Health Benefits of Wild Blueberries and Walnuts

During the summer, I attended a Food For Your Whole Life seminar in NYC with my BFF Diane who is a registered dietician.  In addition to learning valuable information about health and nutrition from Drs. Oz and Roizen, I discovered some vital benefits of Wild Blueberries and Walnuts.  

Wild Blueberries have a positive effect on neurological health as well as providing anti-inflammatory and cancer prevention benefits.  While I understood their purpose at the seminar was to promote the industry, I thought the frozen blueberries they handed out were extremely tasty and satisfying.  They can be used as a topping on cereals or as an ingredient in smoothies, pancakes, salads and desserts.  The fact that they can be used frozen prevents the likeliness of the fruits growing moldy if purchased fresh.

As an added benefit, an interesting study detected the benefits of Wild Blueberries regarding DNA damage.  Study: Wild Blueberries May Protect DNA from Damage.

I used to think almonds were the #1 nut for delivering a healthy dose of important antioxidants.  However, walnuts it appears, contain twice as much omega-3 as almonds.  Omega-3 fats are not produced by the body yet are an important factor in heart health.   Women especially, who are known to be at greater risk for heart disease than once believed, should consider adding Omega-3’s to their diet.  Walnuts are generally not consumed as much as almonds or pecans but would be an excellent addition to any meal.  Further study led me to consider adding a healthy dose of walnuts, rather than supplements, to my daily diet.  For those with nut allergies, of course, appropriate alternatives are available.

Research Study Ranks Antioxidant Value of Nuts: Walnuts Top List

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/questions/omega-3/index.html

Check out the best of both worlds…Wild Blueberry Walnut Bran Muffins!

http://www.wildblueberries.com/recipes/muffin_walnut.php

A New Day

What a perfect day to begin a blog.  This is a day of reflection commemorating  a senseless tragedy which in turn generated enormous acts of kindness, compassion and unity within a nation and throughout the world.  Each morning I have the ability to begin another day with gratitude, inspiration, motivation, hope and love.  Today, my heart pours out to the loved ones of those who lost their lives on that fateful day 11 years ago. 

With that thought in mind, I begin this blog about how we can achieve peace and happiness in every aspect of our lives.   While I reflect on the past, research ways to brighten the future and inform others how they can also forge ahead no matter what stage of life they embrace, I hope to educate and entertain. 

I’ve been reading a multitude of articles on health and well-being for years.  Each day, we are bombarded with new diets, fitness regimens, supplements, creams and procedures, all with the intention of making us look and feel younger, like a fantasized Benjamin Button.  Really?  It’s time to sort facts from fiction.  We all know the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.  Yet as we age, our requirements differ from those of the younger generation.  Mature women need to investigate topics such as how our physical condition affects our mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual and financial health.  While this blog may be directed toward women in the second half of their lives, it will also be informative to all.

Recently, I came across an old photo proof I had taken around age nineteen.  The color has since worn but the expression reminds me of how much fun and energy I had back then.  The great news is that I can still have fun and keep my energy up even today with the right outlook, motivation and plan. 

My motto of “Success without Stress” is meant to teach others how to reduce the daily pressures of life while energizing their bodies, minds and souls.  Have a beautiful day.

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”
Chinese Proverb