Chia Seeds for
Energy, Endurance, and Strength

If you want the lean, strong body of your dreams. You want to be more active than you've ever been, and feeling good about it, rush out to your local health food store and get some chia seeds. Don't wait. Go now. When you get back, I'll tell you how to use them, and why they are the perfect dietary supplement for your nutritional plan. Whether your goal, is sports performance, a healthy body, or weight loss, you want them!

Eric Armstrong

If you can't find them at your local health food store, you can buy them online here at the TreeLight Store. Oh yeah, and pick up some Agave Nectar while you're there. (I like the amber version.) Oh yeah, and some lemons or lemon juice. You can thank me later.

I'd like to thank ____, author of __Born to Run__ for an amazing insightful and informative book. That convinced me that we were indeed born to run (we're built for it), and introduced to me the amazing transformative powers of Chia seeds. Can't thank you enough, ____!

Say Goodbye to Hunger!

Soluble fiber is the key to feeling satisfied after a meal, and to staying satisfied for a reasonable amount of time afterwards. Chia seeds provide exactly the right kind of fiber to accomplish that goal. When mixed with water, chia seeds turn into a kind of gel in 15 minutes or so. Only they don't clump together. So the mixture tastes like little balls of jello!

--Iskiate: (is-kee-AH-tay) --tall class water + lemon juice + agave, stir in 1 level tspn chia seeds, wait 15 minutes
--make a salad while you're waiting
--between them, you'll have all the nutrients, fiber, and roughage you need for the entire day!

In the recipes I've seen, Iskiate is supposed to made with honey. But honey doesn't mix well with cold water. Agave Nectar does. So I save the honey for tea and snacks. Besides, the agave plant is native to South America, where the chia plant originally comes from. So I'm guessing that the original Aztec recipe used agave at least as frequently as honey.

--Pinole: Roast and ground. (I've seen seeds roasted before, but couldn't tell you how it works.)
siad to taste like popcorn.

--breakfast: salad (Born to Run, nutritionist ______)
--{+ sprouts} + Iskiate
--you now have all the nutrients, soluble fiber and roughage you'll need for physical activity during most of the day, if not all of it

Caffeine Reduction Plan

I love a cup of coffee or tea in the morning. It's been pretty necessary, since I make my living by way of mental activity (programming or writing). So I call it "career in a cup". But there is a downside. Caffeine stimulates the adrenals, which produces cortisol, which encourages the body to store belly fat. And driving your body day after day, year after year, eventually takes its toll.

So if I can get the same mental acuity without the caffeine, that's a good thing. Fortunately, the high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in Chia seeds are said to heighten mental activity. So the goal is minimize the amount of caffeine, but make sure I remain productive on the job. Here's my plan:

  1. One cup coffee at breakfast, 1 cup mid-morning (anything after 11 tends to interfere with my sleep)
  2.    =?=> 1 cup coffee at breakfast, 1 cup black tea mid-morning
  3.    =?=> Nothing at breakfast, 1 cup coffee mid-morning
  4.    =?=> 1 cup coffee at breakfast, 1 cup green tea mid-morning
  5.    =?=>
  6.    =?=> 1 cup black tea at breakfast, 1 cup green tea-mid morning
  7.    =?=> 1 cup black tea at breakfast
  8.    =?=> 1 cup green tea at breakfast
  9.    =?=> Nothing?

Say Goodbye to Weight

--eat less, lose weight
--Mike Pogue

--Best diet system I've seen online--worth watching the video
--Blood sugar 50=starvation mode, 90=fat burning mode, 120=fat storing mode
--so figure 80-100 is a good range

--as they point out, sugar is the enemy. It raises blood sugar to 100+ mark, that releases insulin, which stores fat
--20 minutes later, if blood sugar is still high, body releases more
--but if you have any insulin resistance at all (see __partially hydrogenated oils__) you may actually have released enough   
   insulin the first time!
--result: all the sugar is taken out of your bloodstream at once, and you plunge into starvation mode!
--you have intense cravings to eat, while at the same time your body is turning on additional hormones that tell it store fat, so you'll be better prepared for the next "starvation emergency". It's a strategy that worked beautifully in the wild. But in the sugar-and-flour rich diet of civilization, it produces a vicious cycle of high blood sugar, then low, then high--all of which adds up to pounds and inches on our bellies, hips, and thighs.

The key, then, is to keep blood sugar in that middle range. (A blood sugar tester can help you monitor yourself __LINK__)

One way to do that is to eat small meals every 2-3 hours. That's when the food from your last meal runs out. But that strategy has a donwside. After a while, your metabolism gets acclimated to that schedule, and if you /don't/ eat--say, in the middle of the night or during a busy afternoon, you may wind up

--so now

Say Hello to Health!

--soluble fiber, as mentioned earlier
--insoluble fiber
--EFAs --more than flax or salmon!


--In additiuon to weight loss
--scalp itch
--gum health

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