A New Wow for Walnuts!

Here’s a riddle: We all have it, we can’t avoid it and the better we are at managing it, they better our health will be. The answer is ... stress. When we think of ways to alleviate stress, we often imagine deep breathing, guided imagery, massage, yoga or even a good run, but we usually don’t think about food, not the healthy kind at least!

Here’s a riddle: We all have it, we can’t avoid it and the better we are at managing it, they better our health will be. The answer is ... stress. When we think of ways to alleviate stress, we often imagine deep breathing, guided imagery, massage, yoga or even a good run, but we usually don’t think about food, not the healthy kind at least! 

A new study in the Journal of The American College of Nutrition showed that alpha linolenic acid (omega-3’s) found in walnuts actually helped to lower both resting blood pressure and general blood pressure responses to stress in a laboratory setting. Most of us have heard Dr. Oz talk about the great benefits that walnuts provide to our hearts but this is a new one! What makes these findings so fascinating is that it showcases how a food can actually have an effect on how we respond to stress and on a much deeper level, it helps us to realize even further that food has healing properties to just about any aspect of our body and our lives. They next time you feel the stress coming on, stay away from the pizza, the doughnut, the candy bar – whatever it is that makes you feel better temporarily. Instead, grab a handful of walnuts. It will help your stress, your heart and your waist!


4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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