Posts Tagged: Catherine Tyldesley

29 August
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Venetian Glory and Bump

So it’s finally out! Possibly the longest 12 weeks of my life!!! I’m going to be a mummy :-) Lots of people asking if my bump is real?! (How weird?!)

When you have a small waist and flat tummy before pregnancy you often show sooner.

I’ve also been suffering from really bad water retention. So to those of you suggesting there’s a pillow up there (for the love of God…) No. It’s my bump!

Thank you to everyone who has tweeted myself and Tom and wished us well. We are both over the moon :-))))

We decided to take a break this week and we had a lovely few days in Venice :-) . I’ve never been before, Patti Clare at work gave me a list of ‘Things To Do In Venice’. Well that beautiful City truly lived up to all I thought it would. Such a romantic place. Basically everywhere looks like a film set. By the time the sun sets on San Marco Sq- you’re pretty breathless thanks to the view (and the copious amounts of pizza and gelato of course!)

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We did lots of walking – the best way to see Venice we found was to simply ‘Get Lost’- and we did! Several times! But by doing this we stumbled on the most exquisite churches, bars and restaurants. The best food there was often served in little back street tavernas rather than the larger riviera eateries.

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We found Venice a little expensive and it’s definitely the kind of place you’d visit for a short break, anything longer you could find it overwhelming- I must admit, the crowds in San Marco Sq were pretty intense. We often retreated to the haven of the roof top pool at our hotel (when the sun graced us). But it’s a must do place to visit- it really is stunning. Back to reality now – its always good to be home :-)

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I’m still going to be training throughout my pregnancy. It’s so important to stay active. If your body was used to keeping fit before you conceived there’s no reason why you shouldn’t maintain this during. The fitter you are the better! Just make sure you have a PT that knows your limits. If you dont have a PT – get one!!! There are certain things you need to avoid during pregnancy. It’s also important to listen to your body. If it’s not up to working out- then rest!! I’m very fortunate that @paul_boys specializes in pre and post natal fitness so he’s been really looking after me. Me and Bump are very grateful!! I’ll also be doing pregnancy Yoga and I’m still doing plenty of swimming! Which is fantastic -especially as you enter your later trimester.

Last week I gave you a recipe for a paleo/gluten free pizza, this week I’ve asked too chef @dale_pinnock to treat us to another Italian treat this week – its delicious!!!

Raw courgette pasta with pesto

This dish makes a great main course or delicious side.

1 large courgette
2 tablespoons of pine nuts
15g of fresh basil leaves
Half a clove of garlic – finely chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 teaspoons of grated parmesan

Using a vegetable peeler, slice the courgette lengthways to create long thin strips that look like tagliatelle.

Place the pine nuts, basil, garlic, and parmesan into a food processor, along with a pinch of sea salt, and process to form a coarse pesto. Only blend it lightly so that the pesto has some texture.

Add the pesto to the courgette, and toss well before serving.

Yum for my growing tum :-)

Until next week!

Stay Happy, stay healthy and DREAM BIG!

Love Auntie Cath and Bump

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30 May
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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!

British Soap Awards

British Soap Awards

 

 

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.

 

Coral Pearl Suite

Coral Pearl Suite

 

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.

Cora Pearl was one of the most feted courtesans of her time

Cora Pearl was one of the most feted courtesans of her time

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:

 

 

Tough workout

Tough workout

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.

Working out

Working out

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.

 

Benefits

Tuna

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

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.

Great Swim

Great Swim

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.

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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!

Love

Auntie Cath

I'm swimming in aid of Manchester Children's hospital

I’m swimming in aid of Manchester Children’s hospital

 

09 May
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Dogs, Boobs and Funerals…

I’ve had such a lovely week with my little pal Dexter (my pal’s Chihuahua). We’ve been going on lots of lovely walks and what not?! Totally get my ‘dog-fix’ by dog-sitting other peoples pooches. I don’t have time to have one myself – so it’s so lovely when I do have the time to have Dexter :-) I’m the ‘crazy dog lady’ that cuddles other people’s pets without permission in the park – ha.

I love petting dogs!

I love petting dogs!

We remembered my lovely Granddad this week too, the one-year anniversary of his death. My grandfather inspired me to the very end, he beat cancer several times, and swam 60 lengths a day through his seventies – I’m hoping I’ve inherited his ‘water-wings’ for The Great Swim! Which is slowly creeping up on me! I’m swimming for Manchester Children’s Hospital, you can sponsor me here:

http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=CathTyldesley&un_jtt_redirect

Even the smallest amount can help guys. Thank you for those of you that have already taken the time to support :-)

I was chatting to good friend and stylist (http://martinealexander.co.uk/ @yourstylist) the other day about my Great North Swim and she mentioned the best swimwear she recommends to all her private clients (the ones that need support in the upper area!!)… She was saying how hard it is for women with boobs to find functional swimwear … Finally, a bra company aimed at women with bigger boobs have taken the decision to produce swimwear and sports bras (thank the lord) with support! Thank you Freya! The swimwear has been great for indoor training and Betty and Bertha don’t move!

http://www.freyalingerie.com/active/swim/moulded-crop-tankini/moulded-crop-tankini.aspx?colour=purple%20rain

http://www.freyalingerie.com/active/swim/moulded-swimsuit/moulded-swimsuit.aspx?colour=purple%20rain

Vitamin sprays

Vitamin sprays

I’m going to share a VERY exciting discovery with you this week – vitamin sprays!! I have discovered a range by a wonderful company called BetterYou (www.betteryou.com). I have always believed in putting food first, but sometimes we need to fill in those gaps.

Their products utilise the fastest and most reliable delivery mechanisms available, including transdermal magnesium therapy (having a bath in magnesium rich salts to you and me!) and sub-lingual vitamin delivery (spraying vitamin dosage under ones tongue). Not only is this a great way of meeting optimal health results for adults but it’s a great way for children to up their intake too. In fact the Vitamin D spray is now recommended by the department of health.

They do a fantastic range including a multi-vitamin spray, a Vitamin D spray (we get this from the sun, so I’d put money on a high percentage of us here in the UK being deficient in it!), Vitamin B12 (much needed by us Corrie lot for energy levels) and a pregnancy care spray.

A couple of weeks ago I spoke about the power and importance of magnesium. It is VITAL for optimal muscle contraction, skeletal strength, energy production and assists in sustaining the high oxygen consumption necessary for athletic performance. Sports injuries are far more likely to occur when magnesium levels are low. It helps you to sleep and aids recovery dramatically. Transdermal magnesium delivers this essential mineral directly to the skin tissue, entering every cell.

It is the ULTIMATE way to replenish magnesium levels. I have been trying it most nights before bed. I haven’t slept this well in years! I’ve also been trialling the Vitamin B12 oral spray. Vitamin B12 is essential for the formation of red blood cells, brain health and the resistance of tiredness and fatigue.

The spray is combined with chromium which is great for giving us gym bunnies a boost, fantastic for the elderly, during pregnancy, vegans and vegetarians and like us here at Weatherfield – anyone with a busy lifestyle! I’ll keep you updated on their other products, as I think this company have it nailed! But for now – bob yourself in the bath guys!

Also this week I’ve been chatting to health and fitness expert Olly Foster (http://ollyfoster.com/@Olly_Foster ) about gut health. Something we all struggle with at some point in our lives. Some people struggle on a daily basis with the likes of acid reflux and IBS, there are things you can do to help you absorb the nutrients you need from your food and make yourself more comfortable.

 

Here Olly shares his top tips:

Fix your gut

You train hard and eat right, you manage to control all the external influences that can affect you such as stress and poor sleep. But what’s the point if your gut health is poor and you are struggling to digest and absorb the nutrients you are providing to assist you in your fitness quest?

The digestive system is so important when it comes to health, it is involved in so many processes that when functioning optimally makes us perform to a greater level and thus rewards us in return. A simple and effective protocol can be the addition of L-Glutamine & Probiotic’s.

L- Glutamine

L-Glutamine has shown to be an amazing aid in healing, sealing and repairing a “leaky gut” by playing a role in the health of the pancreas, liver, mouth and oesophagus. The function of all of these parts impact digestion and thus the health of your gut. By taking Glutamine it will ensure the entire digestive process runs much more smoothly, preventing future damage but more importantly healing any damage already done and allowing for better absorption from the quality nutrients of your food. My recommendation for males is to take 20 grams in the morning and 20 grams at night before bed, females should reduce this to10g.

Probiotics

Now these bad boys main purpose is to put good flora back into your gut lining so you have more good bacteria than bad. There are many things that disrupt our good gut flora, including our toxic environment, highly processed and high-sugar diets, inflammatory foods and even medications. It’s due to these reasons that this supplement is an absolute must in my eyes. If you are exposed to any one of those things, and are not putting beneficial bacteria back in your body, you are potentially jeopardising your gut function and immune system. They will also improve digestion so that the nutrients you consume get absorbed and used by the body in an effective manner supporting your metabolism and helping you feel better.

My recommended dosage is to take one first thing in the morning, generally if it’s a good probiotic this is all you will need.

Those with more serious issues can also add a digestive enzyme to each meal. Hope this helps. Olly x

Filming Tina's funeral

Filming Tina’s funeral

Reet kids! That’s me over and out for another week – but before I forget – we’ve had some long days out on location this week filming Tina’s funeral – cast and crew have all been munching on Nākd bars. If you haven’t tried them yet – DO!!

Nākd bars and snacks are a great way to eat nutritious, healthy food without compromising on taste! (Refreshing in itself!). Made from natural ingredients such as fruits and nuts which are blended together into a handy bar. Wheat and dairy free, with no added sugars or hidden extras. Great for snacking! Were sold in Weatherfield…wonder if Dev will stock ‘em? http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/nakd/

Keeping my energy up

Keeping my energy up

They’ll be some more yummy recipes next week guys. Stay happy. Stay Healthy. And Dream BIG!
Love
Auntie Cath x

Keeping my energy up

Keeping my energy up

17 April
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Healthy food heaven plus Corrie and EastEnders do get on!

Wow! WHAT a week this has been!

Weekend was crazy, but pretty awesome! I attended the Natural and Organic Food Showcase at Olympia for the first time. How have I not been before?! Its like my Mecca! Gwyneth Paltrow would have had a field day! The place was filled with amazing discoveries, from natural healthcare products, natural & organic foods, to eco household products. New protein brands for those of us that can’t stomach Whey protein after the gym (and lets face it guys the alternative options of hemp or pea protein taste pretty rank) BUT there are some great new companies. I’ll be reviewing their products soon- what I’ve tasted so far has been GORGEOUS! For all those with a sensitive gut or IBS – help is here!

Food Kitchen with Dale Pinnock

Food Kitchen with Dale Pinnock

There were also some fab organic skin care products that I’ll be telling you about over the next few weeks too. The highlight of my foodie excursion was of course – cooking with @Dale_Pinnock! This chap is a genius – there is nothing he doesn’t know about food, we made two fab dishes Smoked Mackerel and Beetroot Crush’ and Satay King Prawn with Greens’ – both paleo – both packed with nutrients.

The dishes we made were lush and so moreish

The dishes we made were lush and so moreish

Dale’s ethos is simple – eat tasty, nutrient dense foods for a happy, healthy lifestyle. Using foods to ‘safe guard’ yourself against certain ailments – it’s a no brainer right? We all want to live longer…right? He’s recently been getting a great deal of media attention due to his unique work in the area of prescriptive “medicinal cookery” based upon tailoring menus to meet an individual’s specific health needs. You can find out more on his website (http://dalepinnock.com), his books are pretty mind blowing! Once you’ve read them you’ll certainly think twice about what you put into your body! Plus they’re filled with Beautiful tasty recipes. :-)

The dishes we made were lush and so moreish, plus- I managed not to burn or drop anything (always a bonus) then we had a question and answer session with a room full of like-minded people. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

Natural and Organic Food Showcase at Olympia

Natural and Organic Food Showcase at Olympia

From there we were whizzed off to the BBC to go live on the Gaby Roslin (@Gabyroslin) show for Radio BBC London to talk all things Corrie and cooking. We were also treated to the fantastic vocals of Kit Rice, this guy can chirp! Check him out : http://www.KitRice.com/Home.html . Nitin Ganatra ( yes Eastenders and Corrie do actually get along!) were most impressed. There’s nothing better than live music is there? What a treat!

With Gaby Roslin and EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra

With Gaby Roslin and EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra

Speaking of treats, I dined at ‘The Strip Bar’ this week (not what it sounds like, I promise you!) famed for its incredible steak in lush surroundings – it lived up to its reputation – and then some, definitely worth a visit – it’s at Charter House Square in London in the Malmaison Hotel. https://www.malmaison.com/locations/london/stripbar/

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My steak at Strip

Also this week I did a really fun shoot for ‘Jeans For Genes’ It is estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder and therefore 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year. This charity is a really fun and easy way of helping people with genetic disorders. Its so simple, and your money makes such a huge difference to the lives of children and families affected by genetic disorders. Wearing your Jeans For Genes’ takes place on Sept 19th, you can sign up here: (http://www.jeansforgenesday.org/) Dig out your best denim kids!

Jean For Genes Day

Jean For Genes Day

Satay Greens!

1 large leek – sliced into thin rings
2 cloves of garlic – finely sliced
1 small green or red chilli – finely chopped (if you don’t like it too spicy, you can discard the seeds).
2 handfuls of shredded spring greens
2 tablespoons of peanut butter (ideally without added sugar)
2 teaspoons of honey
Half a teaspoon of Chinese five spice powder
Soy sauce
Salt

Start by sautéing the leeks, garlic, and chilli in a little olive oil, along with a pinch of salt. Sauté until the leek is soft.

Add in the shredded greens and continue to sauté until they have softened slightly and turned a brighter green.

Add 2 dashes of soy sauce (about 1tbsp), the honey, and the peanut butter, and mix well. Sprinkle the Chinese five spice over and mix again.

This dish is great with added prawns, chicken, tofu, any protein you fancy really!

Now I know its Easter, so enjoy yourselves and have fun! Remember, the darker the chocolate (highest cocoa percentage, the better it is for you!) Moderation is the key! (Either that or I ask my mum to hide the chocolate! Ha ha. Stay happy, stay healthy and Dream big!

Easter Bunnies and Fairy Kisses
Auntie Cath
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10 April
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‘My food intolerance test and how to lunge correctly’

This week I went to one of my favourite stores Win Naturally in the Trafford Centre. The concept of the store comes from the passion and intellect of Julie Neville, the shops ethos being of course – health, fitness and well-being. Offering a broad range of supplements, health foods, services and advice. I decided to undergo the food intolerance test, with their Nutritionist Wendy Griffin. I was diagnosed 8 years ago as wheat intolerant – that still stands, if I eat wheat nowadays I look around 7 months pregnant within the hour! Then, last year I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant.

 

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Cutting out dairy has made a massive difference to my digestive health. I now use Lactose products (http://www.lactofree.co.uk/) or Almond milk, the difference has been considerable so I thought I’d see what else may flag up. The test checks 46 popular food types, and sure as eggs are eggs turns out I’m intolerant to…well…eggs! Which makes a lot of sense as I do still suffer from some discomfort and bloating… funnily enough – I eat a LOT of eggs! Also flagged up on the test was of course wheat, but surprisingly cashew nuts and Brazil nuts! Gutted! I eat loads of them too, which is why its probably not a bad idea that I cut them out for a while. I’ll be able to reintroduce them into my diet in a few months but I’m going to see how I fare without my beloved eggs!

 

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In other news my good friend, the legend that is Mr Nick Mitchell, opens his Marbella gym! If you’re into health and fitness then you’ll know who Nick Mitchell is! For those of you that don’t – check him out! His no nonsense approach to training and nutrition is spot on and so refreshing to some of the rubbish and uneducated guesses we are bombarded with on the television: http://nickmitchellblog.com/ @Heynickmitchell .

Having been lucky enough to train at Nick’s Mayfair gym (http://upfitness.co.uk/) with Nick and some of his other trainers, I’m excited to see what Marbella brings and I’ll be heading over there soon to give you guys a glimpse. Apparently its pretty awesome! Check it out on twitter guys – if you’re lucky enough to get a session with Nick or one of the other UP trainers – I promise you, its an amazing experience ( you’ll need that Bullet Proof Coffee though!) @UPMarbella.

 

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Speaking of training – if I don’t have time to get to the gym, a great exercise that can be performed easily at home is the ‘Walking Lunge’. This can be performed with or without weights/kettle bells. I lunge up and down my hallway with 12kg in each hand x20, then x10 with my hands behind my head, engaging my core. I repeat 5 times.

Below @Paul_Boys explains how to perform the lunges correctly:

The walking lunge is performed by alternating strides forward holding your head and shoulders high, back vertical as can be. As you plant your foot ensuring full foot contact on the ground with the leading foot, try and aim for your leading thigh to become parallel to the ground, the trailing foot will pivot on the toes, then power through the stride stand tall and bring the leading leg trough to stride out in front and repeat the motion. Please note that it is ok for the knee to go beyond the toes of the lead foot as long as it is pain free and you have the range of movement to do so. Lunge away guys- you’ll be hitting the quads, hamstrings and glutes!

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Now, whenever the lovely Dale Pinnock (http://dalepinnock.com/) and I have a catch up, we always seem to end up talking about one of our favourite subjects…Omega 3 (we’re SO Rock ‘n’ Roll). Omega 3 is one supplement that I will not do without! I get plenty of Omega 3 in my diet from fish, oils and nuts, but I still take extra supplements of this wonderful stuff! Dale and I will be appearing at Olympia on Sunday (http://www.olympia.co.uk/whatson/all-events) , we’ll be cooking together and discussing ways of getting more Omega 3 into your diet, but here’s what Dale had to say:

“If I was to say to people make 2 changes to their diet, one would be reduce refined carbs as per the Paleo diet and the second is to up your omega 3 fatty acids. These vital fats found in goods like oily fish, grass fed meat, walnuts and flax seeds have profound health benefits.

Firstly, omega 3 provides your body with the building blocks to make its own in built anti-inflammatory compounds. This helps manage issues like joint problems and skin conditions like acne and eczema.

Omega 3 is also incredibly important. Firstly because its anti-inflammatory effect offers long term protection against blood vessel damage. Then it also helps raise HDL (good) cholesterol, and also reduce excess blood clotting.

Finally omega 3 is vital for the health of the brain and nervous system. The Food and Behaviour research
department of Oxford university champion omega 3 for improving mood, and enhancing memory”

Dale Pinnock BSc (hons), PgCert

That’s much better than me just saying – its really good for you right? He’s so scientifical! I use a lot of Dales recipes and I did promise you lot last week, that I’d give you a little treat for Easter… so here it is! Its, SO easy! Its rich, its chocolatey, its moreish…and guess what? It GOOD for you! Give it a whizz guys!

Dale’s Avocado and Chocolate Mousse
• 2 very ripe avocados
• Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large orange
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 3 tablespoons high-quality cocoa or raw cacao powder (available in many health food shops)
Method:
1. Halve the avocados, discarding the stones. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon and put it in a food processor.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and process to make a thick, rich, mousse-like dessert.
3. Add extra cocoa powder or honey to make it sweeter or more chocolatey.
4. Serve in a cocktail glass or ramekin.

This week I’m LOVING the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial. I use this gorgeous potent oil whenever my skin is a little stressed or I have a photoshoot coming up. It does what it says on the box! (Which is a rarity these days!) Packed with essential oils and nutrients for the skin. Its a luxury product at a fair price, I’ve been using it for three years and have seen quite a difference, it certainly gives the skin a glow. Right! That’s me over and out for another week! Got lots to share next week so stay tuned!
Dream Big
Auntie Cath xx

03 April
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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/

 

Corrie cast!

Corrie cast!

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!

 

cath-tyldesley-gymNow, 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
◾Increases hydration
◾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
◾Strengthen bones
◾Lower blood pressure
◾Help the intestines absorb nutrients
◾Prevent goiters
◾Improve circulation
◾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!

My Jim Bag

My Jim Bag

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

One egg

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.

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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

Auntie Cath

27 March
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How to embrace your curves and perfectioning the jump squat

Soooo as per it’s been a very busy week! Filled with cobbles, dumbbells, sweat and food (my favourite kinda week).

A couple of weeks ago I did a great photoshoot. The theme of the shoot was 1950′s/60′s – very ‘Mad Men’ – which I simply adore! The clothes back then embraced and graced a woman’s curves, celebrating a womanly figure through classy, tailored, feminine clothes. If like me, you’ve got boobs, a bum and a small waist – this style is made for you! I loved every second of the shoot and enjoyed sharing my thoughts on nutrition and body image. It really is true what they say isn’t it? The older you get the more comfortable you feel in your own skin!

This saddens me really- we need to be encouraged to love and celebrate our bodies from an early age. But so much holds us back. Our quest for ‘perfect’ and airbrushed media images, can make us feel so bad about ourselves. Look into the mirror…go on…do it now. Look at yourself and shout ‘I AM beautiful’. Give your body the praise it deserves!

My hair was done by the amazing Callum at Terence Paul salon in Hale this week. I love it!

My hair was done by the amazing Callum at Terence Paul salon in Hale this week. I love it!

When I was younger I’d often curse the parts of my body I’d like to change. We all do it, don’t we? But guess what? It’s SOOOOOO much more productive to be proud of your achievements, be grateful for your health and start setting goals!! Goal setting keeps you focussed, be it in a physical or mental manner. Life is about being HAPPY and HEALTHY – and we all know it’s scientifically proven that physical exercise raises those lovely little endorphins! So try setting a goal – something to work towards. Be it a holiday, a wedding, a works do…etc. When you reach that goal – not only do you feel pride and love yourself just a little bit more, you’ll also find it easier then to set another goal… and another one! Which leads to you maintaining a happier, healthier you!

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This week my good pal Ashleigh and I went horse riding! I haven’t ridden for years so I was a little nervous. But once on the horse it all came back to me! I found it so calming and therapeutic. Tell you what – its crackin’ for toning the inner thighs too! Oww! (top tip – don’t go horse riding after a legs session…big mistake). We even took Dexter (you’ll gradually hear me talk about this little chap more and more!) Ashleigh’s little Chihuahua.

Horse riding with my friend Ash

Horse riding with my friend Ash

He entertained himself running after horses then encouraging them to chase him back. My nerves were shot!

Also this week my trainer and I @paul_boys took part in the Sport Relief mile! Now I’ll be honest with you guys. I HATE running. Always have, always will. But the beauty of this fun-run is that it’s just that! Fun! It’s only a mile, you’re running for a great cause AND we had an absolute blast! Win-win! If you didn’t get involved there’s still lots of ways you can help: http://www.sportrelief.com/

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I’ve been experimenting with some new recipes myself this week (oh heck I hear you say!) Well sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t right? But it’s good fun trying! I plan to start growing my own herbs and vegetables this summer too (my parents find this hilarious as they often refer to me as ‘Margo’ from ‘The Good Life’) Nonetheless- there’s nothing better than fresh organic produce! And guess what – it’s cheaper too! So over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some more of my own recipes. Which will all be Paleo and easy to make. For those of you wanting to learn more about the Paleo lifestyle, I can highly recommend this book – ‘The Paleo Manifesto’ by John Durant. It’s straight forward, simple and passionate. It’s common sense.

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Now, there’s nothing @paul_boys likes more than killing me off at the end of a heavy weights sesh. The TRX jump squat is one of his favourites (horrible man) TRXs are reasonable to buy and there’s a shedload of things you can do with them:

The jump squat is performed by slightly leaning back with full tension on the TRX at all times, while both feet firmly planted, squat as deep as you comfortably can without raising the heels, then fully explode as fast as you can from the bottom range of the squat in to a jump with your feet leaving the ground, then land both feet with soft knees, forcing yourself down back into a full range squat and perform the movement continuous with no pauses in between, until the predetermined repetitions have been performed.

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The TRX Jump Squat is a great way to raise your heart rate and improve cardio based workouts, without having to spend time on a treadmill! It improves ones ability to deal with lactic acid build up and helps improve squatting SQUATTING range by allowing you to squat full range using this dynamic movement.

Also this week , I treated myself to a lovely, relaxing pamper treat for my hair at Terrance Paul in Hale. Callum their creative director gave me a lovely new ‘do! I’m taking a Nioxin supplement now to help my hair to grow stronger too.

Next week I’ll be looking at some fab leg exercises with Paul and another great Paleo recipe you lot can try at home! Might even spoil you with some links to special offers ;-) Ciao for now! Stay happy, stay healthy and dream big!

Auntie Cath xx
20 March
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Getting Sport Relief-ready with Mud Chambers and ‘Bullet Proof Coffee’

Sooooo! Here we go guys! My first blog – Eeek! Over the next few weeks I’ll be looking into all things health, fitness, nutrition and well-being! I consider myself to be on an educational journey, like many of you out there. I love the idea of sharing my discoveries and passions here with you on my blog. I hope you enjoy it!

One of my latest discoveries is ‘Bullet Proof Coffee’…it seems I’m quite far behind on this one! Apparently it’s a fairly common drink in several countries?! My fabulous personal trainer (@paul_boys) introduced me to this magical beverage…I’ve been off my face ever since! Upon hearing the ingredients, I thought Paul had lost the plot, it doesn’t sound appetising at all, however you have my word – it’s delicious.

So, here’s what you’ll need:

*A low toxin, high performance coffee (8 fl oz.)
*2 tsp unsalted, grass fed butter
*2 tsp of organic coconut oil

Yup…that’s it! Blend the ingredients well. Simples. What you end up with is a creamy, velvety-tasting coffee that will increase energy levels for up to 6 hours!!

Not only that – bullet proof coffee improves cognitive function, and if consumed at breakfast, you will program your body to burn fat all day (amen to that!).

The butter contains butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Research also suggests it can improve brain function and gut health, while also being rich in vitamins A, D and K2. Just when you think it can’t get any better…let’s take a look at the wonderful benefits of coconut oil!

Coconut oil contains lots of medium chain triglycerides, these are metabolised differently and can have a therapeutic effect on several brain disorders. Coconut oil increases energy expenditure helping to burn more fat, improves blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease and boosts brain function!

Also, the Lauric acid in the oil can help kill bacteria, viruses and fungi – helping stave off infections! It’s no wonder that populations who eat a lot of coconut oil are among the healthiest on the planet! I now cook almost all my meals in coconut oil! What a miracle food! I’ve definitely noticed a difference in energy levels while at the gym, if I have a ‘Bullet Proof Coffee’ pre workout. Give it a try guys!

Cath Tyldesley on the Upright Cable Row (with rope)

On the Upright Cable Row (with rope)

I’ve had a few photoshoots recently so I’ve been training extra hard with Paul. Each week I’ll be passing on his knowledge about various exercises that he includes in my own program. This will include exercises covered in the gym and outside of the gym. This week let’s look at the ‘Upright Cable Row (with rope)’.

Stand back with resistance on, engage core, drive hands up towards chest ensuring elbows are higher than shoulders and pulled out to the sides, slow and controlled on the way down, head and chest up at all times. This will target the shoulders, the posterior and anterior deltoid, by using the v=cable you’re also engaging the core, it also works you’re biceps a bit too – bonus!

'The Mud Chamber' at Titanic Spa

‘The Mud Chamber’ at Titanic Spa

The best part of the past week has to have been my visit to ‘Titanic Spa’. Relaxation is something I find difficult, one of the things that does help me ‘zone out’ is massage. So me and ‘him indoors’ packed ourselves off to this lovely spa for the weekend!

Indulging in massage, facials and ‘The Mud Chamber’ Inspired by ancient Egyptian bathing, this is private treatment within the Heat Experience, you apply organic mud to your skin which exfoliates and nourishes. Herbal steam fills the chamber culminating with a tropical rain shower inducing pure relaxation. It’s also damn good fun throwing mud on each other! It was lush! So! I’m refreshed and ready to hit those cobbles running!

Preparing for a Sport Relief run

Preparing for a Sport Relief run

Speaking of running… Paul and I will be taking part in The Sainsbury’s Sports Relief Mile on March 23rd! It’s not too late to sign up and join us guys, it’s a great way to stay active and help a terrific cause:

http://www.sportrelief.com/event-info/sainsburys-sport-relief-mile

We visited BBC Radio Manchester earlier this week

We visited BBC Radio Manchester earlier this week

We visited BBC Radio Manchester earlier this week to help share training tips, you can follow Paul on twitter for further advice! Now, a while back I hit the tabloids with regards to a tweet I put out about some of the nutritional advice available on the NHS, being ‘out-dated’.

After a number of doctors were pushing processed foods to people I know and myself. Suggesting that we eat PROCESSED carbs for optimal health and energy (I know…bonkers). I was overwhelmed by such a huge positive response from industry professionals including doctors, nurses, dieticians, nutritionists and personal trainers, all fighting my corner.

It’s SIMPLE guys – “If it ran, if it swam or if it grew from the earth – eat it”, anything else has been tampered with and is no doubt FULL of rubbish. One of the people that got in touch with me was medicinal chef Dale Pinnock BSc (Hons).

Dale’s knowledge about food has simply blown my mind and I’m lucky enough to now count him as a friend. Dale and I have been working together on a few things and you lucky lot will get to share some of his fabulous recipes and tips – right here on my blog!

 

A healthy salmon dish is great for exercise recovery

A healthy salmon dish is great for exercise recovery

 

So here’s a gorgeous recipe straight from Dale!

Glazed Salmon with squash purée, garlic Swiss chard and avocado tomato salsa:

This amazing recipe is great for exercise recovery. The omega 3 fatty acids in the oily fish, and carotenoids in the squash purée have anti-inflammatory properties, which can take the edge off of post exercise soreness. And there is an added bonus that they are great for heart health too!

Serves 2

2 salmon fillets
Half a white onion – finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic – finely chopped
Half a butternut squash – peeled and diced
300ml of vegetable stock (you won’t need it all)
4 large handfuls of Swiss chard – shredded
2 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon of mustard
2 teaspoons of soy sauce
2 teaspoons of water
Half a very ripe avocado – diced
4-5 cherry tomatoes – diced
1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
Place the salmon in a small roasting tin. Make the glaze by mixing the honey, mustard, soy sauce, and water together. Pour the glaze over the salmon and roast at the top of a hot oven for about 20 minutes. Keep checking it regularly, and spoon over any glaze that has run off of the salmon. It will caramelise more and more as the cooking continues.

Sauté the onion in a little olive oil, with a pinch of sea salt, until it softens. Add the squash, and enough stock to partially cover the squash. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until the squash has softened. Transfer to a blender or food processor and purée.

Stir fry the greens and the garlic together for around 5 minutes, until the greens wilt.

Combine the avocado, tomato, and balsamic vinegar to make a salsa.

To plate up, place a serving of purée and a serving of greens side by side. Top with the salmon, then place a couple of teaspoons of the salsa on top of the salmon.

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