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How Walnuts Can Transform Your Health + 5 Great Recipes

How Walnuts Can Transform Your Health + 5 Great Recipes

If you are like most people and have a crazy busy schedule, you probably feel like you don’t always have time to take care of yourself as well as you should. The good news is that there are many small things that you can do to help improve your health, even on the busiest of days. One of these is adding walnuts to your daily diet. Below are some of the best health benefits that come from these tiny, power-packed treats.

Walnuts Can Lower Your Cancer Risk

Cancer, like heart disease, is still a top killer in the United States, Europe, and many other parts of the world. Walnuts can lower the chances of cancer due to a number of their active ingredients, including ellagic acid (a powerful antioxidant), as well as compounds called phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown that all of these compounds have anti-cancer properties and recent study found that people with a higher intake of walnuts had a greatly reduced chance of pancreatic cancer.

Walnuts Are Great For Your Brain

Walnuts aren’t just healthy for your heart, they are also great for your brain and can help manage a variety of problems, like depression and cognitive issues such as loss of memory or difficulty concentrating. In one 8-week study, participants who ate walnuts showed an improvement in memory and learning skills.

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Walnuts Are A Great Part Of A Vegetarian Diet

If you are vegetarian or vegan, protein is an important part of your life — and without meat and dairy products, this can be a difficult thing to get. However, walnuts (and other ground and tree nuts) can help you to get the protein that you need even if your diet is mostly or entirely plant-based. They can be made into vegetarian, high-protein dishes like nut loafs or vegetarian burgers to keep you healthy, no matter what your dietary restrictions are.

Walnuts Can Help Improve Your Sleep

If you have problems with getting a good night’s sleep, walnuts just might be the perfect bedtime snack for you. Walnuts are rich in melatonin, a neurohormone which regulates the circadian rhythm of your sleep-wake cycle and helps you to get the rest you need to face the day. If you have insomnia, consider adding walnuts to your diet: they can help you treat your problem naturally without the use of medications.

Walnuts Will Give You Beautiful Skin

Good skin is a prerequisite for beauty, and eating walnuts every day can help you achieve the glowing complexion you want naturally. That is because walnuts are rich in B-complex vitamins, which are powerful antioxidants that can protect skin from the aging process and reduce the risks of wrinkling.

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Walnuts Are Great For Your Digestion

Walnuts are rich in both protein and healthy fats, but they are also a great source of fiber! As a matter of fact, a cup of walnuts will give you 7.8 grams of fiber. Fiber is great for keeping the digestive process going and for preventing problems like constipation that can cause pain and bloating.

Walnuts Improve Your Heart Health

Heart disease is still a major health concern for Americans and those in other developed nations — it is actually the number one cause of death around the world. The good news is that there are many lifestyle choices that can help reduce your chances of developing this condition. One of these is adding walnuts to your diet. Walnuts are rich in alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), catechins like EPA and DHA, and copper, all of which have been shown in clinical studies to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increase circulation, and decrease inflammation.

Walnuts Help You Lose Weight

Many people avoid walnuts and other nuts when they are dieting because they are calorie-dense foods that are high in fat. However, these are healthy fats and, in combination with their proteins and fiber, they help to reduce the appetite naturally. This can make it easier to eat fewer calories and lose weight without as much effort. Several studies have shown that people who included walnuts in their diet regularly lost more weight than those who did not.

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Walnuts Are Versatile And Easy To Add To Your Diet

More great news? There are lots of quick and easy ways to get more walnuts in your diet, like the 5 recipes below.

1. Rum Walnut Cake

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    2. African Squash Soup with Walnut Cream

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      3. Blue Cheese Walnut Green Beans

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        4. Apple Walnut Muffins

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          5. Caramel Nut Tart

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            Try these recipes today! The health benefits of walnuts range from boosting heart health to aiding in weight loss and ensuring that you have younger-looking skin. Including them in your diet is a simple, easy way to help improve your health — even with the busiest of schedules!

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            Last Updated on January 3, 2020

            The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

            The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

            Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

            The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

            1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

            Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

             I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

            To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

            And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

             2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

            Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

            3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

            Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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            4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

            The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

            5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

            Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

            6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

            Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

            7. Positive people smile a lot!

            When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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            8. People who are positive are great communicators.

            They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

            9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

            One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

            10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

            Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

            How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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            I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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