Determined not to miss my physiotherapy appointment, I set two alarms, one right next to me and the other on a table across the room to make sure that I actually got out of bed, and, taking a rather more drastic measure, I asked my parents to call me all the way from where they live in the Middle East (Oman is 12 hours ahead, so they called at around their dinner time). In other words, you better believe I awoke with a running start, but knowing I had this tasty muffin to bite into made the rush a little more pleasurable.
I was extremely nervous about paying a visit to my physiotherapist because I have this arguably irrational fear that one of the stretches or exercises she encourages me to do will trigger re-injury; now that my knee feels better, absolutely anything that threatens its repair scares the living daylights out of me. Sure enough, she stretched my leg in such a way that it made my knee hurt a little bit, but I trust that the pain that comes with stretching a rusty part of the body is beneficial; after all, I’m still alive and kicking right now. With that, I dug into a healthful lunch that simply rendered more positivity.
Understanding that a large part of rehabilitation concerns being well-fueled, I opted to have a wholesome afternoon pick-me-up that would also energize me through a weight-lifting class that I planned to attend after work. With that, I savored a perfectly ripe kiwi and some trail-mix that I picked up from a local health food store.
Proceeding my trip to the gym, which also included a lengthy soak in the hot tub and about ten minutes of blissful relaxation in the steam room, I whipped up an equally as refreshing supper using fresh produce galore, as well as several healthy fats, like sesame oil and olive oil. This vegetarian meal was divine, but, in the future, and especially after working out, I think it’s best that I make sure to incorporate a substantial amount of protein. The edamame salad provided a good 15 grams of protein, but in the future I will be sure to throw some marinated tempeh or grilled tofu into the noodles. The more protein the better, for this troublesome patella tendon of mine.
Finding it easier to fall asleep after having a nightcap of something sweet (ironic, I know…), I scrummaged around in the pantry until I found some inspiring ingredients to construct my snack out of. Let me introduce you to the most epic mini sandwich of all time:
Bedtime sweet treat
With that, I was off to bed, and once I hit the pillow, I was out like a light. That’s the sign of a good day of activities and eats, if you ask me.
What helps you sleep? If you could have eaten one of the above meals or snacks with me, which would it have been?