Now that we’re getting up in the nether regions of fall marathon training mileage, I’m paying extra special attention to recovery. When these baby blue numbers from PRO Compression showed up at my door, they were a sight for sore legs.
After my 5k last weekend, I slipped them on and got on with the rest of my day (7 hours on my feet at an ice skating competition). Because I had a 16 miler the following morning, I needed the old legs to be fresh.
Why compression socks? True graduated compression promotes circulation by pushing fluid up from your feet and ankles toward your knees. It helps reduce swelling and inflammation while providing support to tired muscles and tendons. Compression socks can be worn before, during and after long races and workouts to keep your legs feeling fresher and less sore. Personally I like to slip them on after an ice bath and wear them the rest of the day. I’ve been known to wear them overnight after marathons and rest assured I’ll be wearing them on the flight home from the New York City Marathon in November.
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Note: I was sent free product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
With the kids back to school and schedules filling with activities, sometimes a healthy diet gets pushed to the back burner. Getting enough fiber can become a challenge. We all know fiber is an important part of a healthy diet:
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Helps keep blood sugar in check
- Helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Keeps the colon happy and us, um…going
Yet many of us get nowhere near the recommended daily amount of fiber. Men should get between 30-38g/day, women should get 20-25g/day. Here are some easy ways to do so:
- Eat more fruits and veggies. Remember fiber does not come from animal products. But add gradually in order to give your digestive system time to adapt.
- Leave the skin on. Don’t peel those apples! You’ll find lots of nutrients and fiber lurking there. My grandma always told me apple and potato peels were “good for your stomach.” She was right!
- Work more fibrous dishes into your weekly rotation. Bean dishes like chili are tasty ways to up your fiber intake. Hummus is great too.
- Don’t forget about nuts. 1/4C of almonds has 4g fiber. They make great travel snacks and are excellent sprinkled on yogurt or veggie dishes.
- Supplement. Use a fiber supplement like Metamucil. I’ll admit I thought it was strange when I was challenged to create a dish using Metamucil. Then it occurred to me: I add psyllium husks to my after-workout protein smoothies all the time. That’s the active ingredient in Metamucil. Just 2 teaspoons gives you 6g of dietary fiber. It’s as simple as mixing some in water. No grittiness and the orange flavor was nice! With fall right around the corner, everyone’s clamoring for something pumpkin. Soooo I messed around in the test kitchen and came up with this:
Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie
1C Almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
1/2C Pumpkin puree
1/2 Frozen banana
1t Pumpkin pie spice
2t Metamucil orange
1 Scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2C ice (or my secret weapon, coffee ice cubes)
Stevia or maple syrup to taste (optional)
Whip it all up in a blender and enjoy! I promise, you won’t even know the Metamucil is in there.
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I received samples and a gift card in exchange for review. All opinions are my own. Special thanks to Meijer and Metamucil for sponsoring this post.