Yesterday, on Day Ten of the Raw Food Challenge, I ate:
- 1 apple and about 1/2 glass water
- Green tea and assorted sashimi on a bed of shredded carrots, beets, and daikon at a sushi restaurant (the sashimi was three pieces salmon, two pieces red snapper, two pieces white tuna, and two pieces yellowfin tuna)
- Beet juice (1 beet, 1/2 pear, small piece of ginger, a few celery stalks, some romaine lettuce leaves in the juicer- but I only drank half of this mixture because it wasn’t quite to my liking), plus the rest of the brownie (which is the equivalent of 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup dates, and 1 tbsp cacao powder) mixed with 1/2 banana
- Juice pulp flatbread spread with hummus and 1 mug rooibos tea
- 1 apple with cinnamon and 1 digestive enzyme capsule with lemon water to chase it down. My tummy started to get a little sore, just after I ate the brownie, so that’s why I decided to have the digestive enzymes. I’m not sure if it was because I had too much brownie all at once or if it was from the sashimi, but my poor stomach was not pleased with me at all.
- Over half a dozen leaves of romaine lettuce (somehow munching on this made my tummy feel a bit better- or maybe it was the digestive enzymes kicking in) and some of yesterday’s soup with added black pepper and sea salt. Then I crumbled a few corn chips on top, which added some really nice spice. I like this soup because the vegetables are really crunchy (well, they’re still raw!), and they just burst with flavour. I also watered it down a little to make it less carrot-intense, and I preferred it this way. I had a few more corn chips and also a spicy juice pulp patty smeared with guacamole.
- 1/2 banana, plus some banana ice cream made in the food processor with another banana, some vanilla bean, cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon. Earlier in the day, ice cream came up in conversation, and I said that ice cream isn’t something I want in the winter. Apparently I was wrong The blandness of the banana was very gentle on my stomach. I like banana ice cream!
- Small glass lemon water
I have been feeling incredibly sleepy lately, particularly in the evenings. I haven’t been doing very much strenuous activity, although I was easily able to do Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred (my favourite workout DVD) on Saturday, so this way of eating doesn’t seem to affect my energy levels with regards to how capable I am of exercising, but lately I’ve been ready for bed by 8pm. At least my sleeps have been incredibly restful of late… only a couple of bad dreams and a little bit of restlessness the past couple nights, but other than that I have been sleeping very deeply and for an extra hour or two more each night than what I’m used to.
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Guest Post: Athletic Therapy
Hello everyone. I am thankful to be guest posting at one of the most popular blogs on the net. Thank you, Sagan.
My name is Melanie Talastas (Certified Athletic Therapist) and I am here to promote Athletic Therapy and to increase awareness about Athletic Therapists in your area. I will be presenting the Athletic Therapist scope of practice, where you can find them, and why you should see one when you sustain an injury. Here are the most frequently asked questions about Athletic Therapy.
What is Athletic Therapy?
Athletic Therapy is committed to providing exceptional treatment and quality care when it’s needed to active individuals with injuries. Athletic Therapists specialize in musculoskeletal injuries originating from sports injuries to work-related injuries.
In clinical settings, Athletic Therapists provide treatment for injuries such as muscle strains, ligament sprains, joint pain, lower back pain, whiplash, and rehabilitation for post-surgery or after a fracture. In field settings, Athletic Therapists specialize in primary on-field management along with supportive taping techniques.
Often people think that Athletic Therapists only treat athletes, due to our job title, however our services are not limited to athletes alone.
The main focus is to help active individuals rapidly return to work or play in an improved condition after a musculoskeletal injury. After sustaining an injury, the recovery time is crucial for immediate treatment. Everyone has direct access to Athletic Therapists because anyone can visit AT’s without a referral from a doctor.
What’s the difference between Physiotherapy and Athletic Therapy?
As mentioned above, Athletic Therapists specialize in injury prevention, primary on-field management, injury rehabilitation strength and conditioning muscle, and bone and joint specialists. Physiotherapists specialize in a wider range of practice such as Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Neurology, Geriatrics, Respiratory, Mentally Disabled, Arthritics, Amputees, Burns, Musculoskeletal, and Oncology.
Where can you find Athletic Therapists?
Athletic Therapists are recognized by all provincial chapters of the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association in Canada; therefore they can be found nationwide. There are a number of private clinics and educational institutions that offer Athletic Therapy services. For instance, institutions in Manitoba like the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, and Brandon University all offer Athletic Therapy Services.
Athletic Therapists also work alongside other health care providers in multi-disciplinary clinics with Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Sports Medicine Doctors, and Surgeons. Athletic Therapy patients range from adolescents to adults and seniors. Athletic Therapists also provide rehabilitation to individuals who experience injury at work, in motor vehicle collisions, or in everyday life.
What Athletic Therapy Treatments Include
Your Athletic Therapy treatments may include heat or cold application, therapeutic modalities (ultrasound, IFC, muscle stimulation and traction), therapeutic exercise, supportive taping techniques, soft tissue mobilization, reconditioning programs, and information and education on course of treatments. These are all proven methods of treatment used by AT’s today.
Who covers Athletic Therapy?
In Winnipeg: Manitoba Public Insurance, Workers Compensation Board, Blue Cross, Manulife, Green Shield, Great West Life and many more private insurance companies. Through proper coverage more individuals can receive the benefit of a specialized professional helping them to recover quickly to be healthy again.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about the Athletic Therapy profession. I am currently working at the University of Winnipeg Athletic Therapy Centre, located at 400 Spence Street in the lower level of the Duckworth Centre. Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.