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NUT-ritious Benefits of Nuts

NUT-ritious Benefits of Nuts Organic Mixed Nuts (Raw, No Shell)

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy snack, nuts are the perfect option. Nuts contain the perfect amount of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, and fiber plant sterols. For a bite size food, they contain a powerful nutritional punch.

Nuts are known for their many health benefits. A study assessed the health risks involving 13,000 people. The study concluded that those who ate nuts fared better off than those that didn’t. They had a decrease in BMI and waist circumference, lower weight, blood pressure, and the likelihood of many metabolic syndromes decreased. Many nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, and even cashews improve the vascular system as well. They promote proper blood flow and normal cardiac functions.

Nuts also combat the effects of some mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and Schizophrenia. The contents of the omega-3 fatty acids combat these disorders, as well as help with rheumatoid arthritis.

Despite the many benefits, you should consume with caution. Nuts are a common allergenic substance, and being the allergic to one nut isn’t the same as being allergic to another. As long as you know what your body can and cannot consume, nuts are a wonderful healthy snack and can greatly improve your health!


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Exercise 3 Times Per Week to Lose Weight

Exercise 3 Times Per Week to Lose Weight


Exercising just three times per week can help you lose weight.  Put aside 15- 20 minutes if you are just starting out.  Try to increase your workout to 45 to 60 minutes per workout.  By exercising at low to moderate intensity you will burn less calories than high intensity such as sprinting. You can torch calories quicker by increasing your level of intensity. If you are just starting out take it slow.  You will see progress if you are consistent.

Here is a workout to try: “A” for beginners, “B” is a bit higher intensity

Cardio- A-Walk for 15- 20 minutes      B-Jog of run for 20- 30 minutes

Strength training/toning:

A- 10 pushups standing against the wall or on your knees on floor

B-10 military pushups

A- 15 squats  B-15 jump squats

A-    10 Modified Jumping jacks  B- 15 jumping jacks

A&B 10-15 bicep curls

A&B 10-15 abdominal crunches

Repeat strength training 1-4 times depending upon your level of fitness


Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine!

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5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Pilates

5 Reasons You Should Be Doing PilatesPilates

Pilates is a system of exercises that is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture, and improve your mental awareness. Here are 5 reasons why you should start doing Pilates today.

1)      Improved Flexibility- The constant bending and twisting throughout the day can cause a lot of stress on your muscles and joints. However, Pilates can correct this tension, allowing you to do the things you love. A flexible muscles is a healthy muscle, and a healthy muscle can handle stressors that may lead to injury.

2)      Better Sleep- A stress hormone called cortisol is released following a stressful event; it is important that cortisol levels return to normal after. Unfortunately, in our high-stress society, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal. Exercise “eases” these hormones, allowing you to be more focused throughout the day, and tired at night. Pilates is great, because it doesn’t wear out your muscles, so there is no soreness later on.

3)      Weight LossIf you practice Pilates regularly, you will change your body. Pilates creates long, lean muscles. It may be low-impact, but it isn’t easy. Once you have the routine down, expect to work up a light sweat. The formula for weight loss however remains the same: burn more calories than you consume. And Pilates (being a full body workout) will do exactly that.

4)      Lengthens the Spine and Improves Posture- Poor posture creates a string of structural changes throughout the body that can cause pain and imbalance in the shoulders and neck. This may cause migraines, neck, and lower back pain. Pilates targets the deep postural muscles creating a strong, aligned core.

5)      Mind and Body Connection- Pilates practice gives complete attention to every movement by instructing the brain to release tension, control movement and breath with precision and flow.


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Eat Salads to Cut Calories and Increase Satisfaction


Studies have shown that eating a low-calorie first course, like a green salad of 150 calories or less, enhances

feelings of fullness and reduces the total number of calories eaten during the meal.

Add a salad at dinner or lunch.  Be careful of calories in dressings!

(I like balsamic vinegar)


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Looking to get in shape? Swimming may be the answer!

A pool might not be the first place you think of going when you’re looking to shape up and slim down—but perhaps it should be. No other workout burns calories, boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body (without putting stress on your joints) better than a swimming workout.swimming

These are a few workouts if you’re interested in using the pool to get some exercise:

Breaststroke: Sweep through. Reach your arms overhead, palms together. Rotating your palms outward, pull down until your hands are nearly level with your chin. Bring your hands inward by your chest, then reach again. Whip it. Bend your knees and bring your heels toward your butt. Turn your toes outward and kick your legs back and together (like a frog) as you extend your arms forward.

Backstroke: Eyes up. Look straight up at the sky or ceiling—not at your toes, which causes your hips to sink—so your head is in line with your spine. Make a Y. Reach back with each arm at a 45-degree angle to your body; it places less stress on your shoulders and makes your stroke stronger.

Freestyle is also fan favorite because it’s easy to learn and it burns major calories, as do all these exercises.The swimming pool is a great place to burn calories and build muscle. If you’re a generally adventurous person, swim workouts can also be very helpful should you ever be in a situation where they can be applied to safety.


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Weekend Workout- No equipment required

Weekend Workout- No equipment required
Warm up by walking or jogging 5 minutes. Be sure to stretch after warmup and after workout.
You can do it!!!

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds. Repeat 3-6 times.jackie13
1. Jumping jacks
2. Plank hold
3. Walking lunges
4. Pushups
5. Squats
6. Tricep dips
7. Burpees
8. 30 second rest


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Burn Fat by Sprinting

Sprinting will help yosprinting2u burn fat and burn fat faster than a lower intensity workout such as jogging or going for a long run. Cardio fitness helps the ability of your heart to pump stronger and more efficiently and your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. The pounding of weight-bearing activities like walking and running may cause more fat burning than a seated exercise like biking, or an activity like swimming where there is no pounding at all.