Awww Nuts!!!

Awww nuts man!! I can’t eat nuts…don’t you know they are loaded with fat!! OK, Let’s talk about fat then!

  • Fat is a nutrient like protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Fat is part of every cell in your body.
  • Fat supplies energy you need fat to be able to absorb certain vitamins (A, D, E, K)
  • Fat helps you have healthy skin and hair at is digested slowly, making you feel more full
  • Fat makes food taste good
  • Fat makes up 60% of brain tissue.
  • Among other things, healthy fats help your heart and your brain to function optimally, so we don’t want to avoid fats altogether.
  • Fat is needed to build cell membranes, the vital exterior of each cell, and the sheaths surrounding nerves. It is essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and inflammation.

 You may consider skipping the nuts because of the fat content, but I’d like you to reconsider.  The main thing is moderation!  

What about Saturated Fat?

There is a lot of debate these days regarding saturated fat and some saturated fat is important to our bodies, but don’t go crazy.  Use in moderation and be wise, including coconut oil.  When possible it is probably still wise to choose unsaturated fats like olive oil and NEVER choose hydrogenated fats!!

Here is a great video from SciShow, one of my favorite resources!

One Pan Candied Nuts – The Minimalist Baker

Time: 14 minutes

Ease: simple

Review:  This is a quick and easy sweet snack.  It isn’t too sweet, just a touch.  If you are used to very sweet candied nuts, you may be a little disappointed, but it is a good treat to ease yourself into cutting back on sugars while still having a sweet treat.  It is very easy to make and would be a great gift or food to take to parties.

Make sure to taste the nuts to get the appropriate seasoning.

Roasted Curried Cashews – Eating Well Magazine

Time: About an hour

Ease: Simple

Review: Don’t think “Curry, I don’t like curry”, this snack is really different, the lemon juice gives it a tangy flavor and the curry doesn’t scream curry.  My husband who usually prefers sweet things really liked this snack.  I think it will become a regular in our home!  You could experiment with other seasonings that may go well with lemon juice, which you make a paste with.

Tips:  Different types of curry will change the flavor.  I personally like a sweet curry, but this is the basic curry from the grocery.  Try going to a spice shop and experiment with different types of curry or try making your own blend.

When looking for curry recipes to make your own spice blend try searching British sites, like BBC or Google UK.  The British know their curry!

Pistachio Pesto – Lidia’s Italy

Time: 10-20 minutes, including prep time

Ease: Simple

Review: I love pesto and as pesto goes, this is pretty good.  Watch your salt levels with this dish and taste along the way to balance the flavors; garlic, basil, etc.  The flavor is a little different and has a hint of pistachio flavor, which I don’t mind because they are basically the crack of the nut world!  The recipe is meant to be made into a pasta dish, but I used it as a spread and that worked very well.  Easy to make and a nice flavor.

Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools, and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

I offer individual coaching sessions and virtual health coach sessions through Zoom, if you are not local, as well as group sessions, workshops, and special events. I would love to help you on your journey towards health and wellness. Contact me for more information.

My husband and I are also Independent Shaklee Distributors to learn more visit https://pws.shaklee.com/yieldingaction – one of the leading providers of premium-quality, natural, nutrition, personal care, and household products.

Don’t forget to take you Healthprint !

All photos are by me, Lisa Wright Burbach –  Feel free to share, but please give credit to the source.  Thank you.

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Wheel of Health: Spirituality

Wellness is made up of all the different parts of our lives and works sort of like a wheel. When one area is out of balance, it is like having a flat tire, and our wheel doesn’t spin easily, causing all kinds of problems. When our life is in balance, our wellness wheel is round, spinning freely, taking us where we want to go.

The World Health Organization describes “Health” as: Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

More simply put, when our mind, body, and spirit are in order, we are in a state of Wellness or Health.

One of the tools I use as a Health Coach is a the Wheel of Health. Each segment of the wheel indicates areas that need balance. When all areas are simultaneously in balance, we are in our most Well state, barring outside factors.

One of the most overlooked segments is “Spirituality.” Studies are beginning to show a greater connection between Mind, Body, and Spirit. While there is still much to learn, these studies show that people who consider their spiritual lives as an essential part of life benefit in their bodies and minds as well.

  • Reduction in stress
  • Lower levels of depression. Primarily thought to be due to renewed hope.
  • Improved immune system
  • A greater sense of peace
  • An increased overall feeling of wellbeing in general
  • A greater sense of positivity
  • Improved coronary health
  • Increased Life Span
  • Increased Health Span
  • Reduction in pain – Chronic stress leads to inflammation, reduction in stress can reduce inflammation resulting in a reduction in pain.

In the book, The Blue Zones, author Dan Buettner discovered that all 7 of the most long-lived people groups in the world pay attention to their spiritual life and reap the benefits listed above. One thought is that the ability to relinquish stress and difficulty to a higher power allows them to reduce overall stress.

A study led by Dr. Dean Ornish studied individuals with significant coronary heart disease. This study found that the progression or regression of their heart disease was significantly impacted by their spiritual wellbeing.

What about you? What about me? I find that spirituality can be complicated in our society. I have Judeo/Christian beliefs and sometimes I may be “defined” by others as a result.

By “define,” I mean that there are times when some people may develop a preconceived “storyline” of what they think that I feel, think, or believe. When this happens, it prevents a genuine relationship from forming and creates distance.

Let’s get to know one another before writing that “storyline”. Was I kind, loving, helpful, and generous? This is what I want to be asked! It’s what I ask. This also leads to another segment in the Wheel of Health, “Social Wellness”. It all works together, including the times when we disagree.

My faith is my own. Yet…I find that I do sometimes worry about what others will think, I write my own storyline of what I think they feel about me. In many ways, I create more stress for myself in my spirituality than if I’d just embrace my own faith. Do you?

Sometimes it looks like living between the tension of these sentiments:

  • “You are too religious”.
  • “You aren’t spiritual enough”.
  • “you are intolerant”.
  • “You are too tolerant”.
  • “you aren’t open-minded”.
  • “You are too open-minded”.

If we spend our lives trying to please everyone, we will create more stress for ourselves and never “own” our own faith. We will be tossed to and fro, so to speak. This is a time when having a spiritual life will be detrimental to your health rather than beneficial. It becomes more of a set of prescriptions than a genuine spiritual life.

As you work on your Spiritual Wellness, it needs to bring you to a place of peace. This is when you begin to reap the mental and physical benefits. The bottom line is that we have to accept ourselves – all of ourselves. Your health and wellness begins here!

By the way, it also means not trying to control another person’s spirituality. If you are worried about someone’s faith position, keep in mind that love and kindness will go much farther in their hearts than anger, hatred, and rejection. It is also crucial to your own Wellness.

If your spiritual life leads to anger, hatred, wickedness, and ill-will, then I question your spiritual life. If your spiritual life leads to peace, understanding, compassion, and a willingness to serve others, then well done. You are on your road to balanced Wellness.

Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools, and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

Van and Lisa are also Independent Shaklee Distributors helping people live younger longer.