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December 07 Healthletter - Another Year Bites the Dust!
« on: December 30, 2007, 06:40:09 PM »
As we come to the end of another year I find it is a good time to reflect on the year that has just past and do some re evaluating, especially for those of you who are still suffering from your back pain.

It might be a good time to reassess the treatment options you have been following if you have been using them for more than a couple of months without getting a lasting result.

I’m sure by now you would be well aware of my philosophy of rebuilding your body to a strong, balanced, healthy and supple condition as being your best way of dealing with your pain, now and in the future. And of course there are lots of areas that you need to look at further, when doing this.

You may have already realised the most difficult part of becoming pain free is finding a therapist with a holistic approach and with the right ‘hands on’ skills to give you what you need. As if that is not difficult enough, while you are working on finding that person, you will be constantly distracted with all the time and money wasting options that are being pushed out there.

In my experience 95% of what you come across will be a waste of time and money, so it will be like trying to find a diamond in the rough for most people. A rare few will be lucky and stumble into the path of the right person locally but unfortunately they are not odds you can bank on and the best option may be that you will have to travel for it.

I am confident if you take in what I say in my Bad Back Book you would have downloaded by now, you will be a big step in front of most people who are out there searching for answers.

And if you have managed to get things on track this year and have been working on all the important things, it is critical you don’t let the distractions of Christmas and the holidays lead you too far astray.
 
This time of year is an important time to work hard on your discipline. With so much partying going on it is easy to fall off the wagon a bit and overindulge in the wrong foods or too much alcohol. Even if it’s just holiday travel that takes you out of your routine, it is important to remind yourself that it is just a temporary situation you can leave behind when you return home.

Perhaps as we move into the New Year it is a good time to go back over the positive changes and progress you have made this year and reinforce your commitment to stick with them, as you leave the holidays behind you.

For me this time has been a wonderful break with my family and new baby. With three kids all under five I was loathe to attempt a holiday away from home and what that would entail. Instead we have enjoyed making the most of a quiet Sydney town even though the weather has been very unseasonably cool.

Whatever way you have decided to spend your holiday I hope it was a very relaxing and rejuvenating time and not all over yet. Unfortunately for me it is time to go back to work.

I know you might be sick of hearing me say it, but most back pain is curable if you tackle it the right way. Even when there is structural damage to blame for your pain, having healthy, supple and strong muscles will be your best chance and supporting the problem areas and giving your body a chance to heal.

I try to help you do this through my Self Treatment Program (www.backpain.com.au/selftreat)  and our healing/ teaching conference in Thailand which is coming up at the end of March. If you are intending on joining us there, now is the time to get your application form in so we can lock in a place for you. www.learnmassage.com.au/register-thailand
 
I know we are going to be able to achieve a great deal in this 2 weeks conference, whether you are looking for a new career as an SLM therapist or real relief from some form of chronic pain you have been living with.

I have every confidence that this conference is going be the best experience in learning and change you could ever imagine. I really hope you can join us there.
www.learnmassage.com.au/conferences.html
 
You are the ones who controls your destiny. Remember everything that happens to you comes down to the choices you make. You can choose to sit and watch TV and do nothing or you can choose to make the necessary time to deal with your back pain. My self treatment program shows there is a lot you can do for yourself, but you do have to make that choice.

To finish up this healthletter and return to the very important subject of eating, I want to give you a little head start for the year by providing a couple of healthy recipes you can use as you get back to the routine of eating well again.

Have a wonderful and safe New Year,

Warm regards

Steve Lockhart


Firstly breakfast.
A quick little something for the busy person who doesn’t get a lot of time to eat breakfast. This one can be taken with you in the mornings. It is extra good when you add some Iso Whey protein and boost your protein intake with all the necessary nutrients at the same time.

Breakfast Smoothies   Serves: 2-3
These are great for a light, tasty breakfast, as well as a refreshing snack in the middle of the day. They are also terrific as a topping for a fresh fruit salad.
4 cups fresh fruit of your choice 1 large banana
1 cup fruit juice
1 cup ice cubes
Put all ingredients into a blender; blend on high speed 1 minute until smooth and thoroughly mixed. If mixture is too thick, add fruit juice to desired consistency.
Use your imagination on what fruits you choose to mix, experiment.


For lunch a salad may be enough or you could save it for an entrée with dinner.

Caesar Salad   Serves: 4-6
1 very large head romaine lettuce, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
Dressing:
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for topping
Combine dressing ingredients and whisk until well combined.
Place lettuce in a very large bowl. Toss with dressing until well combined; top with additional Parmesan cheese and serve.

For Dinner how can you go past fish?

Delicious Panfried Fish   Serves: 5-6
This fish will just melt in your mouth…
2 lbs. 900 grams firm fish fillets of your choice (salmon and swordfish work very well)
For the marinade:
1 cup of Soya Sauce
½ cup of hot water
1/2 of a vegetable bullion cube
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons minced garlic
1 Teaspoon of Ginger
Olive oil for frying

Sautéed vegetables or salad.
Cover the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Remove fish from marinade and place in skillet. Fry over high heat until done, turning once.
Fish should be cooked about 8-9 minutes per inch (2.5cm) on medium-high heat. I recommend that you measure the thickness of your fish with a ruler and adjust the timing accordingly. Remember that fish continues to cook even after you remove it from the heat, so be careful not to overcook it. Always err on the side of underdone…you can always return the fish to the pan if it needs a bit more frying, but you can’t uncook dried out fish!
Serve with:
Poke a fork into various areas of each fish fillet to tenderize and make small holes for the marinade to seep into. Dissolve bullion cube half in hot water. Combine with other marinade ingredients and pour over fish. Marinate for at least 1 1/2 hours, turning at least twice and re-poking with a fork.

 

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