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Corporate Chic. Natural Living Advocate. Freelance Writer. Speaker. Social Media Addict. Bookworm. Wanderer.

When I'm not working crazy hours for my corporate finance gig, I'm toiling away as an evening entrepreneur and making random hair and skin care products from scratch. I started Sisterlocked.com in 2010 to chronicle my natural hair journey and it has grown into so much more.
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6 Years Sisterlocked

I've been loc'd 6 years now and it is the best decision I've ever made in my adult life, outside of my choice in a partner.
You don't know what it means to be a brown girl that loves her hair as is. To be free of relaxers that never agreed with me. To be free of curl defining this and hair straightening that. As much as I love seeing a girl with a great blow-out or a fierce twist-out, I felt like I was comparing my hair to others and feeling inadequate. Hair, for many of us, is one of the first ways we express our personal style, culture, and self.
It sounds silly, and it may even sound vain, but hair politics is a huge part of growing up black/brown/Caribbean. If your parents aren't giving you a complex, the kids on the playground are with talk of good and bad hair and being light-skinned or not. Measuring a woman of color's beauty in narrow and exclusionary terms.
So after 20+ years of:
My lips are too big
My butt is too flat
My hair is too nappy
My skin is too dark
My body is too curvy
I like myself. That is a private war that woman that are too anything must wage and win if they want to have peace and personal joy.

Chia Infused Energy Tea

I'm always looking out for an alternative to coffee. I work in corporate finance, have a husband, two kiddies and I'm an evening entrepreneur, needless to say, I'm occasionally sleep deficient. This hurts me in more ways than one -- impaired metabolism, occasional mood swings, a genuine dislike for early morning sunlight.  And then there is the fact that I tend to overeat for the energy to stay awake during those difficult stretches during the day.

I'm trying my best to get to bed before 3 AM, but on those stretches where my nocturnal nature takes hold and I am inspired in the wee hours of the morning and evening, I make above average food and beverage choices like nutrient rich chia in green smoothies or antioxidant teas.

I conjured up this gem of a drink this morning, and I was feeling super sexy (i.e. energized, focused, and centered). Here is the recipe, give it a try and don't be afraid to modify to suit your taste.

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Chia Infused Energy Tea
Nutrient rich and fiber rich chia infused tea.
  • 1 tea bag Lipton Lemon Ginger Tea
  • 1 tea bag Trader Joe's Pomegranate White Tea (substitute with any of your favorite tea's)
  • 2 tbsp Raw Organic Honey
  • 1/4 cup Hydrated Chia
  • 2-3 thin slices Organic Lemon
1. Set water to boil 2. Steep 2 antioxidant tea bags in about 1.5 cups of water for up to 5 minutes 3. Add 1 cup of cold water4. Add honey5. Add hydrated chia6. Shake until well blended and enjoy
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings

Side note: I add cold water before adding honey or chia to take advantage of raw nutrients.

To prepare hydrated chia seed take 1/4 cup dry chia seeds and mix with 1 cup of water. Shake well and store in refrigerate in a sealed container. I keep hydrated chia on hand and mix into my smoothies.

Benefits of Chia

  • Massive amount of nutrients (in some instances more than kale, spinach and blueberries) with few calories.
  • Considered a whole grain and is very high in  soluble fiber. Soluble fibers help our bodies to eliminate the hormonal excess metabolized by the liver, dumping it in the intestines. 
  • Very high in antioxidants, which fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells.
  • Fairly high in protein (14%), a higher protein intake reduces appetite and has been shown to reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60% and the desire for night time snacking by 50%.
  • Chia contains more Omega-3s than salmon.
  • It helps improve the health of individuals with type - 2 diabetes and can help regulate blood sugar.
  • Is recommended for pre-workout consumption because studies have shown that chia can help with athletic endurance.


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