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Mel Sykes on Motherhood, Diets and Her Killer Bod

Mel Sykes on Motherhood, Diets and Her Killer Bod

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:25

She impressed us all with her bush tucker trials on 'I'm A Celebrity'. Here mum of two Mel tells us how she keeps positive no matter what life throws at her, always finds the time to exercise and eats a healthy diet to maintain her killer body.

Keeping the plates spinning

"I do have a lot on my plate but somehow it all gets done. I think I can cram so much in to my day because I rarely sit down. I am always on the go, so much so that there are occasions I have to force myself to sit down or I’ll burn myself out.

I’m divorced from my sons’ Dad so we split the time with the boys. That means it's pretty crazy during the week because I have them the whole time, I keep very active with them, we spend a lot of time outside walking and climbing. I then get every other weekend to myself when they are with their dad. These are times when I get to recharge my batteries and plan something really nice and fun. I also try to book a babysitter for one night during the week too so I can go out and be silly."

Staying positive

"I am naturally a very positive person and I am very lucky that I am. Obviously there are days when it's the wrong time of the month and I hate everyone! Ultimately my life is good though and I feel really blessed, so I don’t worry about many things. I rarely get bitter even when bad things happen, I try not to hold on to pain or negativity. Thank God I don’t!" 

Keeping fit 

"I began to really step up my training when I turned 40 and I love it. Recently I've been training more at home because it's less time consuming than driving to the gym and back, which can take up a large chunk of your day. I have just enough equipment at home to give me a whole body workout because I know what I'm doing now. I'll do the school run in the morning then come home and get on my exercise bike. I also have weights, kettlebells and rubber bands to tone my arms. If I workout first thing and get it out of the way, I can crack on with the rest of my day."

Eating healthy

"I generally eat well, but like everyone I sometimes let myself go - it would be impossible and boring not to. My weaknesses are popcorn and pork scratchings! Usually I aim for a simple low carb diet, but I've started a tough new training regime and so I need the carbs. I'm having to change the way I think about my diet - and I’m doing very well. I haven't been naughty for 7 days ...with the exception of drinking lots of wine on Friday night, but sometimes liquid calories don’t count! I'm not training for anything in particular at the moment, I just like to challenge myself which I think is just as important. I've got a lot of willpower and when I put my mind to something I can do it. And if I need some extra help, I also have an app on my phone called My Fitness Pal, which keeps me on course."


What's in the fridge?

"When I am doing something like this I separate what my boys eat, so it’s handy to have my very own compartment to avoid any temptation. We don't have a lot of sweets in the house but we have crisps, popcorn and biscuits. If I do fancy something I’ll have a rice cake with sesame seeds on. I have a section in my fridge for things I can snack on if I get hungry - like chargrilled chicken pieces.

Favourite recipe

"There’s a recipe my mate sent to me for Cal-Asian turkey burgers, which I am loving at the moment. It’s from Gwyneth Paltrow's website Goop. It’s great because it has very little fat and tastes delicious. I make it quite a lot and keep them in the fridge to nibble on."


Makes 4

  • ½ lb ground turkey, dark meat
  • ½ ib ground turkey, white meat
  • 1 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp red chili flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 egg beaten (for binding)
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 4 gluten-free hamburger buns


1. Combine all ingredients (except hamburger buns) in a bowl. Mix with hands and form four ¼ lb patties.

2. Heat skillet and spray a thin layer of non-stick oil. Place the patties on the skillet and cook through.

3. Serve on warm gluten-free buns with lettuce, tomato,  sliced red onion, sliced avocado and extra hoisin sauce.

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