Tips & Tricks: Alternatives to IBU + Sept Goals
I love coffee yes I do! I love coffee how about you?!
But most people usually end up with something more like coffee with their creamer…serving sizes are generally just a few teaspoonfuls but often it’s too easy to just keep pouring the liquid sugar and milk leading to way more than 35 calories even tipping 100! I prefer my coffee black for my own personal reasons, but sometimes I do want a little flavor. So here’s a super trick:
Not only do you get flavor but some added benefits. Whereas sugar usually only aids your in spiking insulin levels, causing inflammation, and causing that serious after crash headache…
So what does any of this have to do with alternatives to ibuprofen?
As an avid marathon runner I put LOTS of miles on my body. 208 miles in the month of August to be exact. And overall I feel great! I haven’t taken a single otc pain reliever and I don’t plan on it. How can I push my body to the max and not desperately need ibu? There certainly is a time when otc meds are needed. I’m not totally knocking them. I’m suggesting that we not become so dependent on them that it interferes with our bodies’ natural healing power.
Did you know:
- Taking ibuprofen after workouts can actually INHIBIT muscle repair and growth?¹ It’s like taking one step forward and two back. A little soreness and inflammation is required to rebuild.
- Consuming excess sugar in your diet can also contribute to inflammation²?
Believe it or not but there’s au natural things you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle that will help prevent unmanageable pain and encourage muscle growth for the average person (there are certainly exceptions). Most of it starts with diet…Try to adopt a diet rich in foods that are anti-inflammatory instead of concentrating on one or two super foods. It must be a lifestyle.
Foods that help combat inflammation naturally:
(A quick note on general acute inflammation: it isn’t the enemy. Slight inflammation is our bodies protective and repair system.)
- Tart Cherry Juice
- Olive oil
- Fresh fruits/veggies like spinach, kale, berries
- Tea: green, black
And there are foods that can cause inflammation:
- Trans fat/saturated fat, high greesy foods
Non-food soreness fighters:
- Menthol lotion
- Epsom salt baths (ahhhh-maaaaazing)
- Massage (grab your spouse or a foam roller)
- Yoga, Tai-Chi
So there’s a few tools for your pain/inflammation toolkit! Let’s touch on goals briefly as it’s SEPTEMBER 1st. Already?! I know, I know summer is about licked.
Here’s l what I have planned:
- I hit 208 miles last month and for September I’d like to see 220.
- Finish my ‘Ignite the Fire’ book.
- Continue lunch prep and get better at meal management. (Something I still struggle with! I’m a busy woman!!)
- Yoga yoga yoga everyday. Even if it’s only 10 minutes!
- No more ice cream or junk food. I’m in serious marathon training mode now with only 2.5 months to go. It’s time to hone in. In order to run well you must fuel well. That means food high in nitrous oxides, proteins, anti-oxidants, potassium, magnesium, and iron. (Think spinach, kale, beets, tuna, salmon, berries, bananas)
What’s on you September goal list?! Did you have any for August? Are you a great meal planner? Beets and spinach: ew or yum?
Stay beautifully fit y’all!
1 Sep 2015 / runpinkjess / 0
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