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Regular readers may remember that I suffer from time to time from back problems. These problems have hounded me since my early teens and that is why I practice yoga and do hundreds of sit-ups each week. Once in awhile, the pain flares up like it has now. Sometimes I know what I did like the time I did too much shoveling and heavy lifting while mulching. This time, I have no clue. I also suffer from stiffness and joint pain that no doctor has yet called arthritis but I guess that’s what it is. The week I spent in Florida was heavenly. My back gave me absolutely no problems despite riding a bike every day which usually isn’t good for it. Since getting home, my back has gotten continually worse. I sit with an ice pack wedged between my back and chair as I type.
So lets discuss back pain. If you worked in the yard or over did the workout, your back muscles may be stiff and sore. If you can tell that’s all it is, take some ibuprofen, alternate some heat and ice, perhaps use a sports creme or get a massage. A soak in a hot tub with bath salts will help too. Plan to strengthen those stomach muscles to support your back and learn some yoga stretches when your back is better. Done regularly and properly, yoga is VERY good for back problems. If the pain is acute or you feel you really can’t move, it’s time to get help. Please don’t try to tough it out, go see a doctor as soon as possible to rule out a serious problem. If the pain is somewhere in between or you recognize your specific problem that you’ve had before like I have, you can try to treat it. Rest, (something I have trouble with, I’ve already walked this morning), ibuprofen, alternating heat and ice, and some gentle stretches and exercises from past visits to the physical therapist should help in a few days. If you aren’t better in a few days, you should see the doctor or physical therapist. I am on the verge of calling the physical therapist.
Back problems are a huge part of the reason that I exercise religiously. I know that toned stomach muscles support my back, yoga keeps it supple and aligned and I feel better. If you have arthritis, exercise will help those achy joints just like the commercial says, “A body in motion tends to stay in motion.” Yes, sometimes that means fighting through the pain as long as it isn’t acute. If you tend to suffer from back problems, work with a certified personal trainer to develop a workout that will strengthen your back. It is worth the effort to maintain your mobility.
But what about the chicken piccata? And what does it have to do with back pain? Not a thing but eating well makes you feel better too, especially if it is easy to prepare. Chicken piccata is so simple my husband could make it. Really. He might over cook it a bit but anyone can do this and have it on the table in 30 minutes. Steam a bag of broccoli or sugar snap peas or make a nice large green salad with some raw vegetables or fruit added and you have a complete meal. The key is to buy those thinly sliced chicken breasts the stores now carry. That way, you don’t have to try to pound a chicken breast out thin or slice it yourself and it cooks in minutes.
4 thinly sliced chicken breasts
4 to 5 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. each, salt and pepper
5 Tbsp. butter
5 Tbsp. olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, three or four lemons
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 or 4 Tbsp. brined capers
1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley or 1 Tbsp. dried
Heat the oil and butter in a large non stick skillet over medium high heat. Mix flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish such as a pie plate. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture. Brown chicken in oil and butter about 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove to a plate and keep warm. Add remaining ingredients to the pan and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits of chicken. Return chicken to pan and simmer about 5 minutes. Serve chicken with some of the lemony broth spooned over it. You could probably use 1/4 cup lemon juice if you don’t want the dish to be too lemony. I think I will cut back next time.
Upadated on June 12, 2012
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