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10 April


‘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.



Cutting out dairy has made a massive difference to my digestive health. I now use Lactose products ( 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!



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: @Heynickmitchell .

Having been lucky enough to train at Nick’s Mayfair gym ( 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.



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!

Now, whenever the lovely Dale Pinnock ( 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 ( , 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)
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

27 March


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!


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:


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.


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.


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

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