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salads, vegetable dishes, yogurt, fruits, and desserts. Here's why you should get more of these healthy nuts in your everyday diet.
Walnuts Help You Feel Fuller Longer While walnuts are calorie-dense, the combination of Omega-3 fats, protein, and fiber work to help keep you feeling full longer. Caloric intake should be a consideration in any weight-management plan, but not all calories are created equal. Because of their high protein and fiber, a meal that includes walnuts can help prevent the consumption of empty calories later in the day.
Walnuts Are Heart-Healthy Like most tree nuts, walnuts can help fight heart disease. Walnuts contain a high amount of antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol production.
Walnuts May Help Prevent Cancer Studies have shown that regular, daily walnut consumption can help prevent certain types of cancer, such as pancreatic, prostate, and breast cancer.
Walnuts Support a Healthy Lifestyle Studies have shown that people who consume tree nuts regularly take in more fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E, as well as less sodium than people who do not eat tree nuts.
Walnuts May Help Prevent Diabetes All types of nuts, including walnuts, have been linked to a decreased risk of diabetes. For individuals with a higher risk of diabetes, adding walnuts to your diet is an easy and delicious way to help take control of your health.
Walnuts Can Support a Healthy Pregnancy Don't throw out the walnuts after successfully getting pregnant. Women who eat diets rich in fatty acids like those found in walnuts can reduce the risk of certain types of food allergies in their unborn child.
Walnuts Might Make You Feel Less Stressed If you suffer from daily stress, walnuts just might be the ideal food for you. Eating walnuts and walnut oil has been shown to lower resting blood pressure and blood pressure responses to stress, which can help keep you calm and relaxed.
Walnuts Can Help You Sleep Whether your sleep problems stem from stress or other factors, eating walnuts can help induce sleep. Walnuts naturally contain melatonin, which is a compound many people buy over-the-counter to aid in sleep.
Walnuts Can Improve Hair Health In addition to being great for your internal organs, walnuts also contain biotin, which can strengthen hair, reduce hair loss, and improve hair growth.
Walnuts Fosters Healthy Skin Walnuts are rich in B-vitamins and antioxidants, which prevent free radical damage, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, making them the perfect food for people who want healthier, glowing skin.
Walnuts May Help Prevent Dementia Studies have shown that regular consumption of walnuts can help ward off dementia. Eating walnuts can help prevent memory and learning problems while fostering healthy emotional control.
Whether you're a casual nut eater or someone looking to make healthy diet changes, eating more walnuts should be a no-brainer!
I do not like drinking water, but I learned how to increase the amount I drink. I just take a full swallows here and there during the day. After this, I find that I have more of a taste for how plain it is. I actually then I find I want to drink juice less. Also drinking hot water (without a tea bag even) also makes water more appealing.
I make sure that I always "like to exercise". Even if I'm tired or come home from a exhausting day, I don't want to miss my exercise. So motivation is my key. I stay motivated by finding new exercises that would give me health benefits that are a help in everyday life. For example, I took on jump rope so that I could walk farther and in general have more endurance. And also I choose exercises that are fun, challenging and beautiful--that would be yoga. Yoga is like an art form for the body.
If you like to snack on favorite 'junk' food, set it out in front of you where you can see it. Put a label on that reads, "Award? or an "I'm bored" ? Do yourself a favor and consider it carefully. After having a good day, why not award yourself. If you're not doing so great, remind yourself not to eat something mindlessly. Eat with a purpose.
I'm a shift leader at a telecommunications site and spend most of my time in from of a terminal. We rely on alarm systems to alert us to system problems. I find getting up once an hour to tour the facility is not only good for me but is helping me find problems that don't have an automatic reporting system.
My challenge from SparkPeople today is to move three times when I would normally be sitting. So I got an idea from one of SP articles--stretching. I like yoga. And if you do a lot of sitting, things start to stiffen and ache. So getting up every once and while and doing a standing Yoga stretch like warrior or dancers pose will help posture and take away pain. Just a few moments of this I know will work wonders. And if you are challenging yourself with a new pose, that will make it fun!
When I say something negative about myself to myself, it helps me to turn what I said around to the positive. Something I commonly say is "I'm depressed." When I catch myself saying it, I'll say "I feel good." You can use this most things if what you're saying is just habit or not really true.
My secret is when I walk on the treadmill I don't do it all on the same level. EXAMPLE (.speed 3mph 15 minutes on incline 10 then 15 minutes on incline 14 then I do the last 10 minutes on incline 15 , my weight seemed to really start to come off then. I try to mix it all up on there so my body has to work differently .
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