Cha-Cha-Cha CHIA!

Published August 4, 2012 by Maryanne

Chia seeds — they expand when wet!

Yeah, they’re the same seeds that make Chia Pets!

GT’s Green Chia Kombucha is my crack!

So last November I got married and packed on a few pounds. Nothing too bad, just enough to make all my favorite clothes tight on me.

Well, what did I expect? It was winter, people were taking us out to celebrate and we had many a late night meal. Then came the holidays … and there you have it.

Once I made up my mind to shed those extra pounds, I did all the smart things: gave up sugar, exercised twice a day, ate all-natural, cut down on bread and even had super light dinners.

Nothing worked and I was really surprised. I always had a super fast metabolism. If I went one night without a meal, I’d be three pounds lighter the next day.

When I commented to a few female friends about my struggle, they pointed out my age (I’ll be 49 in a few weeks) and attributed the struggle to peri-menopause. Since I was using wild yam to fight night sweats, I figured they were right and just “went with it.”

So, in acceptance of my extra padding, I stopped fighting it. I stopped working out so much. And I just ate like a normal healthy person does — good, with occasional treats. I even started having TWO dinners again because my husband gets home after 7 p.m., so I’ll eat when I get hungry, then I’ll eat again when he gets home. (Bad, I know!)

Well, much to my surprise I stepped on the scale a few days ago and saw that I lost THREE POUNDS — which is a lot because I’m a petite woman, at 5’2″! Three pounds on me is probably like seven pounds on someone of normal height!

I thought it was a fluke and weighed myself again a few days later — and yes, it was official, I was stable at three pounds less than I’ve been weighing for the past six months! And my jeans are loose again!

I casually mentioned this to a nutritionist friend and that I didn’t understand how it happened because I stopped trying to lose weight.

He said, “There has to be a reason. You have to be doing something different.”

I thought long and hard and couldn’t figure out what I was doing different, until I got to Whole Foods today and realized I was jones-ing for a GT’s Green Chia Kombucha drink.

Chia seeds are my latest addiction! OMG, I love the way chias feel in the mouth — like miniature Pop Rocks, or Pastina.

While I’ve been a fan of kombucha for several years now, chia seeds up the kombucha experience 10-fold! It’s like getting Steve Madden shoes, when all you set out for were a cute pair of Bamboo.

This chia addiction started about a month and a half ago when I was dining at The Green Room, in Carlisle, Pa. with my husband and I had the most amazing mango/chia pudding.

Since I came back from the trip, I started drinking chia kombucha every few days … then it came to every day … and now it’s every day; plus doing extra things with chia seeds like putting them in smoothies, or mineral water (with fresh fruit added). Or if I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll blend them with avocados and fruit — yum!

Chia is my crack! It’s healthy, it gives me energy and it’s loaded with FUN! And thinking back to my conversation with the nutritionist, THAT is what I was doing that was helping me lose weight, without doing anything different (and even eating more than ever!)

Weight loss is one of the top 10 benefits of eating chia seeds.

Other benefits include: balancing blood sugar, adding Omega-3s to your diet, and being high in anti-oxidants (which mean anti-aging!) They also have fiber, calcium and protein!

These are the very same seeds that were used in the 1970s to make Chia Pets and all of a sudden they took off as the newest super food.

I hate being trendy, but this is one trend that I’m going to take to the grave with me.

And in honor of this delicious healthy seed, I’ve made up a new dance — the cha-cha-cha chia!

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