Flax seed and Chia seed?

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My biggest hurdle to lose weight right now I feel is my excessive hunger so I need to figure a way to keep my meals with me longer. Currently, I get hungry two to three hours after each meal. A chef that came to a retreat that I just attended said most likely I need to add more fiber and protein. Would flax and chia seed be a good thing to add to my diet and what is the best way to use it? I would full time so quite a bit of my meals is packed and taken with me.

I also suffer from constipation due to iron supplements that I must take and hoping to get relief from the added fiber.. Anyone have any suggestions or experience with these two items in your diet?
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  • johnneedhamSr
    johnneedhamSr Posts: 223 Member
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    I found "Organic Superfood Nutiva Black Chia Seed" and love it. I mix it with water and "Cellucor Alpha Amino Energy, Fruit punch" flavor. I stir both into about 10oz of water and wait 5 minutes. The Chia seeds have no flavor and the drink is just like the ones you pay $3-$6 for premade for a fraction of the cost. I use 3 servings of Chia seed in each drink for 15grams of fiber.
  • mygrl4meee
    mygrl4meee Posts: 943 Member
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    Thanks for the suggestion. I added it to my cart to order it. I love that it sounds easy enough to do while at work.
  • CharlieBeansmomTracey
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    chia and flax dont have a whole lot of fiber in them. I do use them though and add the chia to my oatmeal and smoothies. the flax I will add to smoothies,put in with my scrambled eggs,or when making french toast, things like that. those 2 things can be added to almost anything. I also like making chia pudding.
  • Sara1791
    Sara1791 Posts: 760 Member
    edited September 2016
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    chia and flax dont have a whole lot of fiber in them. I do use them though and add the chia to my oatmeal and smoothies. the flax I will add to smoothies,put in with my scrambled eggs,or when making french toast, things like that. those 2 things can be added to almost anything. I also like making chia pudding.

    The package I'm looking at right now says 12g of fiber per serving. That seems like a lot to me. I think that's more than half my daily requirement.

    edit: that's for chia seeds
  • Christine_72
    Christine_72 Posts: 16,049 Member
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    15g of flaxmeal has 5g of fibre and chia seeds have 6g . Not bad IMO.

    OP you can add chia seeds to just about anything, sprinkle them on salads or sandwiches or whatever your lunch is.

    I add flax to yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, it works better with wet foods in my experience.
  • CharlieBeansmomTracey
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    Sara1791 wrote: »
    chia and flax dont have a whole lot of fiber in them. I do use them though and add the chia to my oatmeal and smoothies. the flax I will add to smoothies,put in with my scrambled eggs,or when making french toast, things like that. those 2 things can be added to almost anything. I also like making chia pudding.

    The package I'm looking at right now says 12g of fiber per serving. That seems like a lot to me. I think that's more than half my daily requirement.

    edit: that's for chia seeds

    what is the brand? any I have had are less than 10 for most.
  • Emily3907
    Emily3907 Posts: 1,461 Member
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    I add Stober Farms Golden Flax Seed to things all the time. I buy mine in bulk at Costco. I add it to baked goods before baking, add it to smoothies and protein shakes, etc. It is pretty much tasteless and it bumps up the nutritional value of things. Win-Win.
  • zyxst
    zyxst Posts: 9,136 Member
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    Just remember to drink plenty of fluids and eat enough fat to deal with any, uh backload from the extra fibre. I haven't eaten chia seeds, just ground chia seeds, but I see many eat them as a type of pudding or in overnight oats. I toss 5 grams of ground chia seeds and 5 grams of flax seeds in Greek yogurt.

    My ground chia seeds from Bulk Barn have 19 g of fibre per 50 grams of seeds. The whole chia seeds have 34 g of fibre per 100 grams.
  • Sara1791
    Sara1791 Posts: 760 Member
    edited September 2016
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    Sara1791 wrote: »
    chia and flax dont have a whole lot of fiber in them. I do use them though and add the chia to my oatmeal and smoothies. the flax I will add to smoothies,put in with my scrambled eggs,or when making french toast, things like that. those 2 things can be added to almost anything. I also like making chia pudding.

    The package I'm looking at right now says 12g of fiber per serving. That seems like a lot to me. I think that's more than half my daily requirement.

    edit: that's for chia seeds

    what is the brand? any I have had are less than 10 for most.

    It's called Shiloh Farms (just whatever DH was able to find because he knew I wanted to try it). It lists a serving size of 31g which is a little largish IMO. A lot of people would probably halve that. But still, pretty good in terms of fiber.
  • VegasFit
    VegasFit Posts: 1,232 Member
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    I use chia and flax in my morning smoothies. Both bought at Costco. I like Chia on my salads too. I also use Optifiber which can be added to anything.
  • Sara1791
    Sara1791 Posts: 760 Member
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    zyxst wrote: »
    Just remember to drink plenty of fluids and eat enough fat to deal with any, uh backload from the extra fibre.

    Now she tells me… ;)
  • rebel_26
    rebel_26 Posts: 1,826 Member
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    I make Chia gel (directions are on most bags) and stir it into my Yogurt. I also mix Chia and flax powder into my protein shakes. Raising your protein intake will lend itself to the constipation issue as well. Consider some fiber one bar or something along that line if your plan affords for such things.
  • mygrl4meee
    mygrl4meee Posts: 943 Member
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    Thanks everyone. Today I added chia seeds to my oatmeal. I was stuffed before I finished but it wasnt a good meal like normally when I add pb. I added flax seed to my yogurt. It was much easier to eat. I haven't been extremely hungry today but at the same time I lazed around most of the day. I been tired from 3 nights of not sleeping well.. I do eat fiber bars most days except when I run out. I drink quite a bit of water. I also use benifiber once or twice daily.
  • CharlieBeansmomTracey
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    Sara1791 wrote: »
    Sara1791 wrote: »
    chia and flax dont have a whole lot of fiber in them. I do use them though and add the chia to my oatmeal and smoothies. the flax I will add to smoothies,put in with my scrambled eggs,or when making french toast, things like that. those 2 things can be added to almost anything. I also like making chia pudding.

    The package I'm looking at right now says 12g of fiber per serving. That seems like a lot to me. I think that's more than half my daily requirement.

    edit: that's for chia seeds

    what is the brand? any I have had are less than 10 for most.

    It's called Shiloh Farms (just whatever DH was able to find because he knew I wanted to try it). It lists a serving size of 31g which is a little largish IMO. A lot of people would probably halve that. But still, pretty good in terms of fiber.

    hmm never heard of that brand.
  • CharlieBeansmomTracey
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    Sara1791 wrote: »
    Sara1791 wrote: »
    chia and flax dont have a whole lot of fiber in them. I do use them though and add the chia to my oatmeal and smoothies. the flax I will add to smoothies,put in with my scrambled eggs,or when making french toast, things like that. those 2 things can be added to almost anything. I also like making chia pudding.

    The package I'm looking at right now says 12g of fiber per serving. That seems like a lot to me. I think that's more than half my daily requirement.

    edit: that's for chia seeds

    what is the brand? any I have had are less than 10 for most.

    It's called Shiloh Farms (just whatever DH was able to find because he knew I wanted to try it). It lists a serving size of 31g which is a little largish IMO. A lot of people would probably halve that. But still, pretty good in terms of fiber.

    I looked it up,I can order from them online. their prices are decent too. thanks for the info
  • Sara1791
    Sara1791 Posts: 760 Member
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    Sara1791 wrote: »
    Sara1791 wrote: »
    chia and flax dont have a whole lot of fiber in them. I do use them though and add the chia to my oatmeal and smoothies. the flax I will add to smoothies,put in with my scrambled eggs,or when making french toast, things like that. those 2 things can be added to almost anything. I also like making chia pudding.

    The package I'm looking at right now says 12g of fiber per serving. That seems like a lot to me. I think that's more than half my daily requirement.

    edit: that's for chia seeds

    what is the brand? any I have had are less than 10 for most.

    It's called Shiloh Farms (just whatever DH was able to find because he knew I wanted to try it). It lists a serving size of 31g which is a little largish IMO. A lot of people would probably halve that. But still, pretty good in terms of fiber.

    I looked it up,I can order from them online. their prices are decent too. thanks for the info

    I don't want to discourage you, but I'm pretty sure any brand of whole chia seeds will have about the same nutritional values. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.) But I'm glad the price is good!
  • CharlieBeansmomTracey
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    Sara1791 wrote: »
    Sara1791 wrote: »
    Sara1791 wrote: »
    chia and flax dont have a whole lot of fiber in them. I do use them though and add the chia to my oatmeal and smoothies. the flax I will add to smoothies,put in with my scrambled eggs,or when making french toast, things like that. those 2 things can be added to almost anything. I also like making chia pudding.

    The package I'm looking at right now says 12g of fiber per serving. That seems like a lot to me. I think that's more than half my daily requirement.

    edit: that's for chia seeds

    what is the brand? any I have had are less than 10 for most.

    It's called Shiloh Farms (just whatever DH was able to find because he knew I wanted to try it). It lists a serving size of 31g which is a little largish IMO. A lot of people would probably halve that. But still, pretty good in terms of fiber.

    I looked it up,I can order from them online. their prices are decent too. thanks for the info

    I don't want to discourage you, but I'm pretty sure any brand of whole chia seeds will have about the same nutritional values. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.) But I'm glad the price is good!

    no, I use healthworks chia and a serving is 12g which is 5g of fiber.they are whole chia seeds. same with hemp seeds some have more fiber than others.
  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,464 Member
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    The magic of Chia is that the fiber is soluble, much like oatmeal. I figure you get better movement if you pre-soak them. A nice pudding can be made by soaking in milk. Or add them to oatmeal like you did.
  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,464 Member
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    Flax I like for its Omega 3 fatty acids. They are pretty good at greasing things along. I figure the meal is better than whole seeds because whole sometimes they pass through the digestion without any apparent change.