Joseph and I have both been on our weight loss grind, and since coming back from our 37-mile Grand Canyon hike, I’ve noticed a tremendous change in my body. I have a workout partner, and I’m also fortunate to have friends who are very active in this Tucson heat (one of my friends completed 30 miles on her bike this past Saturday). I’m forming muscles in places I’ve NEVER thought I could, and even though I love running and doing Bikram yoga, weight lifting gives me the best and quickest results. Combined with eating clean, I’ve lost 12 pounds in three weeks, reduced my body fat percentage, and gained pure muscle. Recently, Joseph and I have increased our workouts to twice a day. So yes, we’re going to the gym at 5 a.m. (for one hour) and again at 5:30 p.m. (for two hours). I’m telling you…we’re on it. We’re still juicing, but to increase muscle mass, we need protein…so…yea. Juicing alone won’t do any good.
However, that’s not what I wanted to talk about. I want to talk about my new found love…one of my favorite snacking foods…one of the ingredients in my morning shake…chia seeds. I talked about the benefits of chia seeds before here, and I’m still satisfied with it. Chia seeds have done wonders for my body, and it has helped me to kick off my clean eating because it basically cleaned me out. Sorry if I’m being TMI, but when I started eating chia seeds, I was having bowel movements at a minimum of four times a day. Now to some of you, this might seem as a lot, but if you look at the American diet, it’s not. Our food is so processed, and in conjunction with those processed chemicals, you have a plethora of toxins and roughage that doesn’t get passed through your body. The last time I had a deep tissue massage, my masseuse spent half of the time getting rid of “kinks” all through my body. When asked where do those kinks come from, he noted they were due to a combination of things…including undigested food particles and indigestible toxins that are often moved in the blood stream and settle in other tissues. When I researched his claim (because I research everything people tell me), it was confirmed. You would be surprised at the amount of toxins and undigested food that just sit in our body. Chia seeds were aiding my body in getting rid of them. Currently, it’s about 2-3 times a day, but when I have strenuous weight training workouts, it increases due to the workouts catalyzing my digestive system (yes, working out helps your digestive system, so get to moving).
I normally enjoy my chia seeds in my morning shake, but I also eat them as a snack throughout the day and I make a Chia Fresca. It’s really good, and trust me…you will need to go to the bathroom within 5 – 10 minutes of drinking it. All you need are chia seeds, lemon juice (or any other citrus juice you want), water, and honey (I don’t use the honey due to the sugar). Mix them all together, and let the chia seeds sit in the water for about 5 minutes. You will soon notice that a gel-like substance is forming around the chia seeds. These are microfibers that are becoming visible because unlike other seeds, chia seeds are hydrophilic, and if you can remember Biology 101, hydrophilic means “water loving.” The gel keeps you feeling full because it’s actually taking up space in your digestive system, attracting water, and it’s helping to move roughage in your intestines and eventually out of your anus…making you feel great after your session (or maybe that’s just me). This is really vital because most of the time, if you use a personal trainer (a good one), he/she will ask you to do a two week body cleanse in which you basically do what the chia seeds make you do…poop. Instead, this one doesn’t cost you tons of money. You have to get rid of the bad before you incorporate the good (that’s like putting your new, clean panties in the drawer with your old, dirty panties…nasty).
You can find chia seeds at your local health food store. Joseph and I purchase our chia seeds from either Sunflower or Sprouts (it’s cheaper at Sunflower). I highly suggest you try it; for, you have nothing to lose but some shit (no pun intended).