Weight Loss and Superfoods: Nuts

Sep 20

Weight Loss and Superfoods: Nuts

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Whew! That’s looking better, and in spite of spending almost 4 days lying on my backside, sick in bed. Too bad it wasn’t stomach flu – this would have looked a lot better!

In order to keep my step count up to 100 + my daily average from the last 3 weeks (see this week’s post on the N.A.V.Y. Challenge) I’m going to need to get back to walking on my days off. (My current goal is 6137 steps per day). It’s been a struggle, but I’m really looking forward to getting back into even this gentle, 3x/week schedule. I’m very grateful to have a highly active job on those work days!

Ok, onwards and upwards (or rather, downwards, in the sense of the graph…)!  Today’s superfoods are nuts! Mmmmm.  Nuts are getting a bit of a bad rap these days because of allergies, but if you can possibly eat them, do!

We’ve discussed almonds already, but there are plenty of other nuts to choose from as well, and here’s why you want to:

Nuts have been proven to lower risks of:

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • type 2 diabetes
  • dementia
  • advanced macular degeneration and
  • gallstones

Daily nut eaters:

  • gain an extra five to six years of life free of coronary disease
  • increase their longevity by about 2 years

And apparently, nuts can also:

  • Help reduce fatigue
  • Decrease feelings of irritability
  • Reduce insomnia problems
  • Improve asthma

Read more at Suite101: Health Benefits of Eating Nuts and Seeds

Adding 30 g/day of nuts to a Mediterranean diet resulted in significant reversal of the metabolic syndrome

Nuts are the best plant sources of protein and contain:

Nuts are also very high in calories, so you don’t need many nuts in a day to meet your needs.  Go for about a 1/4 cup in total.  I like to sprinkle a mix of sunflower seeds, pepitas, and sesame seeds on my plain yogurt after dinner.  Delicious!

You can also get more info and some recipes here

Do you like nuts?  How do you eat them?  Share your experiences here in the comments section!

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