This Monday. And, thankfully, only partially.
What happened afterwards surprised me. I learned a few things that I wanted to share with you today.
First, I had to cancel most of my "GO! GO! GO!" plans for the rest of this week. Quad is a HUGE muscle. If you tear it (and I hope you do not!), you cannot move very fast. Quite literally:-). So I knew that taking things easy and healing it had to become my Priority #1.
To be honest, I was a bit scared at first. Both about my physical pain and about putting quite a few things on hold. But there is some magic in those Epsom salt baths (we can all use more Magnesium, and not just for torn muscles). So, I was able to relax, breathe, let go, and finally focus on healing.
Knowing that muscle healing needs protein, I both upped my protein intake and supplemented with select amino acids (they are the building blocks of proteins) to support the process.
While I do start my day with protein, I usually do not need very much as my preferred energy source is actually fat (more on that in some other post). Loading up my protein intake meant I had to do what I frequently recommend to my clients who struggle with resistant weight loss or blood sugar imbalances. I had to start my days with a clean protein shake.
When I did that, I naturally made my shakes thick as I always do. There are multiple ways of doing that but the fastest and easiest, by far, is to put (about a tablespoon worth) of fresh flax seeds into a shake before you blend it. The end result is a pretty thick shake that you have to almost chew a bit because it is too thick to swallow quickly otherwise. Which brings me to the important tip I wanted to share with you today: you WANT to chew your shakes, ladies! Always.
While this may sound a bit odd, there is a good reason for it. If you do not "chew it," you will not activate the necessary enzymes needed to digest your shake. Allow me to explain.
If your shake contains protein, you NEED to chew it to activate the hydrochloric acid (a.k.a, stomach acid) needed to digest the protein. Otherwise, the contents of the shake will likely go through your stomach undigested. The result? You guessed it: tummy bloat and heartburn.
If your shake is really just a green smoothie with a minimal amount of protein, you STILL need to chew it? Why? Carbohydrate digestion actually starts in the mouth. That is where you secrete your carbohydrate digestive enzymes (amylase for carbohydrates). And, by the way, same goes even for green juice, Yep, "chew" your green juice, girlfriends.
This is it for today and I hope you found the "lessons from my quad" useful.
Do you usually chew your shake? Will you give it a try now?
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