Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Eat more protein; paleo burger recipe

Enjoy a good slup from a furry friend. You never know when life will hand you another challenge.
Trigger Point Performance cylinder, exercise band and ice pack help relieve pain
How do I deal with fibro pain without using drugs? Some of the things I use on a regular basis are pictured in the photo above. My ice packs are my closest "friends." I also use exercise bands to help strengthen and stretch, especially my upper body. To loosen up tight areas, sometimes I roll on the "torture" cyclinder (Trigger Point Performance Cylinder).

These things came in handy recently when the same furry friend who nuzzled me and slupped me as shown in photo above also did a number on me. He rammed into me going at top speed in pursuit of another furry pal. The result was an injured leg for me from which I am now recovering.

Kinesiotape, Thera Cane, Biofreeze, neck pad and TML tool
 Pictured above are some of my other favorites for regular pain as well extra pains caused by huskies. I use my heated neck pad every day as well as Thera Cane for neck, shoulder pain. Biofreeze is another favorite for pain relief. Kinesiotape comes in handy for taping up areas that are hurting and need extra support. The TML tool helps loosen up fibrotic areas.
Paleo  turkey burger helps ramp up your daily protein


"Health is like a battle against yourself---the tendency is to become more dependent and weaker as you age, but in fact, it is just the opposite. If you are able to walk up stairs, then do it. Appreciate your health."...Arigatou Gozaimashita, centenarian.


It's hard to accept but those of us with fibromyalgia are kind of prematurely aged when it comes to absorbing nutrients properly and a slowing down of metabolism. Older individuals often experience poor absorption of vitamins and minerals from their food. We can learn a few lessons from centenarians who have learned how to age well with no loss of energy or muscle mass. 

 Centenarians from countries throughout the world (Italy, Japan, Singapore and U.S.) who enjoyed vitality do one thing in common. They spread out protein intake throughout the day. They were not necessarily on the paleo diet but they ate mainly protein (including fish) and lots of fresh vegetables.  

They ate three meals a day on a regular schedule and included 25-30 grams of protein at each meal. A diet plan with a high amount of high quality protein per meal is recommended to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. Unfortunately, most Americans don't eat this way.  For example, a typical American breakfast of milk and cereal or pancakes and juice contains only 5-10 grams of protein.

It may seem challenging to consume that much protein but "most CFS/FMS patients find they do best with a high protein, low-carbohydrate diet," according to From Fatigued to Fantastic author, Jacob Teitelbaum. 

How can you incorporate more protein into your diet? Here are some high protein foods to guide you:

Greek Yogurt, 1 cup, 23 grams of protein
1 large egg, 6 grams
milk, 1 cup, 8 grams
steak, 23 grams, 3 oz.
ground beef, 18 grams, 3 oz.
chicken breast, 24 grams, 3 oz.
turkey breast, 24 grams, 3 oz.
tuna steak, 25 grams, 3 oz.
salmon steak, 23 grams, 3 oz.

 You also can try a paleo turkey burger.

Here's what you need:

1 ground turkey patty (3 oz.) 
shredded zucchini (1 cup)
other shredded veggies such as bok choy, carrot, radish, etc.
olive oil
1 cup mixed greens
1 oz. cheddar cheese
optional: egg
olive oil
sea salt, black pepper
paleo bun (see here for recipe and directions: )

Here's what you do:

Cook up your turkey patty in a skillet in a drizzle of olive oil. Season as desired. (Tip: prepare the whole package and freeze extras for other meals.) Remove the turkey burgers from the skillet. Add a little more olive oil to the same pan. Saute your veggies seasoned with salt and pepper. Prepare your paleo bun according to directions given here:
Fry or poach an egg to add to your burger.

Total protein count: approximately 30-35 grams

To assemble, plate up your burger on the bun, topped with sauted veggies, a bit of cheese and egg, if desired. Serve with mixed greens and a cultured dill pickle on the side.