This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.
Almost all of us are attempting to become healthier with the presence of a new calender year. Unfortunately, the majority of New Year Resolutioners quit after a few weeks – mainly due to changing too much of their lifestyle at once. I should know, I’ve been there! Last year, I quit drinking sodas, worked out five days a week and only ate the healthiest of foods. This sudden change was too much for my body to handle, and once I had my first sip of soda or first bite of a cookie, that was it. I spiraled out of control.
Since then, I’ve learned from my mistakes. I’ve learned to take things slowly. Instead of going to the gym five days a week, I started going two to three times. Instead of cutting out sodas cold turkey, I dropped my consumption to one a day while increasing my water intake. Instead of eating strictly healthy foods, I ate in moderation.
One of my biggest downfalls is snacking. Late at night is my most trying time. I have a crazy urge to eat my weight in carbs (chips, cookies, etc). Thankfully, I’ve managed to lean on healthier snack options, like pistachios.
According to the Pistachio Health Institute website, pistachios are perfect for weight management. By eating these delicious nuts, you’ll feel fuller longer. No more 3AM hunger pangs! Pistachios contain 12% of the daily value per 30 gram serving! That’s impressive!
I even read that pistachios are healthy for your heart! This is reassuring to hear, since my family suffers from heart-related illnesses and diseases. The FDA even included pistachios in their qualified health claim:
“Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. [See nutrition information for fat content.]”
The Pistachio Health Institute is hosting a FABULOUS Shine Like the Stars Sweepstakes! Three lucky winners will walk away with:
- (1) Valslides autographed by celebrity fitness trainer, Valerie Waters
- (1) Valerie Waters workout DVD
- (1) Valerie Waters workout instructions
- (1) Pistachio Health tote bag
- (1) Pistachio Health nut container
- (3) 8 oz. bags of pistachios
- (1) $100 VISA Gift Card
To enter, all you have to do is “like” the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page, and enter your name, address and contact information. You can enter once every day until the contest ends on February 14th at 3:00PM PDT. [Giveaway has ended]
What are you doing to get healthy and fit in 2014?
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