Running on Chia

Quest to improve endurance leads marathon runner to a source of energy.



While Chandra Davis trained for her first marathon early last year, she began to look into how she could improve hydration and endurance. Omega-3-rich Chia seeds, Davis discovered, had a long history as an energy source rooted in ancient civilizations. A tiny Chia seed can absorb nine to 12 times its weight in liquid and slowly breaks down in the system, prolonging hydration. That summer, Davis, 38, started making a Chia seed beverage at her Apopka home. “I wanted something that tasted good, was low-calorie and under 5 grams of sugar so diabetics could drink it. A little Stevia sweetened it right up,” says Davis. After a week of drinking her concoction, Davis noticed she had greater stamina and endurance. She shared her Chia elixir with her brother, Gideon Lewis, a foot and ankle surgeon in Winter Park and a runner as well, who then told local performance trainer Mark Theisen about the drink. “We each saw applications to the beverage in each of the worlds we live in: active mom, physician, sports performance coach,” says Davis. In only a year, the trio had Drink Chia! (drinkchianow.com) on the market, with Track Shack Orlando, Chamberlin’s and Fresh Market among the 35 locations selling it.


CANDY ON THE BRAIN

Craving candy, but watching your weight? According to a recent study by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, when you visualize eating a certain food—particularly candy—you actually eat less of it and curb your cravings. The mind game was most effective when it came to bite-sized candy, often eaten one after another. Participants of the study who imagined downing 30 pieces of M&Ms actually ended up eating 30 to 40 percent fewer M&Ms than those who didn’t visualize their candy consumption. There’s no better time to put the study’s findings to the test than Halloween through the holidays, when you’re tempted by treats at every turn. —LD

Edit Module
Want to read the whole issue? Download and read this issue and others on Magzter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags

Guides & Resources

2017 Premier Veterinarians

The 2017 Pet Guide: Pet Resource Guide

Here are some of the places you can go in Central Florida when you need supplies, products and services for your best friends.

Premier Realtors 2017

Let Orlando's best realtors help you find your dream home!

Orlando's Best Lawyers 2017

Our annual list includes hundreds of Orlando-area attorneys in dozens of areas of practice.

Orlando's Top Dentists of 2017

Our annual list featuring 224 of the area's finest dental professionals.

Guide to Private Schools 2017

Our searchable annual database will help you chart an educational course for your family.

2016 Premier Doctors

Our annual list of over 500 doctors.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

MoreRecent Blog Posts

Weekend Happenings Sep 15 to 17

Know what's happening in and around Orlando for the weekend.

Writing Out the Storm

Humor helped prepare us for anything—except reality.

Indoor Activities for the Whole Family

When the rain keeps you cooped up and the power's out, try these activities for keeping entertained.

Add Shade with American Basswood

American basswood gives shade to your yard and the fragrant flowers provide forage for pollinators.

A Word From the Wise

Legendary hurricane expert Bryan Norcross offers tips on being prepared for storm Irma.
Edit Module