Nuts About Nuts

Nuts are something I never gave much thought to until recently. I had been buying premium brands of tree nuts for some time now. I eat tree nuts daily. In one of the stores I shop in, tree nuts for baking and cereal are in the same aisle. When I looked at the ingredients of the ‘Premium’ brand I noticed the oils listed are not the nut oils, but other oils used in frying.

What's in your nut?

What’s in your nut?

I went to the bakery section and looked at the oils contained in a package of baking tree nuts. The only oils listed are the natural oil of the nut itself, no other oils listed as ingredients.

Whose nuts are better?

Whose nuts are better?

Being curious I went to the web to find out about the differences. I was surprised by what I discovered. What I discovered made me change from buying premium tree nuts to the less expensive baking brands.

Most people who make nuts a part of their diet, do so for the oils the nuts contain. Nut oil is thought to be healthier than off the shelf oils and a good healthy source of fat in a diet.

Premium nuts as I understood from what I read are generally deep fried. Premium nuts do not really have to be premium in all respects. They do not need to be fresh, or packed with their own oils. Any nut that meets the processor’s requirements, is not too old or rancid, can be a premium nut.

What I did not find out was if the nut oils are intentionally extracted. If the nut oils are extracted, then premium nuts are not premium at all. These nuts are a by product of the nut oil extraction process.

Whether what I understand is true or not, two things are obvious about nuts. Baking nuts are less expensive than premium nuts. Baking nut oils are the better, natural nut oil, not a lower cost oil used for commercial processing.

Important stuff for people who eat nuts on a daily basis. Depending on which type of tree nut you buy, you may be missing, what you think you are getting from the tree nut. As for taste, well that is an individual choice.

No More Toe Fuzz

This secret for no more Toe Fuzz is so obvious, we all should know it. Well, it may not be the ultimate fix for Toe Fuzz, but it sure helps.

Doing this helps your socks feel like they did when they were new, within reason. If you want to change how your socks feel when you put them on, and you want to eliminate fuzz between your toes do this: Turn your socks inside out before washing.

Wash your socks inside out to help eliminate Toe Fuzz

Wash your socks inside out to help eliminate Toe Fuzz

So simple,it should be obvious, but it’s not. Washing your socks inside out, gets rid of all the loose fuzz. The foot pad of the sock tends to fluff up better when washed and dried inside out.

Now you know the secret to no more between the toe fuzz too.

Make Your Daily Walk Fun Again With Wave Walking

Improve your walking fun and your joint health with what I call Wave Walking. I started using myself as a test subject. I was bored and started Wave Walking to do something different. After my first one-half hour of Wave Waking I noticed muscles that had been seemingly sleeping for many years suddenly wake up. The next day, muscles I forgot I had were letting me know they were awake.

What you need: Nothing you do not already have.

How you do it: Look at the picture. Notice the path is divided into two sections? One for traffic in each direction? You walk forwards, weaving back and forth from the right side to the center and back. Make your waves as big or small as you wish. Starting out I suggest walking in long smooth waves as you will find muscles that are normally dormant from linear walking start to wake up.

Benefits: After a few weeks my feet felt more relaxed, my ankles, knees, hips and lower back felt stronger than they have felt in a long time. My back muscles had loosened up. My hips and knees felt stronger. I think what happened is from mostly linear walking, we only use muscles and those parts of muscles that have to do with linear movement.

Fun new way to revitalize your walking

Fun new way to revitalize your walking

Sidewalks, walking paths, running tracks, trails, parks, anywhere you normally walk is a good place to Wave Walk. You can Wave Walk anywhere foot traffic is light enough you won’t bump into anyone while weaving along your walking path.

The first few times you may feel a little conspicuous, and self conscious. This is normal, we all feel as if we stand out from the crowd when we are do something new. Wait a few weeks, and it will catch on, and you will be one of the crowd again!

Eating for the Rest of Us.

Eating better does not mean eating tasteless food.

Eating better does not mean eating tasteless food.

I occasionally get asked by the family for diet advice, as I have been on a number of diets, some good, and some horrible. I decided to create a once and for all guide of what I have learned over my lifetime about healtheir eating. Healthy eating doesn’t mean yuk, and food you do not want to eat. Healthy eating is about making better choices and taking an active role in what and when you eat. This will be a series of posts, and by no means a definitive guide. What I will write about works for me. If you have a better method of eating, follow what works best for you. This will be for you if you are struggling, and have not found a balance of healthy eating you can live with.

This is only a lead in to the lead in. More will follow as I have time. If this is something you are interested in, let me know, and perhaps I can turn it into a document or one large text file you can download. On to the lead in post.

Take Scrambled Eggs to a New Level

I eat eggs as a part of breakfast at least four days a week. Eggs are a complete food. They have all essential vitamins and minerals in one easy open container. Eggs are also most peoples primary source of sulfur and vitamin E which are important in maintaining good health.

I, like most people eat my eggs one of two ways. I eat my eggs, either over, as in over easy or over medium. I also eat eggs scrambled as in plain scrambled eggs or an omelet.

While the cupboard is usually bare of items that generally make an omelet, there are two old standby ingredients that always taste good in an omelet. And one new addition I have recently discovered. In addition to salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder of course.

Fix up your eggs

A few simple items turn scrambled eggs into something special

The first thing I learned to put on scrambled eggs or an omelet is Grape Jelly. I think this is an Irish things as I learned it from my Grandfather who always had a trace of Irish accent when he spoke.

While grape jelly and eggs do not sound as if they go together, I assure you they go quite well together. A couple of teaspoons of grape jelly on top of scrambled eggs or in the center of a folded omelet, and breakfast goes from good to great. A slice of cheese never hurts if there is some in the refrigerator. Strawberry preserves instead of grape jelly run a close second.

The second good addition to scrambled eggs is a pinch of cinnamon. If you have ever made French Toast, you know how cinnamon adds lots of flavor. When I used to make French Toast for the Kids, and later for the Grand kids, I always cooked up the scrambled egg that was not used for French Toast.

The last and latest addition to take an omelet from good to great is sliced avocado and salsa if there is some. While there is a visual issue for some people having avocado and salsa together in an omelet, the flavors work well together.

If you eat a lot of eggs as I do, and they start to sound boring, be creative and fix them up. You will be surprised at how good you can make your eggs taste.

Healthy Eating is all About Color

The time has arrived when I have to become more serious about what I am eating. Well sort of anyway. I still like my deserts at times, and lets face it, a life without something sweet now and then is a little boring. Maybe a lot boring.

I thought I was eating fairly well, but from paying close attention to what I eat and when I was eat certain foods, I found I have a lot of room to make better choices.

I have found through observing others and observing my own eating habits, that eating well is all about the color of the food on your plate.

When you look at your plate, are the colors mostly white to beige? Or are there shades of green, reds, purple, yellows, and other fruit and vegetable colors on your plate.

In my own observations which are far from a scientific study, I have made these observations:

The more boring the color of someone’s choices of food, the more likely they are to be overweight.

The more colorful someone’s food is, the more likely they are to be thinner and appear to be more active.

Men who wear sports clothing, namely football jerseys, and have a boring choice of colors on their plate, look and act as if a 100 yard dash would bring them to their knees.

Some of these men are living their sports hero dreams in their head. Their bodies are swollen and tired. They limp, groan, and huff and puff. They make horrible menu choices.

Women who wear sportswear are harder to figure out. Women dressed in sportswear come in a variety of sizes and shapes. When looking their plates for color variety, they separate out the same as the men do. Some of the women are dressed like they just came from the gym, but more than likely, like the men dressed the same, they arrived from the couch.

Parents who eat food comprised of boring white and beige colors, at times insist their children eat the same types of foods they do. How many times parents been observed in a disagreement with their kids over their child’s eating habits?

How many parents have been heard telling their children, “no desert unless you finish all the food on your plate? Really? Kids, I think when they have not been indoctrinated by poor food choices, make better choices concerning healthy eating than their parents. What normal kid will not eat more food than they want so they can get ice cream for desert?

Better Eating

Food color is the most important eating choice you can mke

If you have children and you want to lose weight, eat what your children eat. Eat the same foods, in the same proportions. There never has been a case of a healthy child dying of hunger when food is available.

The last observation I have about how we eat is this: We are addicted to sugar, and do not realize it! In fact I have read we are part of a new human experiment, albeit unintentionally. We are the first people on earth to live on a high sugar diet. Not just some sugar, but a lot of sugar.

Most sauces on our vegetables, and our meat choices are sugar based. Many salad dressings are sugar based. Even a food as harmless as coleslaw too often has sugar as the main ingredient.

If you want to eat better, and feel better, it is not hard to do. Pick you foods by colors. Pack as many colors as you can on your plate that are not white, beige, or brown. Stay away from more than a small amount of white, beige, and brown, whether that be bread, potato, rice or other grain based food.

Eat more nuts, not the nuts with the good oils taken out and Canola or other cheap oil sprayed on. Eat more healthy fats and oils. You need fat and oil for your body to use the food you eat.

The first few weeks of changing to this way of eating will feel strange, both in your head, and in your body. You will start to notice some of the foods you eat are sweet tasting. You may feel hungry at times. Eggs are you friends. If you do feel hungry, eat something responsible, not just filling, like fruit.

Limit your grain eating to breakfast and lunch time, and then in moderation. All vegetables and fruits have carbohydrates in them same as grain foods do.

Read the food labels. More than 20 grams of sugar from processed food a day is too  much processed sugar. Try to eat as much of your food as you can from foods that do not need food labels. Even if they are sweet, like a ripe pear or an orange, they are better for you.

Eating better is not as hard or expensive as it is made out to be by the commercial marketplace. For a few days, measure some of the foods you eat, so you understand portion sizes as they can be deceiving.

Oh, and those deserts? Of course most of us “need” to eat deserts occasionally. Maybe once or twice a week is reasonable. Instead of eating your desert after dinner, eat your desert after breakfast. This way you body has all day to burn off those empty calories.

Diet Alternative For Better Health

Always looking for a healthier living ideas, I read up on the Paleo Diet. The Paleo diet is quite simple in its base foundation. Eat what our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago. Sounds pretty simple, and has a lot of common sense built into it.

I found Robb Wolf’s web page the most informative. Though the claims about the diet are questionable. I do not think there is a one diet sure all where we can cookie cut people into better health.

Basically following the Paleo Diet, it is okay to eat all fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats. Sounds good so far. How can you wrong eating these foods? I really doubt you can.

The Paleo diet has been modified over the years, from its original basis of eating what our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago into another form where the word Paleo to describe the diet, does not really fit any longer. In a quest to further improve the Paleo Diet, grains, legumes (generally beans), starches, and dairy are not part of the diet.

Detractors of the Paleo Diet, and there are many, seem to attack the Paleo Diet, not on what it is, but by making comparisons to what we think our ancestors actually ate, and the choices we have today. In a lot of attacks on any diet, business interests seem to be a basis of the attacks, though it is never mentioned.

The meat and dairy industry have a lot to lose if diets like Paleo Diet ever took off. Some of the foods dairy cattle are fed on a regular basis are nothing remotely close to the home on the range diet you think dairy cows eat. Generally the same issue resides within the meat industry.

Problems meat and dairy animals experience is compensated too often with growth hormones and antibiotics. Even the better meats and dairy available may have been fed a diet of GMO Foods, which may or may not be as healthy when they are passed on to us in the meat and dairy we consume.

On the other side, meat and dairy are available due to better living through chemistry. Though in my experience, some foods only look like what they represent. That is where the comparison stops. Chemicals, DNA modification, and growth, and other hormones in our food supply is off topic for this post however.

From the perspective of a someone who feels better following a Celiac Diet, the Paleo Diet is very restrictive, and more expensive. The recommended meats are grass fed meats. Meaning a trip to the local grocer is unlikely to put many meat choices in your shopping cart.

Tastes good

A Cheeseburger and fries cost more than this meal

All Paleo Diet food should be organic which is a good thing. If nothing else organic foods generally taste better, so are more enjoyable to eat. Soy is questionable depending on where you are reading. For dairy substitutes, once cow, goat, and soy milk is removed one is left with almond, and a few other odd milk like products which are not fit for the weak of pocketbook crowd.

Legumes are to be avoided as they contain a chemical complex that is thought to be harmful for some people. Grains are not allowed as I understand it for the same reason.

On the bright side if you can afford the Paleo Diet, and you can be happy with the constraints of the Paleo diet, your health can only improve. I read an article yesterday that identifies emulsifiers as major contributors to stomach and intestinal issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS.

In these days of our food supply being strongly influenced by chemistry, every person should strive to be a food expert. I know from experience that problems with food start slowly and hide well, masquerading as other causes like pollen allergies, colds, flu’s, arthritis and other common ailments.

Only when one is willing to sample a different way of eating, whether the Paleo Diet, or other less mainstream diet, can one better understand exactly what is making them feel less than perfect.

I have learned that most maladies that show up in our lifetimes start out slow, and progress in a stealthy manner. Everything from Shampoo, deodorant, to the food we put in out mouth should be suspect if we start feeling anything less than we did when we were ten years old.

I recommend you take some time and read about the Paleo Diet. It was founded in common sense and a need to move away from eating processed modified foods that are not healthy. Over the decades, the Paleo Diet has been modified to give everyone the best chance at a long and healthy life.

Even with expense taken into consideration, we should be eating as well as we can afford to eat. There is not a lot of difference in price between Nachos and Chips, and several healthier alternative foods. Eating poor quality food and slowly losing your health is not a good trade for more free time or more money in your pocket.

What New Years Resolutions

New Years resolutions we have made. So what do we go now as they are starting to slip away? Has anyone resolved there resolutions in a manner that accomplishes long term change? Somewhat typical resolutions may be:

1. Eat less sweets

2. Be more polite

3. Exercise more

We mean well when we make our resolutions. We intend to follow each and every resolution. Weeks one, two, and three go by and we are holding our own. We are keeping up with our resolutions. We are making positive difference in our life.

Then life starts to get in the way. Change happens. Change happens whether we want to change or not. Our New Year resolutions are starting to slip. Little by little different areas of focus are entering our life. Our family, friends, and work are starting to demand we pay attention to them too.

Door Number?

New Years Resolution Blues

We are entering the danger zone of New Years Resolutions. All our good intentions and hopes for the coming year are starting to fade. Are we destined to fail once again as our resolutions slowly move to the back burner of our life.

Lucky for you, it does not have to be that way. You can reactivate your fading resolutions by becoming proactive with them. The problem with resolutions is they are often made with no support net in place. Instead of holding to our resolutions, they start falling into the abyss of things ignored.

Which means it is decision time. Do you want to salvage and hold yourself to your resolutions, or do you want to let them fade away? If you want to revive and keep your resolutions alive, help is at hand.

When we resolve to do something, we are serious in the moment. Moments are pieces of time, and new moments arrive faster than we would like sometime. What is missing from our resolutions is structure. We need structure in our resolutions to be successful.

Think of your number one resolution. This resolution certainly sounded good when we made it. Now it feels a little distant, and we feel a little lost. We need a plan. A resolution without a plan is a hard thing to keep alive. Finding alternative structure and removing temptation are keys to success.

Go through your New Years Resolutions and come up with a real plan for each one. How are you going to let them succeed? How will you keep them active and alive? Make it easy to follow your resolution by not having to remember after the fact. Get proactive. Once you get proactive, you will find it easy to make more changes in your life.

Lose Weight Easily With Role Play

One of the funny things about us is our brains do not differentiate between what is real and what happens in our mind. It is all the same thing to our brain. This means it is all the same thing to us too at some level. We fuse memories, mix dreams and waking time, invent memories that never really happened.

Yawn, so what. What makes this special is because our brain functions this way, we can trick ourselves into acting and being different than we are now. We can then accomplish some pretty amazing things with a little planning and patience.

What to do is trick your brain and your body into doing something different. When something in your life is not working, it is better to change than fight what doesn’t work. We can do this because of our ego which is for most of us, our window to the world. We are not ruling our life because we do not know any better. Our ego runs our life instead.

I have written a few posts on my other blog about ego, but I want to write about it here too because it is so important. No one ever taught us that we have to tend to our ego other than following some basic mores. Ego is a tyrant, and without watching it, Ego does what ego wants which is not always good for us.

Ego does what is easiest and what works over half the time. Ego does not care that in the long run we are hurting ourself, or or limiting our life in some way(s). Ego only cares that the easiest approach is best for it.

With direction from us, our ego will make any changes we insist on making. Changes in our personality or lifestyle suited to almost any situation or life style. Think of ego as a large rotating piece of glass with hundreds of polished lenses which turn in a circle. Without our watching Ego has decided which lenses we use in our life.

Any time we want to act or be different, ego rotates lenses until ego finds the correct lens. This is done without our being aware of it most of the time. If it is easy, we keep this using this lens.

This ego lens idea is what we may use to accomplish amazing things in our life as long as we remain aware of the goal(s) we have set for yourself. We can change how we see the world, and keep using our new lens until it becomes a well used lens.

The difficulty is allowing yourself to shift lenses to the lens you want to experience your life changes through. If it is not easy, or we find it uncomfortable at first, we are willing to stop using this new lens.

Losing weight is an example many can relate to. Most people are not successful losing weight because they are living their life with an ego lens made for being overweight. How can anyone expect to lose weight when they are living their life as someone living life as an overweight person?

It is hard to shift your ego lens off of living life overweight. We have been living through this lens for a long time, and we are comfortable with it. There are no surprises, and we know how each day is going to be.

As long as you are not focused on what you want, life is boringly the same each day.
The key is taking an active role in using a new lens to view your life through. Decide you want to live your life as someone who is not overweight. Now, you need to constantly remember for a time you are now living your life as someone who is not overweight.

Now when it comes to food you will need to go through a process. Ask yourself is this food or is this meal something you want to eat as a person who is not overweight? Or is it something you want to eat for another reason?

If you find you want food for other reasons than nourishment, you have to stop and think why you are doing this. What has happened that you see food in this manner? There may be many reasons, and you will have to find them and eliminate them as they happen.

At first this will feel uncomfortable, after all this is something new for you. Here you are living as a person who is not overweight when you know you are overweight. Up  ’till now, every time you want to ate and did not need to eat, you felt like you should just go ahead and eat.

Stop and determine why you feel this way. Is it something which was told to you? It may be something that happened to you? It may be something you came to believe? It may be your way of hiding?

If you find why you think this way, stop and discover why you want to eat when you do not need to. Once you know why, you have a decision to make. Do you want to hold on to these feelings, or do you want to banish them from your life as they add no value to you?

If you really want to lose weight, banish them from your thinking and beliefs. If you want to keep them (for whatever reason), quit trying to lose weight.

As you change your thinking you will notice a difference in yourself. A wonderful change will start taking place, and remain aware of the foods you are eating are foods for the right reasons.

You will see the pounds start dropping off as if by magic. You won’t be too hungry, you will eat healthier foods, and you will be okay with the changes to your diet and lifestyle.

If what you have read does not make sense to you, read it again. It may be something you never thought of, or considered until reading this, and it may take a bit of time to come to terms with it.

Changing your thinking in this manner is what most successful people have done in their own lives, as they initially struggled to find their success. If they can do it, so can you. You are not selling yourself out, cheating, being fake, or any other negative thought that comes into you mind.

What you are doing is choosing a different way of seeing and being in your world. You choose to no longer see the world through an overweight person lens which is not working for you. Changing your lens to a view that is aligned with what you have chosen from this moment on your life will start to change.

OK, for some people who have certain mindsets (in the past, I resembled this remark), this may feel like fraud. It is not fraud, and it is not, “…fake it till you make it”. What you are doing is making a choice to live your life differently than you have been because it is not working for you.

What you are doing is role playing. Becoming an actor for a short time who stays in character to better portray the new you. Some actors stay in character to better understand and support the character they play. You are doing the same thing. Staying in character to learn more about how the skinny you eats and lives.

As you better understand this concept, you will find you can use it for any and all changes you want to make in your life. Some changes will be simple, and some changes may be more difficult and take more attention to accomplish. Remember you are in charge of you, and you choose what lens you wish to live your life through.

Health Benefits of a Diet Plan

Sometimes a post just does not flow. I started writing a post to help you create a Diet Plan last week. It stunk, plain and simple. Here is my second attempt on a Diet Plan just for you. You will have a Diet Plan that actually works for you and does not drop after six or eight weeks. I hope you read about a Diet Plan, create one, follow it, and refer to it often.

You have probably been on one or more diets with varying levels of success. I have been on a number of diets too, and they all work in the short term. I lose weight, keep it off for a short time, and before I know it, the weight is sneaking back on, and at first I am not sure why.

Healthy EatingHealth effects of these on and off diets can not be good. Many of the diets I tried, gave me horrible cravings. Often for food I did not normally eat. I would get hyper, be overly tired, sleepy all day, or not able to sleep at night. The worst part was I was always hungry. I spent a lot of time thinking about food I could not eat. But I lost weight over the short term.

I believe Robert Pritikin was the first person to create a real, healthy diet for readers everywhere. You may want to read about his story. Mr. Pritikin created his diet to save his life. Diets that follow in Pritikin’s footsteps have a lot in common with fresh vegetables as the main focus. Daily servings of fruit, no to very little meat, nuts, selected grains in limited amounts, and finally healthy fats such as Avocado and/or nut oils wrap up these healthier ways of eating.

Robert Pritikin’s diet holds the power to effect your health for better forever – if you can follow it. I found I could not follow his overly strict eating plan. Little did I know just how bad my eating habits were. Most of the conflict was it was Pritikin’s plan, and not mine. Making your own plan helps you be more successful.

I found these basic and very healthy diets  are best.I suggest you adapt one, or create your own diet from these offerings:

  •  The Thirty Day Diabetes Miracle Diet
  • Eat To Live
  • Eat More, Weigh Less

These book/program diets in a way introduce you to your own personal Diet Plan. I wish I would have understood more about eating correctly when I first discovered Pritikin. At the time I thought he was too strict and narrow minded about food.

A Diet Plan helps take weight off sensibly and keep weight from creeping back. Your Diet Plan becomes your eating plan guiding you for life. You can create your own Diet Plan in just a few minutes.

To create your Diet Plan create a text file. Add these lines in any order you prefer:

  • I want to weigh this much in the future
  • I want to look like this in the future
  • I want to be able to wear this in the future
  • I want to be able to do this in the future
  • I want to learn about eat food I will enjoy now and in the future
  • I want to eat healthy nutritious foods over my lifetime, not lose weight right now.
  • Add any other thoughts which are important to you concerning eating and food

Modify those bullets as you need to fit you and your life. Change the order to suit you. This is your Diet Plan. You may continue to modify your Diet Plan to suit your individual needs. For now, use it as your starting point, pointing you where you want to be in the future.

The health effects of a wholesome, healthy diet, and your own Diet Plan are life changing! When you alone are in charge of you, not someone else’s idea of what you should be eating it is a very different. You know what changes you want, how fast you want to get there, and how to maintain once you arrive. You will feel satisfied each and every day on your eating journey.

You won’t be suffering the side effects of short term diets that do not work. The best part is, you will become your future vision of yourself, and you will easily maintain your perfect weight. All this will happen because you have a Diet Plan you created – one you want to follow.

Arriving at your perfect weight, your Diet Plan is there to remind you where you started. A Diet Plan shows you what has worked for you and what has not. You can’t fall off your Diet Plan, because your Diet Plan is created by you, and managed by you. You can follow your Diet Plan for life. You will feel the wonderful health effects of a sound diet following your own Diet Plan in a few weeks, maybe less. Best of all you will enjoy every meal and snack you eat because you chose the food, not some book.

This is not a fly by night, drop twenty pounds in four weeks diet. This is a balanced, sensible, and highly achievable way of achieving your weight and health goals. You decide how fast or slow to go, and how to stay there when you arrive.

You are in charge of you, and not left with a good luck line six or eight weeks later, as other diets do when you lose the pounds you wanted to lose. You will have everything you need to once you arrive at your perfect weight, because you have your Diet Plan and you feel healthy. Make a few small tweaks and you have your plan for the long term.