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