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Friday, May 24, 2013

Cha Cha Cha Chia!


In an effort to maintain health and wellness, I've done some research on chia seeds and flax.  I decided they were easy, affordable ways to incorporate more fiber and nutrition into my diet.  In case you aren't aware of the health benefits of chia seeds, they include:
  • Helping with weight loss - they reduce food cravings
  • Extend the substance of foods - adding chia seeds to a smoothie will make it last longer in your system so that you feel full longer and don't get hungry as quickly
  • Hydration - the gel chia seeds form is a great way to hydrate your body (especially for athletes)
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Omega-3 - fights heart disease
  • Controls blood sugar (great for diabetic patients)
  • Easier to digest than flax seeds (and easier to consume - no need to grind them)
Honestly, you can't taste chia seeds when adding them to yogurt or smoothies.  They give a little texture to the food and all the benefits are well worth it.  

I tried a new workout this week, too.  I have taken kickboxing before, but this was on a totally different level.  This class is in a building where boxers/fighters train.  The man that leads the class trains boxers, karate students, fighters, etc.  Not to mention he had an abundance of knowledge on exercise and strength training that he shared throughout the class.  I have to admit, I was super sore for 2 days after!  However, the class is well worth the 30 minute drive and $5 price tag.  I will definitely go again.

Here is how my week looked:
Monday: 2 mile walk with dogs, 3 miles run
Tuesday: 1 hour kickboxing class
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 2 mile walk with dogs
Friday: 2 mile walk with dogs, 3 miles run

I have a total of 34/52 miles in May so I've already accomplished Nikki's 30in30 and I'm going to keep going!  I love when you set a goal and then go above and beyond!

Link up your health and fitness goal from this week below!





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5 comments:

  1. I've thought about trying chia seeds. Where did you buy yours?? I love kick boxing! You're doing awesome with your miles, especially after being sick! Hope you have a great weekend, lady!

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  2. I love chia seeds! I've incorporated them into my morning oatmeal, protein shakes (when/if I drink it), smoothies, banana bread.. love those little suckers. But seriously, the one thing I hate, when they get stuck in your teeth!! LOL!

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  3. I haven't tried chia or flax seeds yet, but I would be willing to give them a go. I have tried incorporating toasted wheat bran into some foods and can also be a good way to add extra fiber :)

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  4. This is so interesting! I knew of some of the benefits to using chai seeds but I had no idea about the hydration factor! I've used flax seeds in the past and we didn't get along, they were hard for me to digest. After reading this I may give chai seeds a try. Great job on all those miles! And the kickboxing class sounds like a fun workout! Those are the best kind!!

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  5. I want to do kickboxing! Someone told me on FB about a good youtube one beucase my gym doesn't offer the classes. I keep seeing people talk about the chia seeds, but I haven't tried them.

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