Some Healthy food Suggestions

Canned Salmon (or Tuna): Healthy Quick ‘n Easy Recipes

A quick, easy and cheap option, canned salmon adds nutrients and flavour to meals. Check out these recipes for simple ways to spice it up!


5 Minutes: Add salmon to soups

Stir salmon (about 50g per serving) into canned or homemade soup made with corn, onion, carrot, potatoes and/or veggies. Heat then pair with a hunk of wholegrain bread.

10 Minutes: Swap for tuna salad

Flake salmon into a bowl. Add diced celery, red pepper or gherkin. Blend with mayo. Stuff into a wholewheat wrap or spread on bread. Top with greens, sprouts and sliced tomatoes.

15 Minutes: Make salmon cakes

Mix salmon with diced red pepper, lemon zest, onion, Worcestershire sauce and an egg. Shape into patties and dip in bread crumbs. Brown patties in a pan with a little oil, 3 minutes per side.

20 Minutes: Toss with pasta

Cook wholewheat penne in boiling water. Drain and return to pot, Mix with cooked peas, salmon, onion, a little olive oil and lemon to coat pasta. Serve with parmesan, black pepper and fresh parsley.

Canned Salmon and Tuna have similar dietary properties and are great for runners and athletes. Why Salmon though?


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So is what is being healthy…..? Is it all in the eyes of the beholder?

As my main goal for this site was to focus on healthy lifestyles, that is where I’ll start. Being mindful of course, that I will get a little distracted as other pertinent issues arise..

We quite naturally all have very different ideas about exactly what ‘being healthy’ is…and so we should. I think most would probably consider exercise and a good diet and this is probably a great start, but it is not always as simple as this. In the medicinal world there are medical perimeters that understand our ‘BMI’ Body Mass Index (BMI) (body fat content), or, how well our body functions such as our kidneys, heart and lungs, which of course can be affected by a good many factors such as our lifestyle – how much we smoke, drink and how much exercise we get. Some problems we encounter are hereditary and unfortunately, some ‘problems’ we can encounter to some degree are out of our control – or are they? 

What about the many thousands of families and individuals that are barely surviving from day to in some third world countries? Many of these have never smoked, drank any alcohol or eat any excessively fatty diet in their all too often short lives – they simply couldn’t afford to! Dirty water / no water / disease born water are all health inhibitors and in fact killers.

So you see, it’s not always easy to be healthy, but there are some sensible considerations many should give pause for thought over….

There are reasons why the medical profession, amongst others, actually measure our body fat , blood pressure, height, weight, cholesterol, etc. All can give way to deteriorating health and can kill. Obesity isn’t just a problem for that individual because of the excessive pressure placed on their heart, lungs, typically heavily furred arteries with lovely cholesterol. It can lead to diabetes. It can be passed on by a pregnant mother to her unborn child, not really giving the child a fair start in life, same as smokers before, during and after pregnancy.

Now, it’s not all doom and gloom. For those who want to lose weight, get ‘fitter’, give up smoking – whatever their goal or motivation is, there is help out there. They key her is ‘motivation’! You’ve got to want to change ‘bad’ habits. The individual needs it to be their idea with their own reasons for wanting to change something in their lifestyle. It’s simply not good enough for someone else to tell them and moan at them. It does work sometimes, but often the individual will regress as they didn’t really buy into the concept and make their own in the first place.

So where do you start? Well, it depends on the goal? Is it to lose weight? What’s the reason – Is it medical problems causing the need or simply a desire to fit into that slinky little number you brought a few months ago that you can no longer squeeze into. Whatever it is, there are ‘support’ groups out there. We can all think of several off the top of our heads – Weight watchers, gyms, keep fit DVD’s from our favourite celebs, even Wii games these days and we could go on and on.

So what’s stopping you? Didn’t you used to love riding you bike, perhaps used to regularly go swimming or participate in a team sport (great motivation and fun when you’re working with or for a bunch of other guys or gals!), perhaps you live in or close to some scenic walking routes? It could be as simple as stop taking the elevator and using the stairs, or perhaps ditch that car or bus ride to and from work and walk those extra 15-20 minutes each way – it’s also a great way to unwind after a hard day at work.

Whatever you want to achieve, it needn’t cost much, if any money. Perhaps just a ‘can-do’ attitude, maybe a promise from a loved one to treat you if you achieve your goal.

Let’s see how we all get on ..

Hello world!

So welcome to my site!

I currently sit here typing, full of good intentions and plans for the next 12 months or so. Some are personal challenges, like attempting to be ready to break the 2hr 35 min mark in next April’s Zurich marathon. Other key dates in a busy year will be a little matter of marrying my sweetheart, but that one will take care of itself or now.

I’d always dreamed of living in the mountains, in amongst all their glorious peaks, the snow, their beauty… and finally i arrived here some 4 years ago. It’s the perfect setting for the outdoor and athletically minded and my little slice of heaven that I’m hanging onto for all its worth!

For now, I thank you for visiting this site and I’ll try to keep all interested with various posts on health, training for personal fitness goals, diets & recipes and lifestyle thoughts and musings.

That’s all for now as I’m about to head out for a run in the foot or so of the abundant snow that’s hit our resort town in the last week or so. Let’s hope the bears around here have finally go into hibernation as I’ll no doubt run through the nearest forest as the lone sole ‘stupid’ enough to run alone in this enchanting area.