Good & Bad News + Tuesday’s Eats

Do you want the good news or bad news first?  Let’s start with the good…  I had a MRI last Friday and I do not have a meniscal tear.  The bad news…  I have three cysts on my knee.  I went back to my chiropractor this morning and have an appointment with my orthopedic next week.

I’m not sure what the treatment options are, but I’m trying not to read about it online because everyone’s case is different.  I’ve been advised to continue with activity as normal, but stop as soon as I feel any pain.  I hope to have more answers next week.

Onto my eats from Tuesday.  As you’ll see from the pictures, I reintroduced dairy back into my diet {again} and I’m happy to report that it doesn’t seem to be causing Little Miss any discomfort.  Momma gets her yogurt {and cheese and ice cream and milk!}, while baby still has a happy tummy.  Win, win!

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a hazelnut coffee while Little Miss was still asleep & I responded to a few emails

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breakfast was an apple, apple pie Greek yogurt, & a Copycat Egg McMuffin that I prepped over the weekend

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an over-easy egg + slice of cheese + jam sandwiched between an English muffin

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a maple cappuccino for the car ride to Stroller Strides

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after Stroller Strides I found a fun local coffee bar, Bean Bar & experienced my first pour over

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while making lunch, I snacked on a few dates dipped in peanut butter

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lunch was a pear, barbeque popchips, & a spinach salad with cucumber + Casual Gourmet Roasted Red Pepper & Spinach chicken sausage + sweet potato topped with tomato sauce

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my lunch date loved her peaches + broccoli

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Brown Bag Popcorn with a mist of olive oil & a sprinkle of salt + pepper

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Ryan usually cooks the steaks in our house, but I did ok {it was a little overdone}… I served it with a side of sautéed spinach + mushrooms & spaghetti squash + tomato sauce

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after the picture I added a spoonful of this new-to-me Everything Hummus by Tribe on top of the spaghetti squash – hummus + tomato sauce = delicious, try it!

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another new-to-me product that didn’t disappoint – these Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars are creamy & I love all of little chocolate shavings scattered throughout

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…I put one of the bars on top of a bowl of piping hot oatmeal & added a spoonful of peanut butter!

Question:  How do you take your coffee?

Question:  What’s the best new-to-me product you’ve tried recently?

— Allison

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Meniscus, You’re a Bum

This morning I received some frustrating news in regards to the knee pain that I’ve been experiencing.  I initially hurt my {left} knee last spring while running the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon…  I hit a pothole and rolled my ankle, which then caused my knee to twist.  I’m proud of myself for finishing the race, but the last few miles were both a mental and physical struggle.  At least I got a pretty shiny medal {and a huge bruised grapefruit on my knee} to show off.

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I met with my orthopedic the following Monday but we decided to hold off on doing a MRI because I found out that same weekend that I was pregnant.  He gave me a list of rehab exercises to do and I visited my chiropractor regularly.  I continued to stay active throughout my pregnancy, but primarily stuck to the elliptical, stationary bike, and walking.  I ran a few times but only a mile or two.

I know that chiropractors are a touchy subject, but to each their own so please respect my decision.  I have a lot of respect for my chiropractor and appreciate how realistic and honest he is with his patients.  He tries his best to help, but has no trouble admitting once he’s exhausted all of his resources and it’s time to move onto another approach.

My freshman year in high school I had an intense shoulder pain which negatively affected my ability to play basketball and lacrosse.  I met with my orthopedic who suggested that I make an appointment with a physical therapist and a chiropractor.  He hoped that at least one of them would have a solution to alleviate my pain before he even began to discuss surgery with me.

The physical therapist worked on strengthening exercises, but regardless of my strength my shoulder was still popping and grinding.  The chiropractor tried various stretches, but he too wasn’t able to provide me with a “fix.”  They both tried their best, but ultimately I had surgery to remove a bone spur and my bursa lining.

I appreciated that my chiropractor, physical therapist, and orthopedic all worked together towards one goal and kept me {the patient} in mind.  And that’s what they’re doing this time, too.

My chiropractor thinks that I most likely partially or fully tore my meniscus.  It hurts after I run, during speed work and lunges/squats, and whenever I try to sit cross-legged.  I’m doing strengthening exercises, icing, using the foam roller, and meeting with my chiropractor now on a weekly basis.  I’ve tried a few different braces, but none had done the trick.  Essentially I’m trying to do everything within my power before I go back to the orthopedic.

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But wait, how can I still be walking if I partially/fully tore my meniscus?  I asked the same thing, plus many more questions this morning…

If you tear your meniscus, can you still walk?  Yes.  You might feel pain when you bend or squat, but it all depends on the severity of the tear.

What is your meniscus?  It is a rubbery C-shaped disc of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your thighbone and shinbone.

How common are meniscus tears?  They’re the most common knee injury.

My knee occasionally pops, could that be related to the tear?  Yes.  The most common symptoms include pain {check!}, swelling and stiffness {check!}, clicking or locking {check!}, and weakness {check!}.

What’s the treatment?  It all depends on the severity of the tear.  Your doctor most likely will recommend one of the following: the RICE {rest, ice, compression, elevation} protocol, surgery, and/or physical therapy.

So what does that mean for me right now?  At this time I’ve been given the green light to continue exercising but with caution – to stop whenever it starts to hurt and to ice daily.  My chiropractor and I are going to give it another week or two, but if there isn’t any improvement I’ll schedule the MRI.

Note:  I’m not a doctor and the information above should not be interpreted as medical advice.  The symptoms of a torn meniscus may be similar to other medical conditions and/or problems.  Always consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

— Allison

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10 Random Tidbits 1.30.15

Tidbit 1:  Ryan brought home my favorite tulips and Oreos over the weekend.  The best part – the Oreos were buy one, get one free.  The worst part – we’re already on the last row of the second pack.  If you haven’t tried the Birthday Cake Oreos yet, don’t.  We’ll eat them for you.

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Tidbit 2:  TGIT returned last night!  Finally.  Hooray!  Who watched?  Don’t share any spoilers in the comments below, I didn’t get to watch because it started after my bedtime…  I’m hoping to find some time to catch up today during naptime.

Tidbit 3:  We love giraffes and thanks to Evie’s favorite book Giraffes Can’t Dance, all giraffes are now named Gerald.

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Tidbit 4:  Evie and I have attended Stroller Strides classes for the past two weeks through a free class pass and we’re so excited to be joining as members in February.  Not only is it a good workout, but it’s a great opportunity for us to meet other local moms and their babies, and weekly play dates, monthly moms night out dates, and educational events.

Tidbit 5:  Some of the best recipes start as accidents.  I planned to make stuffed peppers but ended up with too much filling, so I made an Unstuffed Pepper Casserole.  The best part – it only requires four ingredients, plus bell peppers…  So I guess that’s really five ingredients.

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Tidbit 6:  I went bananas for this That’s Bananas! 31 Creative Ways to Cook With Bananas roundup by Greatist.  I started to pin the recipes, but quickly realized that I was pinning every recipe…  I foresee banana bread in my near future.

Tidbit 7:  Our sweet baby girl came down with her first cold last week.  We were using a bulb syringe that the hospital gave us, but our pediatrician suggested that we purchase a NoseFrida the Snotsucker.  The thought of putting a tube in her nose and sucking grossed me out, but I quickly got over that once I saw how well it works.  Not to mention, it’s more gentle on her itty-bitty nose.

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Tidbit 8:  I mentioned yesterday that I haven’t figured out how to blog with a baby yet.  Well, I’ve come up with two possible solutions: work at Starbucks {she typically falls asleep soon after we get into the car} or stand at the kitchen counter while wearing her in the carrier.  I did the latter yesterday while typing this post.

Tidbit 9:  I’m in need of some new workout gear {aka “the mommy uniform”}.  Whenever I’m shopping and something catches my eye, I search for my size, add it to the pile, and keep looking throughout the store.  But when it’s time to pay, I end up putting the items back or telling the cashier I’ve changed my mind.  I have no trouble purchasing baby clothes though.

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Tidbit 10:  I recently learned that our favorite soymilk brand also makes dairy-free yogurt.  Has anyone tried it?

P.S.  Today is my momma’s birthday!  We’re lucky to have such a caring, supportive, and loving momma and grandmomma in our lives.  We love you so much! XO

— Allison

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