Wow, summertime is almost here!
Beach season is only three months away (yeah time flies, doesn’t it?) As the floral, fragrant scent of spring perfumes the air, it serves as a major reminder to shed those winter pounds that have insulated me throughout winter. Now is the time to take action and shift into gear!
First of all, starvation or skipping meals is an absolute no- no. (Believe me, I’ve tried that approach and it tends to backfire.) A well balanced diet chocked full of nutrients combined with exercise and plenty of rest is the best way to attain a sexy, radiant and energetic body.
Its not about deprivation
The key is moderation, discipline and dedication. Trust me, as long as you exercise at least three times weekly, you can indulge in a sinful snack. A diet free of processed foods such as canned food, sugary sodas, fast food, or deep fried fatty food will provide a healthier & improved version of yourself.
Beauty begins from within
Beauty begins from within. We can purchase the best skincare products that promise shiny hair, radiant skin and strong nails, but if our diet consists of all the wrong nutrients, its a waste of hard earned cash. Health and wellness requires a combination of actions.
Here’s a list I’ve compiled to create some motivation:
- At least seven hours of sleep. (Promotes cell repair and increases vitality.)
- Plenty of H2O. About eight glasses per day. (Cleanses and rejuvenates.)
- Three servings of fruit and four servings of veggies daily. (Drink a glass of V8, it fulfills most of our daily needs.)
- Limit caffeine and alcohol intake. (If you do, have a glass of water between each cup.)
- Eat fish. (Especially Salmon, baked or broiled, low in calories & wards off depression.)
- Think color! The more colorful the food, the more health benefits it contains. (Cherry tomatoes, red onions, dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, arugula, and cranberries, just to name a few.)
- Limit salt intake. (Causes water retention.)
- Increase intake of fiber rich food promotes a healthy digestive system. (Oats, Broccoli, carrots, wholegrain breads and pasta.)
- If you are a carnivore, indulge only twice weekly. (Diets that are rich in red meat are linked to heart disease and diabetes.)
- Don’t smoke! (We are aware of the health risks of cigarettes.)
- Stay active. (Walk, run, fidget, take the stairs, whatever, just get the blood pumping.)
- Find the time to smell the roses. (Relaxation, laughter, or doing whatever makes us most happy.)
I wanted to share my healthy Salmon Salad recipe thats perfect for lunch or dinner.
Food Vixen’s energizing Salmon Salad:
- 4 wild Salmon fillets
- fresh baby spinach
- cherry tomatoes (halved)
- one avocado (cut into quarter inch pieces)
- one red onion (chopped)
- shredded low fat cheddar cheese
- Kalamata olives (coarsely chopped)
- one medium Macintosh apple (chopped, core removed)
- fresh lemon juice (for dressing)
- extra virgin olive oil (for dressing)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash Salmon fillets in cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Season each side with salt & pepper. Drizzle fillets with olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
- Coat the baking pan evenly with a non- stick cooking spray. Place the Salmon fillets in the oven for about ten minutes or so, depending on your temperature preference.
- In the meantime, grab a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, cherry tomatoes, apple, red onion, olives, shredded cheddar cheese and avocado. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper and toss, coating evenly. (There should be no excess liquid swooshing around at the bottom.)
- Serve. Enjoy.
Makes 4 servings
* Best when paired with a crisp un- oaked Chardonnay.