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[Newsletter] Fixing your locked shoulder takes consistent effort, but can be done

Plus, a simple dessert to die for

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My weekly three best insights from me, Medium and the web to help you live longer better.

Food packaging is designed to confirm our over-optimistic expectations of the nutritional value. See #3 below to learn what Harvard Health recommends.

How could coffee with ice-cream not be the most delicious dessert? When it’s made with matcha instead. See how — item #2.

My shoulders are strong from decades of rowing, kettlebells and pushups. Then one locked up. It’s painful and debilitating. Here’s what I am doing about it, and so far it is working — read on …

From around Medium…

1. Shoulder impingement can change your life — it suddenly happened to me and here’s what I have been doing to relieve it

The good news is that shoulder impingement and pain which occurs suddenly is more readily treatable than that which comes on slowly over time. The bad news? It can take years to get through it.

In this article of mine, I describe how I was simply brushing my hair when my shoulder locked up. Apparently, this scenario is not uncommon. With a slight twitch or twang or strain a small misalignment can occur which causes a lot of pain, and a lot of inflammation.

You feel miserable when you can’t reach into a cupboard, have to twist your body to reach across a desk without pain, and wake up in the night when your shoulder objects to the position of your body.

My article is a bit long — skip to the second half to see how I’ve been treating my shoulder. After two months it is a lot better but still has stabbing pain.

The key is to keep moving your shoulder. Keep using it in every way which does not hurt nor impinge. Re-alignment requires healthy muscles and tendons.

When it happened I used icing for a few days and anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen). I still take one tablet morning and night.

I believe that reducing the inflammation is important to help mobility, but here’s something that you should know. The American College of Physicians and American Academy of Family Physicians studied the use of pain medications such as ibuprofen across 33,000 cases. Their conclusion? The medications worked only slightly better than a placebo.

Thus, you need to actively manage your shoulder in order to rehabilitate it.

Read my post to learn how I am rehabilitating my shoulders. It may well work for you also, I hope so: My Shoulder Twitched — 12 Exercises I’m Doing To Fix My Impaired Shoulder Movement

👉 Here is my collection of posts about fitness which will also help you.

2. Affogato to die for (well, isn’t it always?)

Wow, this is the Medium post which excited me most this week! Kaz Matsune writes— here: “Matcha Affogato Is The Simplest Yet The Most Crowd-Pleasing Dessert Recipe I Know”.

Crowd-pleasing? Yes. Satisfying? Yes. Even reading it was very satisfying.

I love affogato made with the best espresso coffee and vanilla ice cream (or gelato). “Affogato” comes from the Italian word “affogato,” or “to drown.” The name is apt: The dessert is made of gelato literally drowned in espresso.

In Kaz’s case, he substitutes matcha for the coffee.

He whisks matcha powder in boiling water and, just before serving, pours it into his beautiful presentation: Rasberry, mint leaf, and rose paddles underneath the glass.

If you have ever been to a wedding reception dinner, you can probably answer this question: Which one do you remember more, the main dish or the dessert? Some say the main dish, but from my experience, more people remember dessert.— Kaz Matsune.

At a wedding reception, that’s me. I remember dessert. I would certainly remember this one. How about you?

Kaz’s post here: “Matcha Affogato Is The Simplest Yet The Most Crowd-Pleasing Dessert Recipe I Know”.

From the web …

3. The front of the packet is meant to confuse your understanding of what’s on the back — food labels — study

Reading food labels is a bit too nerdish for most of us. If it wasn’t it would not be called nerdish! But it is worth doing at those times when you are wanting to make conscious nutritional choices.

This article from Harvard Health reports on how the marketing on the front of products purporting to contain whole grains e.g. breakfast cereals, was often at odds with the contents on the label. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the front of the pack can sway most people into believing exaggerated “health claims”.

It reminds of a local entrepreneur who refined a successful formula for the “health foods” and vitamin industry. Employ these staff: 1 nutritionist, to write press releases for 2 PR people, who augment the 10 marketing staff, who are protected in their misleading claims by 20 legal staff. This guy successfully sold his business to the Chinese for over $1 billion.

What this means for us: The recommendations from Harvard Health are:

  1. To not rely on the front-of-package marketing — “Just because the package shows a photo of a beautiful wheat field does not necessarily mean its contents are made with whole grain.”
  2. Don’t assume that darker is better. Often darker, such as in what is branded as “apple cider vinegar” is simply food colouring or ingredients such as molasses or caramel colouring.
  3. Read the label — the ingredients list. Place more weight on ingredients when the description of the content is more precise e.g. “whole rye flour”. (And my own recommendation — regard with suspicion every ingredient that you cannot pronounce).

Read the article: Whole grains or no grains? Food labels can be misleading

Related: Five Better Food Choices I Should Have Made Before I Developed Diabetes

Wishing you a safe and active week,
Walter Adamson ⭑Medium Top Writer on Food⭑
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