Walnuts for Brain Health (via OREGON ATHLETIC CLUBS)

Nuts are a great option for people trying to get in more protein with their daily food regime. I usually buy a variety of nuts and keep them in containers in my kitchen area. I keep the whole gamut of nuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, sometimes macadamias and also pumpkin seeds. Nuts are quick and easy and I will often have some for breakfast as the good essential fats (omega 3) in them are great for the start of the day. The balance of protein and fat keeps me full longer and I find that my mental acuity in the morning is much better and that I can focus more. For me it was a clear difference when I started adding them to my morning as I usually wake up at 4:50 to 5:am in the morning and begin work at 6am. I need to be on first thing in the morning, charged up and ready to give the necessary energy to my clients who are most likely still sleep walking.

Of course some people are allergic to tree nuts, so I recommend trying other choices like cottage cheese or eggs. Also pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein. You can use a fish oil supplement to get the Omega 3 fats necessary. Take a look at this post on Walnuts and how they affect brain health.

As children, the bulk of our nutritional advice came from one source: concerned parents who counseled us to eat a serving of greens at every meal, at least one piece of fruit a day, and drink our milk so we would grow up strong and healthy. But as adults, we’re bombarded by nutritional advice at every corner—much of it conflicting, and often changing on a daily basis depending on the source or study. It can be baffling just to decide what to have … Read More



About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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