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Great! You're back. This is a complete departure from my normal tech ramblings. I thought I'd share a little dieting tool I've been using recently. Working from home for 12ish years has not led me to be the healthiest person in the tech world. Recently working on Kids in Touch and being depressed about one missed deadline after another, I started snacking a little more than I should. You know - 2:30 in the morning, staying up late working, and what could be better than some chips or chocolate to keep the energy up?

About 2 weeks ago, I discovered a little trick to curb those unneeded snacks. With huge holiday meals and desserts about to hit as well, I think my tip might help a few others out there.

Disclaimers : I'm not a doctor nor do I pretend to be one on the internet. Do not take this as medical advice. There are also some Amazon affiliate links below. I might make a few dimes if a few thousand people follow these links.

My trick is to fill myself up before a meal or prior to binge snacking with something much healthier. I've been making my own "Chia Gel". It tastes pretty good, is very wholesome, gives some needed fiber, and keeps me out of the snacks.

First, buy some Chia seeds . Put about 1 tablespoon of the seeds in a small cup (actually about 1/2 cup) of HOT water. If you are really health conscious, you can stop right there. If you need a little sweetness to help fight off the Cadbury's withdrawals, you can add a teaspoon of honey or even some Black Strap Molasses. I personally prefer local honey. Then, stir for a few seconds. Now, set the mess in the refrigerator for a few hours to cool. While it's cooling, the Chia seeds will absorb the water and create a spongy, gel-like coating around the seed. Later you can drink it before a meal or before you feel like snacking. The cooled gel tastes pretty good. The first time I had them, I was ever so slightly grossed out by this gelatinous stuff, but I've come to like it.

Tips :

  • Use HOT water. With cold water, it seems all of the seeds won't gel up.
  • If using a sweetener, put it in the hot water first and stir until dissolved. Then add the chia seeds.
  • In my experience, using honey results in the most consistent (non-lumpy) gel.
  • I've also tried this with maple syrup. I think the gel tastes best with honey.

I hope this helps some people out. Merry Christmas everyone.