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The 5 healthiest nuts

Thursday, January 28, 2010

All nuts are rich in vitamin E, magnesium, protein, and fiber, but these picks go beyond that. Alternate the types you eat to get the maximum benefits.

Pistachios
1 oz./49 nuts
158 calories
13 g fat
3 g fiber

Pistachios are high in cholesterol-lowering plant sterols and have more potassium than most nuts (291 mg per ounce).

Almonds
1 oz./23 nuts
163 calories
14 g fat
4 g fiber

One ounce provides half your daily vitamin E-more than any other nut. It also supplies 8 percent of your daily calcium needs.

Hazelnuts
1 oz./21 nuts
178 calories
17 g fat
3 g fiber

These are rich in iron and proanthocyanidins, antioxidants that strengthen blood vessels and prevent UTIís.

Walnuts
1 oz./14 halves
185 calories
18 g fat
2 g fiber

Walnuts deliver the most omega-3 fatty acids and contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which supports the immune system.

Brazil nuts
1 oz./6 nuts
186 calories
19 g fat
2 g fiber

A single Brazil nut provides your daily dose of selenium, an antioxidant that may play a role in preventing breast cancer.

Wow, I had heard that nuts were good for you, but I didnít realize just how good! Iím sure glad that I LOVE nuts (both the edible kinds and the human ones.)

  
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LLLAWSON 1/28/2010 8:02AM

    I love nuts for snacks. They seem to help with the hunger till the next meal. emoticon

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P31W247 1/28/2010 7:57AM

    Your a nutty person i can tell LOL.

Thanks for the info, i think i will pick up some walnuts on the way home. Haven't had any in ages, i used to love them.


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CELEST 1/28/2010 7:15AM

    The human ones........ emoticon then you're just going to love me emoticon, I'm as nutty as they come.
Funny, I generally avoid nuts purely because they are so heavy in calories, but I can see the value in adding them to salads because they are so good for you. Thanks for the article, you have reformed at least this nut.

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BEWARE: THESE HEALTHY FOODS CAN MAKE YOU FAT

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Some so-called smart eats are just junk food in disguise. Cut back on them and your thighs will thank you.

Chips, gooey desserts, anything that starts with ďfriedĒ-you know to fight off these calorie cows with a stick. Whatís tricky is that some foods with famously healthy reputations are actually worse for your weight than the snacks in vending machines and drive-throughs. This article will fill you in on what they are and why they keep you from hitting that golden number on the scale.

Sushi Rolls

The veggies and seaweed wrap are low-cal, but a lot of the most popular rolls are slathered with cream cheese or mayo (e.g., in that spicy sauce that comes on many options), and the seafood inside may be tempura-battered. Thanks to those ingredients, a standard roll can clock in at 500 to 600 calories. Also, soy sauce is loaded with sodium. It wonít make you gain weight, but itís cause you to retain water, so your jeans will feel (and look) tighter.

Dried Fruit

Cup for cup, dried fruit has five to eight times more calories than the fresh kind because it has been dehydrated and is much denser. Fresh grapes, for example, have 60 calories per cup, while raisins have 460. And many brands add sugar, amping up the calorie count even more.

Granola

Since itís loaded with good-for-you nuts and oats, itís too bad that they add oil to make it crisp and tons of sugar for more yumminess. One bowl racks up around 500 calories. Other cereals with the same nutrients but less oil and sugar pack half that.

Bran Muffins

Whether itís plain bran or mixed with apples or bananas, the fiber fills you up, sure, but considering all the sugar and butter it delivers, a bran muffin is basically just a round slice of cake. One weighs in at about 20 grams of fat, 420 calories, and 34 grams of sugar.

Half-and-Half

You put so little into your coffee, it seems like a harmless way to get calcium Ė especially when compared to full-fat cream. But a few spoonfuls per cup of joe two or three times a day quickly turns into 200 or more calories plus the same amount of fat as a big pat of butter!

Wraps

No matter what you put in it, the average wrap is a major offender. If you roll it out, it can be 1 foot across Ė seriously Ė and pack up to 300 calories. Sine the surface area is way bigger than two slices of bread, you coat it with a lot more mayo or dressing than you would a sub or sandwich.

Bottled Teas

Most store-bought brands are souped up with sugar or honey, which are crazy-caloric sweeteners. Oh, and one bottle can contain two or more servings, bringing the calorie count to almost 200 Ė similar to a bottle of soda.

Rice Cakes

These light snacks are fat-free and low in calories, but theyíre also completely lacking in fiber or protein-ingredients that experts say actually curb hunger. That means downing two or three wonít do anything but add more calories to your daily total and leave you craving something with substance. And limit the flavored kinds-they donít satisfy you more and they tend to have lots of sugar or sodium.

Veggie Burgers

Sure, skipping beef in lieu of a meat-free patty may save you a little fat and cholesterol. But depending on the brand and what you put on it, you could easily end up housing more than 1,000 calories. The cheese that often binds the veggies together and the huge size of the burgers are anything but diet-friendly. Add a bun and some ketchup and you might as well have had the quarter-pounder.

Juice

Reaching your recommended daily fruit-serving goal by getting it in liquid form might be the reason you canít fit into last yearís LBD. A 16-ounce bottle of OJ or apple juice has 55 grams of carbohydrates, the equivalent of five slices of bread. And most of that is sugar Ė a whopping 12 spoonfuls of it.

Diet Microwave Meals

The lean ready-to-eat dishes tend to be high in sodium-since the manufacturers canít rely on calorie-rich fat to make the stuff taste good, they resort to salt. As a result, scarfing them will make you retain water, especially in your arms and legs, leaving you puffy.

Salads

Thereís nothing better for you or your waist than naked veggies, but the shredded cheese, candied nuts, croutons, and globs of dressing often make salads as caloric as an oversize dish of pasta. And nutritionists are quick to point out that innocent-sounding vinaigrettes, though not as fattening as creamy ranches, can be almost as high-cal.

Tofu

Order this health food at a restaurant and what youíll most likely get is a plateful of sodium, calories, saturated fat, and even sugar. Tofu itself isnít the issue-the problem is that the white stuff is so bland, itís often served doused in decadent sauces then deep-fried to give it flavor and texture, making it a diet disaster.

Diet Faux Pas Ė Artificial sweetener can be up to 600 times sweeter than the real thing. So you get used to supersugary tastes and end up with killer dessert cravings.

The point of all this is just be really aware of what you are actually eating, okay?

  
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SPYKEY_RYE 1/29/2010 7:29AM

    These are some great tips! I recently discovered that about rice cakes, I bought some for my desk at work thinking they'd be a low calorie snack, and didn't realise they had 81g of carbohydrates in each one! Madness!

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LLLAWSON 1/27/2010 8:33AM

    All great points. Need to be reminded of these from time to time. emoticon

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PJSTIME 1/27/2010 7:54AM

    Thanks for the info we all need to read and study labels and research food when possible before we eat it PJ

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MRSLEENY 1/27/2010 7:14AM

    Thanks for all the info! I also heard that eating sushi with with rice is like eating tablespoons of sugar! If we all ate just whole foods, the world would be a healthy place for everyone. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 1/27/2010 6:51AM

  I gave up dried fruits years ago. emoticon

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CARMEL466 1/27/2010 6:51AM

    Great blog. Thanks for the information.

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LYNNDAROB04 1/27/2010 6:48AM

  I agree. I always try to eat fresh fruit or plain almonds for snack. The less ingredients the better.

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WALK THE DOG (A HAPPY WAY TO GET FIT)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

When it comes to getting active, you may be better off investing in a dog than a gym membership. Researchers in Great Britain recently surveyed 5000 people and found that those with dogs exercised up to six hours more a week than those who worked out at a gym or on their own.

According to the study, the average dog owner walks his pet for less than 30 minutes twice daily and then longer three times a week. Those short spurts add up to more than eight hours of physical activity a week.

Researchers say the difference can be attributed in part to varying levels of enjoyment. While 86% of dog owners said they enjoy the time with their pets, only 16% of respondents rated going to the gym favorably.

Perhaps thatís also why dog owners are more likely to make physical activity a priority. Nearly two-thirds said they walk their pets even when theyíre pressed for time. Compare that with 46% of gym-goers who admitted to often making excuses not to work out. Sound familiar? Try the dog ownerís secret of breaking up your workout into small bursts of activity. The miles and minutes will add up.

  
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55WALKER 1/26/2010 10:58AM

    Come to think of it, when I see people out walking their dogs they do tend to be healthier looking people. Watching people at the dog park is sort of like watching people at a gym physically but they look much less grim! I don't go to a gym, but there may be a dog in my future after my old cat is gone.

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PJSTIME 1/26/2010 10:56AM

    This is true. I walk Sadie 2 times a day. PJ

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PJSTIME 1/26/2010 10:56AM

    This is true. I walk Sadie 2 times a day. PJ

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SEXXISADIE 1/26/2010 9:33AM

    Oh wow! Do you have a doggy? I always wanted a welsh corgi, maybe nows the time to get him! And little ferrets can ride on its back haha. Great info!

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LLLAWSON 1/26/2010 9:30AM

    Six hours more! Wow. I don't have a dog, but sounds like a good reason to get one. My sister has one and they NEVER walk it, and it shows on all of them. Poor puppy. emoticon

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DAISES2 1/26/2010 9:21AM

    animals are great for lots of reasons,including mental heath.
another good blog

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STARRPARENT 1/26/2010 8:57AM

    Thanks for this info. I don't have an animal, but if I had a dog I'd certainly go walking with it!

Have a good day out walking!

Bridget

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MYFEETHURT 1/26/2010 8:41AM

  Great info, Judy. I've written blogs about walking our old dog, Molly. She really is my personal trainer! Her little eyes say...LET'S GO, LET'S GO, LET'S GO...every single morning and evening. mary

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VEUVEGIRL 1/26/2010 7:51AM

    Very interesting!

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Beauty on your plate

Monday, January 25, 2010

Not all beauty products come in jars from the cosmetics counter. Some come in packages from the supermarket.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, canola oil and soybeans are good fats that help you look good too by helping to promote supple skin, healthy, shiny hair and strong nails.
Dark green veggies like spinach, swiss chard and broccoli deliver a beauty bonus. They are rich in vitamin A, which helps support healthy skin, tissues and cells.
For more skin-loving nutrients, donít forget antioxidant vitamins C&E, the free-radical fighters found in berries, papaya, seeds and nuts.

  
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LLLAWSON 1/25/2010 8:32AM

    Well said - both of you. Sometimes we don't realize all the ways food affects our bodies. We usually only hear how bad choices affect us. Focusing on how good foods benefit us helps to want to make good choice.

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SHANNONSTILLS 1/25/2010 7:50AM

  Excellent. Beauty truly comes from the inside out.

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DO YOU HAVE TO SUFFER TO BE BEAUTIFUL?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weíve all heard that question. And these days, more and more women seem to be taking it to heart. Theyíre spending lots of money, undergoing invasive procedures or, at the very least, beating themselves up for failing to meet some idealized standard.

But is it really necessary? Through the ages, the world has been full of naturally beautiful women-women from every time and place who turned heads, melted hearts and glowed from the inside out. What did they know that we so often forget?

Itís simple: the best beauty regimen is also the one that promotes overall good health. No matter what your age or body type, the most effective ďtreatmentsĒ are prevention and good healthy habits. Letís revisit the basics:

The Simply Beautiful Seven
1. Water. It helps hair, skin and nails look their best. Drink up!
2. Sleep. Get your eight hours to prevent puffy eyes and a washed-out complexion.
3. Moisturizer. A must against winter wind, cold and dryness. Apply right after showering to lock in moisture.
4. Sunscreen. Every day, 12 months a year to protect against UV rays. (for convenience, use a makeup with SPF).
5. Exercise. Physical activity is energizing, tones your body and lets you radiate confidence. Donít forget to hydrate.
6. Moderation. Select a nutritionally balanced diet, limiting the high-calorie high-fat foods.
7. Donít Smoke! If you need another reasonÖit ages you, big-time.

Food for Thought

Set Your Own Standards. Natural beauty is about looking great on your terms. Donít measure yourself against models and celebrities. Your best beauty role model might be your fabulous 80-year-old grandmother.

Walk Tall. The attitude you project to the world colors the way people see you. When you truly feel beautiful, happy and self-assured, youíre automatically attractive to others.

Are You OK? If youíre feeling down, or chronically stressed, it shows on the outside, too. For many reasons, do what you need to do to support your emotional health.

Looking good starts on the inside, with the choices you make every day. Take good care of yourself, and your natural beauty will shine.

  
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LLLAWSON 1/25/2010 10:29AM

    Missed this one. I love your blogs. You always have good advice that you need to be reminded of. The more you read it the more it sinks in. Thanks. emoticon

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DAISES2 1/24/2010 9:42AM

    you shuold have told me this years ago emoticon emoticon

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CARMEL466 1/24/2010 8:15AM

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DDOORN 1/24/2010 7:41AM

    If we're suffering we're working against our natural, innate beauty...!

Being true to ourselves will bring our God-given beauty to the fore! :-)

Don

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LAUROCHKA 1/24/2010 7:14AM

    Good advice emoticon

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