Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I'm so thankful that the physical therapist took a moment to check my stance when I was there a week ago with awful knee pain; her suggestion to wear supportive shoes and heavy duty insoles has helped my knee so much that I called and cancelled my next appointment! I hardly feel any discomfort from my knee at all now; and wearing these ugly shoes and insoles has been worth it even though I hate to wear shoes in the house, I'm not taking them off until about time for bed!
I think the insoles and the shoes work together, so I'm wearing them both!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Our anniversary day was turning out so nice; my bum knee wasn't causing me excessive pain, my back pain was only moderate, the weather was dry even though the weatherman had prophesied rain; and we were already dressed so when our son got here, we could just leave for the restaurant.
But just before our son came to take us out to dinner for our anniversary, we decided to take pictures or ourselves (my hubby and me) to mark the occasion. For the picture containing both of us, I focused the camera in and set the automatic timer and dashed over (it was just a couple steps) to the chair for the shot. The proof was okay but I wasn't happy with it because the shutter snapped and it caught me looking toward the ringing phone, so I thought we'd give it another try. Again, I focused in the camera, set the timer, dashed over to my spot, but this time my bad knee (which wasn't being all that bad at the time) collided with my hubby's knee as I spun around to position myself and the loud snap from my knee as well as my loud yelp filled the air throughout the house at the same time as the camera clicked! (Seriously, I thought it was broke!) There was no picture taking after that bit of excitement because my knee then hurt like the very dickens--again! After a short while and I could get some composure, I surmised that the knee wasn't broken, but it was very sore!
Our son arrived and together the guys helped me limp out to the car and we headed to the restaurant where I sat very uncomfortably. It remained sore and kept me awake pretty much throughout the night and I wondered if I would even make it into therapy in the morning for evaluation. As it happened, my knee pretty much recovered from the 'snap' during pampering throughout the night, and settled back into its latest regime that it had assumed before our anniversary of, 'as long as I didn't use it, it wouldn't hurt me'. It was on pretty good behavior while at the therapist and the 'testing manipulations' the therapist preformed caused little or no pain at all, so of course they still don't know what's wrong with that knee or what is causing the pain and swelling when I manipulate it.
Later, when I picked up the camera, I decided to see all the takes that were on it that I needed to edit out, and there it was; it was fuzzy to be sure, but the expression of sharp agony was obvious. Other than that little bump in the road, it was a very nice anniversary!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Here's what I've found out about how to 'rev up' the metabolic rate.
Insulin; it's job is to feed cells with proteins and sugars to build body parts and energize movements. Proteins and sugars come from the food we eat. Insulin travels to all the organs, muscles and the fat cells, trying to make sure everyone is fed. This in turn makes the metabolism rise as the natural sugars build glycogen. Building glycogen causes our cells to release calories in the form of heat. There's a name for that, TEF (thermic effect of food).
Boosting the metabolism depends on the right foods to spark a burn. The best glycogen burner is made from natural sugars that come from complex carbohydrates. So spaghetti, beans and most vegetables are good carbohydrates for that. The best foods being those that contain both carbs and protein, such as broccoli and some other vegetables that are aobut 50% complex carbs and 40% protein.
Most fats, like those in french fries and fried chicken are mainly stored as...well...fat in the body. Excess fats prohibit the insulin in the body from doing its job thoroughly much like a person trying to win a race by running through an oil slick. It can be done, but not effectively or properly. This is insulin resistance. What happens then is, the pancreas tries to compensate by sending out even more insulin to help get the proper nutrients into the cells. When you get that 'extra' insulin in the blood stream, you temporarily shut down the fat-burning machinery. Is simply stops the release of fat from the body fat stores and keeps it for anther time when food is short in supply.
A persistent insulin rise actually increases the fat storing enzymes in the fat tissues so that the body can actually store fat more easily and makes it less available to the muscles to burn.
If you're tracking your food and you are on a standard western diet, you'll find its hard to keep your fat ratio down. Why? Because fat is in just about everything, and cheese is almost all fat! Even low-fat cheese and reduced-fat cheeses have about 6 grams of fat, with 4 grams of saturated fat. per ounce, even some vegetables and fruits as well as grains and beans; and protein is found in many vegetables, beans, rice, pasta and even some fruit, it's not just in animal products as some people think;
The point here is, we want to be sure to eat enough carbohydrates with proteins to help our bodies burn the fat reserves we already have and not store more fat.
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