Bathing in Mustard. Okay, hear me out. Maybe you body build. Maybe you CrossFit. Maybe you run long distances. Or maybe you work a corporate gig and always feel tight, stiff and achy. Shy of shelling out major bucks on massages every week, what are we supposed to do to alieviate sore muscle pain? If you’ve tried soaking in Epsom Salt, you’ve seen nothing in comparison to… you guessed it. Mustard!! I know it sounds so weird – but trust me on this. Found on Amazon or in your local Whole Foods Market, this stuff is the bom dot com (are people saying that anymore?!). Run a hot bath (as hot as you can take it), throw some of this mustard bath in and get ready to be pleasantly surprised at how amazing you’ll feel afterwards. I’ve used this stuff for years – it’s helped me through sore muscles due in part to CrossFit comps, training for my fitness comp, after triathlons, even after a long day of work. It even helps open up your sinuses and you’ll notice you start sweating out impurities just sitting in the bath (may want to take a quick shower afterwards #justsayin).
IT Band Pain. Gawdddd my IT bands are always in a constant state of torture. My monthly massages consist of me screaming bloody murder from the pain radiating out of my tight and over worked legs. Anyone else feel my pain?! (See what I did there – so punny!) For my fellow fitness enthisuiants constantly fighting IT band issues, I strongly encourage you to start incorporating some stretches post-workout. I’ve bookmarked this bad boy and plan to incorporate some much needed post-lifting stretches. Thanks Active.com!
8 Yoga Poses and Stretches for Tight IT Bands
Tumeric Protein Smoothie Bowls. Switching up the beautifully delicious Acai Bowls I’ve been making lately, I decided to start experimenting with tumeric. I’ve begun incorporating it into a lot of my meals – and holy yumola. I invented this breakfast – which can literally be throw together in less than 5 minutes and can easily be taken on the go. Simply throw into a blender:
- 8 ice cubes (the more ice, the thicker it’ll be!)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened Cashew Milk (I think this is way creamer and more flavorful than almond milk!)
- 1 scoop favorite protein (I love the way PEScience Snickerdoodle tastes in this – but anything will do)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon each of: cinnamon, powdered ginger and tumeric
If you’re taking this on the go, you’re done. If you’re enjoying this at home, I like to pour the mixture into a bowl and top with 1 teaspoon of chia seeds and a 1 teaspoon of Cake Batter Buff Bake (because I’m obsessed and because some healthy fat is great since the bowl is virtually fat free).
I hope you give some of the three things I’ve been loving lately a shot. And if you do, I’d love to hear what you think!!
*As always, all opinions are my own. I’m not being paid to endorse any products I blog about.