So I have a new motto.
Keep calm, and eat more F I S H. Yes, hear me out now! Ok?
You see, the Kiwi and I have chosen a lifestyle that throws us a lot of curveballs, meaning, one day everything is golden and the next all hell has broken loose. Hey, we get that. We’re almost used it. Take last weekend for instance. James is ready to race and I get to be there to help! We arrive safe and sound at our destination and relax until the day before. He starts to put his bike together only to realize it’s been damaged (TSA’s mishap). Curveball-> stress to get it fixed before race-> stressed because now we might have spent money on a trip that He cannot even race.
But those little mishaps are not in our control and we did the best we could to get it all in order again before the race.
Okay, so where am I going with this? Stress. I can’t do anything to help my husband’s situation, but I can be there to support and then make sure he gets the important nutrients he needs post race to DESTRESS.
So back to that motto –> Keep Calm and Eat Fish —> increase the body’s production of DHEA (hormone), and hopefully bypass adrenal fatigue. We can’t have that happening if we wants to continue to race!
But WAIT!? –> I’m sure you’re wondering… What the heck is DHEA and why is it important?
The sherpa/nutrition specialist/science nerd side of me thinks about this.
DHEA is hormone, full name dehydroepiandrosterone. This hormone is a crucial anti-aging hormone produced by our adrenal glands. It is also a cofactor in the production of several other hormones. We peak the production of this hormone in our 20’s, and if we didn’t stress or eat unhealthy (which isn’t realistic), then we’d probably continue to produce it well into our 90’s. Unfortunately, new research has stated that low levels of DHEA are often found in many adults due to…. ahem —> STRESS. You know, like the exhausted adrenal glands kind of stress. It is not until our 40s that we begin to feel the effects of lower DHEA levels.
Source –> and a good read.
Okay, so how do we get our DHEA up? DHEA is (technically) not found in food therefore we need eat certain foods that help increase your DHEA. If the body has enough DHEA, it will not produce any more, no matter what your diet. This is a safety mechanism controlled by the brain and the adrenal gland. Certain foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (FISH), such as salmon, sablefish, rainbow trout and cod, can also help the body better use its naturally produced DHEA.
[print_this] Blackened Trout
- Two 4 oz trout fillets
- ½ tablespoon chili pepper
- 1 teaspoon dry onion or garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or paprika, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon each sea salt and black pepper
- 1-2 teaspoons butter or oil
First, mix your dry ingredients in a bowl. Transfer onto a plate. Next, wet each fillet then douse each fillet in your dry mix. Set aside.
Heat your skillet on medium high and add the oil and butter and make sure the pan or griddle is evenly coated. Once heated, add your fish fillets. Turn and continue to cook until skin is crispy and trout is firm. I’d say this takes about 5 minutes each fillet.
Once finished, squeeze a little fresh lime on top! This dish goes great with steamed rice or grilled veggies. [/print_this]
Don’t eat fish? That’s okay, you can get omega 3 fatty acids from plant source such flax seed, chia, walnuts, Seaweed and more! Personally, I’d soak these nuts/seeds first so you can digest them better if you are trying to heal your gut.
We also use the vegan Barleans swirl in our smoothies to add a variety of Omega 3 fatty acid sources to our diet. It also is easy to digest (for us).
Do you take care of your DHEA levels? I know, such a nerdy question.