Why are Chia Seeds Good for Me?

Chia seeds are small but full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and provide fiber, iron, and calcium. Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.

  • Chia seeds are a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium.
  • A 28-gram or 1-ounce serving of chia seeds also contains 5.6 grams of protein.
  • Mixed with water, they can replace eggs in vegan cooking.
  • Eat Chia seeds cooked or raw, but they need to be added to another food or soaked before eating.
  • Eating one ounce of chia seeds each day would provide 18 percent of daily calcium needs, 27 percent of phosphorus, 30 percent of manganese, and smaller amounts of potassium and copper.
  • Chia seeds provide more omega-3s, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber than flaxseeds. Most people do not consume enough of these essential nutrients.
  • We know that plant-based foods are associated with a reduced risk of many adverse health conditions, including obesitydiabetesheart disease, and overall mortality.
  • They have been shown to support a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
  • For adults over 50 years of age, the recommendation for men is 28 g per day, and for women, it is 22.4 g per day. Most people consume less than half of that recommendation.
  • The easiest way to increase fiber intake is to eat more plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed grains. Just one ounce of chia seeds provides 10 grams of fiber, almost half the daily recommendation for a woman over 50 years.
  • Based on a review of findings from several large studies, The National Institute of Medicine found that diets with 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories were associated with significant reductions in the risk of both coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Chia seeds are relatively easy to find in any major grocery store. They are black and have a mild, nutty flavor.

Raw, we can sprinkle them on cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies. They can also be eaten cooked, added to baked goods like bread and muffins.

In vegan baking, they can replace eggs. To use them as an egg substitute in baking, try mixing 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, then let them sit for a few minutes. A gel will form that can be used instead of eggs in baking.

Something New Has Been Added To:

First let me say Thank You to all my wonderful followers. I wish I could meet you all in person.

Second – I’m Baaaacccckkkk and ready to move on. Sorry for the delay but it took me a while to get settled starting again. And I’m still not completely there. I have shifted gears.

I have more than two loves in my life but want to focus on the two most important to me and hopefully Yours. One is Healthy eating and the other is writing.

Healthy Eating will remain as it always has, so many of you love this and I want to help all of you get to your healthy goal.

My second love will be about my experiences trying to write my first book – years ago. I knew nothing about writing a novel and just plowed right in. After all, I did well in school so it should be easy. It’s sad in a way and also funny. I hope I can be helpful to some potential writers people as well.

I will probably continue Random Thoughts when they come to me. I enjoy them.

Hope you enjoy it all as much as I do.

PS:

Please feel free to let me know what’s working and what’s not. I would also like to know what interests you and what you might need help with. There is a box below you can use.

I am here for you and hope to be for a long time.

Irene

Victim?

Do you knowingly or unknowingly play the victim?  Stay quiet when you should speak up. Even with parents, friends, or colleagues at work? Or in retrospect years later when you want to kick yourself. How many times do we say “I wish I had—” said or done this or that? 

The problem is that when you think of yourself as a victim, you become one. Why is that important? It leads to destructive beliefs like everyone is smarter than I am, so I’d better let them make the decisions. I’ll do what they say – they know what I should do, they are better than me. If I depend on them, I can relax and not think about anything. 

In other words you give up and allow others to take control of your life. It may seem like the best thing to do . You are off the hook for everything. But is it? 

You get smaller and smaller instead of bigger and bigger preventing any chance for you to grow. You allow other to choose. You – give – up. 

If you remain a victim you will never take control of your fate or any success you might have because it all belongs to them. Like a child they are in charge of your life.  

We are responsible for ourselves – no one else is.  

Turn it around and choose to find what make you happy. 

Enablement

This is not the usual kind of post I send. However there are so many people out there who have to deal with this problem whether it is from the user or their loved ones. I hope this poem can be of some help to just beginning to tackle addiction.

Should you have an addict friend

Some sage advice I’ll gladly lend:

They’ll plea for poison with all their might,

Keep helping hand far out of sight.

They have a problem they’ll deny,

And your aloofness they’ll decry;

Stay focused but still be their friend,

Contribute not to a sad end.

Addiction’s very hard to break,

So understand a life’s at stake;

Encourage rehab so they might mend,

But enable not or you’re no friend.

Be not judgmental and plainly see

But for God’s good grace could goest ye;

So clearly, plainly understand

Do nor extend an enabling hand.!

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How Privileged Are You? Check off all the statements that apply to you.

I am white.

I have never been discriminated against because of my skin color.

I have never been the only person of my race in a room.

I have never been mocked for my accent.

I have never been told I am attractive “for my race.”

I have never been a victim of violence because of my race.

I have never been called a racial slur.

I have never been told I “sound white.”

A stranger has never asked to touch my hair or asked if it is real.

I am heterosexual.

I have never lied about my sexuality

I never had to “come out.”

I never doubted my parents’ acceptance of my sexuality.

I have never been called “fag.”

I have never been called “dyke.”

I have never been called a “fairy,” or any other derogatory slur for homosexuals.

I have never tried to hide my sexuality.

I am always comfortable with P.D.A. with my partner in public.

I have never pretended to be “just friends” with my significant other.

I have never been ostracized by my religion for my sexual orientation.

I have never been told I would “burn in hell” for my sexual orientation.

I have never been told that my sexuality is “just a phase.”

I have never been violently threatened because of my sexuality.

I am a man.

I feel comfortable in the gender I was born as.

I still identify as the gender I was born in.

I have never tried to change my gender.

I have never been denied an opportunity because of my gender.

I make more money than my professional counterparts of a different gender.

I have never felt unsafe because of my gender.

I have never been catcalled.

I have never been sexually harassed or assaulted.

I have never been raped.

I work in a salaried job.

My family and I have never lived below the poverty line.

I don’t have any student loans.

I have never gone to bed hungry.

I have never been homeless.

My parents pay some of my bills.

My parents pay all of my bills.

I don’t rely on public transportation.

I buy new clothes at least once a month.

I have never done my taxes myself.

I have never felt poor.

I have never had to worry about making rent.

I have never worked as a waiter, barista, bartender, or salesperson.

I have had an unpaid internship.

I have had multiple unpaid internships.

I went to summer camp.

I went to private school.

I graduated high school.

I went to an elite college.

I graduated college.

My parents paid (at least some of) my tuition.

I had a car in high school.

I’ve never had a roommate.

I’ve always had cable.

I have traveled internationally.

I travel internationally at least once a year.

I studied abroad.

I’ve never skipped a meal to save money.

I don’t know what “Sallie Mae” is.

I spent Spring Breaks abroad.

I have frequent flier miles.

My parents are heterosexual.

My parents are both alive.

My parents are still married.

I do not have any physical disabilities.

I do not have any social disabilities.

I do not have any learning disabilities.

I have never had an eating disorder.

I have never been depressed.

I have never considered suicide.

I have never attempted suicide.

I have never taken medication for my mental health.

I can afford medication if/when I need it.

I have never been told I’m overweight or “too skinny.”

I have never felt overweight or underweight or “too skinny.”

I have never been shamed for my body type.

I consider myself to be physically attractive.

I can afford a therapist.

I’ve used prescription drugs recreationally.

I have never had an addiction.

I have never been shamed for my religious beliefs.

I have never been violently threatened for my religious beliefs.

I have never been violently attacked for my religious beliefs.

There is a place of worship for my religion in my town.

I have never lied about my ethnicity as self-defense.

I have never lied about my religion as self-defense.

All my jobs have been accommodating of my religious practices.

I am not nervous in airport security lines.

I have never heard this statement: “You have been randomly selected for secondary passport control.”

I have never been called a terrorist.

Nobody has ever tried to “save” me for my religious beliefs.

I have never been cyber-bullied for any of my identities.

I was not bullied as a child for any of my identities.

I have never tried to distance myself from any of my identities.

I have never been self-conscious about any of my identities.

I have never questioned any of my identities.

I feel privileged because of the identities I was born with.

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How will we set each Other free?

NOT BY TELLING EACH OTHER HOW TO BEHAVE,

OR WHAT TO THINK,

OR WHAT TO BELIEVE,

BUT BY BEING WHERE ONE SHOULD BE, AS MEANT TO BE,

SO THE OTHERS CAN FIND YOU THERE,

AND IN THE FINDING, CAN FIND THEMSELVES.

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Lycopene can be delicious.

Lycopene is a plant nutrient with powerful antioxidant properties. with many health benefits – sun protection, improved heart health and a lower risk of certain types of cancer. It can be found as a supplement but may be most effective when consumed from foods that are naturally rich in it – tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and other red or pink fruits. It has been linked to health benefits ranging from heart health to protection against sunburns and certain types of cancers.

Antioxidants protect your body from damage caused by compounds known as free radicals. When free radical levels outnumber antioxidant levels, they can create oxidative stress in your body. This stress is linked to certain chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Research shows that lycopene’s antioxidant properties can help keep free radical levels in balance, protecting your body against some of these conditions.

In addition, test-tube and animal studies show that lycopene may protect your body against damage caused by pesticides, herbicides, monosodium glutamate and certain types of fungi.

May Protect Against Certain Types of Cancer

For instance, test-tube studies show that the nutrient may slow down the growth of breast and prostate cancers by limiting tumor growth. Animal studies further report that it may prevent the growth of cancer cells in the kidneys. In humans, observational studies link high intakes of carotenoids, including lycopene, to a 32–50% lower risk of lung and prostate cancers.

A 23-year study in more than 46,000 men found that men who consumed at least two servings of lycopene-rich tomato sauce per week were 30% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ate less than one serving of tomato sauce per month. A recent review of 26 studies found more moderate results. Researchers linked high lycopene intakes to a 9% lower likelihood of developing prostate cancer. Daily intakes of 9–21 mg per day appeared most beneficial.

May Promote Heart Health

Lycopene may also help lower your risk of developing or prematurely dying from heart disease. That’s in part because it may reduce heart disease risk factors. More specifically, it may reduce free-radical damage, total and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and increase “good” HDL cholesterol. High blood levels of lycopene may also add years to the lives of people with a combination of health conditions that can lead to heart disease. Over a 10-year period, researchers noted that individuals with that condition who had the highest blood lycopene levels had up to a 39% lower risk of dying prematurely. In another 10-year study, diets rich in this nutrient were linked to a 17–26% lower risk of heart disease. A recent review further associates high blood levels of lycopene with a 31% lower risk of stroke. Lycopene’s protective effects appear particularly beneficial to those with low blood antioxidant levels or high levels of oxidative stress. This includes older adults and people who smoke or have diabetes or heart disease.

May Protect Against Sunburn: Lycopene also appears to offer some protection against the damaging effects of the sun. In one small 12-week study, participants were exposed to UV rays before and after consuming either 16 mg of lycopene from tomato paste or a placebo. Participants in the tomato paste group had less severe skin reactions to the UV exposure.

Food Sources

Must have a rich pink to red color generally contain some lycopene. Tomatoes are the biggest food source, and the riper the tomato, the more lycopene it contains. Sun-dried tomatoes: 45.9 mg

Tomato purée  Guava  Watermelon  Fresh tomatoes  Canned tomatoes  Papaya  Pink grapefruit:  cooked sweet red peppers

Lycopene Supplements: Lycopene can be taken in supplement form. However, it may interact with certain medications, including blood thinners and blood-pressure lowering medications. One small study also found that 2 mg of daily lycopene supplements during pregnancy could increase your risk of preterm labor or low birth weight. In these cases , please speak to your doctor if you need help deciding whether to take Lycopene.

Hello, again, It’s Been A While

I am so sorry that I have not been here for a while. But I am sure you will understand.

I was in the hospital. I fell in my house and smashed up my face, including my nose.

I don’t know how it happened, but I must have tripped over something on the floor. I went flying right into the wall. Everything in my hand also went up in the air.

Please don’t worry, I am fine now. My ‘just got out of the boxing ring black marks’ are almost all gone.

I will be back very soon with Healthy Eating or Random Thoughts.

I Am Baaack—or at least I hope so.

I have been in the hospital. I fell in my house and smashed up my face. I don’t know why or how it happened, but I smashed it up face really well. In fact, I could have been in a boxing ring!

Thank goodness nothing was broken but my face was twice its normal size in a few areas.

I am not allowed to do much, so I will not be posting until hopefully next week.

In the meantime please think about any questions you might want to ask. I would love to have that ready to start with.

Please stay well and take care of yourself. We’ll be back to Healthy Eating or Random Thoughts soon.

PS: I am not posting my picture.

My Early Mother’s Day Gift.

THANKS SARAH AND RICKY