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    Rex_Kwon_Do is offline Senior Member
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    Default To Chia or not to Chia

    I have Nature's Answer Chia seeds and have been using one scoop with my recovery shake (a scoop of whey and milk) after a hard workout. After about a month, I don't think I will re-order Chia because I have not notice an increase in energy compared to when I did not add it to my recovery shake. Is Chia more subtle, and are my expectations unreasonable? I think I will save my money and not re-order unless I am missing something.

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    Default Chia, Mice, and Indians.

    I like chia and find it a good source of several things I want in my diet. I don't find it to enormously increase my energy, but it would be hard to tell really because my energy is so high already. I have not always had particularly high energy, but a diet very high in veggies, fruits, multiple sources of antioxidants and omega 3s seems to have done the trick combined with exercise.

    When I first bought chia I was influenced by the book on the Indians (feathers) running enormous distances which made chia seed sounds like a magic elixir when combined with, I think, lime juice and honey. This was not my experience, but, then again, I wasn't running a hundred miles when I ingested the mixture. Also, I wasn't eating a lot of mice. That's probably the problem. Eat more mice! Yeah. Let me know how it works. Yuck.

    For me chia is partially a fiber source. I also like flax seeds. I notice the flax gets bugs and so far the chia does not. Both have omega 3s if what I've read is correct.

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    Read "Born to Run"

    Amazon.com: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (9780307266309): Christopher McDougall: Books

    to understand how chia is traditionally used. My wife has recently added it to her diet and like it a lot, but she just follows the traditional recipe, which is nothing more than chia seeds in a glass of water, a little something for sweetness or flavoring added - you let it sit for a few minutes, then you eat/drink it.

    You can probably read a lot about it just by looking up "chia recipes" or similar, I'd imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Wallace, M.D. View Post

    When I first bought chia I was influenced by the book on the Indians (feathers) running enormous distances which made chia seed sounds like a magic elixir when combined with, I think, lime juice and honey. This was not my experience, but, then again, I wasn't running a hundred miles when I ingested the mixture.
    Jim
    Yes, I read BORN TO RUN and was expecting "magic elixir" results after ROP heavy days and 7-9 mile trail runs. I guess I just had my expectations set unreasonably high. My diet is good, and I might add Chia when I can afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveFreides View Post
    Read "Born to Run"

    You can probably read a lot about it just by looking up "chia recipes" or similar, I'd imagine.

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    Thanks, Steve, I'll do a little research on recipes next time I get more Chia.

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    I don't have much to add: chia for me are about health and not performance. I eat about a 100 g a day and I do it for its fiber, its omega-3's, its hypertension fighting powers, and its hydrophilic ability to slow down digestion.

    I just eat them: I pour some in my mouth, bite them a bit, and wash them down with water. Sometimes I pour them on whatever I am eating. Rarely I will pour them in water and eat the gel.

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    I like chia seeds for their fiber, calcium and other minerals, and refreshing effects when mixed up with my odd take on "lemonade". That and the "eww" factor from friends is pretty much what sold me
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