Saturday, January 8, 2011

Heal Me Protein!

As much as I was ready to taper and cut back on the running, not being able to run at all REALLY sucks.  I really don't know what I should be doing instead of running either.  The hip-flexor is in a spot that is probably going to be irritated no matter what I do.  It's frustrating.  I did go for a nice long walk with Clyde last night and plan on doing the same today if it's not too freezing outside.

One non-physical thing my doc told me to do was increase my protein intake to promote healing.  I have carefully been plotting my meals around protein sources since he told me this.

Here's some things I've been eating.

Roasted Chick Peas:



I just:
 -Preheated the oven to 450 degrees
-Sprayed a cookie sheet with olive oil
-Took a can of chick peas and drained, rinsed, then patted them dry
-Put the chick peas in a bowl and give a couple shakes each of chili powder, cumin, paprika, and Montreal Steak seasonings.
-Stir together, then spread on cookie sheet and baked them for about 20 minutes.



Grilled chicken wrap:




This was a flat-out wrap with:

-grilled chicken seasoned with chili powder and cumin (can you tell I like these spices)
-plain greek yogurt
-black beans
-cheddar cheese
-salsa
-spinach

I really don't eat much meat at home these days, but found a lone chicken breast hiding in my freezer that I grilled in the grill pan.

Fried eggs, peanut butter on whole grain toast, and yogurt smoothie:



I feel like this is not far off from how I usually eat, but I have been mindful of making sure my meals are centered around protein. 

Are you concious of your protein intake?

5 comments:

YUMMama said...

No, I've never really be overly concious of my protein intake except for when I ran track in high school. I'm sure that I get more than my fair share of protein though.

The chicken wrap looks yummy. Hope you are having a good recovery!!

Ashley and Nate said...

I probably don't eat enough protein... but your blog made me more aware of it. Man, those roasted chick peas look yummy! Hope they get to work healing you.

Runblondie26 said...

I definitely feel more "creaky" when I don't get enough protein. I noticed it a lot in college since I hated to cook just for myself. It would take a lot to recover after workouts and my knees would ache.

If this hip flexor thing becomes an ongoing thing after the marathon (I hope not!), try adding a little racewalking to your warm up and cool down. It will really help loosen up your hips. In the mean time try some of the racewalking drills and stretches. They focus on your hips and IT band, since flexibility is very important to maintain form. http://www.racewalk.com/WarmingUp/Introduction.asp

Runblondie26 said...

Perfect reason for a Ruby Tuesday burger :)

Joanna said...

your wrap looks fabulous!

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