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Albert Einstein could not speak until he was 5 and he was a rebellious child. Today we have a disease for rebellious children. It is called oppositional defiance. If Albert Einstein was born today, we would have prescribed him a number of drugs. Who knows he could have been a zombie on Ritalin and we wouldn’t know E=MC2 .

In our society, we are too impatient to deal with a disease the right way and result to using pills. Time and time again we’ve been shown proper dieting helps diseases disappear. After all, humans have existed for thousands of years somehow. 7 out of 10 Americans are taking one or more prescription drugs (Science Daily).

We order a heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure on our plates for dinner and follow it with diabetes. We act so surprisedly when we have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, cancer, arthritis and are overweight. Very few of these are genetic. 

Our health is a choice we make every day with the food we eat. Our main issue with dieting is we don’t put time aside to prepare food. Time is always there. It’s whether we want to use it for Facebook or to cook something healthy instead of going to McDonald’s.

It’s a sad fact it’s cheaper to die from bad food than to live from good food. Our body can’t function off cheap food. Junk food has been perfected in a lab to create an addiction.

As we explore ancient civilizations we are learning about old ways we can improve our diet.

 

Cha-Cha-Cha Charge with Chia

If an ancient Aztec took a time machine here today they would tell you, “In my day I didn’t have to worry about inflammation slowing us down. We ran 600 miles through the rainforest with ease to deliver a message. We didn’t have to mix a bunch of unnamable chemicals and drink bull bile for energy. (No Red Bull).”

10,000 years ago, before highly commercialized energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster, the Aztecs were undefeated warriors due to their high endurance thanks to chia seeds. Unlike Red Bull, which is banned in some countries outside the United States, chia seeds are not. According to livestrong.com red bull causes you to gain weight, insomnia (lack of sleep is another cause of weight gain), osteoporosis (caffeine depletes the body of calcium), tooth decay (high sugar content) and can interact with heart medication (Stein).

The ancient warriors would snack on chia seeds and drink them with water and lemon while at war. Aztecs weren’t the only civilization to use chia seeds. The name chia comes from the Mayan word for strength.  Chia seeds were a wealth of health and a currency. The benefits of chia seeds are best worded by nutrition coach Tara Goodyear who calls chia seeds the “Muhammad Ali of nutrition because it is a nutritional powerhouse that jabs a punch of protein (Goodyear).”

Who knew you could eat the sprouts off your presidential Donald Trump chia pet and enjoy a plethora of health benefits?

 

 What are these benefits?

2x more FIBER than

Bran Flakes!

6X More calcium than milk!

 

Contains boron to help your body use calcium.

15X more MAGNESIUM than broccoli!
9x the OMEGA-3 Oil found in salmon!

           Plus, it doesn’t taste like FISH.

No mercury!

 

Complete protein like meat!

 

3X more IRON than Spinach!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich in ANTIOXIDANTS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

B Vitamins!

Get energized with the B vitamins. B vitamins also help process proteins, assist with muscle, nerve development, and heart function, assist with human growth and development, immunity, and creates red blood cells.

 

 

Inexpensive! Can be stored for up to 2 years!

            

Chia seeds have their own natural oil that keeps insects away!

 

Help you lose weight

 

Information from MySeeds Chia Test Kitchen.

 

Who knew all this time we just needed chia pets to lose weight?

Add Chia to Your Diet Especially If You Suffer from any of these ailments. Poor diet plays a role in these diseases.

Symptoms linked to Inflammation:  Chia seeds linked to helping  

 

How Chia Seeds Help

Linked to Poor Diet
Heart Disease X Chia seeds aid in cardiovascular health.   X
Diabetes X -Decrease blood sugar

-Omega 3 controls insulin.

-High Fiber control blood sugar

-Anti-inflammatory

-Anti-oxidant

  X
High Blood Pressure X -The Omega 3 fatty acids reduce the fatty material in blood vessel walls. X
Osteoporosis X Chia seeds have 6x more calcium than milk. X
Cancer X Inflammation in the body causes cancer. Chia seeds constantly clean out the body to prevent inflammation. X
Arthritis X -Ever since the times of the Aztecs chia seeds has been used for arthritis.

-Rich in 2 important minerals for arthritis: Zinc and Copper.

-Contains quercetin which helps in joint inflammation

 

X
Obesity X – Why you should add Chia to your diet/ How to:

1)      Prevent Overeating:  It takes the stomach 15 to 20 minutes long after your stomach is full for the stomach to signal the brain to tell you to stop eating. Have a tablespoon or 2 with water or juice before your meal to curb your appetite.

2)      Snack Replacement: The danger in snacking is that we react to cravings. We have to be ahead of ourselves with snacking. Add a tablespoon or 2 to tea, juice or water as a between meal snack.

3)      Prevent snacking before Lunch: Add chia to your breakfast. Ideas:

       4)Feel Full Faster: Add to salad

dressing. Or sprinkle some on any dish you are eating (MySeeds Chia Test Kitchen).

 X

(MySeeds Chia Test Kitchen)

 

Even more bang for your buck!

 

Chia seeds improve digestion and stop inflammation.

When I wrote chia seeds help you lose weight I am not suggesting you should go on a diet that only consists of chia seeds. You can add chia seeds to your diet, but the goal is to make your body not work as hard as it is right now by changing your diet. Easy digestion means more energy. When your body isn’t using so much energy to digest bad food in your body it can give you more energy to perform your tasks during the day.

Chia seeds help move out all the free radicals taken into your body and any of the bad food causing inflammation in your body. Positive intestinal flora is promoted by drinking or eating chia seeds. Chia seeds keep everything moving through your digestive system and makes sure you eliminate waste.

 

Balances blood sugar and restores the omega 3 balance.

Being overweight can cause diabetes. There are so many articles you can read online about people losing weight and no longer needing medication for their diabetes.  The high fiber content in chia seeds helps lower blood sugar because it is cleaning your system of inflammation.  Your omega 3 balance is what regulates your insulin levels. Chia seeds are made up of powerful omega 3’s that regulate your insulin levels.

 

How to add Chia to your diet?

Unlike butter, you only need a little!

  1. Add a tablespoon of Chia seeds to your smoothie in the morning.
  2. Add Chia to your favorite tea, juice, or water. Chia will not gel in acidic drinks (MySeeds Chia Test Kitchen).
  3. Add chia on top of salads or in salad dressings.
  4. Make chia pudding. Here’s a great recipe to start off with from Daily Burn.

Vanilla-Almond Chia Breakfast Pudding

VANILLA-ALMOND CHIA BREAKFAST PUDDING

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Yields 2 servings  

Prep time: 5 minutes
Soak time: 1-8 hours

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened almond milk, homemade or store bought
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey
Seasonal fruit for topping
Almonds or other nuts for topping

Preparation

  1. Combine almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla and sweetener in a bowl. Mix well until combined and the mixture begins to thicken. Store covered in the refrigerator overnight or for at least an hour.
  2. Stir well before serving and add a bit of water to the pudding if it becomes too thick. Top with fresh fruit and nuts of your choice.
    Note: This recipe makes enough for two large servings, but feel free to double the recipe and keep it in your refrigerator so that you have breakfast for a few days in a row. It will keep refrigerated for up to 5 days (Morin).

See more recipes at: http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/chia-seed-pudding-recipes/

Daily Burn is also a great website for at home workouts. They are local in my area in Brooklyn, New York. If you live in New York, you can even be in one of their daily workout videos! You’ll be able to put your new chia energy to work.

When You Fail to Plan, You Fail to Plan

When you don’t plan your meals it becomes easy to grab food high in sugar or salt to get the energy you need. Eating is as much a promise of life as death and taxes. Consuming the wrong diet, not enough sleep, and exercise results in unwanted diseases and weight gain.  Most of these consist of inflammation in the body. Signs of inflammation in the body include fatigue, aches and pains, being overweight, suffer with red or itchy skin, diagnosed autoimmune disease, and allergies or infections. Maintaining a healthy weight and diet are part of lowering inflammation in the body.

Often the root of food cravings lies in vitamin deficiency. For example, chia seeds are full of calcium. If you find yourself craving ice cream, cheesecake, or a rich, creamy pasta dish for dinner you might need more calcium advises MySeeds Chia Test Kitchen’s book. The best part is chia seeds only have 7.7 calories when they are in their gel form. The majority of the gel is fiber and water. Since fiber cannot be digested or broken down by the body, and cannot absorb any calories from soluble or insoluble fiber this makes it the perfect snack between or 20 minutes before meals.

Why wait to be diagnosed with a disease to start to eat healthily and live right?

Give chia seeds a try!

If you have a favorite chia seed recipe share it!

 

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