Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Knee!! And What I Ate Wednesday

I have a problem!! I think I did something to my knee-- when I was working out yesterday I had a tearing feeling every time I lunged and now if I'm sitting and extend my leg out it pops. This can not be good. I don't remember doing anything specific to it so I'm not sure what could be wrong, but I decided to make today a rest day and I'm crossing my fingers it feels better tomorrow. It only hurt during yoga when I put my weight on it, but stretching it was fine. If you have any ideas about what's wrong or what I should do let me know!!

Yesterday's eats were extra tasty- I started off my day with a protein shake in a bowl-- it was extra thick from adding banana so I decided it was best eaten with a spoon. In the mix was protein powder, 1/2 banana, a few blueberries, cinnamon, Truvia, a couple spinach ice cubes, and almond milk.

Morning snack was cottage cheese with a brown rice cake and natural peanut butter. So glad rice cakes are back in my life!



Lunch was just a turkey burger and yam with coconut oil and cinnamon. I love love love my yams this way!


My afternoon snack was balsamic dijon chicken with a side of steamed broccoli (with lots of garlic).



I made a new recipe for dinner- spicy shredded beef bowl. Yes, it tasted as fantastic as it looks and the recipe will be here tomorrow!


I had the usual casein pudding after hot yoga!

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like you could've torn your ACL. I would defintely rest and go get it checked! Hope it gets better!
    How did you make the balsalmic dijon chicken? That sounds amazing!
    -Mo

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    1. Oh goodness that doesn't sound good :( I just marinate chicken in about half a bottle of walden farms balsamic dressing and 1/2 bottle dijon mustard. :)

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  2. Is your Workouts link temporarily out of commission? I'm desperate(ok - maybe desperate is an exaggeration) to view because I need to change up my workouts. Will it be back soon? Thanks for all your support, recipes, etc, etc, etc. :)

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    1. Ok - that was so rude of me not to comment on your knee...I hope your knee gets better soon!! Def sounds like you should get it checked out.

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    2. Haha thanks! It should be working now, let me know if you're still having problems.

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  3. I know how you feel about rice cakes. Many do not like the plain but I love them. If I want to switch it up a bit I will sprinkle cinnamon or unsweetened cocoa powder and stevia. Yum.

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  4. I have really bad knees and when I do just about anything I can hear them grinding, which kind of sounds like tearing and they pop with almost every extension. I'm only 23 which is scary... but I guess the cartilage is deteriorating...they only hurt when I run or do things that put pressure on them like lunges, extensions, squats (they swell especially when I run)... if it is really bad sharp pain with swelling that sounds way more urgent, but if it is more of an ache and annoying pain, definitely get it checked out but probably wouldn't be more serious than a meniscus tear... I know ACL's are super painful! Good luck and hopefully it's not too serious!

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    1. It's definitely not super painful so that's good! I hate the doctor but will definitely go if it doesn't feel better soon :(

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  5. Hey, Its Holly from Gluten Free Holly. I"m a physical therpist, sounds like it could be an ACL sprain or tear, is there swelling? If there is swelling and it is difficult to bear weight on, I would get it checked out. Another thing is it could just be a problem with your patella (knee cap) tracking. Sometimes if your ITB is tight or hamstrings are tight at all, it can pull the patella laterally with lunges and create unusual compression forces in your knee. Do you have any point tenderness or does it feel like a deep ache in your knee when weight bearing?

    For now, RICE: Rest, ice, Compress, and elevate :) And drinks lots of fluid!

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    1. No swelling, doesn't hurt to the touch, but if I were to kneel on it, then it hurts, and it pops every time I straighten it but not a painful pop. I will definitely do all of that today thank you so much!!

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    2. Then it probably isn't your ACL! To me, now it sounds like patellafemoral syndrome or jumper's kneee/patella tendonitis. Continue RICE. When you feel stronger, try this with athletic tape:
      http://www.mikereinold.com/2010/12/why-mcconnell-patellar-taping-works.html
      And then do a lunge or go up stairs and see if there is any difference. If there is then it can be ITB/hamstring or muscle imbalance that is causing your patella to track wrong in the capsule. Which can then lead to tendinitis. So in order to fix it: check out ITB stretches/exercises, and focus on hamstring/hip abduction strengthening a little bit more than quads.

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  6. Oh no!! Sorry to hear about your knee :0(. I hope it's nothing serious. I will say a prayer for you!!

    Is the balsamic dijon chicken Monika's recipe? I have been meaning to it, it looks and sounds SUPER yummy!! Two of my fav's balsamic and dijon. Hmmm maybe I should try it on my fish tonight......

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    1. No it's Jamie's- just 1/2 bottle balsamic dressing and 1/2 bottle dijon mustard. Thank you!!

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  7. Ahhh that sucks about the knee, I hope it heals up quick. I randomly get hurt after workouts but I can never tell what it was that made it happen. My recent one was something with my ankle.. it wasn't really sprained but it just felt weird, like it wasn't on right. It was also swollen for a couple of days. Very weird. It's good now. So if I was you, I'd just rest up a little bit and see if it gets better - if it doesn't I'd go check it out by a doctor. Good luck!

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  8. Hi Brittany
    I am a physio too - so great you have some many helping you with ideas - you may have damaged cartilage (meniscus) in your knee. The popping with extension usually is cartilage damage. You may want to get a qucik assessment by a physio close to you but in the mean time ice lots. Hope it feels better soon.
    Debbie

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  9. I agree with the meniscus....I have done both tearing my PCL and meniscus and I literally couldn't stand with the PCL (Which the doctor told me is the normal reaction) where the meniscus I have dealed with for several years. Sometimes it gets ouchy and other times it is fine. Ice and rest :) Hope you feel better soon!

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  10. Where is the pain in your knee? is it at the front under the knee cap? purhaps your have patellofemoral syndrome. The cartilage in your knee is getting worn away from overuse and can cause pain, irritation and swelling. If it is this it should be more painful to do stairs, and gets stiff after sitting for a while.
    Good luck!

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  11. It sounds like a meniscus tear. I’ve torn mine in both knees and have had arthroscopic surgery on both to trim the tear. The popping you hear is the little flap of skin that is torn and gets turned inside out – then rights itself –thus the popping. A bad tear can be very painful. My youngest son at 15yrs old tore his by simply squatting down to get something off the bottom shelf in the refrigerator. He was heavily involved in cross country running and the grueling workouts took their toll on his knee. He had the surgery to trim the tear and is fine – now – he’s only 19 though. HOWEVER – I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND SURGERY. I would recommend finding a place that specializes in stem cell therapy (with your own stem cells) and have injections to repair the tear – not trim it. Pro athletes do it all the time. If I had known this at the time of my surgery, I would have gone that route and not be in the place I am today at 51. My right knee is bone on bone and the left knee has a little cartilage left – but not much. I feel the “trimming” of the meniscus was bad because that left less cushioning between the bones. Over time mine has worn out and I’m faced with total knee replacement. I’m too young for it now so I am going through the stem cell therapy on both knees to re-grow my own cartilage and fingers crossed I can avoid knee replacement entirely. By the way – I love your site and frequent it often.

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  12. Sorry about your knee girl. I hope it heals quick for you! I've delt with so many knee related injuries, so I know how frustrating and stressful it can be! :(

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