Health is Wealth!
Known to have been cultivated by the Aztec as an important food source, often used to sustain Aztec warriors in battle. After the Spanish conquest, chia seeds were banned because of their close association to the Aztec religion. Latin America has now resumed the production of this wonderful food source.
Chia seeds contain up to 30% oil and are known for their Omega-3 Fatty Acid content; touted as superior to flax seeds. Chia seeds offer fiber, protein, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, niacin, and zinc to name a few.
Chia seeds form a gel when added to water. You can literally add chia seeds to any food, just as you would flax seed. Chia seeds have a nut-like flavor but I often don't even notice the taste. Just as chia seeds form a gel in water, they also become gelatinous in your stomach; slowing down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, an added benefit.
I do recommend buying from an organic source. A 16 ounce bag of chia seeds costs approximately $14.99 and will last me about four months. I add chia seeds to my smoothies and oatmeal. I often make chia seed pudding by simply adding my favorite liquid (almond milk, hemp milk, etc) to a tablespoon of chia seeds (with honey, cinnamon, etc). Let the chia seeds soak in the liquid for about 15 minutes to obtain a thick gel like pudding.
There are many recipes out there for chia seed pudding and other chia based superfoods! Explore chia seeds and incorporate them into your diet. Omega-3's are vital for superior health and wellness. Nutrition is attainable from the foods we eat. Know your options! To your health...
One way to reduce and control blood sugar is to reduce and control stress. When the body releases cortisol in response to stress, fat and glucose are released into the bloodstream to have energy available to fight or flight. When this energy is not utilized it is stored as fat, but in the case of a diabetic the glucose stays in the bloodstream, resulting in high blood sugar. High blood sugar destroys eyes, nerves, gut, kidneys, and other vital organ systems.
Taking a walk for just 20 minutes and deep breathing every day will reduce stress and in return reduce blood sugar or prevent blood sugar from spiking. Many studies have found regular meditation to be beneficial in controlling blood sugar. If you are like me, when I am walking peacefully, I am meditating. The mind and body are ONE.
When blood sugar is reduced and/or kept within normal range, diabetes is well controlled and/or prevented. Find ways to reduce the stress in your life. What works for you? Please explore your own mind and body. Your body is the best thing you will ever own.
To avoid medication is to avoid potential side effects, drug interactions, other medications, and cost. Stress reduction may even result in medication reduction. Preserve your blood sugar levels and prevent stress from disrupting your lifestyle. Message me with questions! To Your Health! <3
Dr. Jessica Lewis
A Balanced Life