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Be Nuts and Be Happy

This week, thanks to William Falk, editor of  The Week magazine, and to the American Psychiatry Association, we feel extra confident encouraging you toBee Nuts, a directive

Mr. ‘Bill’ Falk’s editorial in the current edition begins “We are all, to some extent, crazy”[!!]  It gets even better as he explains “.. the successful, reasonably happy people I’ve known are nuts in a way that works for them…”

In other words, we should all be                                          Nut Guilty

In a related matter,  the American Psychiatric Association just released the latest version of its bible of mental illnesses, the DSM-5.  There are 15 new diagnosis, including Hoarding, Internet Gaming Addiction and Cannibis Withdrawal.   Since I’m nuts about nuts, I hope to review the 947 pages and over 300 maladies someday. For now, I”ll refer to the shorter, more accessible list of 136 phobias by Stephen Chrisomalis .

It has two terms for the fear of France – Francophobia and gallophobia and two terms for the fear of work – ergasiophobia and ergophobia, yet no mention of my main fear – dancing in public.  I am fearless dancing alone or with a toddler or a mid size dog. I can ski dive and scuba dive but become paralyzed when dancing with anyone older than 2. I thought I may just have scotophobia – the fear of being looked at – but usually, it’s the opposite.

At least I don’t have clinophobia  – the fear of staying in bed, which sounds truly awful. How can you cure anything without bed rest?

So, what makes you nuts and what are you nuts about?  Inquiring minds want to know.  Plus, we have someone who might be able to help.

Health Nut

Health Nut

And now my fellow nuts, go. Live well and out of the shell.

Or, as the

AstroNut

AstroNut

 likes to say, “Boldly go where no nut has gone before”.

(Speaking of nuts, all the Little Nutthings shown here are real nuts that we transformed in our nut shop.  Most are based on real nuts that we know personally.)
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Nut-trition from the Health Nut

Florence Nutingale

Florence Nutingale

Nuts can, and we believe should, play a key role in a healthy diet. A recent Google search on “nut studies” showed 27 million results. Enough to drive you nuts. Here’s a concise summary from Flo, our resident health nut and inspiration for the Little NutThings® Health Nut t-shirt.

Little Nutthings Health Nut  t-shirt
Why are nuts good for us?

They’re high in plant protein, anti-oxidants, monounsaturated fatty acids (the ‘good’ fats), vitamins and minerals. They’re cholesterol free and a great source of fiber. Studies show a variety of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Peanuts are so nutritious they’re a major ingredient in Plumpy’nut™, a ready-to-use therapeutic food that has revolutionized the way childhood malnutrition is treated and prevented around the world

Pretty impressive, any down side?.
On average, nuts have have 9 calories per gram, making them the most calorie-dense nutrient. So unless you want to gain weight, don’t add nuts to your diet without subtracting a similar number of calories; for example, substitute nuts for chips or cookies. Second, remember that many processed nuts that are so handy for snacks are fried in oil and/or laced with salt, which can raise your blood pressure.

 Are the benefits the same for all nuts?
No, according to data from the University of Toronto all kinds of nuts are superfoods – but their primary health benefits, and calories, vary. Most studies indicate that walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds provide the most healthful benefits. Personally, we love them all. Here’s the calorie count for one ounce of the 10 favorites. Note that one ounce is not very much; one ounce of Brazil nuts is only 6-8 nuts.

  1. Almonds: 169 calories
  2. Brazil Nuts: 190 calories
  3. Cashews: 163 calores
  4. Hazelnuts/filberts: 178 calories
  5. Macadamia nuts: 204 calories
  6. Peanuts: 166 calories
  7. Pecans: 196 calories
  8. Pine Nuts: 160
  9. Pistachios: 161 calories
  10. Sunflower seeds: 165 calories
  11. Walnuts: 185 calories.

Not to mention coconuts, cedar nuts, and so many more. We could go on and on about the benefits of each. The bottom line: nuts are fun and good for you! Go shell out for some soon. Just eat them by the handful, not the can full.

And as Flo says “Live Well … and Out of the Shell™”.

Beer Nut Still Behind in Polls

Little Nutthings® was represented at two recent Oktoberfests in the DC area. Attendees were asked to vote for their favorite LN nut. It was a crowded ballot with nine official candidates, including Left-wing Nut and Right-wing Nut.

  Beer Nuts made a stronger appearance at   Kentlands than at Germantown but still lagged behind Bee Nuts, Nut Guilty and   AstroNuts. Rotten Nuts did well even    though it was a write-in.

It’s a tough field this year; with just a week to go, any nut could win. It all depends on voter turnout during election week, here, Oct. 31 – Nov. 6. The top candidates from the Oktoberfests will be on the ballot for a runoff election.

Analysts believe party platforms could be a problem for the political nuts. Who are their constituents? Is a vote for Right Wing Nut a vote for or against the Republicans? We asked Ask.Yahoo.com for answers and we quote: “… Word Origins tells us the terms date back to pre-revolutionary France. In 1789, the French National Assembly was created as a parliamentary body to move control of issues, such as taxation, from the king to the citizenry. Inside the chamber where the National Assembly met, members of the Third Estate sat on the left side and members of the First Estate sat on the right. The Third Estate consisted of revolutionaries, while the First Estate were nobles. Thus, the left wing of the room was more liberal, and the right wing was more conservative. In the next few years, the revolutionaries would take over and countless noble heads would roll, but that’s another story”.

Now, add ‘nut’ to the mix and what does that say about a candidate? Or the voter?

These are tough questions. All we can say for sure is vote and live well … and out of the shell™.

Little Nutthings’ Nutty Notes and Ask Yahoo! have similar disclaimers … all information available through or in connection with Ask Yahoo![Nutty Notes] is informational only and provided “as is” without warranties, representations, or guarantees of any kind. http://ask.yahoo.com/20011217.html