Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chia Seeds


This past Sunday I had a friend come over and she started to tell me about a Super food called Chia Seeds. They sounded so healthy and she definitely had my interest peeked. I knew I would look them up later and read more about them. Then just "by chance" she happened to have a bag[sandwich bag] in her purse. She was so sweet and gave me the bag. She also told me how to prepare them. When Sherry handed me the bag my body INSTANTLY reacted. I felt a sweeping energy come over my body and I could feel how my body was telling me that this is something it would require for better health. They have a high vibration and my body was giving me the wisdom to know about this beautiful little seed without words or an intellectual knowing. I also learned to tell the difference between the seeds wonderful vibration and the vibration my body was telling me about requiring it. Just because the seeds have a high vibration and are healthy does not mean that my body required it's nutrition at this time. I loved learning this difference. I also loved knowing that these seeds came to me effortlessly and my body is doing well with them. How effortlessly they came to me is also a signpost of my nutritional "need" for them. Trust in our loving universe and you will be provided for.=-) Watch how the miracles of synchro-destiny manifest in your life.
Here is some info on Chia Seeds form Andrew Weil, Md
Here is a couple of links to purchase them. Also check your local health Food store. Find out if they have been processed in any way before you purchase from the Health Food Store. That is why I sometimes prefer to buy from Raw web-sites. They provide lots of info before you purchase.
Thank you Sherry for your giving heart!
LOVE ALWAYS


What are Chia Seeds?

Answer (Published 5/15/2006)
Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. You may have seen chia sprouts growing on the novelty planters called Chia Pets, but historically, the seeds have been the most important part of the plant. In pre-Columbian times they were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. I've read that one tablespoon was believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours. The Aztecs also used chia medicinally to stimulate saliva flow and to relieve joint pain and sore skin.
Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
Another advantage: when added to water and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, chia forms a gel. Researchers suggest that this reaction also takes place in the stomach, slowing the process by which digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and convert them into sugar.
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Chia has a nutlike flavor. You can mix seeds in water and add lime or lemon juice and sugar to make a drink known in Mexico and Central America as "chia fresca." As with ground flax seeds, you can sprinkle ground or whole chia seeds on cereal, in yogurt or salads, eat them as a snack, or grind them and mix them with flour when making muffins or other baked goods. I find them tasty and an interesting addition to my diet.
Chia is undergoing something of a renaissance after centuries of neglect. It was a major crop in central Mexico between 1500 and 900 B.C. and was still cultivated well into the 16th century, AD, but after the Spanish conquest, authorities banned it because of its close association with Aztec religion (Indians used the seeds as offerings in rituals). Until recently, chia was produced by only a few small growers, but commercial production has resumed in Latin America, and you can now buy the seeds online and in health food stores.
Because of its nutritional value and stability, chia is already being added to a range of foods. Research has shown that adding it to chicken feed makes for eggs rich in omega-3s. Feeding chia to chickens enriches their meat with omega-3s; fed to cattle chia enriches milk with omega-3s. Chia can also be added to commercially prepared infant formulas, baby foods, baked goods, nutrition bars, yogurt, and other foods. Another bonus: insects don't like the chia plant so it is easier to find organically grown varieties. I expect we'll soon be hearing much more about chia and its health benefits.
Andrew Weil, M.D.

5 comments:

  1. che-che-che-chia! I don't mean this in a bad way, it's acutally funny, all I can think of is the chia pet commercial and song :) It's great that you are picking up the difference between the energies of the food and you, and that just because something has a good vibration, doesn't mean your body wants it. Like me and wheatgrass...may be a high vibration, but my body does not like it. Same with raw kale.

    hugs,
    Cheryl

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  2. Hi Cheryl,
    I completely agree=-} che-che-che-chia! Has been going through my mind all week. I am enjoying the journey of getting to know my bodies wisdom. I have always been intuitive but this is a new avenue and I am having fun with it.=-]

    Also. I felt a definate shift in my being after drinking the chia seeds in a green smoothie. I felt more prolonged energy through out the day.

    Lovw Always

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  3. I've put chia seeds in my smoothies a few times, and decided that I like them better mixed into flax crackers. They are probably healthier in the smoothies though.

    I just noticed that you are in CT. We (my husband and daughter) are moving to CT on March 26th. Maybe I will see you around!

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  4. I just made crackers tonight and meant to put the seeds in but forgot! I love them in my smoothies=-) I hope to see you around. That would be great, what area are you moving to in CT?

    love always

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  5. I've never had my own chia pet or chia head or whatnot, but they look cool on TV. I just eat the seeds and I swear, they help sooo much as far as energy and feeling good throughout the day goes. I honestly started feeling so much better on a day-to-day basis after I started putting them in my smoothies about a year ago. The one's I get are Chia Pure. Chia Seeds Right Now they are even buy 1
    get 1 free!

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