After having been dealing with a family tragedy recently I have had some down time, soul-searching so to speak. After such deep loss and sadness we tend to question our purpose and way of life. It is important to find the positives even when faced with such difficult times. There is always something to be grateful for even if it is just the air that we breathe and the roof over our heads.
Someone very dear to me said remember to stop and enjoy life because it can all be taken away from you in an instance. We can all get caught up in working and providing for ourselves and our families and wanting to buy the latest and the best, it human nature. But it is when you are faced with such tragedies do we stop and think why? and for what? At the end of it all we only leave behind the memories so make them count and plentiful.
I know this has nothing to do with Salmon.. well yes it does actually indirectly because looking after ourselves and nourishing our bodies with healthy nutritious food can help in the prevention of illness and diseases more than you realise. Provide your body with good food and can only hope that we are never faced with the pain and suffering of the sick.
Live Well. Eat Well. Love Well
Pan Seared Sumac Salmon with Freekeh & Broccoli Tabbouleh
Some of us are great at sticking to and leading a healthy lifestyle no matter what time of year it is, others aren’t so much and fall off the bandwagon from time to time does this sound familiar? Don’t worry never too late to get re-inspired again. Lucky for you I have a tasty quinoa meal that is full of superfood goodness and will help you get back into the swing of things.
Most of us have settled well into 2017 now and have probably started back at work or routine after a break over the Christmas period. Did you make any New Years Resolutions? I for one don’t believe in them, instead I take it as a time to REVIEW on what I achieved last year and REFOCUS what changes I’d like to make the coming year. REDISCOVER what excites me and drives me. RETHINK the ways I can improve, and the big one RE-MOTIVATE!
What ever goals you are out to achieve this year like most people at this time of year have one at the top of their lists, GET HEALTHY. It’s ok to indulge a little of the Christmas holidays we all do it, but now is a good time as any to start re-motivating yourself into a healthy eating routine. Make time to plan your meals ahead so you don’t let the run of a busy week get in the way of healthy homemade dinners. Grab yourself a meal planner notebook if it helps and jot down your meals for the week. Sundays nights or Mondays are a good time to do this. Make a list of ingredients you will need and buy them so you have the food on hand for the planned meals. Weekday lunches can be pre-made ahead of time and kept in the fridge so no thought is needed but maybe dressing or reheating.
Organisation is the key.. If you are well organised it makes a healthy routine much easier to stick too, no excuses of no time or ingredients and makes you less likely to grab unhealthy meal options in a rush. We all need a little push from time to time but from experience getting yourself into a food and fitness routine from the start of a new year and in our case here in Summer helps you keep motivation throughout the Winter when it seems to lack most.
No need for extreme diets and calorie counting just eat real food made from fresh ingredients at home not from a packet or a box, it helps cut out refined added sugars and processed foods, eat loads of colourful fruits and vegetables everyday and get moving! You will soon see changes and notable steps in achieving your goals of living a healthy lifestyle.
This year I will be continuing to share my food pics, ideas and recipes more family meals and cleaner eating alternatives to help you keep at it but also you guys keep me inspired as this is such a supportive community and I get as much out of it as you do. So thank you and happy cooking!
It’s the first day of Summer here in Oz that also means summer bodies are coming out! Eek.. Are you ready?
Summer bodies are made in Winter right? Yeah Yeah we all lapse a little over the cooler months, motivation lacks, mood depresses and of course the cold weather makes you just feel like cuddling up on the couch with a hardy big bowl of comfort food and watch Netflix sound familiar?
Don’t stress you are only human but now being the first day of summer is a good time to kick start back into your healthy eating routine. Warmer weather is on it’s way so you can get out embrace the sunny weather and celebrate with some clean nutritious food that is low-calorie but still just as for-filling. You will feel much better for it and your bikinis will be thanking you too!
Here is a super clean healthy salad to get you started!
Chicken, Green Beans, Spiralised Zucchini & Rice Noodle Salad Dressed with a Creamy Tahini Dressing
Needing some healthy salad ideas for a weekend bbq ? This is just that salad. The goodness of quinoa and whole grains with vegetables and herbs plus the added sweetness of pomegranate makes this salad a delightfully change to the standard tomato or rice salad.
Brown Rice, Quinoa , Asparagus & Pomegranate Tabbouleh with a Pomegranate Vinaigrette