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Honey and Lime Glazed Salmon

 

I was having a conversation with a friend recently about hormones, we laughed! We laughed at how hormones make us behave at times. Hormones are chemical messengers talking to other parts of the body.

Yes, we laughed but as important hormones are if it’s not getting the right signal it can cause havoc to our lives. Agree ladies?

I personally battled with my hormones during and after my last 3 pregnancies, not so much on the first one as I think being in sunny Mauritius (Vitamin D ) played a role in that.

It took me years to sort of find my happy hormones back. I still occasionally lose it though :). Don’t ask how I know when I lose it because I won’t be able to tell.

It’s mad how women have to go through this rollercoaster for life, it never stops does it?
But did you know that your diet, environment and stress and the amount of sleep all play a crucial part in keeping your hormone levels in balance? It definitely does in mine.

Few simple and practical tips to help balance your hormones:

  • Emphasise on foods rich in Vitamin B to stave off sugar cravings.
  • Eat leafy greens to boost your calcium and magnesium. Make sure to not eat too many raw greens. Steaming or lightly sauteeing is the best way.
  • Avoid refined and processed food. Add roasted root veggies instead.
  • Choose organic vegetables and meat wherever possible to reduce pesticide and
  •  hormone exposure.
  • Use stimulants such as coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar and cigarette infrequently or never.
  • Work on a stress management plan.
  • Make sure you get enough essential fats from seeds and supplements (if required)
  • Try and exercise regularly such vary between pilates, yoga, walking, or strength training depending on your level of energy
  • Get plenty of sleep – 8-9 hours if possible
  • Stay hydrated. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water.
  • Try some relaxation technique such as breathing exercise.
  • If you have PMS or menopausal symptoms I will suggest you talk to your doctor or a nutritional therapist.

Honey and Lime Glazed

Ingredients

  • 1.3 lb (600g) salmon, 4 fillets

Marinade:

  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

Pineapple Rice:

  • 2/3 cup (150g) rice
  • ¾ cup (200g) sweetcorn
  • 1 ¼ cups (250g) pineapple, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cup (200g) cucumber, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves (or mint)

Instructions

  1. Cut the skin off the salmon fillets. Rinse and dry.
  2. Mix the ingredients of the marinade and coast the pieces of salmon. Place in a casserole for marinating for about 1 hour.
  3. Cook the rice in lightly salted water, then spread on a large plate to cool.
  4. Drain the sweetcorn and add to the rice. Peel and cut the pineapple into small chunks and the cucumber into small cubes. Add to the salad bowl, season with a pinch of salt, lime juice and honey. Add coriander leaves (or mint) and mix well.
  5. Preheat the oven to 410F (210C). Bake the marinated salmon for 18 minutes, until cooked throughout.
  6.  Serve salmon with the earlier prepared pineapple rice.

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