Aztec Diet Focuses on Chia Seeds an Ancient Superfood

Aztec Diet

With many people focusing on losing weight, it seems that a new diet becomes public and boasts that it will help either get rid of excess weight, improve health or does both. Just walk into a book store and you will find many titles that claim using their diet is the best thing for you.

The latest diet book that has reached a public audience uses tips in dieting from a very old and unlikely source: the ancient Aztecs.Aztec Diet Chia Seeds

Dr. Bob Arnot, an author and host of the Dr. Danger reality series, has come out with “The Aztec Diet” and puts the focus on a superfood known as chia seeds that helps to keep cravings at bay. Using this diet will not only help you to lose weight but helps lower the risk and might even prevent the user from developing certain illnesses and diseases.

Dr. Arnot’s book is called “The Aztec Diet: Chia Power: The Superfood That Gets You Skinny and Keeps You Healthy.” In it, Arnot states that the classic diet Westerns follow poisons their blood which can bring on illness and disease.

In the book, he writes that “The blood of most people on a classic, carb-loaded Western diet has become a poisonous, angry stew of altered hormones and elevated blood fats, inflammation, cholesterol and sugars.”

He believes foods such as soda, pizza, burgers and bagels have the potential to cause levels to spike in our blood sugar, and thus making a person feel sluggish and fatigued. Though these symptoms are minor, they eventually can result in the development of more serious diseases and illnesses that include Alzheimer’s, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and in some cases, even death.

The author says that using “The Aztec Diet” offers a solution by eating the foods that the Aztecs did; it will help break out of the bad cycle of eating and end up melting away pounds, killing your cravings and brighten your mood.

The book claims that foods the Aztecs consumed were “the healthiest foods on the planet and fueled one of the most powerful empires in history.” The foods they ate include fruit and super grains including amaranth, quinoa, bulgar and chia seeds, as well as vegetables, beans, fish, corn and turkey.

Chia Seeds Health BenefitsThe diet is designed to make sure an individual takes in the maximum amount of nutrients daily without taking up too much time. The recipe and meal ideas that are shared in the book are very easy to throw together.

One such suggestion is Arnot’s chia seed blueberry breakfast smoothie which he says only takes 60 seconds to make and is supposed to have a number of essential nutrients and vitamins. The diet’s key ingredient is the chia seed.

Arnot writes that the seed has eight times more omega-3 fatty acids than Atlantic salmon, the most in any whole food; six times more than calcium than milk; three times more iron than spinach; and two times more fiber than bran flakes. Also, it contains four times more selenium than flax seed and 15 times more magnesium than broccoli.

Arnot says that this diet is designed to be effective, simple and safe. He also says that eating like the Aztecs did will make you feel fuller longer, thanks to the chia seeds, which expands in the stomach seven times their normal size. A benefit to eaters is that the diet allows you to eat more but to weigh less because you are cutting the foods that are not good for you, such as fried foods, refined pasta and pizza, and eating foods that are right for you.

Another promise from Arnot is that this diet will help the body absorb nutrients at a slower pace, which will help the body further regulate the rise of fats and sugars in the blood after eating meals.

Scientific research has helped in developing these collective theories based on the work of Dr. Vladimir Vuksan, which states that absorbing high doses of the chia seed decreased a person’s appetite 60, 90 and even 120 minutes after eating their meal. Meals that are rich in carbohydrates that would generally cause a rise in blood sugar benefit from the chia as it has proven to decrease the amount of sugar in the blood.

Included in the book is a list of which carbs are fine and those that should be avoided. The ranking system goes from 1-10(healthy carb load), 11-20(light carb load) and 21+ (carb bombs).

According to the book, the diet is broken into three phases: Phase 1: The Chia Challenge; Phase 2: The Accelerate with Lunch; and Phase 3: Real Life Aztec Style. The first phase has been designed to focusing on weight loss. The second phase is designed to help you incorporate more healthy foods in everyday eating as well as helping you adjust to the diet. The final phase is designed to not only maintain weight loss but to your Aztec way of living.

A clearly-defined daily eating plan is presented in a two-week span that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, also contained in the book is almost 100 Aztec-friendly recipes that have been designed by Chef Charlotte Hardwick. Some recipes included are for flourless muffins, homemade almond milk, and mashed celery root and turkey burgers.

Here are three recipes from the book to get an idea of how chia seeds can be incorporated in a person’s diet:

Dr. Bob’s Kale Blueberry Smoothie
1 cup filtered water
4 tablespoons chia
½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
½ cup blueberries
3 cups chopped stemmed kale leaves
1 teaspoon honey
Combine the water, chia, yogurt, blueberries, kale, and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. *Works best if the blueberries are frozen.

Calories: 414.5
Carb Load: 19
1¼ cups coconut water (9.5-fluid-ounce package)
½ cup chopped ripe avocado
1¾ cups chopped frozen pineapple
2 tablespoons chia
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Pinch of sea salt
Combine the coconut water, avocado, pineapple, chia, lime juice, and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Gazpacho Gratitude
Calories: 323.5
Carb Load: 14.25
2½ cups cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons chia
1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
¾ cup roughly chopped English cucumber
¾ cup roughly chopped peeled cantaloupe
3 tablespoons chopped red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 medium fresh basil leaves
½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground pepper
Combine the tomatoes, chia, carrot, cucumber, cantaloupe, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, sea salt, and pepper to taste in a blender and pulse until smooth but still chunky. Season with more sea salt and pepper to taste.

Dr. Bob Arnot discusses his new book, The Aztec Diet

Dr. Bob Arnot discusses The Aztec Diet and shows how to make a quick and tasty chia, blueberry, and kale smoothie.

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