7 Reasons to Say “No Thank You” to Nuts & Seeds

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Nuts and seeds are whole foods. They are “allowed” on the Paleo Diet and can be great snacks.

However, it is best to proceed with caution when it comes to nuts and seeds. Continue reading to find out why you may want to avoid nuts and seeds instead of stuff your face with them.

1. Too many Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega 6 is an essential nutrient meaning we must get them from foods we eat. However, this is by far the easiest nutrient to consume. Too much of anything is bad. How much is too much depends on the context.

What our body wants is a balance between omega 6 and omega 3. Fish and seafood is loaded with omega 3 but how much do you consume?

Junk food and even some whole foods like nuts, seeds, chicken fat and pork fat contain a considerable amount of omega 6. Too much omega 6 and too little omega 3 can lead to excessive inflammation which may lead to heart disease.

If I never ate nuts and seeds and enjoyed quality seafood 1-2 times per week then I would personally never worry about my omega 6 intake.

2. Extremely convenient

Are you trying to shed some fat? Passing on the nuts and seeds may help you lose a few extra pounds. I am a big believer in the fact that the convenience of the modern world is a strong contributor to our declined health.

The more “advanced” we get, the sicker we get. This seems to be true anyway.

Meat, eggs and seafood need preparation before they are ready to eat. This is why it’s so difficult to over consume these foods. Nuts and seeds are edible raw straight from the bag you purchased them from.

3. High in phytic acid

One of the major reasons why folks avoid grains is because of anti-nutrients. These buggers, like phytic acid, bind to certain minerals and prevent your body from absorbing them.

Grains are certainly high in phytic acid but guess what? Most nuts and seeds are much higher.

Cooking does destroy some of the phytic acid but not all of it. Soaking can help too but are you doing this?

4. Relatively cheap

I can buy blanched almonds from Trader Joe’s in Chicago for $5 per lb. When you consider the fact that almonds – just like all nuts and seeds – are made up of mostly fat, that is a lot of calories for only $5.

If you only buy a bunch of cheap food then you are more bound to eat more than you should. Grass-fed beef, wild alaskan salmon, caviar, organic produce, pastured eggs and more are easier to savor because they come with a higher price.

5. Lectins in nuts and seeds may cause gut irritation

Lectins are proteins that are meant to protect the plant. These little buggers may cause some gut irritation. A way to find out if this is the case is to avoid all nuts and seeds without doing anything else and seeing what happens.

I personally digest blanched almonds a lot better than regular almonds. The skin of all plants is usually where a fair amount of lectins and other toxins reside.

Want to learn more about lectins? Read this blog post.

6. They taste amazing on their own

If nuts and seeds did not taste good on their own then they would not cause much of a problem. You would naturally eat less. Cod liver oil is convenient but also disgusting. You aren’t going to chug a whole bottle. It just isn’t going to happen.

7. You are not a squirrel

Squirrels eat a LOT of nuts. They love them. I love watching them eat them. It’s quite the entertainment. You are not a squirrel. You are a human being. You knew that, right? Our bodies are simply not designed to eat a lot of nuts and seeds.

Macadamias are Superior to All Other Nuts & Seeds

Consider consuming only macadamias. Why?

  • Only .36 grams of omega 6 per 1 oz which is super low
  • Can be difficult to find and thus less convenient in a way
  • May be lower in phytic acid compared to other nuts and seeds
  • Most expensive nut
  • Lower in lectins perhaps?

Macadamias are the superior nut. However, these are also very delicious so you may have to watch out. It depends on you really. You are the one that puts your hand in the bag and tosses nuts into your mouth. You are the one that has to learn to say “no thank you.”

Your decisions may be influenced by your environment but you are ultimately responsible for your own actions.

Do you watch your nut and seed intake? Why or why not? What are other reasons to limit nuts and seeds? Leave a comment below with your response.

3 Reasons to Drink More Paleo Smoothies

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What is a paleo smoothie? A smoothie that contains whole foods. No juice, low fat yogurt, ice cream, etc. Think leafy greens, whole fruit, grass-fed or organic high-fat dairy products, egg yolks, avocado, coconut products, kombucha and more.

Do you want extra protein? Feel free to add whey protein powder. Primal Fuel is great too. I don’t recommend one uses either or daily but they are convenient and highly absorbable protein sources. Always make real, whole food a priority.

Why would you want to drink paleo smoothies? What are you getting out of the beautiful, flavorful creation? Read on to find out.

1. Quick & easy

Smoothies are such a simple process. How could anyone not enjoy them on a regular basis?

  1. Look up a recipe inside Toadally Primal Smoothies.
  2. Throw ingredients into your favorite blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Enjoy!

Most ingredients are easy to locate too. Nothing fancy required. If you are on a budget and are lazy then you can buy foods like coconut milk on Amazon for $2 a can.

Whether you are in a rush, don’t feel like cooking, want a quick and healthy snack or are just feeling lazy, smoothies are definitely a great option when real, whole food is used.

2. Supreme, unique blend of flavors

Soups, chilis, slow cooked foods and more of the same all have unique flavors. Lots of different foods are added in order to create an incredible concoction.

Smoothies are in the same category. Strawberries and bananas are yummy alone. Together? Irresistible . You can also add egg yolks and/or spinach for an extra dose of nutrition without compromising the taste.

I even have recipes for smoothies like Pumpkin Pie, Coconut Egg Nog and Pumpkin Banana Bread. Chestnut puree is great in smoothies as well as is shown in my Blueberry Chestnut Coconut Smoothie.

3. Yummy way to consume leafy green vegetables

As stated above, leafy greens such as spinach, kale, swiss chard and herbs like parsley and mint are excellent additions to smoothies. Spinach is mild and thus does not effect the flavor of the other ingredients added.

Greens are the most nutrient dense food group on the planet calorie for calorie. Your body may be able to absorb more vitamins and minerals from greens in a smoothie compared to a salad. Why? The blender breaks down the cellulose in the greens and does all the chewing. With salads, a lot of chewing and an optimal digestive system must be involved for optimal digestion.

Recipes with spinach, kale, swiss chard, mint and lemon sorrel are included in Toadally Primal Smoothies. I’ll experimenting with a variety of greens this Summer and adding them to the ebook. All buyers receive lifetime updates for no extra cost.

3 Dahn Yoga Exercises to Help You Reach Your Goals

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The following is a guest post by Shar Ray from Dahn Yoga. I am very interested in learning more about Yoga and trying a class soon so when I was approached to allow for a guest post I was intrigued! 3 poses are included at the end. Enjoy!

In yoga, true growth often happens in the quiet moments, the moments when we simply breathe, simply listen. As the superficial chatter of the day melts away, only what is essential stays: the body, the breath, the mind.

We come to yoga for different reasons, but we all leave a little bit changed, perhaps a little wiser or a little more aware. We grow. So how can yoga help us grow in a positive direction? How can it bring us closer to our goals?

Dahn Yoga seeks to answer that question with the guiding principle of Shim Ki Hyul Jeong, which means “where the mind goes, energy follows.”

Shim Ki Hyul Jeong reminds us that there is a vital link between the reality we create in our minds and the reality that unfolds for us in life. It teaches us that thoughts are a powerful force that can influence our physical health, our environment, and even our relationships with others.

And those thoughts can work both for and against us.

If you feel that you’re not making progress towards goals you may have set earlier in the year, take a moment to check in with your mind. Have you created the mental space for your intentions to grow? Have you focused your energy on manifesting them in your life?

Research is now confirming what Dahn Yoga has always taught: mental energy can ripple out into the physical world, with very measureable results. For instance, Virginia Tech researchers Amar Cheema and Rajesh Bagchi have shown that the more you can visualize a particular goal, the more likely you are to reach it. Visualization creates the conditions for success.

Delve deeper, and the research gets even more fascinating. For instance, exercise psychologist Guang Yue discovered that people who did both physical workouts and “virtual workouts” in their minds were able to increase their muscle strength by 30%. Here’s the remarkable thing: those who only did “virtual workouts,” without any physical exercise, increased their muscle strength by 13.5%! It’s a beautiful example of the mind’s power to influence the physical realm.

So are your thoughts working for or against you? Where do they wander when you’re caught unaware? With every passing second, our thoughts influence our lives – even when we’re distracted or unaware of them. And all those thoughts – even those that simmer just below the level of consciousness – either support or sabotage our growth.

As we practice yoga, we benefit from a distinct awareness of body, breath, and mind. We’re present, we’re paying attention. It is an ideal time to focus our mental energy on specific goals, inviting success into our lives.

Below are three Dahn Yoga exercises that can help focus your mental energy and grow in a positive direction. As you do each exercise, focus on a specific goal and visualize yourself already having achieved it.

1. “Sleeping Tiger” pose — Lie on your back with both legs raised and bent at a 90 degree angle. Keep your feet parallel and your shoulders relaxed. Concentrate on the abdomen just below the navel and breathe deeply.

2.”Cobra” pose — Lie face down with the palms flat on the floor under the shoulders. Inhale while slowly raising the upper body and arching the back. Raise the head and concentrate on the lower back. Exhale and slowly return to the floor.

3. “Tapping” – Tapping is an age-old East Asian exercise for releasing tension and improving circulation. Use your fingertips to lightly strike the skin, focusing either on a specific body part, like your lower abdomen, or on the entire body. Relax your breathing as you tap.

Dahn Yoga is one of the largest yoga and tai chi companies in the world with its own unique style and brand of yoga. Dahn Yoga is rooted in the rich history of an ancient Asian mind-body practice, Sun Do, and in the wisdom of the Chun Bu Kyung.

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