Trying Everything and Anything

I wasn’t planning to do a post about vegetables and how I’ve been eating relatively healthy (for me) but I was contacted from a company to do a post about food processors and blenders.  At first I turned it down because honestly I couldn’t figure out to relate my blog to blenders.  I use a blender at my house to make smoothies and I use a food processor occasionally to mix pancake batter to chill in the fridge overnight.  I’m not sure it has even ever come up.

After letting the topic sit for a couple of days I realized I’ve been using my food processor and blender a little more then normal since I’ve been injured.

When I first became injured a few weeks ago I talked to a lot of people about cures to plantar fasciitis.  (half said fixing their diet and the other half said cortisone saved the day).  A lot of people I talked to suggested cutting out sugar and eating healthier. Some people even went so far as to say that eating better got rid of their plantar fasciitis.  It isn’t as if I eat extremely unhealthy but Tim and I do enjoy both healthy and unhealthy food.  I don’t have a strict diet that works for me just as I don’t have a strict training plan that works for me.

I read up on nutrition a little bit myself to see if other people’s personal experiences were common.  I found a lot of people raving about drinking cherry juice (apparently it reduces inflammation).  I also found that a lot of people had success with limiting sugar.  Since I was (and still am) trying to nip this injury in the bud, I was willing to try everything and anything.

The only thing I really hate about actually cooking is the fact that meals don’t take 5 minutes to make.  It normally takes twice as long for creating fresh, healthy meals and drinks. I do admit to using a blender or food processor to mix up pancake batter and leaving it in the fridge overnight though…

I’ve been eating a lot less sugar and sweetener in general (yes this includes splenda).  For me this means having more savory breakfasts like omelets.  My omeletes are generally 2 parts eggs, 10 parts vegetables and 2 parts cheese.  Besides salads, I pretty much get my vegetables for egg combinations.

While looking on the website I chose the Black and Decker EHC650B for  chopping vegetables.


It pretty much described everything I want in a kitchen applicance (or honestly technology in general…see why I have a Garmin 10 and don’t use any of the features…).  It was easy, simple and compact.  It didn’t have a lot of fancy features that I would never use and is a lot of cheaper than other models.

Looking back at the last three weeks of eating healthier, while I feel a lot better I don’t think healthier eating helped fix my foot injury.  I do enjoy how I feel when I don’t eat a ton of cookies and cake but with everything…everything in moderation.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite blender?

I actually could use advice on this because I need to put one on my wedding registry.

Have you ever had a running injury that has been fixed by better nutrition?

I think nutrition plays an important role in preventing injury (like more calcium for stronger bones) but I have never had the experience of proper nutrition fixing an injury completely. I do think nutrition does play a key role in recovery but nothing can be fixed by one single factor.


12 responses

  1. I don’t have a super fancy Vitamix…so I’m not a real blogger, but I do have a Kitchen Aid and it works just fine for me!

    Figuring out what works for me nutrition wise has been a struggle for the last year – I just finished a year of being gluten free and am now going to do a month of eating gluten, because honestly, I’m not sure it made that big of a difference. Not really injury related, just over all health and fuel for running.

  2. While I can’t say my tendonitis was “fixed” by nutrition alone, there is no doubt that drastically changing to a paleo diet while taking off from running and recovering had something to do with it. Once I was into my whole30 the pain got significantly better pretty rapidly and I kept my nutrition this way through training for boston this past winter and the pain never returned and I still feel good injury wise. I don’t know the real link, but theoretically since this sort of eating calms down inflammation in the body it should play a part.

  3. I do have a super fancy vitamix. My parents had one for years while I was growing up so I got accustomed to all the cool stuff it could do. That sucker was one of the first things I bought post-wedding. It knocked the socks off my old blender which was…I don’t remember the brand. The old one wasn’t as good at making sure no ice chunks were left in my smoothies and the vitamix can do things like make soup.
    I had plantar fasciitis for YEARS. It was the most annoying injury because just when I thought it had healed and gone away, it would slowly creep back in. And the healing/re-injury never seemed to coincide with any kind of physical therapy-like exercises, so maybe there is a lot to be said for nutrition’s role, particularly in reducing inflammation. I think it went away for good (at least for now) when I had cut back on my miles while simultaneous cleaning up my diet before my wedding. When I resumed race-training a couple months later, it didn’t seem to be around anymore. The body is weird.

  4. I have a magic bullet blender and I love it. I actually use it a TON lately because I’ve been drinking smoothies for breakfast (pretty simple- protein powder, almond milk, and either frozen bananas or frozen blueberries). I work out in the mornings and when I’m done I don’t want any hot food so a smoothie works great. We’ve also used it to puree things, it’s good for making soups, sauces, etc. I got the blender for Christmas, Clay got it at Costco for like $45 and while it’s no vitamix and not fancy, it works great for us.

    I haven’t had nutrition fix injuries for me either, but I think good nutrition helps us recover from workouts better to be less sore, etc. I’m sure the shakes help recovery a bit more than a breakfast of cereal and milk, at least.

  5. I have my Nutribullet my wife gave me for my birthday back in April that I use ALL the time … love it for smoothies, milkshakes (kids now make use of it as well), hummus and guac.

    We also have a great industrial Cuisinart food processor we use for all the normal stuff plus a bunch of doughs. And we have a large Kitchen Aid for everything else. Our blender is also a Cuisinart, one powerful enough to crush ice …

    I haven’t been injured, but have have seen the impact of diet on all aspects of my life, so I would say ‘sure, worth a shot’ … and look at what Michele noted about her changes.

  6. That’s interesting about people saying nutrition helped cure PF. Definitely never heard it before now, but I’d be curious to see who it really worked for. I found shoes and orthotics to be the best cure for me, but everyone is different, and messing with diet with my history is just not something I’m interested in right now since I’m in such a good place food wise. I don’t have a favorite blender either. Not a smoothie or huge milkshake fan. We are thinking of getting one when we move, but I’m letting joe decide 😛

  7. My roommate has a 20-year-old Vitamix that we share (she got it from her parents). It looks the same as the ones from today, it’s just cream-colored instead of black. We only ever make smoothies in it, but it works well for that. It handles ice cubes and frozen fruit excellently.

  8. I am a huge smoothie fan – breakfast and dinner as a supplement (I am always hungry and add it in addition to my actual meal). Before getting the vitamix, I would go through a $40 blender after 3 months and the $40 version never worked that well in the first place. I’ve had the vitamix for 6 years and it works amazingly well. It’s also got a lifetime guaranty (or something close). It’s definitely worth the upfront cost and if you are registering for it and think you’d use a blender a lot then multiple people could go in on it for you. If you won’t use it more than a few times a week I don’t think it’s necessary.

  9. I’m with you: when injured I’ll try anything. I do eat a really good diet (at 48 you can’t really eat crap and get away with it!) so I am a skeptic on diet healing an injury. But good nutrients can certainly help speed healing, imho. And my Vitamix is my favorite piece of kitchen equipment!

  10. I have two blenders and probably haven’t used them since like last year. Haha. I don’t know why I have it.
    When I had plantar fasciitis, I tried everything. I ate more calories and added a lot of protein to my diet. I would eat a protein shake like 3 times a day. I also did acupuncture, which helped a lot. I changed my shoes. Mostly I didn’t run and didn’t t try. I biked, did spin class, and weight trained.

  11. I have a vitamix which is absolutely amazing! (You should consider registering for one for your wedding! It is by far the best blender I have ever used). I do think nutrition plays an important role in healing and preventing injuries, most likely along with other things.

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