Which brings me back to my original point. Healthcare. Reform.
Health. It is so subjective...not the mere absence of disease, but the optimal functioning of an individual regardless of their actual health status.
Reform. It is an individual taking personal responsibility for changing old & adopting new lifestyles...nutritionally, physically, mentally, spiritually...one choice at a time.
Combined, it is ATTITUDE & ACTION...in bite-sized (pun intended) chunks...that over time will transform you from the inside out...allowing you to be the BEST VERSION of the person you were created to be.
Of course, this is my opinion...my two cents in a nutshell. Speaking of nuts...I want to show you through one small example how powerful, transforming, & exciting the little individual elements of nutrition can be!
WALNUTS: Health benefits
Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids - a special type of protective fat utilized by every cell of the body that cannot be manufactured by the body; 1/4 cup = 90.8% of daily recommended; heart health; brain functioning; anti-inflammatory properties which help with asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema & psoriasis; flexibility & permeability of cell walls allowing nutrients to pass through & toxins to be eliminated
Ellagic Acid - antioxidant beneficial to the immune system; anti-cancer properties
Melatonin - hormone that aids in sleep; antioxidant
ALA (alpha linolenic acid) - essential for bone health; converts to EPA which is utilized for cellular energy
Manganese & Copper - minerals which are important cofactors for enzymes that are critical for antioxidant defense
Decreased Risk of Weight Gain - a source of healthy fat which is essential for moving unhealthy fats through & out of the body
Ways to Enjoy Them in the Diet:
Toasted & added to oatmeal, veggies, salads
Add to plain yogurt with honey or pure maple syrup
1/4 cup as a snack (about 4 walnuts/8 walnut halves)
Prepare them for Eating:
Place about 2 cups of walnuts on a baking sheet. Toast in a 170 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. The low heat protects the natural oils from being damaged. Store in an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 6 months/freezer for up to 1 year to avoid rancidity of the oils.
"Armed & Dangerous" Oatmeal
1 cup water
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp agave syrup
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
1 tsp toasted pepitas
1 tsp golden raisins
1 tsp dried cherries
Place all ingredients in a saucepan & bring to a boil while stirring. Remove from heat, cover, & let sit for 7 minutes. Will still have a bit of chew to the oats but be creamy. Enjoy your energetic start to the day!
Note: Quick-cook oats are acceptable. They have, however, been processed & have lost some nutritional value including fiber. They will not leave you filling full for as long. They are a much better option than microwave oatmeal which I never recommend, partly because they are highly processed, have too much added sugar, & recommend radiating your meal which will deplete any nutrional value (also giving you a gummy instead of creamy end product). The optimal version of oats are steel cut which do require longing cooking time but give you a thicker chewier bowl of goodness.
I encourage you to establish & adopt your own definition of Healthcare Reform for your life. And don't forget...never...underestimate the power of a nut!