Happy Monday friends!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I am finally back to blogging, hopefully for good and at the normal schedule–and I’m excited! I’m going to post more about my journey with post concussive syndrome on Friday, but for now, I wanted to share one of the snacks I’ve come to depend on for the past few months.
At my last physical in July, my lab tests showed that I had high triglycerides. Now, I would have considered myself a somewhat healthier than normal 26 year old at that point, who did my best when eating to choose healthier options and who exercised regularly.
Since I sustained my concussion around the same time of this diagnosis, I decided to not give it much thought for the moment–I had more pressing issues to deal with and could always fix it at a later time. Plus, I thought that maybe the test could be wrong–I hadn’t fasted before getting my blood drawn and perhaps what I’d eaten for lunch was actually the cause of these results.
However, as my concussion journey began to go on longer and longer, my mom convinced me to see a naturopathic doctor who could look at my history and recommend a few supplements and dietary changes to help speed the recovery process.
When I showed him my high triglyceride test results, he proceeded to ask me what I liked to snack on/what sort of food I craved. Um, chips and salsa? Salt and vinegar chips? Popcorn? In other words: carbs. I always knew that my diet was more than a little carb heavy, but never thought I’d see that translate so drastically to my health. He also talked about energy spikes and crashes–something I definitely experienced and something that I felt was exacerbated by the concussion–but also something I thought was genetic and that I had little control over. Definitely not true.
He eventually recommended that I replace my heavy carb snacking with heavy fat snacking in order to build up my long term energy stores and reduce both that sugar crash feeling and my triglyceride levels. So, with the help of my mother, we put together this nut snack jar blend that could be easily transported and refilled to “crowd out” my other snack choices.
I’ve now been snacking the high fat, low carb way for the last few months, and I have to say, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my energy levels. I also added a scoop of almond butter to my daily smoothies and started purchasing full fat yogurt to help with morning energy levels. About three months into the transition, I’d also lost 2 inches off my waist–definitely a welcomed side effect!
Now, this nut snack jar blend lives in my purse and is by my side at all times. It definitely isn’t the cheapest homemade snacks but to me, is so worth the price.
Nut Snack Jar Blend
Equal amounts of:
Mix in desired amounts of:
antioxident fusion blend (dried blueberries, tart cherries, goji berries, cranberries, raisins, pepito seeds)