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3 Stretches To Ease Pregnancy Back Pain

Do you suffer from pain during your pregnancy? By adjusting your posture and stretching, you can minimize that annoying back pain. These pregnancy exercises can strengthen your core muscles as well as make it easier to get that flat belly back after delivery.

Here are three easy exercises to reduce your back pain.

Squats

Stretching and strengthening your muscles increases muscle activation. Squats are an easy-go to exercise. Do NOT do this if you are suffering from pelvic pain.

  1. Stand in a wide squat position with your feet and knees slightly turned out. This should cause you to feel it around your thighs into your hips/glutes/upper hamstrings. Make sure to keep your weight on your heels.
  2. Your butt should be pointed upwards. You should feel the stretch as it hits your core. Do this in sets of 10 to 20 reps.

Round Stretch

This stretch is similar to the cat cow and child’s pose combined. This stretch activates those deep core muscles.

  1. Begin in the child’s pose position reaching your arms out. Keep your knees wide. You want to stretch your hips back as far as you can. Then arch your back as you stretch up and down.

Pigeon Stretch

This stretch can relieve sciatic discomfort and stretch your belly.  If your hips are too tight, this will increase pregnancy back pain. Place a pillow underneath your hips if you feel any discomfort. But remember, these stretches should relieve pain and not increase it.

  1. One leg should be stretched backward causing your leg to be straight along the floor, the other leg should be bent to where you are sitting on your knee. Arch your lower back making it easier to stretch your glutes and hips.
  1. Gently push off the floor with your upper body. This will stretch your belly. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds then roll up and switch sides.

 

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Juices To Relieve Tendonitis

Earlier in the week, we gave you a recipe to relieve joint pain. Here are two more! Tendonitis and inflammation can make it hard to do simple everyday tasks. Joint pain is a build up of inflammation. Juicing can be used to reduce inflammation and prevent future joint pain.

Golden Sun Juice

by Juicingforhealth.com

This juice’s ingredients is will reduce inflammation and cleanse your liver.

Directions:

  1. Make sure to remove the core and skin of pineapple.
  2. Next, deseed the bell peppers
  3. Peel the lemon.
  4. Cut each ingredient and blend in juicer.
  5. ½ pineapple
Ingredients
  • 2 yellow bell peppers
  • 4 ribs of celery
  • ½ lemon
  • 1-inch piece of ginger root

Inflammation-Soothing Juice

by Juicingforhealth.com

This recipe is delicious, reduces inflammation, improves blood circulation.

Directions:

  1. Make sure to remove the core and skin of pineapple.
  2. Peel the lemon
  3. Cut each ingredient and blend in juicer.
Ingredients
  • ½ pineapple
  • 10-12 big kale leaves
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ lemon

 

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Juicing For Your Joints!

As you age, things like arthritis and joint pain become more prevalent. Do you suffer from achy joints? Ever had a slight twinge in the knee? Or A sharp shooting pain from your shoulder to your elbow? With aging, pain like this becomes more frequent. Doesn’t mean we can’t prevent or minimize pain! Not everyone likes to take pain medication or pay for expensive supplements, here is a natural remedy.

Certain fruits, vegetables and other plant foods like spices and seasonings contain natural phytonutrient compounds with anti-inflammatory actions. ~ rebootwithjoe.com

Every day fruits and vegetables can contain healing elements. For example, cherry juice helps reduce joint pain and inflammation. Or Turmeric that is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Juicing is a common healthy natural remedy. Certain juices can serve dual purposes. Not only will this reduce joint pain but depending on ingredients can vary from anti-cholestoral to a metabolism booster.

Here is a recipe to try at home today!

  • 4 slices fresh pineapple
  • 1 large handful of cherries
  • 1 handful of red grapes
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 in (5 cm) piece of fresh root ginger
  • 4 small pieces turmeric root
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Why Walking Your Dog is GREAT For Exercise

Around 36.5% of households own dogs in America! ~ www.avma.org

Dogs create the perfect weekly exercise!  They are nature’s perfect personal trainers. Dogs are always energetic and enthusiastic to go on a walk. These walks can create a good exercise routine for your week. They are supportive, motivating, and good walking companions. Research shows that these short walks can reduce the risk of developing a number of serious health problems.

It can reduce breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes risk and colon cancer. And these are only a few of the many benefits. Dog owners who walk their dogs are 25% less likely to be obese than people without dogs. Who knew dogs could be such loyal trainers? Follow these 3 tips to see how often you exercise!

  • Create a weekly walking schedule. Plan to walk 30 minutes overall each day. This can be divided in a Morning and Evening walk.
  • Once creating a schedule you will feel more obligated to stick with your weekly plan.
  • Track your progress over a month!
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Back Pain May Be Caused By Your Stomach!

Many people that suffer back pain are unaware that weight gain is a leading contributor.  Actually, weight gain and unhealthy eating are leading contributors to diseases such as diabetes, high-blood pressure and yes, back pain too.  So, today we are sampling a “Healthy Diet” plan for the week.  This is what Healthy Eating looks like:

Day One

Today’s meal plan contains about 2,250 calories, with 55 percent of those calories coming from carbohydrates, 20 percent fat, and 25 percent from protein.

It also has about 34 grams fiber.

Breakfast

  • One grapefruit
  • Two poached eggs (or fried in a non-stick pan)
  • Two slices whole grain toast with one pat butter each
  • One cup low-fat milk
  • One cup black coffee or herbal tea

(Macronutrients: approximately 555 calories with 27 grams protein, 63 grams carbohydrates, and 23 grams fat)

Snack

  • One banana
  • One cup plain yogurt with two tablespoons honey
  • Glass of water

(Macronutrients: 360 calories, 14 grams protein, 78 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fat)

Lunch

  • Chicken breast (6-ounce portion), baked or roasted (not breaded or fried)
  • Large garden salad with tomato and onion with one cup croutons, topped with one tablespoon oil and vinegar (or salad dressing)
  • Glass of water

(Macronutrients: 425 calories, 44 grams protein, 37 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup carrot slices
  • Three tablespoon hummus
  • One-half piece of pita bread
  • Glass of water or herbal tea

(Macronutrients: 157 calories, 6 grams protein, 25 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fat)

Dinner

  • One cup steamed broccoli
  • One cup brown rice
  • Halibut (four-ounce portion)
  • Small garden salad with one cup spinach leaves, tomato, and onion topped with two tablespoons oil and vinegar or salad dressing
  • One glass white wine (regular or dealcoholized)
  • Sparkling water with lemon or lime slice

(646 calories, 42 grams protein, 77 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup blueberries
  • Two tablespoons whipped cream (the real stuff—whip your own or buy in a can)
  • Glass of water

(Approximately 100 calories, 1 gram protein, 22 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fat)

Day Two

If you eat this whole menu, you get about 2,150 calories, with 51 percent of those calories coming from carbohydrates, 21 percent from fat, and 28 percent from protein. The meal plan also has 30 grams fiber.

Breakfast

  • One whole wheat English muffin with two tablespoons peanut butter
  • One orange
  • Large glass (12 ounces) non-fat milk
  • One cup black coffee or herbal tea

(Macronutrients: approximately 521 calories with 27 grams protein, 69 grams carbohydrates, and 18 grams fat)

Snack

  • Two oatmeal cookies with raisins
  • Glass of water, hot tea or black coffee

(Macronutrients: 130 calories, 2 grams protein, 21 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fat)

Lunch

  • A turkey sandwich (six ounces of turkey breast meat, large tomato slice, green lettuce and mustard on two slices of whole wheat bread
  • One cup low-sodium vegetable soup
  • Glass of water

(Macronutrients: 437 calories, 59 grams protein, 37 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup (about 30) grapes
  • Glass of water or herbal tea

(Macronutrients: 60 calories, 0.6 grams protein, 12 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams fat)

Dinner

  • Five-ounce sirloin steak
  • One cup mashed potatoes
  • One cup cooked spinach
  • One cup green beans
  • One glass beer (regular, lite or non-alcohol)
  • Sparkling water with lemon or lime slice

(671 calories, 44 grams protein, 63 grams carbohydrates, 18 grams fat)

Snack

  • Two slices whole wheat bread with two tablespoons jam (any variety of fruit)
  • One cup non-fat milk
  • Glass of water

(Approximately 337 calories, 14 grams protein, 66 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fat)

Day Three

Today’s meal has about 2,260 calories, with 55 percent of those calories coming from carbohydrates, 20 percent from fat, and 25 percent from protein. It also has 50 grams fiber.

Breakfast

  • One medium bran muffin
  • One serving turkey breakfast sausage
  • One orange
  • One cup non-fat milk
  • One cup black coffee or herbal tea

(Macronutrients: approximately 543 calories with 26 grams protein, 84 grams carbohydrates, and 15 grams fat)

Snack

  • One fresh pear
  • One cup flavored soy milk
  • Glass of water, hot tea or black coffee

(Macronutrients: 171 calories, 6 grams protein, 34 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fat)

Lunch

  • Low sodium chicken noodle soup with six saltine crackers
  • One medium apple
  • Water

(Macronutrients: 329 calories, 8 grams protein, 38 grams carbohydrates, 17 grams fat)

Snack

  • One apple
  • One slice Swiss cheese
  • Sparkling water with lemon or lime slice

(Macronutrients: 151 calories, 5 grams protein, 21 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fat)

Dinner

  • Eight-ounce serving of turkey breast meat
  • One cup baked beans
  • One cup cooked carrots
  • One cup cooked kale
  • One glass of wine

(784 calories, 84 grams protein, 76 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup ​of frozen yogurt
  • One cup fresh raspberries

(Approximately 285 calories, 7 grams protein, 52 grams carbohydrates, 7 grams fat)

Day Four

By the end of today, you’ll consume about 2,230 calories, with 54 percent of those calories coming from carbohydrates, 24 percent from fat, and 22 percent from protein. You’ll also get about 27 grams fiber.

Breakfast

  • One cup whole wheat flakes with one cup non-fat milk and one teaspoon sugar
  • One banana
  • One slice whole grain toast with one tablespoon peanut butter
  • One cup black coffee or herbal tea

(Macronutrients: approximately 557 calories with 18 grams protein, 102 grams carbohydrates, and 12 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup grapes and one tangerine
  • Glass of water, hot tea or black coffee

(Macronutrients: 106 calories, 1 gram protein, 27 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fat)

Lunch

  • Tuna wrap with one wheat flour tortilla, one-half can water-packed tuna (drained), one tablespoon mayonnaise, lettuce, and sliced tomato
  • One sliced avocado
  • One cup non-fat milk

(Macronutrients: 419 calories, 27 grams protein, 37 grams carbohydrates, 19 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup cottage cheese (1-percent fat)
  • One fresh pineapple slice
  • Four graham crackers
  • Sparkling water with lemon or lime slice

(Macronutrients: 323 calories, 29 grams protein, 38 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fat)

Dinner

  • One serving lasagna
  • Small garden salad with tomatoes and onions topped with one tablespoon salad dressing
  • One cup non-fat milk

(585 calories, 34 grams protein, 61 grams carbohydrates, 23 grams fat)

Snack

  • One apple
  • One cup non-fat milk

(Approximately 158 calories, 9 grams protein, 31 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fat)

Day Five

This delicious meal plan includes three meals and three snacks and has approximately 2,250 calories, with 53 percent of those calories coming from carbohydrates, 25 percent from fat, and 21 percent from protein. And lots of fiber—over 40 grams.

Breakfast

  • One piece French toast with one tablespoon maple syrup
  • One scrambled or poached egg
  • One serving turkey bacon
  • One cup orange juice
  • One cup black coffee or herbal tea

(Macronutrients: approximately 449 calories with 16 grams protein, 57 grams carbohydrates, and 18 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup sliced carrots
  • One cup cauliflower pieces
  • Two tablespoons ranch dressing
  • Glass of water, hot tea or black coffee

(Macronutrients: 223 calories, 4 grams protein, 18 grams carbohydrates, 16 grams fat)

Lunch

  • Veggie burger on a whole grain bun
  • One cup northern (or other dry) beans
  • One cup non-fat milk

(Macronutrients: 542 calories, 38 grams protein, 85 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams fat)

Snack

  • One apple
  • One pita with two tablespoons hummus
  • Sparkling water with lemon or lime slice

(Macronutrients: 202 calories, 5 grams protein, 41 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fat)

Dinner

  • One trout filet
  • One cup green beans
  • One cup brown rice
  • One small garden salad with two tablespoons salad dressing
  • One glass of beer
  • Sparkling water with lemon or lime slice

(634 calories, 27 grams protein, 78 grams carbohydrates, 13 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup cottage cheese
  • One fresh peach

(Approximately 201 calories, 29 grams protein, 16 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fat)

Day Six

Today’s meals and snacks have about 2,200 calories, with 55 percent of those calories coming from carbohydrates, 19 percent from fat, and 26 percent from protein. You’ll also get about 31 grams fiber.

Breakfast

  • One cup corn flakes with two teaspoons sugar and one cup non-fat milk
  • One banana
  • One hard-boiled egg
  • One cup black coffee or herbal tea

(Macronutrients: approximately 401 calories with 18 grams protein, 72 grams carbohydrates, and 6 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup plain yogurt with one tablespoon honey, one-half cup blueberries, and one tablespoon almonds
  • Glass of water, hot tea or black coffee

(Macronutrients: 302 calories, 15 grams protein, 46 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams fat)

Lunch

  • One cup whole wheat pasta with one-half cup red pasta sauce
  • Medium garden salad with tomatoes and onions and two tablespoons salad dressing
  • Glass of water

(Macronutrients: 413 calories, 11 grams protein, 67 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams fat)

Snack

  • One and one-half cup cottage cheese
  • One fresh peach
  • Glass of water

(Macronutrients: 303 calories, 43 grams protein, 23 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fat)

Dinner

  • Four and one-half ounce serving of pork loin
  • Small garden salad with tomatoes and onions topped with two tablespoons oil and vinegar (or salad dressing)
  • One small baked sweet potato
  • One cup asparagus
  • One glass wine (regular or dealcoholized)
  • Sparkling water with lemon or lime slice
  • (500 calories, 46 grams protein, 35 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams fat)

​Snack

  • Five graham crackers
  • One cup non-fat milk
  • One cup strawberries

(Approximately 279 calories, 10 grams protein, 50 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fat)

Day Seven

Today’s menu contains about 2,200 calories, with 54 percent of those calories coming from carbohydrates, 22 percent from fat, and 24 percent from protein. There’s also 46 grams fiber.

Breakfast

  • One cup cooked oatmeal with one-half cup blueberries, one-half cup non-fat milk, and one tablespoon almond slivers
  • Two slices turkey bacon
  • One cup non-fat milk to drink
  • One cup black coffee or herbal tea

(Macronutrients: approximately 442 calories with 26 grams protein, 59 grams carbohydrates, and 14 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup plain yogurt with one tablespoon honey, one-half cup strawberries, and two tablespoons almond slivers
  • Glass of water, hot tea or black coffee

(Macronutrients: 343 calories, 17 grams protein, 41 grams carbohydrates, 13 grams fat)

Lunch

  • Six-ounce baked chicken breast
  • Large garden salad with tomatoes and onions and two tablespoons salad dressing
  • One baked sweet potato
  • One whole-wheat dinner roll.
  • Glass of water

(Macronutrients: 498 calories, 47 grams protein, 63 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fat)

Snack

  • One cup raw broccoli florets
  • One cup raw sliced carrot
  • Two tablespoons veggie dip or salad dressing
  • One fresh peach
  • Glass of water

(Macronutrients: 112 calories, 3 grams protein, 25 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fat)

Dinner

  • Three-ounce serving of baked or grilled salmon
  • One-half cup black beans
  • One cup Swiss chard
  • One cup brown rice
  • One whole wheat dinner roll with a pat of butter
  • Sparkling water with lemon or lime slice

(671 calories, 38 grams protein, 91 grams carbohydrates, 19 grams fat)

Snack

  • One Orange

(Approximately 62 calories, 1 gram protein, 15 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams fat)

~Meal plan provided by Verywell.com By Shereen Lehman, MS

 

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