I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with foods. Especially how they affect my productivity. After trying out all sorts of stuff I’ve come across one superfood that made me more productive but also lose weight at the same time. Do you want to know what this “superfood” is?
This tiny little seed is the secret to get more work done while simultaneously getting thinner. I know, it almost sounds too good to be true. That’s what I thought when I was reading about the health benefits, but after experimenting with it I can confidently say this relatively unknown superfood really lives up to it.
On top of that:
- It’s a complete protein – an easy way to increase your daily protein intake.
- Low glycemic index - this ensures a slow and steady release of energy in your bloodstream. This avoids the initial burst of energy that is followed with a crash (compare it to eating a banana versus a watermelon).
- It’s hydrophilic – when chia seeds come in contact with water, it forms a gel and it takes up to 10x its own weight. This makes you stay “full” longer.
- Lots of omega–3 fatty acids – the “healthy stuff in fish”. In fact, chia seeds have the highest content of omega–3 – more than salmon and flaxseeds. This is great for stabilizing your mood, better focus and your brain.
Not to mention it has B vitamins (aids in turning foods into energy), antioxidants, iron, calcium and much more. Basically, this is a “superfood”.
Note: if you want to learn the basics of nutrition, I can recommend the book The Ultramind Solution by Mark Hyman. It will explain what carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins, etc are for and also how the body and brain use them. You get the best of nutrition, neuroscience and bits of productivity in one book – perfect for every Asian Efficiency reader.
My Experiment with Chia Seeds
Every morning I have a smoothie for breakfast. It consists of almond milk, frozen blueberries, Vega One protein powder (love the vanilla chai flavor), a banana (sometimes frozen) and cacao nibs (healthy, makes it crunchy and who doesn’t like chocolate guilt-free). I love it. It’s really tasty, quick to prepare with a blender and easy to clean up – the perfect breakfast for quick morning routines.
This smoothie will usually last me about 2,5 hours before I get hungry again. As I was researching how to make my smoothie even healthier, I came across chia seeds. I looked up all the health benefits, talked to a nutritionist and I decided to give it a try.
With a pseudo-scientific approach to tracking this, I noticed that I usually could work longer in the mornings. Normally I would be eating my lunch around 11am but after putting chia seeds in my smoothies I started to eat my lunch around 12 or 12.30pm.
Basically, chia seeds helped me stay full longer, which allows me to get more work done. This is great for me because I’m a “morning person” and I get all my best work done between 9am and 2pm.
The more work I can do in that timeframe, the more I can relax the rest of the day as my most important tasks are taken care of.
Oh, did I mention I also lost weight? Admittedly, it’s not much – 2 lbs in 2 weeks. However, considering that I didn’t do much other than add chia seeds to my smoothies and sometimes to my lunch and dinners (and I’m relatively fit so it’s harder to lose weight), this is pretty great.
One thing we try to tell people here on this blog is that what you eat directly affects how productive you are. Your body uses food as fuel.
You want to avoid the “garbage in, garbage out” phenomenon (computer programmer joke, sorry I couldn’t help it). In other words, if you eat crap, you’ll be less productive. We’ve talked about this before.
What’s great about chia seeds is that they don’t affect the flavor of your foods and you can really put it in any dish. I’ve had it on my sandwiches, salads and even in a glass of water. You don’t have to go out of your way to add this healthy and productive superfood to your life.
If you’re lazy, this is the perfect superfood. You can get it at Whole Foods (in the US) or any health store. Or, you can just order it from Amazon. I personally use the Navitas Chia Seeds brand you can get almost anywhere.
Give this superfood a try and be prepared to be more productive!
Photo by Stacy Spensley.