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Fri, 10-26-2012 - 7:35pm

I've been trying to live healhier, I just got a bag of flax seeds in the mail.

1. Do you use flax seeds in your meals?

2. Have you ever used Chia seeds in your recipes?

3. Do you buy groceries online?

4. Do you make candy?

5. Have you ever changed your name?

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Sat, 10-27-2012 - 1:50am

1. Do you use flax seeds in your meals?  I don't buy bags of flax seeds to mix into other things, but I do buy things that have pre-mixed flax seeds in it like almond butter, cereal, or bread.

2. Have you ever used Chia seeds in your recipes?  Nope and I don't think I would.  I don't care what others say a Chia pet is not a meal.

3. Do you buy groceries online?  No.  I could see buying specialty tea or condiments, but I wouldn't buy all of my groceries online.

4. Do you make candy?  I haven't done this in ages since its so cheap to buy and I don't eat it often.

5. Have you ever changed your name?  Nope.

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Sat, 10-27-2012 - 9:45am

Hello Party board.   I’m bopping around trying to find signs of life since the server change.   I’m happy to find someone to talk to.

1. Do you use flax seeds in your meals?   Nope, but I am not opposed to trying.

2. Have you ever used Chia seeds in your recipes?  No.   I am not familiar with them. 

3. Do you buy groceries online?  I never have.

4. Do you make candy?   No

5. Have you ever changed your name?   Only when I got married.

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Sat, 10-27-2012 - 10:50am
1. Do you use flax seeds in your meals? No, I don't care for the taste. 2. Have you ever used Chia seeds in your recipes? No. 3. Do you buy groceries online? No, Wegman's carries everything we need (we are spoiled, haha). 4. Do you make candy? I have only made fudge. 5. Have you ever changed your name? Only when we were married.

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Sat, 10-27-2012 - 4:07pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have bought steaks and other things online, I also buy almonds,  coconut milk, and coffee.  :)

I changed my last name when I got married.  :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know, but chia seeds have been found to be great to scrub cholesterol fom the body when eaten, and flax seeds have Omega 3's, flax oil isa wonderful salad oil. 

Store bought candy is more convenient, but homemade

 

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Sat, 10-27-2012 - 4:15pm

7 Good Reasons To Start Eating Chia Seeds

7 reasons to eat Chia seeds

  1. Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
  2. Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.
  3. Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the "chia gel" can hydrate the body.
  4. Reduce your blood pressure: There's evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
  5. Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
  6. Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
  7. They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and don't need to be ground up.

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Sat, 10-27-2012 - 4:20pm

I had a hard time at first too, Tracy, still don't have my profile Pic. :(7 Good Reasons To Start Eating Chia Seeds

Reasons to eat Chia seeds

  1. Help weight loss. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper.
  2. Feel fuller faster: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.
  3. Hydration for athletes: They are also great for athletes because the "chia gel" can hydrate the body.
  4. Reduces your blood pressure: There's evidence to suggest they can reduce blood pressure.
  5. Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
  6. Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar. This leads scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
  7. They are easier to digest than flax seeds, and don't need to be ground up.

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Tue, 10-30-2012 - 9:47pm

I have never heard of chia seeds other than chia pets, but now I'm intrigued. Have you eaten them, and if so, what do they taste like? How are they packaged and where do you buy them?

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Wed, 10-31-2012 - 3:55pm

Chia seeds can be bought at Amazon.com or inn Health Food stores, they bulk  up in your stomach with the food and liquid you ingest, they carry cholesterol out of your body when you eliminate waste.  :)

They keep you fuller, so they're good for those who are watching their weight.  I'll be back, I had a nice list of things chia seeds are good for, but I misplaced it.   :)

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Wed, 10-31-2012 - 4:11pm

Here is the benefits of eating Chia seeds..Salvia Hispanica L. seed, known as Chia Seed, valued by the Native Americans and aborigine peoples of Central and South America. Once valued so much that it was used as currency, this unique little seed has exceptional nutritive and structural benefits.

Chia, familiar to most of us as a seed used for the novelty of the Chia Pet TM, clay animals with sprouted Chia seeds covering their bodies. Little is known, however, of the seed's tremendous nutritional value and medicinal properties. For centuries this tiny little seed was used as a staple food by the Indians of the south west, central, and South America. Known as the running food, it's use as a high energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs. It was said the Aztec warriors subsisted on the Chia seed during their conquests. The Indians of the south west would eat as little as a teaspoon full when going on a twenty-four hour forced March. Indians running from the Colorado River to the California coast to trade turquoise for sea shells would bring only the Chia seed for their nourishment.


When I first heard of this, I was truly amazed and needed to hear more about this amazing seed because I was in search for something that the body can utilize in small quantities and give us the greatest benefit.


I was able to interview one of the top researchers of Chia seed, William Anderson, and here is some of the information and data he shared with me about the usage of Chia.

If you try mixing a spoonful of Chia in a glass of water and leaving it for approximately 20 minutes or so, when you return the glass will appear holding, not seeds or water, but an almost solid gelatin. This gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber of the seeds. Researchers believe this same gel-forming phenomenon takes place in the stomach when food containing these gummy fibers, known as mucilage, are eaten. The gel that is formed in the stomach creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. In addition to the obvious benefits for diabetics, as it stabilizes blood sugar, this slowing in the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar offers the ability for creating endurance. Carbohydrates are the fuel for energy in our bodies. Prolonging their conversion into sugar stabilizes metabolic changes, diminishing the surges of highs and lows, creating a longer duration in their fueling effects.

One of the exceptional qualities of the Chia seed is its hydrophilic properties, having the ability to absorb more than 12 times its weight in water. It's ability tohold on to water offers the ability to prolong hydration. Fluids and electrolytes provide the environment that supports the life of all the body’s cells. Their concentration and composition are regulated to remain as constant as possible.

With Chia seeds, you retain moisture, regulating more efficiently, the body’s absorption of nutrients and body fluids. Because there is a greater efficiency in the utilization of body fluids, the electrolyte balance is maintained.

Example: Fluid and electrolyte imbalances occur when large amounts of fluids are lost resulting from vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, or more commonly from sweating! The loss of extra cellular fluid occurs in these conditions.

Intercellular fluid then shifts out of cells to compensate, causing abnormal distribution of electrolytes across cell membranes resulting in cellular malfunction. So, retaining and efficiently utilizing body fluids maintains the integrity of extra-cellular fluids, protecting intercellular fluid balance. The results of which ensure normal electrolyte dispersion across cell membranes (
electrolyte balance), maintaining fluid balances, resulting in normal cellular function.

As you can see, Chia has a very interesting history and has tremendous potential and benefits. I have also provided a very simple recipe for Chia Oatmeal Porridge, one of many Chia Seeds Recipes.

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