What do habits and chia seeds have in common? They are both small but make a huge impact. I often tell my clients to take small steps when making habit changes. As human beings, we will overestimate how much change we can handle. I compare this to a chia seed because it only takes a small amount to make a huge impact on your health.
If you have ever made chia seed pudding you will understand that it doesn’t take very many chia seeds to create the “pudding” consistency. If you haven’t made chia seed pudding this is what happens. It takes 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to 1 cup of liquid (usually milk or almond milk) to create the pudding consistency. You see chia seeds have the ability to soak up the liquid and create a gel-like texture that is solid. Even to the point of being able to replace eggs in cooking with chia seed gel.
If you use too many chia seeds (I have done this), you end up with more of a concrete consistency which is far from pudding. Isn’t funny how when we do too much, too soon, and expect success it creates just the opposite? I find this to be true with creating new habits also. Slow and steady wins the race. Think small (chia seeds) and slow (turtle). That is how habit changes become lasting changes.
I tell you this because when you make a habit change all you need to do is make a small change and the outcome will look very different from what you start with. In a few other blog posts, I talk about water and how you gain energy from water among other great health benefits. The reason I bring this up is, I have clients who tell me they can’t believe how much better they feel just by drinking more water. It helps them concentrate, they have more energy, and ultimately get more work done. So a small change to drinking more water created a ripple effect in their life to better outcomes.
Chia seeds make a great sweet treat. When I’m craving sugar I make one of my favorite chia seed pudding recipes.