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19 June
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Tackling the Great Swim and flipping tyres

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

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

Paul Boys

Paul Boys

 

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

Heavy stuff

Heavy stuff

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


Tyre workout

Tyre workout

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

The Great Swim with my other half

The Great Swim with my other half

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

The big day on the lake

The big day on the lake

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

Beautiful view from the hotel

Beautiful view from the hotel

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

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

Healthy food for kids

Healthy food for kids

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auntie Cath xxx

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

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

A little treat

A little treat

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

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

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

Nick and I

Nick and I

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

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

UP is tough stuff

UP is tough stuff

 

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

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

Celebrity Squares

Celebrity Squares

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

Friends tied the knot in Barbados

Friends tied the knot in Barbados

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

We had cracking Soccer Aid seats

We had cracking Soccer Aid seats

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

Good Morning Britain

Good Morning Britain

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

Proper Pepper Soup

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

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

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

See you next week!

See you next week!

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

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

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

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

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and
Dream Big!!

Love Auntie Cath
Xx

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

 

15 May
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Ovaries, Omega 3 and Boob Lifts!

As always it has been a busy week! It kicked off with a very wet visit to Ipswich, which was quite apt really, as I was there to talk about ‘The Great East Swim’! I met some truly inspirational people whilst there, people of all ages and abilities gearing up to take part in the swim.

Everyone had their own reasons, their own story and their own goals. Hearing what some of the competitors had to say was inspiring, heart-warming and sometimes tear jerking.

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It gave me a real sense of ‘we’re all in this together’. I’m really looking forward to my first swim now (I’m still secretly terrified of the open water mind), nonetheless, I think it’ll be pretty special to swim alongside such inspirational people.

Great Swim

Great Swim


At the weekend I met up with my old school friends. There’s a small group of us, that would you believe have been friends since we were four years old!! Through play school, primary school, high school, college and university, we’ve remained close friends. How they’ve put up with me this long is a complete mystery!

It’s a big time in our lives at the moment as the first of our little clan is about to become a mummy! My good friend Katie is due on the 19th July, so we gathered round and threw her a fabulous baby shower.

Kate has decided to keep the sex of her baby a surprise (which is driving me nuts! I’d SO have to find out!!). It’s Katie that has inspired this week’s blog. Watching the little girl I went to nursery with bloom into a beautiful yummy mummy is so wonderful and lovely to see, however I’m sure many of you mums out there will agree, it’s not all smooth driving through pregnancy.

I’m yet to experience the ‘joys’ myself but as Katie fills me in on the glories of morning sickness, weird cravings, back ache, acid reflux and raging hormones, I begin to wonder if a goldfish might be a better option for myself!

Look after your ovaries

Look after your ovaries

I’ll be chatting a bit more about exercise during pregnancy over the next few weeks – what’s helpful and what’s not, what’s safe and what’s just plain stupid. As more of my friends prepare to start families I contacted medicinal chef @Dale_pinniock to talk all things ovaries and Omega 3 (he must dread my phone calls these days)!

“It’s a real no brainer that if you are planning to get pregnant and when you are pregnant, you need to be in as good a nutritional shape as possible. But, there are certainly a few key nutrients that are vital, one of which never gets discussed.

Ok, so we have all probably by now heard about the importance of folic acid before and during pregnancy, but how often have you heard people talking about DHA? Exactly! Well, DHA is an omega 3 fatty acid that is absolutely vital for child development.

It is a structural nutrient, meaning that it is a building block for the structure of a body tissue. In this case, it is the brain and nervous system. The brain and nervous system are composed mainly of a special type of fat.

My pregnant friend

My pregnant friend

This fat is vital and allows the whole nervous system to work. We need to take in a constant supply of key fatty acids to build and maintain this, and their intake at key life stages can affect things as important as learning and cognition, plus mood and behaviour.

It is of FUNDAMENTAL importance that if you are even thinking about becoming pregnant, you start getting in more of omega 3 fatty acids, with particular focus on DHA straight away, as it is vital pre, during, and post pregnancy (when breast feeding).

You know me, I’m all about food first, but this is one area where supplementation is a necessity I’d say. Look for the highest level omega 3 you can find and start straight away. Also, oily fish is going to become your friend here. Salmon, mackerel, herrings are all very rich sources, so find ways to get them in to your diet. – Dale Pinnock

Paul boys has been teaching boob lifts and chest presses

@Paul_Boys (my trainer) is back from his holiday in NYC…the trip hasn’t mellowed him at all – he’s still really mean! He’s like the Simon Cowell of the gym! He’s been kicking my asciender BIG time this week ahead of the Soap Awards, one of my favourite upper body exercises is the ‘Chest Press’ – or the ‘Boob Lifter’ as I call it! Give it a go guys, Paul explains the perky-pros below :-)

The Chest Press- aka bingo wing buster and boob lifter…
This is just one variation, there are many. Lie flat on the bench, with feet placed flat and firm to the ground, a little arch in the back is fine as long as shoulders and between the shoulders blades are firmly fixed against the bench.

From the position of arms extended out in front of you, bend your arms down into flexion at the elbows allowing the elbows to drop down under control of 2-3 seconds down past approx 90 degrees, then reverse the motion fully extending the arms for 1 second. Then repeat for 12-15 reps 2-5 sets with the weight to work within the rep range. Weight and set range should match gym experience at resistance training.

 

Paul boys has been teaching boob lifts and chest presses

In other news I’ve been busy in the kitchen again! Loving your tweet pictures by the way guys, quite a few of you seemed to enjoy ‘Auntie Cath’s Paleo Fish Cakes’. Soooo this week I made…

‘Turkey got Squashed’ 

Butternut Squash, halved and cleaned out
1lb of lean minced turkey
1 red pepper chopped
8 Cherry tomatoes
1 fresh chilli
2 Garlic cloves
1 red onion finely chopped
2 tbsp of Organic coconut oil
Fresh basil chopped
Fresh oregano chopped

Cut the squash in half and clean out the seeds. Rub the coconut oil all over the squash and bake for 30 mins on 200. While the squash is baking, lightly fry the turkey and remaining ingredients until golden brown. Divide into the squash segments and bake for another 20-30 mins until cooked. Serve with fresh spinach salad and balsamic vinegar.

Until next week campers! Stay happy. Stay healthy. Dream BIG!
Love
Auntie Cath x

01 May
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Breathing and Brownies!

Meditation. My trainer @paul_boys told me to start mediating months ago, my response was “I don’t have time”. “Make time” he said, I’m not one for arguing with Paul, on account that his arms are the size of my torso and he spent 11 years in the army.

With an extremely busy lifestyle, we all know its important to take the time out to relax- yes? But do we actually REALLY relax? I used to think sitting down and watching the TV or reading a book was relaxing, that was my ‘unwinding’ time when I got home. What we should be doing for optimal relaxation of body, mind and spirit is meditation.

Turning your phone on to aeroplane mode, switching the telly off and clearing your mind completely. Easier said than done in my case!

 

Don't get stressed, meditate!

Don’t get stressed, meditate!

 

I’m a complete ‘newbie’ to meditation, but research suggests the benefits are endless: Regular mediation promotes dramatic reduction in stress and anxiety, a greater sense of inner-peace and tranquillity,improved mental,emotional and physical well-being, increased confidence and self-esteem, better, more restful and refreshing sleep (I definitely need that!) , optimal focus, concentration and memory. Sounds pretty good right?

Meditation isn’t just ‘going for a nap’, you have to concentrate on what you’re doing. Its focussing 100% of you’re attention in one area. Don’t get me wrong setting aside specific time (preferably two times a day) to be still is hard work with my schedule – but I’m really trying to stick to it at the moment to see what happens.

Breathing deep slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, focuses the mind and is an ideal way to begin practice. Also stretching first loosens the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit (or lie) more comfortably (especially important for all us gym-bunnies!) I’ve found that meditation is an ACTIVE process.

Focusing your attention to a single point is hard work (especially if you’ve a lot on your mind), and you have to be purposefully engaged! I’ll keep you posted on some new techniques that I’ll be trying over the next few weeks. Its so easy to think purely about our bodies and neglect the mind and spirit – I’m hoping I’ll start to see a real difference.

I know a few people who mediate. All of which have a calm, inner strength about them. Hommmmmm….

 

Tina's funeral

Tina’s funeral

 

We’ve been filming ‘Tina’s’ funeral/wake on the cobbles this week too…I think meditation was in order for all of us! Heavy stuff!

Now, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I HATE running. Thus I HATE treadmills. However…in my session at the gym, we often do ‘Treadmill Pushes’, For those of you that don’t have scooby do what I’m talking about, its very straight forward. I put the treadmill on a heavy incline but DONT press start.

 

The treadmill remains static until YOU make it move, keeping your head down use your legs to make the treadmill move manually. This is equivilent of doing whats known as ‘trawlers’ in more functional gyms (I’ll cover that another time). Doing treadmill pushes as fast as you can for 30 second intervals 5-8 times, with 60 second rest in between at the end of a session is much more effective at burning fat.

Much better than boring one’s self senseless for 30 mins running non stop (which also raises cortisol levels and is worse for your joints by the way!)

 

My treadmill pushes

My treadmill pushes

 

So excited about the news that my Glamour Guru and pal, Armand Beasley, is collaborating with Selfridges on their Beauty Project. Armand has glamorised some of the most beautiful women in the world from international royalty to Hollywood royalty so I was so excited when he told me that he’s going to offer a unique service which is exclusive to Selfridges Exchange Square in Manchester.

As the Bespoke Beauty & Grooming Expert, Armand is not affiliated to any one brand so you will really get unbiased advice as to what skincare & makeup you should use! It’s £75 booking fee which is redeemable against whatever you choose. So if you fancy a whole new look or perhaps a different skincare routine or maybe you want to treat someone then email: beauty.expert@selfridges.co.uk.

 

Cath's brownies

Cath’s brownies

 

Now then, here’s a little ‘not too naughty’ but VERY nice treat for the bank holiday weekend! If you’re gonna treat the kids, treat them to these little goodies instead of the Brownie’s you’ll buy at the supermarket.

They’re much better for you, they ACTUALLY have nutritional value (trust mean, the brownies you buy in the supermarket will be full of all kinds of weird things and additives, sweeteners etc), and they’ll LOVE making them. They’re quick and easy, GLUTEN FREE and LACTOSE FREE and much more a ‘Paleo’ choice if you will!

Auntie Cath’s Good Girl Brownie’

4oz Dark baking Chocolate
1 tbsp organic coconut oil
2 Large Avocado’s
1/2 cup Manuka Honey
1/4 cup Organic cocoa powder
1 tbsp of Vanilla
1 tbsp of Coconut flour
3 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

In a microwave safe bowl stir together the coconut oil and chocolate over a pan of boiling water – melting together. Puree the avocados in a food processor, making sure they are smooth. Fold the chocolate into the avocados in a large mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, beat the remaining ingredients until the mixture is smooth. Then distribute the mixture into muffin tins. Bake at 190 for 15-20 mins, checking until risen and cooked. ENJOY!

 

I have now got my sponsor page up and running for the Big Swim 2014

I have now got my sponsor page up and running for the Big Swim 2014

 

Also this week and most importantly – I have now got my sponsor page up and running for the Big Swim 2014! I have decided to raise money for the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital and the link to sponsor me is : http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CathTyldesley

Please give whatever you can, as they really need support !

Until next week

Dream Big!

Auntie Cath xx

25 April
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Corrie’s favourite beauty therapist and the importance of recovery

Easter-Gate
Now, I’m the first person to freak out if I miss a session at the gym. However Easter weekend had been firmly pencilled for rest and recovery. Over the four days I had off, I only hit the gym once for a 30 min intense blast.

The rest of the time, I allowed myself rest (and even a few treats!) This is SO important guys, it’s taken me a long time to get my head around, as I used to feel guilty if I didn’t go to the gym 6-7 days a week – but this isn’t optimal for your health – it’s quite the opposite. I caught up with fitness model, and friend, personal trainer Olly Foster this week (http://ollyfoster.com/), now if body composition improvements are your goal, Olly Foster is top of his game.

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Probably the most well-known fitness model in Europe – Olly explains why Rest and Recovery is so important:

Rest, Recover & Grow

Few people within the health and fitness industry can truly acknowledge or even recognise the importance of rest and recovery in blindness to the success of their ultimate training goals. In order to gain size, strength, definition, you have to work hard, we all know that. However without proper rest and recovery you will not and cannot regenerate, ultimately this will lead us into the dangerous state of over training.

Listen to your body, if you feel or think you need to rest you probably do. I recommend that everyone have at a very minimum, at least one complete day off a week and a deload week every 6 weeks. This will give your body and your mind a break and trust me you won’t lose any of your gains.”

So stop feeling guilty about those days off!

Just make sure you train you’re backside off when you do hit the gym! Something else that I struggle with is sleep. Since a young age I’ve struggled with bouts of insomnia, over the past few years I’ve been looking at different techniques and remedies to help me get the decent kippage I crave! In terms of good health and weight management – good quality sleep is a MUST! Not only is sleep vital for body composition and sanity, but for quality of life as well. When we hit our deepest phase of sleep we release Growth Hormone – this is like magical fairy dust guys! When we secrete enough Growth Hormone during QUALITY sleep effects include decreased body fat, increased muscle mass, increased bone density, increased energy levels, improved skin tone and texture, increased sexual function, and improved immune system function. Nearly fifty percent of secretion occurs during the third and fourth REM sleep stages…like I just said ‘Fairy Dust! Get to bed! (Great excuse to get an early night right? Thinking of changing my voice mail to “leave me alone I’m secreting my Growth Hormone”).

I’ve pretty much been a self-confessed ‘lady muck’ this week, as I also treated myself to possibly the best facial I’ve experienced to date! The ‘Pinks Boutique’ Facial, as I’m very intrigued by this new craze for Organic Skin Care.

 

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I checked in with Coronation Street stars’ fave therapist Ashleigh Gutherie (@cityspaescapes) at City Spa Escapes (http://www.cityspaescapes.co.uk/home.aspx). Ash does most of our massages, facials, nails and waxing (pretty sure she’s seen everyone’s bits and pieces here at Corrie!) Now I’ll only rave about something if it’s fantastic – and this lady is second to none! I already see Ashleigh for weekly sports massage (I’ll be talking more about the importance of that over the coming weeks), but this week I thought I’d see what the Pinks Boutique Facial had to offer (Ashleigh offers a wide range of treatments).

It had to be the most relaxing, indulgent treatment I’ve had to date, the Organic processing of vegetable oils ensures that the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are not destroyed as they can often be in chemical processing. Using super charged Rosehip, scientifically proven to aide with signs of ageing, wrinkles and sun damage this facial concentrates on not just on the front but the ‘tell-tale giveaways’- the back of the neck and décolletage also.

The facial was also done on my upper back- holistic ageing- the aim is that when you wear a dress and your hair up you will look fab all the way around. It’s a very detailed facial with deep cleansing, bamboo or rosehip exfoliation and a rose clay mask packed with omega 3, 6, 9 for cell regeneration but that you also leave feeling like you have had a body massage. In short – my idea of heaven! The Pinks Boutique signature treatments aim to hybrid 2 elements together- in this case a full facial and body work. Almost ritual like – this facial left my skin feeling amazing, and I was completely zoned out. I’m sold!

 

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I’ve been trialling Pinks Boutique products for three weeks at home now. Their ethos of the Eco Luxury- concept means results without synthetic chemicals and toxins found in all the major skincare brands. Handmade and blended in the UK, with full Soil Association Organic accreditation. This is as pure as it gets in global skincare my little health bunnies! My favourite product has been The Rosehip Face and Body scrub, it’s so luxurious and my skin definitely feels brighter and softer. Give it a whirl guys!

Also…I’m thrilled to announce that I am an official ambassador of ‘The Great Swim’ (http://www.greatswim.org/). I’ll be swimming for The Manchester Children’s Hospital (http://www.cmft.nhs.uk/childrens-hospitals). It’s such a fab idea and gives you an incentive to get fit while raising money for great causes. Check out their website to see how you can get involved!

 

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My filming schedule is manic at the moments so I’m all about quick and easy evening meals. Checkout my very own recipe for Paleo Fish cakes, tweet me and let me know how you get on!

Auntie Cath’s Fish Cakes

1 Can tuna/salmon
1 Large Sweet Potato, peeled and diced
2 tbsps Grass fed organic butter
2 tbsps mayo
1 tsp lime juice
1 red onion finely chopped
handful of fresh corriander

Boil the sweet potato in salted water for 20-25 mins. Drain off the water. Add the butter and the mayo and season to taste, mash well until there are no lumps! Put the mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir in corriander, lime juice and onion. Flake the tuna into the mix. Shape into patties, CHILL for 30 mins then grill or fry in coconut oil until golden brown on both sides – Simples!

I’m also eager to help you lot with any questions you may have. If i don’t know the answer I’ll do my best to get one for you! Tweet me with any questions you have regarding health, fitness, skin care, meditation/relaxation and stress management (@cath_tyldesley).

Chow for now! Stay happy, stay helathy and DREAMBIG!
Love
Auntie Cath xx

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
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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