Archives for October 2011

Rest & Recreation Weekend

black bean brownie with raspberry toppingAnother quiet weekend.

I must be stressed out indeed! Yesterday morning I woke up late and checked the news. When I read a story of a couple who has traveled around the world since 2004, I  started dreaming of a vagabond lifestyle (leaving behind the rat race…).  I decided it’a a good idea to take another weekend “off”.

Mostly I’ve just slept, watched  movies and tried a couple of new recipes. Yesterday I made myself roasted curried cauliflower (yummy!) and today I  baked black bean brownies (sans chocolate chips) for the first time. I’ve wanted to try them ever since I heard that kind of recipe – beans in a brownie! – exists

I was surprised at how tasty and filling the brownies are, but I have to admit I like the raw brownie batter better than the end result. 🙂 I enjoyed my brownies with a raspberry topping.

Exercise-wise, I’m on a maintenance mode. I try to take at least one long walk per day, but have no energy to do anything extra like swing my kettlebells or do some other form of strength training. I’ve also done four Feldenkrais lessons and manipulated my trigger points every day to get rid of my muscle tensions.

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I also spent some quality time planning a wardrobe for my little niece’s barbie dolls. Lots of pink, satin and lace,  I think! 🙂

Self-Care Day

reading is a form of self-care activityI had big plans for last Sunday but when I woke up, my upper neck muscles were very tense and I had a budding headache.

I was afraid I was going to get a full-blown migraine, so I decided to take the whole day “off”.

I pronounced Sunday my self-care day, took a painkiller and spent the rest of the day taking care of myself: I did 2 hours of Feldenkrais and 1 hour of diy trigger-point therapy. Rest of the time I spent curled under a blanket with a good book. I think it’s needless to say that I had to limit my computer time to minimum, i.e. checking my email and Facebook a couple of times…

My self-care day seemed to have helped because my neck pain had and headache had diminished considerably on Monday morning.

Because headaches (I used to suffer from chronic tension headaches) are a relatively rare occurrence to me these days, I spent some time thinking about my late headaches and neck tensions on Monday. I had to admit that I haven’t been taking as good care of myself as I used to and it’s starting to show. Often seven days or more can go by so that I don’t do any Feldenkrais, and it’s obviously not enough to keep me out of trouble.

Nothing is more important in my life than staying headache-free! I don’t want to get back to those bad old days when I had headaches that lasted for weeks on end. If it means doing Feldenkrais at least three times a week, it’s something I must find time for. It’s so easy think you can cut back on your self-care if you have no acute problems, but that’s a mistake.

I did some thinking on the minimum amount of self-care I need to be in good shape emotionally and physically. I think I need at least the following: [Read more…]

Some Yoga For Low Back…

I did some yoga for low back yesterday!

I don’t remember exactly how long it’s been since I’ve done yoga, but I think it’s been at least two years. I picked a YouTube video named “low back flow” from one of my favorite yogis, Sadie Nardini. (The entire series consists of three 10-minute videos, first one is shown below).

So why yoga all of a sudden (and why did I stop)?

I’ve been in a foul mood lately and I avoided exercising for a few days.  When I was finally ready to get back in the saddle, I wanted to try something different. I didn’t feel like swinging my kettlebell or doing aerobic exercise, so I hoped yoga would offer me some variety. [Read more…]

Intuitive Eating Experiences

Choco M&M. My rating: 3/5.

All blog posts should be profound, perfectly formed and at least 500 words long!

But because I’ve been in a bad mood lately, I decided to publish a short and fragmented post today..

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 It’s been 2.5 months since I committed myself to learning intuitive eating. I’m still very much a beginner,  but I’m definitely seeing some positive results: my diet is more varied. That’s because I don’t eat only “safe” foods anymore. I also choose foods based on how much I expect to enjoy them, not just their healthfulness or calorie/fat/carb/protein content.

My first step in intuitive eating was to make peace with food. It means I gave myself permission to eat foods I usually avoid. That’s why I’ve eaten treats almost every day for 2.5 months. I started with ice cream and then proceeded to chocolate, sweets and other “heavy stuff”. [Read more…]

Four Simple Exercises For Upper Back Pain Relief

Source: Flickr/skatoolaki

Yesterday, I read an interesting article about text neck on Today’s Health.

Chiropractor Dean Fishman told that more and more people come to him to get relief from upper-back pains caused by excessive use of gadgets like smart phones, laptops and tablet computers.

What I found very disturbing is that his youngest patient was a 3-year-old toddler who played too much games on an electronic device!

Spending hours hunched over your smart phone or laptop every day is going to lead to weak and overtaxed muscles in upper back and eventually pains in the upper back, neck and even elbows and wrists.

The first thing to do for upper back pain relief is to check your posture repeatedly during the day and take frequent rests. Don’t let your neck hang like the guy’s in the picture on the top left! [Read more…]