RANT: Seeds and Nuts

Seeds and nuts are a great way to get protein! Eating them helps you stay full longer. And nuts add lipid (cholesterol) lowering healthy oils in to the diet.  Nuts make your skin and hair shine! They can last for weeks un-refridgerated in your desk drawer, glovebox, or at the bottom of your bag. Which makes them perfect snack! Go easy though-Just a handful or so a day!  Although peanuts are some of the most popular nuts, they aren’t the absoulutely healthiest nuts.  Stick to almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios and cashews! Sunflower, flax, and chia seeds!

And if your jaws get tired of chomping down nuts and seeds, consider some of the nut butters. No, Nutella doesn’t count! Nor does Peter Pan peanut butter!  Try the all natural almond or cashew butters, or even better, make your own!

If you really want something healthy, fast, nutritious and delicious, try this ridiculously good nut butter. It’s like a trail mix in a jar!

Jeff’s Ridiculously Good Trail Butter  

Bring it and a spoon on long hikes or rides. Or bring it to work–it’s sure to be an office hit! Just don’t open it at home alone; because you may just scarf down the whole jar. It’s that good.


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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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