Food As Medicine: Sore Muscles

gingerHad a session with an overzealous trainer?  Helped a friend move her heavy couch up the stairs?  Didn't realize how many times you squatted down while pulling weeds?  As an exercising motivational speaker I think sore muscles are a wonderful thing because that means you have stressed them to a point where they will repair themselves and become stronger! Yay!  Yet I realize we don't love the feeling of stiffness that accompanies it and moving through life like an extra for a zombie movie.  

Ginger to the rescue!  Consuming 2 teaspoons of raw ginger on the day of workout and 4 days following can reduce muscle soreness by up to 25%, some studies show.  Experts credit the antioxidants in ginger (called gingerols) which can reduce inflammation similar to drugs like ibuprofen.  It's great for nausea and motion sickness too!

How to Dose Yourself:  Peel it, grate it on the fine side of your grater and then squeeze out the juice.  Raw ginger juice is pretty potent stuff on its own so I'd recommend it in tea, smoothies or soup.  Mince and add to stir-fries; eat it pickled as a sandwich topper or sushi accompaniment; snack on or add crystallized ginger to baked goods. 

From your sore motivational speaker who thought tossing that 15 lb. medicine ball was a fun idea.  Not. Ginger please.



Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Oh that's funny Polly!!!  Funny and fabulous actually! While most motivational speakers don't do a lot of strenuous stuff in our work – many of us DO go to the gym fairly regularly to build stamina and stay healthy for our intense travel schedules. This is GREAT information and I'm going to consciously pick those ginger type foods when I've pushed a little too hard at the gym. Thanks!!!

  2. Hey Polly, does this mean the little bit of ginger that is usually served with sashimi in restaurants would do the trick?  Keep those healthy tips coming!

  3. Just bought fresh/frozen ginger from Trader Joes. Comes in a pack of 6 teaspoons individually packed. Thanks for my new go to medicine! Now I just need to go to the gym!

  4. I love love love love ginger. Thanks for showing me another use for it!!!!

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