Thursday, January 12, 2017

smart by stupidity

A few years ago, I worked for a test prep company, and one of the classes I taught was prep for the LSAT - the Law School Admission Test.  I enjoyed teaching LSAT prep.  Lawyers often get a bad rap, but some of the most personable people I've met through teaching were people preparing for law school.

*for extra credit, anyone know what score Elle Woods got on her LSAT to get into Harvard Law in Legally Blonde?  Anyone??*

Anyway, one student was a young woman who REALLY wanted to become a lawyer, and REALLY wanted to get into a decent law school.  She actually took the class twice.  And not only did she take the class, she made other changes she believed would help her chances.  She stopped smoking, started eating healthy, and exercising.

One session, during breaktime, she mentioned she'd started eating flax with her cereal, because she'd heard that flaxseed was good brainfood.  Figured eating flax while taking a prep class would really make her shine on test day.  She asked if I knew anything about it, which I did not.  But, what the heck, I'd give it a try.

Shortly after that conversation, I got some flaxseed at the healthy store and tried some on my morning bowl of cereal. Magnum did too.


It was SO gross!  I couldn't finish my bowl of cereal.  Magnum agreed.  It didn't really taste like anything, it was just the texture.  Even just thinking of that memory now has me grossed out!  It was like eating cereal with little dried boogers mixed in!  Seriously!

To top that off, not only had I ruined a bowl of cereal, I'd ruined the entire box.  I thought it would be a time-saver to just mix a bunch of dried boogers flaxseed into the whole spanking box of cereal!  Big mistake!

I threw the whole box out.  I should've burned it, that would have been cathartic.

Anyway, I reported my results to... let's call her "Trish"... at the next class session.

"Trish", I said, "I couldn't do it!  It was like dried boogers in my cereal!  How do you eat it?!"

"Boogers, what?", she replied.

I explained.  Even the part about mixing it into the whole box, and throwing the whole box out.  

"Don't get the seeds!", she explained.  "Get the ground up stuff!  It's like, powdery.  Just sprinkle it on.  It's not boogery at all!"


Trish is now a practicing attorney.  We're buds on Linkedin where she seems happy and smart.

And I know to use ground flax.

Never whole flaxseed.  Never ever.  That would be stupid.

Linking up with Mama Kat this week, for the prompt
5. Share one piece of great advice you’ve received.


Kimberly said...

OMYGOSH...hahhahah! I knew where this was going because I used flax seed for my chronic pain (also really good for inflammation due to osteoarthritis or any sort of -itis that you have going on) and I told a family member to mix it in shakes or yogurt or whatever. They came at me the next day they tried it and said it got stuck in their teeth and throat and it was the absolute worst! Then I said "Oh. I should have said, ground flax seed!"
You don't taste it at all. My bad!

ShadowRun300 said...

I am SO glad I read this before trying flaxseed. But I doubt I'll ever try flaxseed - whole or ground. Well, especially not whole. I don't know, does it work? Maybe I should try it. Some days my brain isn't firin' on all cylinders.
I loved Legally Blonde, but I have no idea what she scored on her test. :/

Abby said...

Oh GAG! Now I'm thinking about it in a shake!

Abby said...

I don't know if it works. I eat it most days, but not all. Maybe I should track it with some sort of stupidity meter? But seriously, I have no idea while whole flaxseeds are even on the store shelves!
Elle scored a 179 (max score of 180), such a badass.

B Nickerson said...

LOL. Sometimes you don't know till you try and it was the wrong thing. Ground flaxseed is good in baked goods, like muffins, too---but just a tablespoon is enough.

Larz said...

I love flax seed. More than most things. Also the meal, but I put the seeds in a lot of my foods.

Abby said...

I've not used it for baking, maybe I'll try it on the next rare baking occasion. And yes, a little goes a long way.

Abby said...

GASP! An enigma! I don't know what it was, I typically like other such seeds. Flaxseeds, if I recall, had a bit of a slimy coating. I couldn't deal with that whole ensemble.

LL Cool Joe said...

I've eaten snot, who hasn't, but I'll pass on the flax seed. Thanks for the warning!

Marcy said...

I don't think I've tried that, but I'll have to remember about it. I just got chia seeds for the first time and have so far sprinkled them on my oatmeal. Fine. I heard if you plump them up first by letting them soak in liquid, they get gelatinous. I just tried it, and it's true, but why was I thinking gelatinous would be a good thing?

Larz said...

I guess I don't find them slimy? *shrug* they're really good baked into muffins or added to granola bars and whatnot. Now, chia does get slimy when it's hydrated. But I also like chia quite a bit.

Abby said...

Thanks for that imagery...

Abby said...

Yah... "gelatinous" and "appetizing" aren't necessarily synonyms. I've never eaten chia seeds. Don't they grow into pets at Christmas time?