Nuts for nuts!

Even with it’s high calorie and high fat content, I eat nuts on a daily basis. Organic, non-organic, salted, roasted.. you name it! Why? I’ll tell you exactly why.

Last year PurePharma sent me this awesome package called X3. X3 is test measuring your fatty acids profile, vitamin D levels and general inflammation. After receiving my results, I found that…

Low ALA: Alpha Linolenic

Effects on your body: It plays important roles in skin health, metabolism, lipid metabolism, estrogen metabolism, cell differentiation and inflammation.

How you get it: Flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnuts, walnut oil, cold pressed canola oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, grass fed meat, green leafy vegetables, organic eggs and dairy products from grass fed cows. Unrefined soybean oil also contains some ALA.

Science fact: ALA is the basic plant-source omega-3 fatty acid with important roles on its own and is the building block of EPA and DHA.

Low GLA: Gamma Linolenic Acid

Effects on your body: GLA plays important roles in skin health, metabolism, lipid metabolism, growth, neurological functioning and inflammation.

How you get it: Evening primrose oil, blackcurrant oil, borage oil, hempseed oil and borage seed oil supplements, nuts, seeds, almonds, cold pressed vegetable oils (olive, avocado, sesame, sunflower, thistle, hemp seed, evening primrose and borage) and nut butters.

Science fact: GLA is the first omega-6 fatty acid derived from LA.

I added nuts and avocados to my diet, increased my Omega 6 intake, B-complex Vitamins and Vitamin D. Before the Altitude outdoor box was open I was always indoors, also taking Roacutane, I had to avoid exposure to the sun. For 4-5 months, I’ve changed my diet, changed my workouts to outdoor to get more sun exposure (Vitamin D), and ate more nuts and seeds.

Why are nuts important? Well, Brazil Nuts, Almonds, Cashew and Macadamia nuts contain the most important things you need for muscle recovery, Zinc, Magnesium, Iron, Selenium, Vitamin E, A and K. All nuts contain a sufficient amount of fats which is a better source of energy than bananas if you’re off to the gym. Bananas do contain potassium, however it is high in Glycemic Index and potassium not as high as the coconut, so its best to substitute your bananas with nuts including coconut or coconut water to keep your energy levels up and hydrated at the same time. Walnuts are also a great source of all these minerals, as well as Selenium. These vitamins and minerals have endless benefits, anti-aging skin benefits, anti-oxidant, aids with low blood pressure (which I don’t have anymore thanks to my nuts intake), prevents disease and stroke.

However, like anything, moderation is key. Nuts are very high in calories and for those who are counting their calories or trying keep their meals small, I suggest you take them throughout the day in very small portions (5-8 pieces) unlike myself (15 -20 pieces) sometimes I lose count haha! But I do have to stress that I do train about 3-4 hours a day, and I do not like eating or taking protein shakes during my training, so nuts keep me nice and full throughout training and don’t see black spots like I used to during my strength sessions.

I haven’t studied nutrition, this is just a passion of mine and out of experience I do want to share it with the world to those who might be experiencing the same, my advise and information might help.

For any further questions or inquiries you can drop me an email at kikiforcrossfit@gmail.com

Enjoy your weekend! God bless.