Cashew nuts. Go or No ?

The Cashew. The caju. or if you wanna get sci-ency with it the Anacardium occidentale. no matter which name you know it by the delicious nut is an absolute delicacy both locally or internationally but is this crescent shaped nut more than a Delicious snack?

The cashew nut is native to northeastern Brazil where it grows on a flowering tree that shares it’s name the cashew tree know as the Cajueiro  in Portuguese. and it looks a little something like this:

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See that green crescent bulb under the bell pepper looking fruit? well inside that hard exterior lies the delectable cashew nut so highly sought after however there,s one problem. The fruit is toxic if ingested, and an irritant to skin. This is because Raw cashews contain urushi- the same toxic chemical that is found in poison oak or ivy. while Cashew poisoning is rare, urushi ingested at high levels , can be deadly. to remove these harmful properties the green shell must be cracked over high temperatures such as a fire and open flames. however you must not worry unless you grow your own cashews the store bought cashews will always be cooked to some degree. the just have to.

Looking beyond these harmful properties cooked cashews are very, very nutritious they are one of the most nutritious nuts out there in fact!

For starters they are very good source of magnesium. Magnesium in cashew nuts is essential for regulating the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, which may further help you lose weight. you hear that! i know i did. weight loss! Cashews are also relatively good sources of protein, which is key to losing weight. While nuts are high in calories, eating the right amount daily can also help lose weight!

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And if that wasn’t enough Cashews also are ideal for bones and joints in the body and also the teeth and gums. wow. just wow.

Thats not it Cashew nuts are also beneficial for nerve cells and heart health this is due to their high content of “heart friendly” monosaturated fats like oleic, and palmitoleic acids.

Some scientists also speculate that Caashew nuts can help prevent cancer their high copper content endows the seed with the power to eliminate free radicals as well as providing phytochemicals and antioxidants that protect us from heart disease and cancer.

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And with that i conclude this post thanks for taking the time to read this!

If there’s and thing you would like for me to research and write up about do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

stay strong!

Nuts and weight loss.

Nuts are healthy, very health, they contain the “good” saturated fats and are very filling,too filling if you’re not careful!, but if you are trying to lose weight you should know that they are pretty high-calorie foods and as you know, weight is lost by burning calories (Approx. 3,500 calories to burn a pound).

Nuts, like avocados, are loaded with heart-healthy fats—but healthy doesn’t always mean you’ll get lean. A couple of beers and a few handfuls of nuts and you’ve racked up some serious calories—and diet damage.

If you want to lose weight, replacing a higher calorie snack with nuts can help you lose weight, for example switching a 200 calorie snack with 12 almonds (at 84 calories total) can help you lose about a pound a month as long as you don’t make up the lost calories in other meals.

If you want to snack smart, you’ll have to choose the best nuts to eat for weight loss.

Here’s a list of some you can choose:

1.) PEANUTS

While the classic nut butter shares some health benefits with other nut butters, there tend to be fewer healthy versions available on the market. Peanut butters are most often processed with hydrogenated oils and sugar, so make sure you check the label carefully.

2.) ALMONDS

Think of each almond as a natural weight-loss pill. Almonds, rich in the amino acid L-arginine, can actually help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts.

For optimal results, eat your daily serving before you hit the gym.

3.) BRAZIL NUTS

This tiny nut is pretty mighty! What makes the unsung hero of the nut world such a powerful health food? For starters, it’s the richest known food source of selenium out there, with just two of the tiny nuts providing more than a day’s worth of the mineral.

Brazil nuts are packed with health-boosters like copper, zinc, potassium, riboflavin, heart-healthy fats and magnesium.

These are three options you could implement today.

so what are you waiting for go try them out now!, and comment below if any of these are your favorites or you have any other suggestions!

stay strong!

Are Eggs good for you?

Yes, eggs are good for you. They are A REAL SUPER-FOOD. in short,Eggs are high in sulfur and magnesium both essential for day to day cell repair and maintenance as well as good for helping you lose weight whilst exercising. Any cholesterol increase from eggs will be neutralized by the (choline anyway). The recent studies on heart disease and its link to high cholesterol blows away the cholesterol theory as the main cause of heart disease. Japan has the lowest incidence of heart disease. The FRENCH are the second lowest. However, the average cholesterol of French people is 210-220, which is high. In the isle of Crete, where the average persons cholesterol levels are well over 200, a 10 year study showed that NOT ONE PERSON in the study had a heart attack. We should be targeting SUGAR, not cholesterol, as the culprit.

Because of this question, I felt the need to share the following:

7 Words & 7 Rules for Eating – taken from Michal Pollan

Pollan says everything he’s learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Probably the first two words are most important. “Eat food” means to eat real food — vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and, yes, fish and meat — and to avoid what Pollan calls “edible food-like substances.”

Here’s how:

  1. Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. “When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can’t pronounce, ask yourself, “What are those things doing there?” Pollan says.
  2. Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  3. Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the
    store. Real food tends to be on the outer edge of the store near the loading docks, where it can be replaced with fresh foods when it goes bad.
  4. Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot. “There are exceptions — honey — but as a rule, things like Twinkies that never go bad aren’t food,” Pollan says.
  5. It is not just what you eat but how you eat. “Always leave the table a little hungry,” Pollan says. “Many cultures have rules that you stop eating before you are full. In Japan, they say eat until you are four-fifths full. Islamic culture has a similar rule, and in German culture they say, ‘Tie off the sack before it’s full.'”
  6. Families traditionally ate together, around a table and not a TV, at regular
    meal times. It’s a good tradition. Enjoy meals with the people you love.
     “Remember when eating between meals felt wrong?” Pollan asks.
  7. Don’t buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S., 20% of food is eaten in the car.
  8. I fully agree with this. If you would like, Michael Pollan has written extensively on this subject.
  9. Of course, don’t overeat anything , including eggs.

remember to stay strong and don’t forget to like and comment on any ideas you have for future posts.

The Cinderella solution.

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After some digging around online i discovered that this relatively new weight loss scheme has attracted a unbelievable amount of followers and supporters and to be completely honest, it’s easy to see why. I mean this is done using Flavoring pairing for ( which is, to be blunt just matching foods that taste similar together to help reduce weight.) for example the humble and delicious Avocado may be eaten together with the noble seeded bread this combines the health benefits of these two foods and in the case of the Cinderella solution, can increase the amount of weight you lose from eating healthily.

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Stay Strong!

Is Butter Bad for your health?

I don’t believe butter is bad for you, particularly if it comes from grass-fed cows. Further more, it is absolutely delicious.

Butter got a bad rap many years ago because it contains saturated fats, and these are associated with heart disease. More recent research has shown that grass-fed butter in particular contains many “good” fats and also essential nutrients (particularly Vitamin K2). Butter is certainly better than margarine, which contains trans fats, the most harmful kind.

That being said, butter is not necessarily a “health food.” It IS mostly fat, and fat has a lot of calories per gram. so you must be sure to enjoy butter in moderation.

Butter also contains fat soluble vitamins like A,E,&D. It contains healthy saturated fats from diary milk, healthy for all ages, especially growing kids. Worrying about high blood cholesterol in your blood and risk of heart attacks is a thing of the past with saturated fats. Coconut oil shown as a devil is an angel today. Butter unlike margarine is not a trans fat, man-made plastic fat. So don’t worry, just spread your butter on your toast with no guilt. Butter has a short chain fatty acid called ‘butyrate. The same fatty acids are made by your large gut microbes to protect the gut-lining from chronic diseases, including cancer. Butter is also rich in conjoint linoleic acid, an anti-inflammatory fatty acid beneficial to our body tissues.

However Butter is fattening, so consume sparingly.

So,in conclusion, a daily spread of butter on your toast, and making your omelette with a cube of butter on the hot pan is quite healthy. Remember to exercise daily to make it work better.

stay strong and comment!

Meditation.

After several hours of grueling research I’ve discovered the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions on this blog, something to do with mental health, can you guess what it is? … yeah! That’s it “what is meditation and what are it’s benefits?” well after digging around online i discovered that Meditation is essentially the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one specific area or train of thought. The practice comes with a large collection of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general, long lasting, feeling of happiness.

Although a great number of people try meditation at some point in their lives, a small percentage actually stick with it for the long-term. This is unfortunate, and a possible reason is that many beginners do not begin with the growth mindset needed to make the practice something actually enjoyable like it is for many others.

Here are a few simple tips and tricks to help you on your meditation journey. I hope you can use to find you’re own way to nama-stay! haha.. did you see what i did there? it was… uh.. you know… a play on… ahh forget it!

1. Start with your breaths. Breathing in deep slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, focuses the mind and is an ideal way to begin any meditation session.

2. Stretch first. Stretching loosens the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit (or lie) more comfortably. Additionally, stretching starts the process of “going inward” and brings added attention to the parts of body with the most tension.

3. Experiment. Although many of us think of effective meditation as a Yogi sitting cross-legged beneath a stereotypical Bonzi tree, beginners should be more experimental and try different types of meditation. Try sitting, lying, eyes open, eyes closed, etc.

4. Feel your body parts. A great practice for beginner meditators is to take notice of the body when a meditative state starts to take hold. Once the mind quiets, put all your attention to the feet and then slowly move your way up the body. This is both very healthy and an indicator that you are on the right path.

5. Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. Make sure it is not the same room where you do work, exercise, or sleep. Place candles and other spiritual objects and items in the room to help you feel at ease.

6. Commit for the long haul. Meditation is a life-long practice, and you will benefit most by NOT examining the results of your daily practice. Just do the best you can every day, and then let it go.

7. Generate moments of awareness during the day. Finding your breath and “being present” while not in formal practice is a wonderful way to evolve your meditation habits.

8.  Notice small adjustments. For beginning meditators, the slightest physical movements can transform a meditative practice from one of frustration to one of renewal. These adjustments may be barely noticeable to an observer, but they can mean everything for your practice.

9. Use a candle. Meditating with eyes closed can be challenging for a beginner. Lighting a candle and using it as your point of focus allows you to strengthen your attention with a visual cue. This can be very powerful.

10. Meditate early in the morning. Without a doubt, early morning is an ideal
time to practice: it is quieter, your mind is not filled with the usual clutter, and there is less chance you will be disturbed. Make it a habit to get up half an hour earlier to meditate.

remember people stay strong, and comment people i do want to hear your thoughts on this as well as other topics to talk about from now on!

Can you lose weight without dieting?

Here at live, laugh, lose we are proud of the fact that we bring you the HONEST FACTS, no matter how hard they may be to hear, because we are here to help you lose weight the best you can not comfort and encourage laziness, we do it for you.

The simple answer is

Well No. You simply can’t lose weight without managing what you are eating. You don’t have to skip meals or punish yourself but you can lose weight by simply maintaining how much you eat and what are you eating.

Going to the Gym, performing workouts or even walking regularly plays a vital role in weight loss however it is not the most crucial thing in weight loss. People often have this delusion that weight loss only means sweating by workout, this is just not true.

Let me explain this with an example:

Suppose you have started jogging or brisk walking to lose weight (as this is the way most of people start their weight loss journey).

While this could vary depending on the countries climate you’re running in as well as your pace but on average 1 hour brisk walking, burns around 200 calories.

Now you come home and are starving for the dinner. 1 chapati (Indian food) on average contains 80–110 calories.

So by only eating just 2 chapaties you have re-gained in those calories that you worked ever so hard to lose in that tiring 1 hour of walking. What do you get from this?

Now do i mean that one should stop eating completely? No. Eat enough to keep your body working properly and do not skip meal or torture yourself with strict diets.

Simply keep in check with what you are eating, how much calories you were taking before and how much you are taking now. If you can decrease your per day calories count let say from previous 2500–3000 calories you might be having to 1500 slowly. You can lose weight without exhausting yourself.

Drinking plenty of water ( this will trick you’re brain into thinking you are full) avoid sugar, brisk walking or doing any physical activity everyday, keeping in check with what you eat and how much you eat, will make all the difference.

Do remember that how much you workout or how often you go to the Gym will go in vain if you only eat junk food or unhealthy stuff and excessive food as explained above.

Consistency is the only right way, keeping up with this for a week or two then falling back into old, unhealthy habits would not help you at all. Weight loss does not happens overnight. Be consistent, make aim and work on it. You’ll notice the difference.

stay strong.

Best ways to get Abs

The best way to get abs is to combine intense cardio, abdominal stabilization and ab exercises. Additionally, remove all processed foods, refined sugars and alcohol from your diet.

Examples of an intense cardio workout include the following workout:

2 minutes jump rope, 1 minute high knees, 1 minute Heismans, 1 minute burpees, 2x 30 second sprints, 1 minute mountain climbers, 1 minute alternating leg curls with standing body weight rows. Repeat the circuit for 45 minutes to an hour. Add 15 minutes ab work- 2x 45 second planks, 20 crunches, 20 leg lifts, supine leg circles.

On some days, reduce the amount of cardio and do a Pilates routine you can find on YouTube, in addition to the aforementioned ab exercises. Look for variations on the plank. Planks work the deep abdominal muscles and are important for stabilizing the body.

Stay Strong.

Overtraining.

My more frequent readers will notice that this post is a, how should i put it?…shh yes , a non-negotiable topic.

To put it simply, overtraining happens when we do not allow the muscles,in our hopeully hard working bodies, sufficient time to rest, recover and grow, repeated over and over again. If we allow even just a small windodw of rest, lets say about 48 to 72 hours, between working a specific body part, then the chances of overtraining will be pretty low. The occasional day off, works wonders as well. Not hitting your macro-nutrient targets will also worsen or accelerate the process. The symptoms or signs of overtraining are: loss of energy ( tired for no reason ), depression like symptoms, alteration of sleep. More specific to sports: diminished performance, absence of muscular growth, loss of muscle mass( due to a build up of harmful Lactic acid in our muscles), excessive soreness and lack of total recovery.

Solution: take a week or two off all training. Within days you will notice that the muscles look fuller. Up your carbs and protein intakes a bit to stimulate recovery. Re-think your training plan to allow sufficient recovery periods and a weekly days off. Listen to your body. If you feel too tired to workout, you probably should take an extra day off.

Stay strong.

How Early can you start Exercising?

There are critical growth and development windows that in particular make motor learning easier.

If you get an active start under the age of 6, where you’re put in an unstructured but challenging and sensory stimulating environment, you’ll usually have an advantage over your peers in the next stage and all subsequent stages of development.

The most obvious window to start with basic (and usually bodyweight) resistance training is called the FUNdamentals stage (boys 6–9, girls 6–8). This isn’t necessarily the ‘best age’ to specifically start a routine for muscle but it is a critical opportunity to learn the movements that go hand-in-hand with building muscle later in life.

This is when agility, balance, coordination and speed are all really developed and balance/coordination are paramount to resistance training later in life. A person with good neural connections will have an easier time when they start to actually add load. Gymnastics and track and field are great options here for skill development (as are skiing/skating/swimming/cycling etc… for other reasons related to development).

The next growth window isn’t really considered an optimal period for muscle building either (you need puberty to hit for the hormones to be maximally engaged really) but takes the specificity of movement a step further (agility/balance/coordination and speed) because now you can probably start some deliberate resistance training with light loads.

Boys of 9–12 and girls of 8–11 are prepubescent but they soak up motor skills at this age, and can deal with more structured forms of movement. This is often called the ‘Learning to Train’ phase.

For example this is often the phase where we start more deliberately training ‘strength.’ We just don’t use heavy weights. We might teach kids how to use a dowel or light barbell, how to use a light kettlebell or how to use a light dumbbell but it might not be in a very formal manner. We use medicine balls, lots of bodyweight and focus on speed/technique of movement rather than weight. We’re not loading them to a point of failure or fatigue really, we’re just challenging them to move with tools now. This is a great age to learn tough training skills like squats, deadlifts, swings, olympic lifts, etc… We just don’t use loading as the marker for improvement and we’re careful with technique.

Things really start to take off in puberty though (the Training to Train phase) and post-puberty. This is when you can start to have a meaningful effect on muscle mass (13+ for boys and 12+ for girls typically) and when you can start adding load (providing technique is sound).

If you’ve done the early phases right, adding load should be fairly easy in this period and strength/muscle mass generally peak by about 27ish, not in everyone mind you but generally speaking.

It doesn’t often become clear until the Training to Compete Phase (16+ boys, 15+ girls) when structured training can really take off. Basically by this point you have the hormones in place and the emotional/intellectual maturity to really train effectively. You don’t always have that maturity in your early teens to train really hard, though certainly some kids do.

People with good movement foundations grow mass more easily and train more easily. Having all that foundation also helps with your perception of exercise. The longer your wait, the harder things seem/feel (people have different tolerances based on experience and genetics). The sooner your started, the easier things feel, even if you’re not yet training for muscle mass.

The earlier you can start training movement, the better, even if it’s unstructured but you shouldn’t really start loading movement until you’re over that age of 13 for boys and over the age of 12 for girls. Generally speaking. Chronological age and biological age can be different (some people are ready sooner than others or later than others based on how their bodies actually grow) but that’s the rough zone where I’d want my kid to start training for muscle if it’s possible.

The more muscle you have early in life the longer it sticks around.

All that being said, you can start at any time. Just because you’ve missed these windows of opportunity doesn’t mean it’s impossible, it just makes it harder in the long-term. Everyone benefits from a regular routine of strength or resistance training and will benefit from carrying a little extra muscle, especially later in life.

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