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07 November
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Baby Kicks, Boobs and Winter Warming!

This week we’ve been filming NYE!! We must have sang Auld Lang Syne a million times. This poor baby will probably have a phobia of New Years Eve’s for the rest of his life! I’ve also been lucky enough to do a little presenting this week – will keep you posted on that. It’s something I really enjoy.

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This ‘little’ bump is quite a big bump now. And his favourite thing to do is kick! There’s no better feeling :-) feeling my baby kick is so magical. We stopped by the art dept at Corrie to see my best friend Peter, where baby put on a full performance of the ‘Can-Can’ for ‘Uncle Pete’. Bump is a bit of a show off – I don’t know where he gets it from!

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Saturday was exciting as we met up with events planner Liz Taylor to discuss potential venues and ideas for our wedding :-) I’m keeping hush, hush on those plans but let’s just say it’s going to be pretty special. Weddings and babies eh? Oh my God! I think I might actually be a ‘grown-up’ now! (Well…just ;-))

With this weeks schedule being as busy as ever we’ve been utilising our brand new home-gym! It’s almost finished now, we just need some gym mirrors putting up! Having some weights and a bench at home is a great idea when we’re both short on time. We decided a while ago to convert our smelly old garage (which if I’m honest was nothing short of a dumping ground!) into a little gym. Looks a damn sight better right?!

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As my pregnancy progresses inevitably I have lost strength and there are certain exercises I can no longer perform. But low weights and high reps are great during pregnancy. So I’m not lifting much but I am maintaining as much muscle mass as possible, so that I can resume normal training quicker when our little bundle arrives. The Dumbbell bench press is a great exercises- especially during pregnancy if you want to keep those ever-growing boobs pointing in the right direction ladies!

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Below my lovely fiancé @TP_PPtfitness explains how to perform the press correctly:

Dumbbell Bench press

1.Lie on the bench with a dumbbell in each hand and your feet flat on the floor.

2.Push the dumbbells up so that your arms are directly over your shoulders and your palms are up.

3.Pull your abdominals in, and tilt your chin toward your chest.

4.Lower the dumbbells down and a little to the side until your elbows are slightly below your shoulders.

5.Roll your shoulder blades back and down, like you’re pinching them together and accentuating your chest.

6.Push the weights back up, taking care not to lock your elbows or allow your shoulder blades to rise off the bench.

Muscles used

Primary – Pectorals

Secondary – Triceps

Whist were on the subject of ‘pectorals’ one of the best pieces of advice my good pal Kate Kelly gave me – is spend money on good bra’s during pregnancy! Your busoms go through quite a bit during and after – especially if you’re breast-feeding. Its vital to be fitted properly and be correctly supported throughout. This can get quite pricey – if like me, there appears to be no sign of a ‘plateau’ but I promise you ladies, its worth every penny. Being fitted correctly every 6-8 weeks during pregnancy is vital, and a damn sight cheaper than a new pair of boobs! So I contacted my good friend, stylist to the stars – Martine Alexander (@yourstylist) Below she gives her top tips for keeping ‘a breast’ of things:

“Make sure you wear the right size bra when you’re pregnant. Don’t just guess your size, get measured. There are great department stores, pregnancy stores and lingerie boutiques that offer free measuring services. Not only will this stop your breasts feeling sore with a wire digging in, it’ll also stop you ‘overspilling’ and looking like you have ‘4-boobs’.

Wire free bras are the way forward when you’re pregnant, although you can continue to wear wired bras as long as they’re comfortable. Non-wired bras, as well as being more comfortable, have more give in them whilst your breasts change which is a bonus! Plus, they will help your breasts retain their shape once you have your baby. They also can prevent breast tissue damage and blocked milk ducts.

Be prepared to change your bras as your breasts change sizes throughout your pregnancy. It may be a costly exercise but it’ll be worth it for all the comfort you get. A great tip is to buy a bra that feels perfect when on the tightest hook at the back. As your bump grows and the bra feels tighter, adjust your bra and use the looser hook. That way you get more longevity from your purchases!

So, how do you know if your bra fits you well? This advice is the same for everyone, not just pregnant ladies:

1. The fabric around your body should fit you snugly. None of us want the dreaded ‘back fat’ BUT its crucial your bra fits you well and the back shouldn’t ride up – if it does, it means the cup size on your bra is too small and your back size is too big

2. If you’re wearing a wired bra, the wire should sit fully under your breast with the wire sitting flush against your ribcage at the front (in your cleavage area) and not poke out. You shouldn’t be able to get a finger between your ribcage and bra

3. The fabric in the actual bra cup should encase your breast, without any spilling out at the front or side. If there is, go up a cup size”

Thanks Martine! Really fab advice there!

Now – its been bloody cold right? You fancy some comfort food…right? Well you’re in for a treat! This week I made a beautiful stew, I’ve tweaked a few things to make this recipe paleo ( you can thank me when you’re belly is full) So it’s guilt free, packed with nutrients and makes you feel all warm and cosy inside :-) Win-Win!

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Auntie Caths Winter Stew

•2 1/2 lbs of lean lamb cubed into 1 1/2 inch cubes, rubbed with salt and pepper

•2 medium onions coarsely chopped

•4 tbsp coconut oil

•4 cloves of garlic crushed

•1 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin

•1 teaspoon of cinnamon

•1 teaspoon of ground ginger/easy ginger

•1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander

•1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

•1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock

•14.5 oz can of drained diced tomatoes

•1 cup of chopped dried Turkish apricots

•2 bay leaves

•1/4 cup of toasted cashew nuts

Brown your lamb pieces in 2 tbsp of coconut oil for 2 – 3 minutes on a medium high heat and then transfer to your slow cooker. Reduce the heat to medium, add another 2 tbsp of oil to the pan, the onions and a 1/4 tsp of salt and cook for approximately 5 minutes till onions are translucent. Stir regularly.

Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, Add the spices and stir evenly so the onions is evenly coated. Cook for about 2 minutes until the spices have become fragrant, DONT let them burn guys!

Add the stock while stirring through properly. Transfer to the slow cooker, add the remaining ingredients and stir everything together. Set the slow cooker for 6 hours – soooooo worth it I promise!!

Remove the bay leaves before serving. Top with toasted cashew nuts. We serve ours with sweet potato mash – GORGEOUS!! Enjoy!

Until next week – Stay Happy, stay healthy and DREAM BIG!

Love

Auntie Cath & Bump

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24 October
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Christmas in the Rovers, baby showers and homeopathy

I’m still covered in glitter and blimin tinsel. Feels like I live in Lapland at the moment. Been filming Christmas day this week. Such a special atmosphere on set when we film Christmas. Especially in the Rovers. We’ve also been out on some pretty rough locations in the depths of Salford (oh the glamour!) A great week though, shot some great scenes with Simon Gregson and Antony Cotton.

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Also this week we gave Jennie Mcalpine a baby shower at her lovely restaurant ‘Annie’s’, with only a few weeks to go I think you’ll all agree Jen looks absolutely fabulous. She really is glowing and cant wait to meet her little one. It was a lovely baby shower, nice to see so many friends all turn out to celebrate the impending arrival of her little one. Paula and I attended too and we all shared bump stories around some ginger ale and cake – perfect! Good luck Jen! You’re going to be such a wonderful mummy :-)

I have been so touched by the response and support I have had from other mum’s to be and yummy mummy’s that have also suffered with IBS like myself during pregnancy.. I just wanted to share with you some tips that I’m finding helpful at the moment. During pregnancy you’re very limited as to what medications are safe to take. So last week I saw a homoeopathic doctor. Her remedies seem to have helped. Homoeopathy has been practised for centuries and often cure people the way nature intended. Which in my opinion is always a good shout! I shall keep you updated on my treatment. Other things that can really help are Turmeric and aloe vera juice! Turmeric has been known to treat our body’s gastrointestinal system. Turmeric helps our stomach to withstand digestive acids, which can otherwise harm it. It calms the upper digestive system by getting rid of gas. Turmeric is also known to help increase absorption in intestine and promote intestinal flora. You can take capsules or drink it in hot water with lemon, as well as using it in cooking. Aloe vera juice is soothing and is well known to help IBS and acid reflux. Drinking aloe vera replenishes your body naturally with a huge range of nutrients. It contains approximately 200 active components including – vitamins A, B1,B2,B6, B12, C, E, folic acid and Niacin. I’ve found it really helps with bloating and indigestion. So rather than pumping ones body full of tablets full of all kinds – maybe it really is best to see what mother nature has provided for us first? Let me know how you get on guys!

My other half Tom cooked up a storm this week with his version of Paleo Carbonara

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Here’s the recipe – MUCH better for you than a regular carbonara dish and equally as yummy!!

Tom’s Paleo Carbonara

•1/2 pound pancetta, chopped

•2 medium courgettes, cut into strips or use a ‘spiralizer’

•3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

•1 clove garlic, minced

•1 teaspoon sea salt

•1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

•3 large egg yolks

•1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon of creme fraiche

•1 cup parmesan cheese, divided

•1/2 cup frozen peas

Prepare your courgette and let sit in a colander for 30 minutes. Heat a large pan over medium high heat. Add one tablespoon of olive oil then add in panchetta. Saute for 5 minutes or until they begin to crisp. Take off heat and bob to one side. Set a pan over medium high heat and add olive oil. Once hot add in courgette pasta and sauté for 5 minutes. Add in garlic, salt and pepper. Lower temperature. In a small bowl whisk egg yolks, add crème fraiche and add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and mix with a fork. Increase heat to medium high and add in egg yolk mixture and peas. Bring to a boil then remove from heat and add in the panchetta and stir around. We like to add a blob of pesto sometimes too :-). Give it a go guys! Stunning! You can use the same principal for ‘Spag Bol’ too – kids love it as opposed to pumping them full of gluten/processed carbs.

15 August
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My beef with juicing

Juicing. It’s had a LOT of press recently. With lots of different brands offering juices for detoxing, skin, weight loss… The list is endless. Many of these brands came as a shock to me when I actually read the label.

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Tom and I

So many of them were utterly packed with sugar. Either that or there was the bare minimum of each ingredient advertised on the front, actually in the bottle. Juicing seems to be a bit of a craze at the moment. One that I disagree with. Strongly. With some celebrities seeing it as a ‘quick fix’ to weight loss. They appear to be juicing most of the time in replacement of food.

I’m not saying that all juicing is bad for you – I myself make several ‘Greens Drinks’ each week to help me get my intake of green vegetables, which is indeed cleansing, detoxifying, packed with nutrients and fibre. When you make it yourself you know exact what’s gone in there too!

For example I know when I make a juice there’s a good half a bag if spinach in there as opposed to a few leaves. What I do disagree with is using juicing as a long term solution to weight loss. For a start the body cannot survive without protein. Eventually the body will start to break down and gaining lean muscle mass will become impossible. In essence you’re quite simply ‘wasting away’.

If the juices you’re consuming are high in sugar you’ll also have terrible insulin resistance and it will absolutely have a massive effect of skin, hair, nails and energy levels. My fear with faddy diets is celebrity endorsement. I feel that when in the public eye we have some sort of responsibility.

Detoxing is great when done responsibly and I’m all for alkalising as it’s quite clear after extensive research that it’s optimal for our health, but when celebs do interviews and starts saying things like “I just juice now and eat at weekends” or “I’ve gained 3lbs I’m juicing for the next month” (yes this does happen! A lot!), It’s giving their fans a really poor view of good nutrition.

Young girls are so highly influenced by their celebrity idols – if their favourite star loses weight by barely eating, they’ll try it too. Like I said – irresponsible. And what a miserable existence!! Life is too short guys!! A good rounded diet includes lots of protein, good carbs, good fats and veg combined with exercise is the healthiest way forward, you’ll live longer, look younger and have more energy too! In my eyes it’s a no brainer.

If you’re going to detox do it properly! And don’t juice as a long term solution to weight management – it is NOT sustainable and not healthy!

Wedding in Newark

Wedding in Newark

In other news Tom and I had a lovely weekend in Newark at his cousins wedding. The weather was glorious, good food and merriment was had by all and I managed not to dance like my dad in front of his family! Winner! Congratulations Chris and Nicola and thank you for having us!!

Friend's dog Dexter

Friend’s dog Dexter

We’ve had Dexter my friend’s dog all week, so we’ve been on lots of nice long power walks with him after work too. Which really helps me to switch off after a long day on set.

A healthy egg dish

A healthy egg dish

I’ve been so very busy at work, dinner times this week have been quick fix solutions! Got loads up my sleeve for you guys. I know how much we all rush about – work, kids, social life… work! But we can still get a nutrient-dense meal FAST! Here’s one of my faves! It’s light, it’s paleo and it’s bloody scrumptious!

It can also be eaten cold for breakfast with some smoked salmon! Lush!

Egg on Your Face!!

3 whole eggs
3 egg whites
Half a cup of milk
Good quality goats cheese (small cup) or Feta cheese
Garlic infused olive oil
Tsp of lazy garlic
1 Aubergine thinly sliced
Two Tomatoes roughly chopped
3 Spring onions chopped
Two small leeks chopped
Two handfuls of spinach
Fresh coriander
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the Aubergine slices on a baking tray and drizzle with Garlic oil. Bake at 180 for 10-12 mins until golden brown. In a medium frying pan add a little oil and stir fry onions, leeks, tomatoes and garlic until leeks are almost cooked- then add the spinach to wilt. Add the sliced Aubergine- spread out evenly, Meanwhile whisk eggs, egg whites and milk.

Pour the egg mixture evenly over the vegetables and cook on a low heat for a further 5 mins. Sprinkle the goats cheese and coriander on top then place under a medium grill until golden and the egg mix is cooked through! Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with salad! Yum!

Dream Big
love

Auntie Cath x

01 August
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Kool kale and my Corrie co-star’s business launch

I think cereals are the devil. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. They are not a great way to start the day! The more sugar that’s in these unbelievably processed boxes of lies the worse they are.

What we chose to start the day with dictates our hormonal response for the rest of the day. You start the day with protein and you’ll stay fuller for longer and start burning fat. You start the day with processed, sugary carbohydrates and you are spiking your insulin – which leads to fat storage and cravings for similar rubbish for the rest of the day.

I’m not talking about Organic porridge – that sort of thing isn’t processed and is sometimes needed in our diet. I’m talking about cereals.

That includes cereal bars. Have you taken the time to read the back of them?

I think jaws will drop when you do. Can you even pronounce some of the rubbish that’s in there? Our bodies were not designed for this processed junk. I know, I know – I can hear you all shouting “its quick!” … “I don’t have time”. So you don’t have time to boil an egg for three minutes? You don’t have time to throw a turkey steak under the grill while you finish your make-up? MAKE TIME.

Its basically about keeping your body in a state of ‘Ketosis’. Let me explain what that is! Ketosis is a state at which the body has an extremely high fat-burning rate. Even the brain runs on bm fat (via ketone bodies). These are energy molecules in the blood (like blood sugar) which become fuel for our brains after being converted from fat by the liver.

To encourage ‘ketone production’, the amount of insulin in your bloodstream must be low. The lower your insulin, the higher your ketone production.

And when you have a well-controlled, sufficiently large amount of ketones in your blood, it’s basically proof that your insulin is very low – and therefore, that you’re enjoying the maximum effect of your low-carbohydrate diet. That’s what’s called optimal ketosis. (If you’re diabetic ALWAYS consult a doctor before tweaking your diet).

I DON’T believe in cutting out carbs from your diet. I believe in eating good carbs and losing processed food such as cereals. This isn’t just for maintaining a healthy weight. It’s optimal for your health. It’s the same with bread. I haven’t eaten bread in around 8 years. If I choose to enjoy toast I’ll have a slice of rye bread instead. It’s all about thinking ahead. A boiled egg with rye bread soldiers or even asparagus soldiers for example is a great breakfast for the kids.

Here’s some better breakfast ideas below:

*Turkey steak with pan fried spinach and tomatoes
*Omelette with smoked salmon and goat’s cheese
*Scrambled eggs and bacon
*Poached eggs on toasted rye bread with guacamole
*Kippers and wilted spinach
*Sardines on toasted Rye bread
*Turkey and red pepper omelette

I could go on – you get the idea, and getting up 5 minutes earlier isn’t a hardship when it comes to your health is it? Give it a try for 2 weeks – stick to it!

Don’t eat processed carbs and see how much better you feel – Get your nutrition from meat, fish, veg (plenty of greens and swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes), good fats like avocado, nuts and seeds lots of water – basically GO BACK TO NARURE! If it ran, swam or grew from the earth – EAT IT. Anything else has been tampered with! Rant over…

Lovely break with the boyfriend

Lovely break with the boyfriend

In other news this week, him indoors and I took a gorgeous Paleo picnic to Formby beach- it’s gorgeous there! We played a bit of volleyball and then chilled out and watched the sunset with some lovely homemade goodies. If you live up north – it’s certainly worth a visit!

Visiting London

Visiting London

I also bobbed down to ‘that there London’ to pay a visit to the lovely Kate Garraway on ITV’s Lorraine show. We had a good natter about The Great Swim, Corrie and nutrition.

I hung out with Kate Garraway

I hung out with Kate Garraway

 

From there I headed straight back up north for the launch of my lovely pal’s condiment and biscuit range at her beautiful restaurant ‘Annies’ – I’m of course talking about yummy-mummy to be Jennie McAlpine, who plays our wonderful Fiz-Bomb!

Jen has a gorgeous new selection of homemade jams, chutney’s, biscuits, mustards and sweets! We were all spoilt rotten! Well done Jen and Chris!

Well done to my Corrie co-star

Well done to my Corrie co-star

If you follow me on twitter you’ll know how much I love kale! I have it with a lot of my meals and in my greens drinks. It’s amazing! The health benefits are ridiculous – it is great for aiding in digestion with its great fibre content.

It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium. Kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of haemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more. It’s also high in Vitamin K – Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and blood clotting. Increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.

It’s high in Vitamin C -This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration (better than eating oranges which are packed with sugar!). Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. As well as everything I mentioned – Kale is filled with fibre and sulphur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

 

One of my favourite recipes for Kale is below:

Crackin’ Kale Salad!

• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 4 ounces sliced pancetta, diced
• 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup Manuka honey
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 red pepper
• 1 yellow pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• Large bag of kale, stems discarded, leaves shredded
• 2 tart yet sweet apples, sliced into thick matchsticks
• 3/4 cup pecans
1. Combine the olive oil and pancetta in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until pancetta is golden and crispy. Strain the pan drippings into a small bowl and leave the crispy pancetta off to the side to cool. Add the cider vinegar, Manuka honey, salt and pepper and whisk well. Combine the peppers, kale, apples and pecans in a large bowl. Toss while adding the dressing, little by little, until salad is well dressed. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Garnish with crispy pancetta. Give it a try!

Until Next time!
Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Dream BIG
Love
Auntie Cath
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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).

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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

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