Chia Seeds, Animal Fat, & Hormones

by HEAB on February 10, 2010

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I couldn’t think of a clever title for this post, and so I just listed all the topics I wanted to discuss.

1) Chia Seeds. Love them. You can read about some of the benefits here, and yesterday I used them to make a bowl of kabocha cheesecake ice-cream.

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Gosh, that looked good, and believe me, it tasted good too! Into the Vita-Mix went 1 cup water, 2 TBSP chia seeds, 1 TBSP cocoa powder, 1 TBSP nutritional yeast, stevia, 1/4 tsp guar gum, 1/4 tsp xanthan gum, cinnamon, and maca powder. I blended all my ingredients and then allowed the chia seeds to gel for about 15 minutes. I then added about a cup of frozen kabocha, and 18 ice cubes and blended everything until smooth and creamy. For the crunch factor (love me some crunch!), I added roasted almonds. I love roasting my own almonds because I prefer them plain without any oils or added salt. This bowl was so yummy and SUPER FILLING. Would you like to make some chia seed ice-cream???? I thought so. :) Please leave a comment below for a chance to win a 2 pound bag of chia seeds from my favorite chia supplier, ChiaSeedsDirect. That sounds like a commercial, but please know that I get no freebies from ChiaSeedsDirect. I really do order my chia seeds from them b/c they are super cheap compared to Whole Foods, and they arrive in 2 days or less. Love that!

2) Hormones. As many of you know, I switched up my diet this past fall to straighten out some hormone issues. I’m not going to get into great detail because for me, some things are just too personal to share on the blog, but I will say this…often times doctors’ only advice to women with irregular cycles is to take birth control pills. Well, guess what ladies? When you’re ready to go off the pill, your periods probably still won’t be there. The pill is nothing but a band-aid fix. It does not get to the root of the problem. My advice to all of you is to, in fact, get to the root of the problem. The pill is NOT the answer.

3 )Animal Fat. Back in November, I tried upping my protein and lowering my carb intake hoping that would help with my hormone imbalances. Eating a bunch of lean protein did nothing for me except pack on a few pounds, but switching to a diet higher in fat has helped. Now, I love my nut butter and chia seeds, but I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about animal fat. Butter, heavy cream, whole eggs, salmon, grass fed beef, etc. is what I reach for now, and it’s helping. I’m not sure if it’s all the monounsaturated fat or the higher concentration of Omega 3′s or what, but I’ll take it. Honestly, I get lost in some of the science, but this way of eating has worked better for me than anything else I’ve tried in the past.

I know I’m not alone in this, and to all of you with imbalances of your own, please know that you are not alone either. Please please please try and figure this out for yourselves. I am finding what works for me, and I encourage all of you to do the same.

{ 276 comments }

Gena February 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

Ah, the hormone issue. So prevalent, so problematic, and you’re quite right: the pill is just a band aid.

Evan Thomas February 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

I woud love tow in chia seeds! But I made that protein ice cream once and could hardly get through half the bowl! Clearly I need denser food :-)

Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl February 10, 2010 at 10:00 am

Gosh, HEAB, that ice cream looks delish! Yum!

A chia seed giveaway? Count me in – I love ‘em!! :-D

destiny February 10, 2010 at 10:03 am

oh oh! me! i was just telling my boyfriend of my curiosity and my desire to incorporate these into my lifestyle!! I found your blog recently and love it! It immediatley went into my blog roll! i love reading things that inspire, encourage, and motivate, and yours does all three!!!

Shelly February 10, 2010 at 10:04 am

Heather, I totally thought about you when I made dinner last night! I made this awesome tomato sauce recipe that I found on Smitten Kitchen, and the star ingredient was butter! All you do, basically, is combine 5 TBSP of butter, a 28 oz. can of whole tomatoes (preferably fancy ones from Italy) and a halved onion. (It makes for servings.) You simmer it for 45 minutes then remove the onion at the end. It was really good, and the entire time I was thinking that you might like it since you are enjoying your animal fats so much. :)
Anyway, here’s the link.
http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/01/tomato-sauce-with-butter-and-onions/

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

Thanks Shelly, I bet your kitchen smelled amazing. Definitely going in my recipe folder!

JW February 10, 2010 at 10:05 am

I’m glad you have found what works for you right now. Honestly, I am still afraid of adding fats to my diet. I would love to win the chia seeds!

runnerd February 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

I’m going to have to jump on the kabocha bandwagon here pretty quickly–they’re everywhere. It’s a squash invasion. Which is way more exciting than I just made it sound…
Ah, I’ve wanted to try chia seeds for awhile now, but haven’t seized the chance yet! I should get on that…

Jaya February 10, 2010 at 10:08 am

Wow Heather, this is a really powerful post. I am a huge supporter of the approach you are taking and I know others who have had great success in balancing hormones with higher fat intakes. Isn’t fat kind of like the building block of a hormone? Anyway, I am so glad that things are going better, and I really admire your ability to be in the driver’s seat of your own healing. Who could be a better expert on you…than you?!
In my own healing (working on that crack in my hip) I have made a commitment to never let my body go hungry. Rebuilding is hard work and it takes energy..and lots and lots of time. But thankfully, I’ve got plenty of both.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

Jaya, Yes, fat = building blocks. So important for our bodies! Best of luck with your own healing journey. You sound like you are on a good path!

erintakescontrol February 10, 2010 at 10:08 am

Chia seeds rock, but they are expensive at Whole Foods, for sure! Kabocha Cheesecake Ice Cream sounds yummy!

balancejoyanddelicias February 10, 2010 at 10:08 am

I think I need to get some guar and xanthan gum to make some of these amazing ice creams. BTW, where can I get those? in WF?

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:11 am

Coco, I buy my xanthan gum from the organic section of Kroger, a grocery store chain, but I have to order guar gum online. I can’t find it anywhere in Nashville.

Olga February 10, 2010 at 10:08 am

That ice cream sounds incredible! I just got a sample of chia seeds from that company and would certainly like some more when they run out!

Jessica February 10, 2010 at 10:08 am

I just went off the pill and am SO glad I did. While it is probably mental, I feel better. And I would LOVE to win some chia seeds!!!!

molly @thevegandorm February 10, 2010 at 10:12 am

I’ve talked about this on other blogs a little bit, but I was told by a doctor that my complete lack of a cycle was a hormone imbalance. Nothing I could do – just get on the pill.
I went off the pill for other reasons, and now I’m also experimenting with my diet. I think it may be due to a gluten intolerance so I’m in the middle of giving that a try.

I would love to win chia seeds! I get mine at Whole Foods but they are expennnnsive (granted they last a long time).

Kari February 10, 2010 at 10:13 am

I’ve been dying to try Chia Seeds! And the fact that you put them in that delicious looking ice cream makes them even more appealing!

eatmovelove February 10, 2010 at 10:13 am

I like your last sentence Heather – smart and encouraging. Man, that Vita-Mix is worth its gold for you hey – you do such great things with that :) How did you end up finding the Magic Bullet? A co-worker has it but says it sucks – doesn’t blend well and is just weird with having to flip the cups or something?!! I don’t know…;) Cheers.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

Eatmovelove, I had seen the Magic Bullet on other blogs, and CD bought me one from Costco for my Christmas this year. I love it for smaller jobs, small batches of sauces, chopping small veggies, single serving size smoothies, and I find that blending in the removable cups is very handy. However, I don’t like it for protein ice-cream, etc. My batches are too large, and the Bullet can’t handle the amount of ice I use. Oh, also love love love the Bullet for pancake batters!

Lisa February 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

Xanthum & guar gums… I need to buy some of those!! And I’d love some chia seeds too :) Love your blog, by the way !

Audrey February 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

I love chia seeds and would definitely make that ice cream!

eaternotarunner February 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

I have been dying to try chia seeds!

I have been having similar problems, and recently decided to go off the pill. My body is freaking out a bit so far, but I agree completely that the pill is NOT the answer!

Jean February 10, 2010 at 10:15 am

I don’t know what I would do with 2# of chia seeds – it would be like Christmas! :-)

The hormone issue – you are not alone, and you are right that bcp is just a band aid. I actually did a saliva test to check my hormone levels, and found out that my progesterone level is low. Hope to start on natural compounded hormones soon, and see what happens after that.

The Pancake Girl February 10, 2010 at 10:15 am

I always enjoy the honesty and realness of your posts.

I think everything you are saying is pretty interesting and I’m trying to take it all in, esp as someone who’s been prescribed the pill as the magic answer, which obvi it’s not. Now, with upping your animal fat intake, are you concerned at all with higher cholesterol levels, heart health, or blood pressure? I hope you realize I’m sincerely asking- I’m honestly curious about this way of eating! My family has always used olive oil and butter, but then society butts in and says that butter = the devil and leads to so many health problems. One thing I know for sure, butter helps makes food taste better! ;-)

http://www.joelygolightly.wordpress.com

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

Pancake Girl, Always always always question conventional wisdom my friend. I’ve done a lot of reading and research on this topic. Here is an example of some of the info. I’ve read: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/cardiovascular-disease/saturated-fat-and-heart-disease-studies-old-and-new/. Conventional wisdom told us all to go on a low fat/high carb diet… and look where that got us…I do not believe that animal fat is the cause of heart disease and high cholesterol. In my opinion it’s a diet high in refined carbs and sugar that is killing people…literally.

eatmovelove February 10, 2010 at 10:15 am

Oh, and I’m jealous of those that can do smoothies too…I’m just such a foodie person…that end up doing “double time” …can you say emotional issues ;)

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:22 am

Eatmovelove, That’s why I like to add some crunch on top. I need a good chew factor. :)

Anna February 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

I just tried chia seeds for the first time yesterday! They’re good, but they get stuck in my teeth… I’d love some freebies!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

Anna, That’s why I always blend my chia seeds – they’re too “gel-ly’ whole. Decided I don’t like them that way.

Meg February 10, 2010 at 10:17 am

Ahh… the pill. I was on it for years, then went off and went more than a year without menstruating. Too much info, I know–but to women out there considering the pill, be sure to weigh your options very carefully. Three years later I’m still working on getting my hormones to a balanced state again.
Heather, raspberry leaf tea is also supposed to be good for balancing hormones. I’ve been drinking it for a few weeks, not long enough to see results. But as I’m sure you know, diet will likely help more than herbal teas and other ‘band-aids’.
Best wishes!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:29 am

Thanks Meg!

Sarah Ikegami February 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

Great post!
I just won a bag of chia seeds from Bob Red Mills and I am so excited to try em out!
I wasn’t menstruating for a long time. I suspect I wasn’t getting enough fat on my nearly vegan diet. My diet has changed dramatically over the last year and my hormones do not know what to do with themselves! I try to focus on getting fat into my diet but recently stopped eating dairy because I think it’s causing me to break out. Well, I am actually suspicious that I am finally producing hormones so coupled with the hormones in dairy and I get…skin like a teenager!
I do think it will take trial and error before I know how to nurture my body.
Thanks for sharing!

Anna February 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

Great post– I hate it how some doctors treat birth control like a cure-all, when it is SO not.

Lauren Christine. February 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

winning some chia seeds would be wonderful! i’m almost out! thanks for inspiring us all to eat in a way that makes our body feel the best regardless of what those ridiculous diet books tell us!!

Yooli February 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

Heabs! I am so with you! I haven’t eaten a lot of dairy or meats over the last year and have been eating mostly vegetarian/vegan but have recently had may-juh hormonal/thyroid/stress related health issues. My friend suggested I try going high fats for a while to see if it would help, including animal fats…but only organic, raw or cultured dairy, organic grass-fed meats and wild seafood. Basically just the extreme high quality, high fat stuff. Its been a week and I feel a lot better. I don’t know if I can eat this way forever but its definitely helping me. I’m also on a cod liver oil supplement – are you? I also just got my latest giant tub of Nutiva coconut oil from Amazon and have been slathering it on my skin, my food, everything!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

Yooli, Not taking cod liver oil, but I’ve read of its many benefits. So glad to hear you’re feeling better. Enjoy your coconut oil…sounds like you are! :)

sarah @ syrupandhoney February 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

I have NEVER tried chia seeds but would really like to. I’m enjoying reading about how changing your eating habits worked for you. There’s such an abundance of information about what the “right” way to eat is, and I agree with you that it can vary from person to person. I’m still trying to figure out the right balance for myself, but it’s hard because there are so many variables. Anyway, thanks again for sharing your story!

Jessie (Vegan-minded) February 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

That “ice cream” looks really yummy! I would love to win some chia seeds. :)

Chandra February 10, 2010 at 10:25 am

Another great post. Good luck with balancing your hormones. I know it can be a struggle sometimes. I’m glad you’ve found some success with your new strategy.

Lily @ Lily 's Health Pad February 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

I want to win some chia seeds! Those things aren’t cheap!

Abi February 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

I’m a runner also struggling with hormonal problems- and, thanks to you, I’m trying a higher fat diet Heather! It usually takes a bit for the body to heal, so I’m hopeful.

abbynormally February 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

I love to have some Chia seeds.. I’ve only tried them once before and I looooved them!

jerilynne February 10, 2010 at 10:29 am

2 lbs of chia seeds??? That would be a-mazing!!

Tiffany February 10, 2010 at 10:29 am

um… 2 lbs of chia seeds? hells yes! that ice cream makes me want to try chia seeds (still haven’t!!) so badly!

Yasmin February 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

I know that chia seeds should be in my diet. I’m just waiting to finish up my flaxseeds.
Interesting post especially for me during this time. My doctor prescribed a couple of things to level my hormones but now I’m wondering…

Erin @ Big Girl Eats February 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

I feel like I’m the last person on the planet to try chia seeds, so I would love to win some!

I’m returning to the pill after being off of it for two years or so and I can definitely feel the difference in my body. I’m also switching from pretty much straight up vegetarian to eating animal fat again, so that could also be the difference too. As always, your posts are straightforward and honest about what works for you, Heabs! I’m hoping to figure out what works for me through a lot of experimenting!

Jessie February 10, 2010 at 10:31 am

I just started adding chia seeds to my oatmeal this past week and so far I am loving it.

Kelly February 10, 2010 at 10:31 am

Great advice!!! I would love to try Chia seeds…I have heard so much about them and keep meaning to grab some at Whole Foods! YUM! And that ice cream looks “lick the bowl clean” yum!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:37 am

Kelly, Yeah, it was “lick the Vita-Mix clean” worthy as well. ;)

Jess February 10, 2010 at 10:39 am

Congrats to you on your decision to regain balance in your life all naturally! I would love to get my hands on some chia seeds!

hope February 10, 2010 at 10:39 am

I have developed a mild obsession with the chia… and my stash is running low!

Lacey February 10, 2010 at 10:39 am

this is my first ever comment here I think! i recently found you through other blogs and would definitely love to win chia seeds- i’ve never tried them before and eat oatmeal every morning, so i’d love to try them in that. i’m keeping my fingers crossed. :)

Rebekah February 10, 2010 at 10:40 am

I would love some chia seeds! They’re so expensive!

Sarah (Shep) February 10, 2010 at 10:40 am

yay for chia seeds! and i love keeping up with your love of animal fats… it’s interesting to me, and i’m toying with the idea of trying!

Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 10, 2010 at 10:41 am

I look forward to reading your blog everyday, H! You are such a delight and inspire me to eat healthy and not FEAR FAT! It’s amazing what it does for our bodies. I have been eating lotttts of full fat dairy and eggs and the like in Paris and feel more fit and strong and healthy than I have in a long time.

Thank you for helping us all see that fat is our friend =) You are the best!

Tamizn February 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

Obviously I don’t know your exact probs but I to have really bad hormone imbalances, the doc’s answer is always the pill but I don’t wanna go there. I’ve had my prob coming on 8 yrs and still they try and fob me off. I’m now getting help from a Chinese doctor fingers crossed he can help where conventional doc’s can’t!

One more thing that dish looks divine!!!!!! x x

claire February 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

I have hormonal problems as well as Hypothroid.blah!!I can’t tell you how many times they have switched my pill around.I was always ” fat” afraid and steered clear of it for soooo long.I feel so much better with it in my diet now.I still have a way to go, but baby steps:-) I love chia seeds in my morning shake.I’m with you,I grind them,too.cc

Claire February 10, 2010 at 10:45 am

Oh I would love to try some Chia seeds! I haven’t found them anywhere where i live!

farebear February 10, 2010 at 10:45 am

I would love to try chia seeds! I’ve wanted to try them for a while (along with the gums you are always raving about), but haven’t been able to afford to branch out.

Hope the fat continues to help with your hormone issues! Good luck! I think its great that you’re experimenting to find your own balance instead of just taking a doctor’s idea of a “fix”.

katie February 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

i’ve love to win those chia seeds – i just ran out and i definitely miss them in my morning oatmeal.

mrssturgis February 10, 2010 at 10:48 am

Boy O boy do I want to win those Chia Seeds!

I’m working on correcting hormone imbalances due to 12 years of being on BC. Bad stuff, baby, bad stuff! It’s amazing how wonky a few cute little pills can make your body and mind.

Also Heather, thanks to you I’m REALLY working on my fear of fats, and have been adding in more coconut oil to my veggies, AB to my smoothies, etc. It’s making me feel much better! And It’s not putting on the pounds either.

PS – Chia seeds yay!

DiningAndDishing February 10, 2010 at 10:50 am

I would love to win some chia seeds! I still have yet to try them but am DYING to!

- Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

Whitney February 10, 2010 at 10:50 am

Heather-
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences!
That “ice cream” looks delicious, and I’ve been dying to try chia seeds! I hope I win :)

adrienmelaine February 10, 2010 at 10:51 am

you are a chia champ!

hope your hormones get sorted- sorry to hear it’s been a long drawn out issue- those things usually take time to create themselves and will need time to sort itself out- hope that time is coming!

Jan February 10, 2010 at 10:53 am

Gena -
I am new to the whole blogging world, but yours is the first I go to each day for tips/info. I had no idea what chia seed was until I read your blog. I would LOVE a chance to win chia seeds from Chia Seeds Direct. I would whip up some of your ice cream STAT! Please, please send those Chia Seeds my way. I’m living in Minnesota and this would be a wondeful cheery way to help me survive the rest of winter!!!

I also had no idea what Kombucha was until I discovered your blog. I tried that yesterday for the first time and I roasted it per your recipe…what can I say, total food explosions! It was wonderful.

Thanks for your great blog and all the exciting ideas for trying new things. It’s been very exciting for me to read/discover so many fresh ideas for staying healthy! You Rock!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

Thanks for reading Jan. Glad you found me. :)

jvegegirl February 10, 2010 at 10:54 am

Wonderful post heather–chia pudding looks lovely :)

runRedrun February 10, 2010 at 10:55 am

I was once put on the pill to get things going, but you’re right — once you go off, nothing. For me, once I started eating more (especially fats), everything balanced out. It’s not necessarily about weight, but energy in vs energy out.

LesleyG (justrun) February 10, 2010 at 10:55 am

I can tell by the comments already that you’ve spoken to a few people here. I agree with you about the hormones, and as someone who’s gone off the pill in the last 6 months and STILL doesn’t have, um, regularity, you are so right. You have to get to know your body and get to the root of the issue so you can better understand what you need. And so you can get to where you want to be, where ever that is.

I also SO agree about the fats. I still have oats about every other morning, but adding in those fats and not feeling guilty about it have made a big difference. For one, cravings. I am far less driven by the carb/sweet food cravings, and that’s even with having a pancake dinner last night. Two, I’ve lost a few pounds. I’ve been sick and not able to exercise but am still eating regularly and to lose weight when I can’t get cardio in? That is amazing. I have to contribute it to the higher fat ratio. So thanks for the motivation to do that, too. It only took, like, what? A year?

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:59 am

LeselyG, I love it. Took me a few years to finally “get it” too, but I feel so much better now. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

Marianne in Auburn February 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

Would love to win some chia seeds…especially to make that beautiful bowl of chia seed ice cream!
Fingers still crossed for you on the hormone issues. No change for me after almost three years off BC pills….still wacky. I have been trying to put more healthy fats back into my diet with coconut oil. I definitely think as a society we have create a giant health problem with going towards a low fat (take out the fat but add sugar!!), high sugar, processed food diet.

Heather February 10, 2010 at 11:02 am

I’d love to be able to try my hand with some chia seed recipes! even if i don’t win, i’ll be checking out chiaseeddirect.com anyway :) thanks for the great tip!

Erin February 10, 2010 at 11:04 am

Interesting post. I’m struggling with “imbalances” myself and I can’t figure out how to make my periods become regular. I think I’ll take your advice and increase my fat intake.

Also, I would love to win chia seeds – I’ve been dying to try them out!

maris February 10, 2010 at 11:04 am

Hi Heather, 1st time responding on your blog..been following u for awhile now. really interesting post about hormones- as i have been dealing with this issue for over 6 months now. I guess my combo of a vegetarian diet and exercise didn’t help regulate the hormones..but just recently thought about my fat intake as a large factor. Im running out of high fat products that are not vegetarian tho. any suggestions? thanks again for the post, its nice to know I’m not the only 1 dealing with this.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

Maris, As long as you’re not vegan, try full fat dairy and eggs. Other great sources of fat are avocado and coconut oil, coconut butter, and full-fat coconut milk.

mayapamela February 10, 2010 at 11:09 am

I would love to win some chia seeds!

I am also having hormone issues, and my OBGYN wanted to put me on the birth control pill. I just don’t know what to do about it…le sigh. I know that many women have issues and it is so awesome for you to share your experience on a touchy subject.

Olivia February 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

I would love to win those chia seeds! They are amazing, but oh so expensive for my college student budget.

And I totally feel you on the hormone issue. I actually am on the pill for exactly that reason and lately I have been contemplating not only the fact that I am artificially ingesting hormones, but also that I don’t know how my body actually is. I don’t let it function normally, and I haven’t figured out what it wasn’t functionally normally without an artificial temporary fix. it’s a tough situation and I appreciate your comments on the issue.

I really would love to find what works for my body and figure out how my body really functions, just like you are doing. I so respect your embrace of your body’s individuality and your willingness to do what works!

Francesca February 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

Heather! I have been going through the same thing with my hormones and the doctors only answer is birth control which i will not go on. So frustrating!

Brittany February 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Heather–you have certainly given me the opportunity to learn about all sorts of new “foodstuffs,” and I appreciate your eating philosophy. And I hope I get the chia seeds!

Clare February 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

I would LOVE to win the Chia seeds! They are always on my list of things to buy, but I never make myself because of the price and because I’m kind of nervous to use them…

Grace February 10, 2010 at 11:15 am

I still haven’t gotten a chance to try these things yet! Where does one find them at WholeFoods? (don’t see em next to flax seeds.. maybe near like protein supplement area??)

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Grace, Yes, my Whole Foods sells chia seeds in their supplement section.

Veggiesmack February 10, 2010 at 11:15 am

I’ve been doing the low-fat thing, and it has not been helpful. It was for a while, but then you start craving everything, then big, nasty binging. So recently I’ve been trying to add in healthy fat–mostly nuts and avocados, some dairy, and I’ve already dropped a pound or two I’d gained recently. I really want to find what works for me.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Veggiesmack, You’ll get there. Sounds like you’re on a good path.

Lori Z. February 10, 2010 at 11:19 am

Thanks for the tip on ordering from ChiaSeedsDirect. I’ve always bought mine at the store.
I had some bananas that had to be made into something so yesterday I made your banana almond butter muffins. Delicious! My kids claim they are the best muffins every! I had accidentally bought ground chia and threw some of that in the mix. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Lori Z, You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed and the kids enjoyed the muffins! :)

Kaley February 10, 2010 at 11:21 am

I am trying to lower my carb intake and up my fat/protein! I had been a carbaholic for too long!!

mayapamela February 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

Also, I was wondering what type of milk you are using with your added saturated fat diet. Non dairy? Dairy non fat, full fat?

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Mayapamela, I’m still not drinking milk as I am allergic to the proteins found in dairy products (whey and casein). The full fat dairy products I’ve been eating/drinking are very low in both proteins, and I have not had a problem with butter, heavy cream, or full fat cream cheese. However, I will never be able to drink milk or eat cottage cheese or yogurt as even the full fat versions still contain high amounts of protein.

Ameena February 10, 2010 at 11:23 am

Totally agree that birth control pills do nothing but mess up your system…I’ll spare you the details but after taking the pill for 5 years I had so many problems and continue to have them!!

Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 10, 2010 at 11:25 am

I’m so beyond appreciative of all your help with similar issues in the last couple weeks. I was so frustrated with my lack of weight loss and you’ve been beyond helpful.

Jennifer February 10, 2010 at 11:27 am

Ah to win chia seeds would be a dream come true. Currently, thrifty (read: poor) college student that I am, must buy them in bulk 2 T purchases sporadically from my local co-op. Seriously would love to have a real supply. On a more serious note, the topic of hormones and birth control has one that has been so on my mind lately. With all of my respect of how much you choose to disclose on your blog, I’d still be interested on your take on it…

kara February 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

mmmm… chia seeds sound great-even better in ice cream! I love how you refered to the pill as a band aid. My doctor prescribed the “band-aid” for my hormones too. I am seriously thinking about turning to your full fat diet to see if it helps me. (doesn’t hurt that it sounds delicous!)

Angela February 10, 2010 at 11:31 am

Hormonal imbalance is always hard to fix, but I am glad you have found your solution.

Abbey February 10, 2010 at 11:33 am

I just tried some chia seeds the other day when a girlfriend of mine who has an excalibur made some sort of vegan “bars” with nuts, chia, and dried apricots. SO delicious. I would LOVE to win some chia seeds so I can make them and then devour!

Abbey February 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

Not sure if my previous comment went through….I would LOVE to win some chia seeds. I have a recipe for some vegan “bars” that use chia seeds, roasted nuts, millet, and dried apricot that holds them together. YUMMMERZ!

Jess February 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

Just finished my bag of chia seeds and I’m going through withdrawl! Would love to win some!

Emily Davidson February 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

I would love to win the chia seeds! All the puddings I’ve seen made from chia seeds look great and I’m dying to give it a shot.

Brandi B. February 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

I can’t live without them in my morning oatmeal with stevia, vanilla and cinnamon. I also saw somewhere that you can mix them with cocoa and then roll a banana in them–I have yet to do that though!
Brandi

PS I too am having the same problem (especially since my doctor put me on the pill and now that has STOPPED helping!!!) I am at a lost and really don’t know where to turn!

Ann February 10, 2010 at 11:38 am

Love that you are putting the “issues” out there and bucking the status quo!

I think it’s important to constantly be changing up our diets so our bodies can be fed different kinds of nutrition. I’m sure your body is craving animal fats and protein because it’s something that you (like most women) have avoided for so long… It is probably nourishing deficiencies that you didn’t even know you had.

I’m totally with you on the hormones too! I started birth control right before my wedding because that’s what I thought I had to do. 4 months into marriage I was pretty much hugging my knees and rocking in the corner. I couldn’t even function and felt like I was crawling out of my skin. It’s taken me a while, but after a long juice cleanse and detoxification program I am finally feeling more clear-headed and hormonally stable… Stupid hormones…

Oh… and… I would love to try chai seeds!

plamarie February 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

Oh, chia seeds would be wonderful! I haven’t been able to find them and forgot when I went to Whole Foods. Glad the diet is working better. Little changes can make big differences.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) February 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

Oh sheesh, That ice cream looks amazing heabie. Nom

I’m so glad that the higher sat fat diet is working for you! The science totally boggles my mind too btw.

And re. hormones- I have heard that chinese medicine/acupuncture can work wonders- from people who have had it. Just me, one peanut in the peanut gallery chiming in.

thedelishdish February 10, 2010 at 11:41 am

i am in love with chia seeds and i like them both ground up and whole…they gooeyness is kinda cool i think, even though most people get turned off by it!

Molly February 10, 2010 at 11:41 am

I would totally dig (and dig in to) 2lbs of chia! I stopped buying it from Whole Foods because it was just too pricey, as much as I love it — ChiaSeedsDirect sounds awesome.

As for the hormone issue, I’m so glad you’re talking about this. I went off the pill ages ago and haven’t had a period since, and my doc prescribed a hormonal “jump start” that got me in the ER with side effects this past weekend — ugh. Needless to say I’ve abandoned that strategy. The idea of fixing this myself with diet is fascinating to me. Thanks!

Jessica (electropositive) February 10, 2010 at 11:47 am

Wow, my chia seed recipes are piling up! I’d better get some!

You know, I very much understand not using hormones to treat medical issues. Personally, I have been on the pill for a very long time, but because of their birth control properties, not for anything else…and I feel great! I think I got lucky finding a formula that worked for me. I have always found it peculiar when doctors give the pill for other medical reasons, though, because really all it does is “time” your cycle…not fix your problem (okay, that was just like you said, haha). I count my good health among my blessings, I would have a really hard time dealing with issues like that.

melissa February 10, 2010 at 11:50 am

CHCHCHIIIIIIIIAA please:) I would Love to win!!!

Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) February 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

I have been wanting some Chia seeds so much! I was shocked at how pricey they were at Whole Foods and sadly passed them by. Thanks for sharing this site! Of course, it would be nice to win a bag ;) I am glad to know there’s a place to get them that won’t break the bank! Also thanks for sharing your story, as much as you could. I was off the pill for a while and just went back on it. I would like to look into other options, but I also know my husband and I are not ready for children and won’t be for a few years. If you have any suggestions I would love them!

Lisa February 10, 2010 at 11:55 am

I would love to win chia seeds! I’ve never tried them yet, despite hearing so many good things about them in blogland.

EE February 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

Heather, I would love to make some of that chia seed ice cream if I won your giveaway!

I’m sure I am one of many people cheering you on in your journey to find what works for your body. You certainly respect your body, and I think it’s wonderful.

Carbzilla February 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

I’d love some chia seeds – I can see a lot of Vita “ice cream” in my future this summer!

I can tell my jeans are looser now that I’m eating full fat cheese and half-and-half in my coffee.

I have to stay on the pill since I get cysts if I don’t (TMI?), but I can see where you’re going with this. Good luck!

KathyR February 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

Sure, I’d love to try them. If I don’t like them, I could smear ‘em on my head and grow a Chia Head. Right?

http://www.buying-chia-pets.com/chia-heads.html

Michelle February 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I would love to try chia seeds, especially in a pudding. Just out of curiosity (and you do not need to answer), do you ever worry about cholesterol levels when you add more animal fat? Thanks!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Michelle, Another reader posted this same question earlier, and here was my answer: Always always always question conventional wisdom my friend. I’ve done a lot of reading and research on this topic. Here is an example of some of the info. I’ve read: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/cardiovascular-disease/saturated-fat-and-heart-disease-studies-old-and-new/. Conventional wisdom told us all to go on a low fat/high carb diet… and look where that got us…I do not believe that animal fat is the cause of heart disease and high cholesterol. In my opinion it’s a diet high in refined carbs and sugar that is killing people…literally.

Sallie February 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm

2 lbs of chia seeds would be nice – haven’t tried that website. I’ll have to give it a look.

Your protein ice cream looks so good! I’ll have to try that combo of flavors, even though my most recent protein purchase (a giant 3 pounder of rice protein) barely fluffs up at all with the gums. It’s a sad day. Guess next time I need to go with Jay Robb!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Sallie, So sorry about your protein powder. Can’t believe it doesn’t even fluff up without the gums. That does make for a very sad day…especially when you have 3 pounds of the stuff. :(

Mama Pea February 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I’ve never been on the pill because I’ve always been terrified of what a surge of hormones in my body would be like. That being said, I definitely am lacking in the estrogen department and though my OBGYN assures me that it is fine, I’m still a little worried about my lack of breasts and lack of period. :( You’ve motivated me to maybe look a little further.

jacobc February 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Chia seeds! This would be a good excuse to try them, ha!

I have 4 advacados ripening on the counter right now to mush up into some chocolate pudding, hope this is good as you claim ;-)

KK February 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Hi Heather,

I’m new to reading your blog and really enjoying it. I second Veggiesmack’s comments on low fat diets leading to binge eating. I had some cholesterol issues a few years back, and lowered it 40 points by getting rid of trans fats and butter. I’m putting butter back in because I can’t eat nuts (which really sucks!). I also have fructose and lactose intolerance, so I have to work around that too. I’d love to try chia seeds to expand my horizons a bit.

Then I had a cancer scare, and a dietitian told me to limit my fat to 49 grams per day. I just can’t do it. I think it’s healthier to eat higher good fat than to go on sugar binges.

My current favorite breakfast is oatmeal with flaxseed, cinnamon and olive oil (and a little sugar–I confess!)

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm

KK, You’re a wise woman. Kudos to you for listening to your instincts. :)

Lara February 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Have your hormonal issues resolved? Sorry if you addressed that but I didn’t see anything about it.

I went off the pill January 2009 and did not have a normal period for 6 months. It still is not normal, sometimes coming in 20 days, sometimes 50 days. They really are just a “band aid”.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Lara, I didn’t really address it, but yes, things are flowing quite nicely these days. :)

Julie February 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I would love to win this!! I’ve like chia seeds in oatmeal, but you’ve inspired me to get a little more creative!!

Mae (OhhMay.Wordpress) February 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm

My hormones are out of wack and it’s an issue I’ve chosen to ignore. My thyroid was broken (that’s the medical term! ;-) ) So I’m hoping if I fix that, the other… um….imbalances (or lack there of) will sort themselves out without taking BC.

I know adding fat helps with that, and that’s something I don’t have a problem with. Coconut cream= the most fun food in the world. :-D :-D I want to make coconut cream cheese, but I’m not sure how to grow cultures safely.

ANYWAY, Chia seeds are the bomb and I would love to win some. :-D Awesome giveaway!
Have a great day Heather!!

christina February 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm

i’d love to try chia seeds!

Holly February 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I would love some chia seeds! Heather, your posts are always so great! The recipes and issues you discuss always stick in my mind all day.

Katelyn February 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I would love, love, LOVE to try chia seeds!! Especially from your awesome supplier. Then I know they can be trusted!

Meghan February 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Ch ch ch chia! Would love to win!

Allison Rentmeester February 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I would <3 some chia seeds!

kelly February 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I’ve been looking for chia seeds and can’t find them where I live. I’d love to win!! I also like what you have been writing lately about fat. I think it is so good to really see someone who is healthy and fit embracing fat like you do. Thanks!!

eatrabbitfood February 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Isn’t it great how many comments you receive when a giveaway is mentioned? GUILTY! But yeah…so sign me up for those chia seeds, k?

Erica Morris February 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I can’t even tell you how many blog contests I’ve entered to win a 2lbs bag of chia seeds! Hopefully it’s my turn to win! Thanks for the contest, and as always, being honest about what is right for you. Have a great day!

SamWB February 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm

This is a great blog! Not to get too personal, but I ended up having my IUD removed last year because it was making me feel so ill. I piled on the pounds, my skin was horrendous and I felt so depressed! Since then I am improving everyday! I made a decision years ago to only eat natural foods… so anything that had gone through a factory was out! I lived on meat (with the fat), vegetables and fruit… I made my own mayo etc etc… I lost SO much weight and had SO much energy. I’m not sure why I didn’t keep it up but I am heading that way again. Organic butter, cream and milk from farm shops is so good for you and gives your body what it needs! No more low-fat for me :)

xx Sam xx

nutmeg86 February 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I just had to comment and let you know how much I love your blog!
And I think that you’re definitely on to something with the fats- I used to shy away from them because they are so high in calories, but I’ve also been eating more fat, and have noticed that I tend to eat less and feel more satisfied, and have less cravings.

Also, I wanted to thank you for speaking up about hormone imbalances. They are a big problem for me because I have thyroid issues…I’m currently on the pill but I agree that it’s probably not healthy.

And lastly, I would love to win some chia seeds! I’ve been dying to try them. I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, and other food allergies, so I love finding new foods I can have! Your ice cream recipes look so delicious! I’ve made the avocado chocolate pudding and its as good as you say it is!

I recently started a blog about my gluten-free cooking adventures, check it out at sexyceliac.wordpress.com. I’m sure some HEAB recipes will be on there soon!

Gracie February 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I’m already on board with the saturated fats, but I’ve never heard that it could help with irregularity as well. I’ve been off and on the pill since I was 16 because of irregularity (I’m pretty sure I’ve actually been diagnosed with amenorrhea). I went off the pill for a couple of months last year, and no period. So I went back on. The thing is, though, I’m nervous to try going off it again. Going off and on messed with my hormones/mood/quality of life so much. But you’re right – it *is* just a bandaid fix. My gyno swears that I won’t have fertility problems, but I can’t help worrying about it….

Michelle February 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I would love to win some chia seeds! I use them every morning in my oatbran, so I tend to go through the dinky bags I buy at the store rather quickly! :)

Katie February 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I buy my chia seeds in bulk at the local natural foods store, but they are EXPENSIVE. I always have some chia gel on hand in the fridge, and I use that in egg scrambles, smoothies, oats, and sauces. I don’t ever use raw seeds. I just soak about 1-2 T of seeds in 1 1/2 cups water. It lasts a few days.

Gina February 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

That is so interesting about the saturated fat revelation. I get a little scared when playing with my diet. I do agree, however, that I feel satisfied when I have a big breakfast of eggs and bacon…but then I usually feel guilty afterward…that is what I need to work on, eliminating the guilt. I had steak for dinner last night and it was amazing. I stopped eating when I was full and there was no guilt whatsoever!

Jen February 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Major kudos to you for this post, Heather!!! I have been eating a high fat diet and have never felt better. Raw dairy and grass fed meats are so good for you. I also consume a lot of avacados, coconut butter and coconut milk.

terraFITNESS February 10, 2010 at 12:33 pm

As a personal trainer in Pittsburgh my clients are always asking about the latest healthy foods to eat. I am in the process of getting all of them to try Quinoa and since I have never tried Chia Seeds myself, this would be the perfect opportunity. Thank you for giving me the chance to win! I enjoy your blog.
Terra

celestial February 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm

oh I looooove chia seeds, unfortuantely they are yet another awesome superfood that my student budget dosent allow me to keep around regularily…

and question that popped up in my head, you mention your relationship with sugar often, and I was wondering b/c I have sugar issues as well, do you eat fruit?

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Celestial, No, I don’t eat much fruit. Fructose is NOT my friend…goes straight to my belly. I found this out when I started juicing, and I immediately gain 5 pounds. I haven’t had any fruit in days, but often times, I’ll have one piece a day, maybe more in the summer when berry season comes along, but fruit is definitely not a dietary staple for me.

Jessica February 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I would LOVE to get a free bag of chia seeds! I’ve only had them once, using this recipe for “pudding”

1 frozen banana
1 c coconut milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla (i think)

Blend and let sit for 30 min……Delicious and like “rice” pudding but without the carbs!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Jessica, Your pudding sounds delish. :)

courtney February 10, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I would absolutely love to win chia seeds, they seem amazing!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

Allison February 10, 2010 at 12:47 pm

ChiaSeedsDirect is so much cheaper than my local health food store!

If I don’t eat fat with meals, I think about food ALL day and I’m constantly hungry. I just put 1/2 of an avocado on my salad at lunch and an hour later I’m pleasantly full, not bloated, and not looking for a sweet treat.

The Foodie Diaries February 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm

i think i’m the only person in blogland who’s still not tried chia seeds!

caronae February 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Your kabocha cheescake ice cream looks delish. I have been wanting to try chia seeds forever and cannot find them anywhere, even whole foods.

I have my own set of hormonal/insulin issues too. The pill may not be perfect for everyone but has helped many of my symptoms. It’s not perfect, but there isn’t necessarily any other treatment. I think saying that “the pill is nothing but a band aid fix”might be a wee bit extreme. I totally understand that for many women this is true, and I sympathize AND agree with you there. It’s just that in some cases, the right pill combined with the right doctor can offer some women some relief. I am soooo not trying to be mean or argumentative, I just wanted to point out that it can work sometimes :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Caronae, Thanks for your input. Good to hear your perspective, and I am truly glad the pill has helped you.

Have you looked for chia seeds in the supplement section of your Whole Foods?

Meg February 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Hi HEAB,
Like so many others I am thankful you talked about this stuff. I thought I was the only one with “pill” issues. After going off two different times (against dr. wishes, of course) I didn’t, ahem, have a visitor for over a year each time! Turns out I have some type of “allergy” to the pill. riiiight. Now though, a few years later I am good to go and even pregnant…something I thought was going to be a real challenge! Thanks for talking about this!!! I am all for natural stuff when possible.

Mary Z February 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm

HORMONES! Great advice…the pill does not fix it all. I believe there are so many other answers. More than likely a change in diet, nutrional supplements and exercise will help out.

elleneatsbeats February 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

LOVE chia seeds. They make overnight oats soooo much tastier!

Julie @ Pickley Pear February 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I just discovered Chia Seed a few weeks ago, and now use it in all my breakfast staples: cereal, oats, protein shakes & smoothies. It’s not cheap, would be great to win some!

Leah February 10, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Ive never tried Chia Seeds – yum!

Thanks for your always inspiring blog posts. Your blog continues to inspire me to eat healthier. The reason I started this weight loss journey was to become healthier & not get stuck in a diet rut!
Your posts remind me that I can still eat delicious foods while losing weight!
Thanks so much!

!

Ariela February 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I would love to win some chia seeds and make some puddin’! Like you I love a lil’ bit of crunch! I’ve tried adding ground flax to chia pudding but adding almonds is a great idea.

Thanks!

Sally February 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Thought you might enjoy this read given your current enjoyment of whipped cream and whipped cream cheese (DELICIOUS!)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/rethinking-saturated-fat-its-not-your-hearts-enemy/article1462757/

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Sally, thanks for the link. :)

Erin Wimmer February 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I *love* chia seeds – especially in my oats and salads. Yum! …By the way, I feel like I am missing out on Kabocha Squash. Everyone seems to rave about it. I live in Cincinnati, and can’t find it anywhere. Not even Whole Foods. :(

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Erin, Do you have an Asian market anywhere near you? That’s where I buy my kabocha all year round.

jds February 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm

i would love to have chia seeds to be able to make “ice cream” like you do!

Emily February 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Ooh, I’d love to try chia seeds!

Mandy A February 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Ah yes… the lovely hormone issues!!! Don’t get me started!

Shame on me… but I haven’t tried Chia seeds yet. I don’t know why?!? Please enter me! :)

And I agree 100% with the animal fats! So important!!!

Lanie D February 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I am so in need of a new protein source, maybe chia seeds are the way to go.

As for buying them at Whole Foods, I agree…super pricey!

Ames February 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I would love to try the chia seeds :) Heard all about them, but have yet to try them. hehe.

Megan February 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

This post got me thinking. My sister is going through some hormone issues and I wonder if eating more fats would help her. I know each person is different but she has tried so many different things and is at her wits end. I should direct her to your blog. :)

I’ve never tried chia seeds but I have seen them on so many different blogs. I would love to give them a try.

Marie February 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Sign me up for the Chia seeds please!
I love the way you “say it like it is”. We are our own best advocate. Keep on fighting!

Mary February 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I’ve always wanted to try Chia seeds! They’re just something I can’t usually fit into my student budget once bills and bread make their way through. :P They seem incredibly versatile..I’ve never seen them in ice cream before! Looks awesome!

Laura February 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Pick me! Pick me! I would love to win chia seeds! I add them to my oatmeal and love it! I need to start experimenting with them in smoothie form. I buy mine from a local organic grocery store but it looks like I will start getting them from this site! What a deal.

Barbara Warren February 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm

First, let me say that it is so great that you have taken your health into your own hands and are finding out what works for your body, right now. That is just so important!

Second, I would love to win the chia seeds… it is something I have been wanting to try for a long time and it’s just never made it into my shopping cart. Thanks for a chance to win!

Holly February 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm

You’ve never steered me wrong – I would love to try chia seeds! Today I went ahead and put some full fat cream cheese on a piece of homemade what bread – heaven!

Mandiee February 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Heather, I’m absolutely speechless. Honestly. I would make that kabocha cheesecake ice cream *right now* if I only had some chia seeds. Please, please, please enter me. I am so thankful you have this giveaway because I am super craving this now. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself. Need I say you’re a genius?
Have a lovely day!

xox,
Mandiee

Jen February 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I’ve been a huge fan of chia seeds since I read _Born to Run_

Ana February 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I just fell in love with chia seeds this past couple months, they are so cool, I LOVE them on my oats, amazingly delicious!! I would love to win the seeds, oh I would so love that!!
Now Heather, I also have some hormones imbalance, and like you was advised to go on the pill and all that thing. Didn’t work ad then I actually went through a treatment for that with hormonal shots. Worked for a while but after some months seems like my body is back to what was before… so frustrating.
Would you mind talking to me about this and what you found out worked for you? You can send me an e-mail if you want, but don’t feel pressured, I totally understand if it is something you want to keep to yourself! (I have kept my issues to myself and my husband too…. until today!)
Love your blog!
Ana

Michelle in Alaska February 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I would LOVE to try chia seeds! Hope I win!

Liz February 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I would love to try chia seeds! Your chia seed ice cream looks incredible.

danielle a February 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

i would love to win the chia seeds!

Ris February 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I really want to try chia seeds! (and can’t rationalize them right now until I get through my huge container of nutritional yeast … one new fabulous blog inspired item at a time)

Lindsey February 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm

it’s crazy to read all of the comments on this post and see just how many people struggle with hormone issues.. i honestly had no idea diet played such a huge part in said issues. I’m off to investigate too! Like many others, Switching to a higher fat diet would still scare me a bit – Lately I’ve been eating more nut butters (I’m kind of addicted) and I’m afraid I’ve already gained a tiny bit of weight back, when that’s the opposite of what I’m aiming for, haha.

I’d love some chia seeds… :D

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm

A girl can always use some more chia seeds!

Kudos to you for letting everyone know how your eating tweaks have been working so well. The high fat (and high animal fat, at that) thing will automatically freak a lot of chicks out, even if they don’t know why! It’s that embedded in our culture and marketing. I still flinch if I eat a heavily-dressed salad because my 21st century brain is wired to think it’s too many calories, while in reality that olive oil is the last thing that’s going to make me fat or even get me sick. It’s just a fact that I feel great when I’ve gotten my fats in for the day, and I just need more practice at reminding myself that it’s good and healthy. I bought a gallon tub of coconut oil and I don’t want it to collect dust, if nothing else!

As for birth control, eek. The more I read about it the more I think it’s not doing me any favors.

Ashley February 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I can’t find chia seeds anywhere! And I keep reading about them! I’d love to win some.

Melissa M. February 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Chia seed me please! I still have not had the opportunity to try these bad boys. :)

Kellie February 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Thanks for sharing about hormone issues. I too have them and was told the pill would help, but I won’t go on it. I am going to explore my diet a little and see if I can add some changes that will help. As far as the Chia seeds, I love them. I use them in my oatmeal everyday and am converting all my friends and family into Chia lovers too.

Shannon February 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Thank you, Heather, for this post! I’ve been dealing with similar issues and from what I’ve read (including your blog), I think increasing my animal fat consumption may be the answer. My husband has been saying this for months! Grrr, he may be right! ;)

And about the chia seeds…I’d love to try them. I was so close to ordering some last week, but relented at the last second!

lz February 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Your creation looks gorgeous. You’re right, doctors’ advice can be so unhelpful sometimes. A method that has a high success rate doesn’t necessarily work for everyone! Thanks for the giveaway. Chia seeds are fabulous.

Emily February 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Oooh chia seeds. I’ve never had them before. I first heard about them on the POM trip.

That ice cream sounds fantastic! I want.

I’m very interested in the hormone issues… I want to know more. I know that’s personal though. I have been on the pill for a year now, because I was having trouble with hormones. My complexion is much better now and I feel better, but I wish I didn’t have to take it.

maren February 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

would love to win some chia seeds, my bag is just about out!!!!

kristilyn February 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I love chia seeds! I add them to my smoothies every morning and they really help thicken it up.

I also wish I had a VitaMix! Whenever I come to your blog, you’re making something that looks delicious, but my little Magic Bullet just can’t handle the whole ice-crushing thing. Would an actual blended (like, non-MB blender) be able to handle that? I want to try all these ice creams!

K

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Kristilyn, Yeah, my Bullet doesn’t crush ice very well either, at least not the amount I use. I’m thinking a non-MB blender would work just fine. There are plenty of readers out there who have made my recipes without a Vita-Mix. Definitely worth a try!

Haylee February 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I would LOVE to try Chia-seeds!! I think you are so smart, you inspire me to get off the fat-free and “fake” stuff! Having what are bodies are MADE to have, and just having them in good qualities and in good moderation is what we were made to do. No wonder hormones get so messed up with all these fake foods that are around now and days, if we all just went back to how we are normally supposed to eat it would help with a lot of our imbalances.

sophie February 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Still trying to find what works for me in terms of balance of protein, carbs and fats. I have always been a believer in whole animals fats though- just seems the most natural.

Plus always have wanted to try chia seeds :)

lauren February 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I would love to win chia seeds, as I cant find them anywhere here in France. The French arent health crazed like we are!

I am having, ah-hem, girl problems as well. Im thinking it may be polycystic ovarian syndrome. TMI? anyway, i was wondering if you had gone through tests regarding your cycle or if you are just trying to figure out what will jumpstart it?

thanks!!
L

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Lauren, I’ve done all the tests from blood work, thyroid tests, hormone panels and ultrasounds to check for cysts. I too was told I might have PCOS, but then I was told I didn’t since my estrogen is really low. I think I simply shocked my body with my weight loss, and it’s never been the same since. However, that being said, I definitely think the animal fats are helping me to get back in balance, and believe me, I’ve tried it all!

greenbean February 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm

good for you, Heather!

Morgan February 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Ooo, chia seeds! I’ve been meaning to experiment with those. Good luck with the hormone stuff!

charlotte February 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I find your dietary experiments fascinating! So when you add more saturated fats did you up your calories too or did you just change your macronutrient ratios so you’re eating less of something else? I hope your hormone issues get figured out soon!! I second you on the pill – it was nothing but misery for me.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Charlotte, I still aim to keep my calories at about 2000 or less, and I’ve simply made fat my macronutrient of choice. Still eating my carbs, but no focusing on protein at all. It I do eat protein, it’s only because I’m reaching for the eggs and bacon every morning. :) Fat now makes up over 50% of my daily calories, and my body is thanking me in so many ways. :)

Kristina February 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm

oh! I would like to try some chia seeds. I don’t think I’ve seen them anywhere around here.

I find it so interesting that you gain weight eating lean protein, and lose it (or at least maintain it) eating animal fat. it’s so backwards to what we’ve been told forever. I love it!

j February 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm

whoa…nooch in a smoothie? I can’t decide if that sounds gross or delicious- I’ll just have to try it I guess!

Allie (Protein Girl) February 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Post title: “Fatty Animals go Hormonal for Seedy Chia?” Hmmm…what do you think?

I gotta put in my 2-cents. I’m ALL FOR natural fat, but until you (not you, but someone newly adding fat back into their diet) figure out your daily caloric intake, I’d really suggest measuring it so as not to go overboard with calories. When I started eating whole fats again, I gained several pounds because I was still emotionally eating. I was eating healthy, but caloric rich food made with coconut oil, raw cream and almond flour – light on veggies, heavy on baked goods. Now I eat gargantuan veggie portions but I keep my eye on fat calories, but not low-fat by any means.

And that is my essay Professor Heabs.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Thanks Allie! I concur – I try and keep my calories at around 2000 or less, but I simply have made fat my macronurient of choice. However, you’re right. It’s easy to go overboard. I’m on your plan…lots and lots of veggies with SOME fat, but definitely NOT low fat!

Alyson February 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Oh you know I’m trying that ice cream tonight! This is exactly why I’m in love with the Integrative Nutrition program I recently start, it’s all about bio-individuality, discovering what works best for each person, and doing it naturally. 9 times out of 10 a pill isn’t the answer, it’s just masking the underlying problem. I’m so glad you wrote about this!

Jaki February 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm

count me in for the chia seed giveaway!

Erica February 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I’d love to win 2 lbs. of chia seeds, so I can make some protein ice cream and smoothies.
Thanks!

Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) February 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I have read so much about chia seeds but I’ve never tried them!

Annie February 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I wanna win some chia seeds! thanks for the giveaway!

kristy February 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm

1) I also love chia seeds and eat them every day.
2) I had irregular periods and was put on the pill at 18. I’m 30 now, and still on it, and hate it. I hate it so much that I decided to quit taking it at the beginning of January, but I immediately gained several pounds and got back on it. I don’t know what to do! I’m sure I’m all screwed up now. PLUS, the pill I’m on (Yasmin) has class action lawsuits being filed against it for deaths/injuries. I’ve been on it since I was essentially a child, so I don’t even know what kind of person I would be (hormonally/body composition/emotionally) if I wasn’t on it anymore. It really bothers me. I share your opinion.

Sarah R February 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Oh, pick me! Pick me! :) I’d love some Chia seeds. I just used up the last of a sample pack it got months ago–I was rationing it.

kristy February 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

PS- Heather if you have a good doctor for hormone issues, please email me. Mine just always says, “whatever you want to try” and leaves me to my own devices. I’d like some real advice about not taking the pill, etc. kristyblake@live.com

eatmovelove February 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm

over 200 comments – girl you are MS. POPULAR!!! I think people really appreciate you actually reading the comments and responding – it’d be impossible for you to comment on everyone’s blog!!! – but responding here is a beautiful thing.
But I thought you didn’t do dairy either – now you are? Full -fat? I do dairy – well I love all kinds of milks and cheeses…

oh and full-fat ice cream – I know you don’t do that and do your Protein blend – but I adore ice cream – but do NOT go for those light or fat-free or no sugar added brands – blah – really cream and eggs and dairy please :) …..with some oreo cookies thrown in ;) ….yep it’s me…

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Eatmovelove, I am allergic to casein and whey, the proteins found in dairy products. However, I’ve been experimenting with full fat dairy products that contain very low amounts of the proteins. Ghee has next to none and heavy cream is pretty low as well. Full fat cream cheese is a little higher in protein, but thus far, I’ve had no problem with it. However, I will never be able to do milk, cottage cheese or yogurt. Even the full fat versions are too high in protein for me.

Shelley February 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I love chia seeds!! I think that birth control can really mess up our natural cycles and throw our hormones out of whack. I went off three years ago and am still trying to figure out my cycle! Thanks for your informative posts HEAB and for the give aways!

jenny February 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm

heather, you stun me (in a good way) when you are willing to try new things like eat animal fat (full fat cream cheese) instead of sticking to veggie/raw ways! i’m inspired to use my barometer for full-fat dairy when i’ve gone through what’s currently in my fridge.

lilpauladean February 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Animal fats have become such a staple to my diet. Avoiding them for so many years left me feeling sluggish, unsatisfied and lethargic. With them I have found that my skin/hair is so much healthier and I have found such a positive impact on my body. Rather than focusing on “what to eliminate” from my diet, I realized that simply incorporating A LOT of natural foods and cravings is the best for my health and soul. Chia seeds… yet another healthy craving that i would LOVE to satisfy, but alas, don’thave the financial ability to incorporate them into my diet. My nutritionist constantly encourages me to find them, but i cant afford it. You are my idol, HEAB, looooves it!
MA
lilpauladean.wordpress.com

TraceyR February 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Not tried the chia seeds yet… but would love too!!
Thanks for your honesty…. i thought i was one of the only ones who had the same issue… not so true. still searching for the the “non pill” answer. :)

Nicole T. February 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I completely agree with you about fat intake, the more the better! It’s amazing how many dieticians/nutritionists and doctors tell you to stay away from animal/saturated fat, when humans have been doing so well eating it for thousands of years!

kellyo February 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I’ve never tried chia seeds, but want to get my hands on some! Love your blog!

elaine February 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm

yay for chia seeds!! i’ve heard so many great things about them and i would be lying if i didn’t say chia pudding is my number 1 reason for wanting to try these seeds!

Marisa February 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I’m newbie and have loved browsing and catching up on your posts! I just convinced my husband we NEED chia seeds in our diet. How awesome would it be to have 2lbs of seeds!!!

Lisa Carroll February 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I have been wanting to try Chia Seeds for awhile now and haven’t gotten around to buying any. I would love to win some!!

Ashlei February 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Chis seeds yum! I would love to win some!

The higher fat diet definitely works best for me too!

Becky February 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Count me in for a chance to win some chia seeds. I want some of the ice cream too!

Carrie @ I See Monsters February 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I would love to try chia seeds! Although does anyone else sing that ch-ch-ch-chia? jingle every time they see the word? Just me? OK.

Kimberly February 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Holy Cow! What a bucket load of comments! I can’t do chia seeds but I just wanted to tell you–YOU ARE RIGHT!!! I have been focusing more on fat than protein and my weight is going back to normal–AND I’m not losing the weight from depriving myself AT ALL :) Thanks for all your help!
XOXO
p.s. today I started the day with some carbs and THAT does NOT work for me!! Whoa Nelly, craving carbs ALL day today! Back to the eggs and bacon tomorrow 8)

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Kimberly, So good to hear. I thought that might be the problem as it was for me too. Yes, bacon and eggs…my favorite breakfast lately. Love you! -H.

monicaonthego.com February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I would love to win some chia seeds!!

*Check out the week of giveaway @ MonicaOnTheGo.com*

Karla February 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I love chia seeds! They make the texture of things sooo great!

Agreed. BCP is a bandaid!

Libby February 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Wow! That looks absolutely delicious! Count me in for the giveaway!

megs February 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I would love to win some chia seeds, haven’t had a chance to try them yet

Katie February 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Hey Heather! :)

I was trying to find a pancake recipe to make tonight for dinner (yes, I said pancakes for dinner…om nom nom!) and I REALLY wanted to make your protein filled ones with some of my hemp protein…but I am a vegan and I don’t know what to use instead of the egg whites. What do you suggest? I am also thinking about blending some spinach to put into my pancakes to get some veggies in. I just love pancakes! You can reply on my blog, that way it’s easier for me to find your reply. :)

PS: I would love some CHIA SEEDS! Count me in for the drawing. :)

Kelly February 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Chia is amazing! I have been out for awhile and would love to start making my chia pudding again.
Heather, I love how you listened to your body and did was was best for YOU! I am also a high fat girl~nothing satisfies me like healthy fats. Loooove the egg yolk! =)

roya February 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

yayyy chia! I love them in overnight oats! I also completely disagree with immediately looking for a pharmaceutical solution to any problem. Why put into your body unnatural chemicals when a healthy and natural alternative possibly exists?

Morgan February 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

i absolutely love your blog, its my favorite on the internet to date! Just thought you should know!
I have upped my fats a by at least double and my skin and hair feel greet and ive been gaining weight which was a goal for me) Thank you so much for posting your fun recipes and being an inspiration to the blog world!
Also, I LOVE CHAI SEEDS :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm

So good to hear Morgan – about how you’re feeling, not that I’m your favorite. Well, okay, I liked hearing that too. :)

fitlizzio February 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm

i <3 chia seeds SO muchhh!! would love to win some :)

n.D. February 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm

the way you listed your title is basically how I do my baby blog everyday – can’t think of anything anymore! That’s great you are anti BC – I think it is totally a bad thing, after being on it for almost 10 years. What did it do to my body – who knows? I Would love to win Chia seeds :) All out of them. Going to check out Chia seeds direct.

Danielle February 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm

mmm I LOVE chia seeds :D

ered February 10, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I need CHIA SEEDS! Whole foods not in the old budget for two weeks still…
also, acupuncture worked wonders for my jacked-up-by-the-pill hormones. also stopped my nosebleeds which were happening as part of the same pattern.

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I want Chia seeds!!! So, I was thinking about you today when I upped my fat intake with coconut oil. in my pancakes! I have extremely dry skin, so I am hoping this works for me. I am with you on trying things that work best for each individual. We are all made different and I do believe that different things work for different people. As for birth control pills…I have been off of them for 3 years now and I am completely different! I will spare you the details too, but if I would have known before how much they effected me…I would have gone off of them so long before! Thanks for sharing…it is always nice to know you are not alone and to hear others’ personal stories!

thewhatkateateblog February 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm

i really want to try chia seeds but i havent been able to bring myself to spend 15 dollars on something that i dont know if ill like. i need to take the plunge if i dont win this contest :)

Cherie February 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm

I have never had Chia seeds, but I’m leaving a comment for a chance to win. Heather, I made some homemade miso soup tonight and I overate on soup. I didn’t know that was possible. My Crazy, Sexy, Cancer DVD will be here soon. Movie night is in the works before I go to Colorado.

Nicole February 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I’d love to try some chia seeds but haven’t been able to talk myself into buying them yet b/c they’re so expensive. I wish they carried them in the bulk section of the natural food stores/depts in my town.

Brianne February 10, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I would love to win some chia seeds! I adore them in my full fat non homogenized yogurt ;)

Patty February 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I could always use another bag of Chia seeds. I use them every day with my oatmeal or pancakes. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sheryl Pizzadili February 10, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Oh, heavens me, I am brand new to the eating good way of living, and am thrilled to have your web site/blog. I am trying so many new things I have never heard of before. I can’t wait to try CHIA SEEDS. j Thank you Thank you Thank You

Galit February 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Would love to win some Chia seeds. Really interesting to hear about the hormone/fat relationship. Need to do some more research. I see so many women have thyroid/and other hormonal balances. It is interesting to learn more about the diet component!

Abby February 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm

It’s so good to read that so many other women have the same problems and that we’re not alone here. Thanks for this great post! (as always!)

Chia Seeds sound so great… I always have used flaxseeds, but read up on them and would love to get some to try, esp since you recommend the brand.

Jessica M February 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I would love to try chia seeds!

ProteinGirl February 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Loved your post today! Try adding espresso to your icecream! Either brewed or instant. This makes it like an almond roca, or mochaccino ice cream. I add a TB of Almond Butter, and sometimes use Davinci Sugar Free Almond syrup as well. I HIGHLY recommend trying Marzipan (Almond paste). It is HEAVEN in the ice cream!!!
Wishing you nothing but happiness, health and love! You seem like a genuinely wonderful, beautiful person!
Barbara

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm

ProteinGirl, Marzipan, huh? I need to try that…and I still MUST try the poppy seeds. I never remember to buy them!

Shannon February 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I want to win! I’ve been wanting to try Chia seeds!

nellieshaul February 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm

It’s interesting that you talked about the pill and hormones. I’ve been on some form of it for 9 years now, and I’m finally quitting. I think it’s caused many of my health issues lately. Doctors say that there’s nothing wrong with staying on the pill for years and years, but I just can’t think that manipulating your hormones for that long can be good…it’s not natural!

And the chia seeds would be WONDERFUL!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm

neelieshaul, You’re right – it’s NOT natural!

Jordan February 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I wanted you to know how wonderful it is to read your blog. I’ve been reading a bunch for a while now, and it’s so refreshing to see that someone is able to convey experiences without a trace of ego…such straightforwardness and relatability…consistently. Thanks HEAB! It’s a pleasure!!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Thanks for reading Jordan. :)

tiffnie February 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Wow, so many comments! Can’t wait to sift through them all, as I’m sure there are lots of insightful things being said.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’m glad you found the right diet for yourself and for your body. I’ve always wondered about animal products myself and even though I eschew meat, my grandpa eats the way you have been eating recently (bacon, eggs, toast, and a cup of coffee with some real cream every morning) and he’s 104, cognitively sharp, and walks faster than me. He does not eat processed foods, though. So I definitely think you’re onto something.

Tammy February 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm

How fun to make with ice cream instantly with no ice cream maker! And while the yummy orange stuff is still in season! Thanks!

Katie February 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Heather,

Thanks for the flax tip! I will definitely try making some of your pancakes soon. Can I still use the protein powder? Or will I need flour with it? And, as the egg whites are more liquidy, would I use more almond milk? Sorry for all of the questions! Haha, I am just really wanting to get some protein, as I have been working out lately and wanting to build some strength. Maybe some tofu in my pancakes would work…

Oh, and I made your Chocolate Soup, but it tasted off. I halved the recipe, using 1/4 avocado, 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1/4 c. almond milk, and a sun crystal packet. But, something was missing. Do you have any suggestions? Also, the avocado was hard to blend well in my large food processor…maybe that’s the problem. I need to invest in a magic bullet!

Amy H February 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Eeekk I would love to try chia seeds. I have been hesitant to dish out the dough to try them. I think you should have a giveaway for your ice cream. Actually, I think I would pay for that. Hmmm business idea maybe? HEAB’s non-traditional all-natural “ice cream” shoppe?! It would be a major hit!

yogiclarebear February 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm

1 month on the pill to “fix” my hormones= worst. month. ever.

im with you HEAB, im digging deeper and avoiding the bandaids! (except for my poor anxiety ridden cuticles. still need the bandaids for those.)
;)

Brynn February 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I love chias in my overnight oats and hot oatmeal. Your delish-looking “ice creams” are just another reason the VitaMix is on my wish list.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 10, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Enter me please!
Animal fat. Do what’s right for you, my friend!
The Pill. Total band aid, dont even get me started on it :)
And hormonal issues and trying to figure them out is beyond tricky…that and getting to the bottom of food intolerances and what exactly one is intolerant to, can drive you a little batty :)

Annie February 10, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I’ve never tried chia seeds! Would love to add them to my diet.

Janet (Pantry Bites) February 11, 2010 at 1:39 am

Great post Heather. I like to use chia seeds to make ice cream, it’s a perfect thickener for that perfect ice cream custard.

Annalisa February 11, 2010 at 4:41 am

I still haven’t tried chia seeds! I want to know what I am missing out on…

Miz February 11, 2010 at 4:47 am

(LOVELOVELOVE my chia)

I also second you animal fat shoutout Heather.
for me its intuitive as well. I look better (husband says :) ) I feel better and my moods are far more even keeled as well.

The rest of it? Im always here to listen and applaud you for sharing what you did.

AshB February 11, 2010 at 5:33 am

chia seeds are nowhere to be found in gainesville!!

Briana (trilbydrew) February 11, 2010 at 6:01 am

Oh holy Random Number Generator! I bow down to you and your infinite wisdom! Please pick me!!!

Mmmmm… chia ice cream… drool…

kristin pizzi February 11, 2010 at 6:42 am

I LOVE chia seeds in my ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese… everything

Marina February 11, 2010 at 8:07 am

I would love to try chia seeds, and I just can’t find them anywhere!

MeredithLeigh February 11, 2010 at 8:13 am

Hey Heather! I’ve been debating buying chia seeds at Whole Foods for a while now, but haven’t made the plunge. Would love to try a free sample. Hope your week is going great.

rachael February 11, 2010 at 8:17 am

I have only tried ground chia seeds and would love to win your giveaway.

I had some hormone problems when I took a break from the pill in college (which I didn’t have before the pill so I think the pill caused my problems). I took a natural route to re-balance my hormones and am so glad I did! (I remember you saying you work for a naturopath- I work for a naturopath:)).

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

Rachael, Yes, I work for an alternative MD. It’s amazing what our bodies can do when given the proper nutrition, no? :)

Can You Stay for Dinner February 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

Heather,
I agree and I love that you are discovering the foods that make you feel strong, healthy, and vibrant. You are an inspiration because you’re constantly challenging yourself.
Butter, eggs, beef, etc all hold a place in my daily life too. I feel good, but I mainly eat them because I just think they’re delicious!
Thanks for a great blog.
Andrea
http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com

Gina February 11, 2010 at 8:41 am

I’m not sure what your hormone issues are, but it sounds similar to mine. I refuse to go back on birth control too, my periods are all over the place. I saw a chiropractor for awhile and it helped A LOT, but now that I am not seeing anyone, its just as bad it was back when I was college and the doctor put me on BC.

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 11, 2010 at 8:56 am

So sorry to hear Gina. Yes, similar to my situation. Hope we both find complete balance soon!

Tricia February 11, 2010 at 9:05 am

Cha-cha-cha chia :-)

I would LOVE to win your giveaway! I’m almost done with my bag of chia’s so this would be awesome.

I am on birth control now but hate it, I went off of it for 1 1/2 years and did not get my period at all. I run a lot and have a low body fat percentage so blamed it on that, but I agree, my hormones are definitely all out of whack because of these little pills. I worked with a dietician to add more fats back into my diet, but had the same “fat is bad” mentality so definitely did not try hard enough. I’m taking the pill now to prevent pregnancy…but I know I’ll have the same issues once I go off of them. Blah.

Thanks for posting this Heather, I’ll definitely keep track of your progress in hopes that I can fix myself too! :-)

Etsi February 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

The protein ice cream looks divine.
I wish I was diligent enough to take the time to make such a healthy version of the ice cream myself, instead of just buying already made.
I’ve been dying to try the chia seeds after reading your blog, so would love the chance to win a 2 pounds bag.
Love your blog, and you’re an inspiration.

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