

When ready to cook, either place on the bbq and keep turning until cooked through, or grill for 2 – 3 minutes either side.

Give them a go my little Health Bunnies!!
Stay Happy.

Stay healthy and dream big.

Love Auntie Cath x

30 July


Petticoats, Porridge and Parents!

This week I visited a fab new American Diner in Manchester. I adore the 1950’s, the style, the clothes, the class! The dresses back then were so classy and feminine – a lady looked like a real lady! (Yes I probably sound like your Nan, but I don’t care!) We had such a great night dressing up in retro dresses, there was a Buddy Holly tribute act, all the waitresses were in full costume and I got to swan around like A character from ‘Grease’…what’s not to love!?


I also met up with ‘my girls!’ The girls I went to school with…in fact we’ve all been together since Nursery! How cute are we? We all went for a beautiful slap up meal with our other halves to celebrate my pal’s restaurant being open for 22 years. Its so lovely to catch up with the girls. Were all so busy these days, but when we get together its like nothing has ever changed – we revert back to a bunch of giddy school girls – I love it :-)


A HUGE Congratulations to Steve & Diana – my in-laws to be, they celebrated 40 years on marriage this week with their Ruby Wedding Anniversary. My parents also have their Ruby Wedding Anniversary approaching, our parents are very similar and both families have very strong family values. Tom and I are so lucky to have such an amazing support network – truly inspiring marriage graft!! No pressure Tom!

The time has come! Weaning Alfie has started!! I’ve been so excited for him trying new foods. We plan to make everything ourselves. In one of the books that I’m reading it advises new mum’s to start with a simple baby porridge…Be warned! Even baby porridge can contain some ‘nasty’s’, why would you add sugar and palm oil to baby porridge for example? Well some brands do!! ALWAYS read the label!! We’ve chosen to just give Alfie normal oats, milled very finely. No added sugar. No saturated fats. Just goodness! I’ve been so shocked at some of the ingredients in certain items…If I wouldn’t put it in my body – why on earth would I put it into my baby’s precious little body?? As Alfie progresses and explores new foods I’ll be sharing some fab, easy recipes further down the line.


My training is going really well, Tom has been training me whilst I wait for my pals new gym to open. We don’t usually train together, but he’s been amazing (not to mention patient!) since I’ve had Alfie. He’s been so encouraging and motivational, and supports me every step of the way. I’m feeling stronger each day :-) Here’s one of the exercises thats helping ‘Momma get her Booty back!’ ha ha…


Muscle group

• Glutes

• Hamstrings

• Core


• Lie with your upper back supported on a bench and your feet planted on the floor in front of you. Hold a barbell across your hips.


• Lower your hips down so your glutes almost come in contact with the floor.


• Pressing through your heels and squeezing your glutes, return the barbell to the start position.


See You Next Week Campers!!

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy & Dream BIG!

Love Auntie Cath

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