Yucky Yogurt and IT Band Issues

Good morning. Happy Hump Day. My week seems to be moving by slowly. I am very much looking forward to the weekend and possibly even sleeping in on Sunday!

But first, my Tuesday recap. For breakfast I had some delicious oatmeal with banana in an almost-bare peanut butter jar. Yay for oats in a jar!!

Early morning snack was a granola bar and then lunch could not come soon enough. I was so hungry. I had sliced chicken breast with two slices of american cheese and mustard on an Arnold Sandwich Thin. And three pickles on the side. These were the leftover pickles from last week’s jar-breaking in the fridge catastrophe, so I figured it was time to eat them.

For my first afternoon snack I tried Yoplait’s new Greek yogurt. Apparently, there was a raid on Price Chopper in Whitesboro this weekend and all the thieves stole was Chobani yogurt. Seriously, the shelves were absolutely bare! So, I tried to make do with a few other kinds of Greek yogurt, Yoplait being one of them. I added some Kashi Go Lean cereal to this yogurt and gave it a whirl:

Decision: This yogurt was less than stellar. It is not nearly as thick and creamy as Chobani and it had kind of a weird taste. Not only that, but this yogurt is not all natural. The ingredients include: CULTURED PASTEURIZED GRADE A NONFAT MILK, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SUGAR, STRAWBERRY PUREE, KOSHER GELATIN, LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, COLORED WITH BEET JUICE CONCENTRATE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, , VITAMIN A ACETATE, VITAMIN D3.

So all the ingredients highlighted in red made me suspicious. For the first one: milk protein concentrate, I found this info almost immediately:

“Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC) sounds OK, but how would it look if we saw the word “glue” on our food and beverage labels? MPC is legal for glue and for industrial uses, but it has never been approved for human consumption. Why then does the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permit MPC use in any food or beverage without first having this unapproved ingredient tested for safety and nutrition as required by law under federal “Generally Regarded As Safe”(GRAS) status?” from www.farmdefenders.org.

Yuck – did I really eat that?! I dug a little deeper and found that  New York Senator Chuck Schumer introduced a bill back in 2009 that would levy higher tariffs on imports of  MPCs. The dried dairy product is used in many processed foods in the United States because it’s cheaper than domestically-produced dried milk powder.

Bleck!!

Next on the list: Kosher Gelatin – sounds yummy doesn’t it? Well, Kosher gelatin can be made from fish bones, beef, Japanese insinglass, agar agar, carrageenan, and Irish moss, according to The Vegetarian Resource Group. Double ewww and gag!!

I’m a little rusty in the periodic tables, so I googled Calcium Chloride next and Wikipedia told me this:

Calcium chloride, CaCl2, is a salt and the compound of calcium and chlorine. It behaves as a typical ionic halide, and is solid at room temperature. It has several common applications such as brine for refrigeration plants, ice and dust control on roads, and in concrete. The anhydrous salt is also widely used as a desiccant, where it will absorb so much water that it will eventually dissolve in its own crystal lattice water. It can be produced directly from limestone, but large amounts are also produced as a by-product of the Solvay process.”

Oh yum – this yogurt is really sounding tasty now, right? Widely used as a desiccant – delish!

So next is Vitamin A Acetate. I had a hard time finding info on this vitamin additive. My searches kept bringing up facial beauty products and information about retinol. I’m going to continue searching, but in the meantime, maybe I should be rubbing the yogurt on my face instead of eating it?

Anyway – I bought one more container of this yogurt and part of me doesn’t even want to eat it, but I also don’t want to waste food either. Tough call.

After work I set out for my 8 mile run, fueled by all the really great and inspiring comments posted yesterday (thanks all – you’re the best!). Everything was going really well until about 3 miles in when my left side thigh area really started hurting. I trudged on and finished my 8 miles, but the pain in my leg was searing from my butt all through my upper thigh afterwards. Here are my stats from the run:

Mile 1 – 9:14
Mile 2 – 7:58
Mile 3 – 8:30
Mile 4 – 8:26
Mile 5 – 8:02
Mile 6 – 7:55
Mile 7 – 7:52
Mile 8 – 8:50

Total mileage 8.01 miles in 1:06:43. Average pace – 8:19 minute mile.

I was definitely pushing myself a little bit harder than I probably should have, especially after my 20-mile run on Saturday. But I so wanted to prove to myself that I could run harder without any issues.

I guess that was not true last night. When I got home, I tried to stretch every way possible to help with the pain and then finally it dawned on me that perhaps this was IT band related. I’ve heard so, so many runners mentioning IT band pain, I needed to check it out.

And all my searching told me that it likely was related to my IT band. I wasn’t experiencing any knee pain, but the pain from my butt throughout my upper thigh sounded like one of the symptoms of an IT band issue. I then searched for many different stretches and happened upon Megan’s post about her IT band stretches (including awesome how-to photos). So I spent a solid 20-3o minutes throughout the night doing her stretches. Hubby even turned to me later in the evening and told me all I’d been doing since I got home was stretching. Darn right!!

But it must have been IT band related and the stretching worked because my leg feels about 80% better today. I got out of bed very cautiously, waiting for the pain to hit, but it was gone! Hurray. At least now I know the cause and how to stretch it. Plus, I’ve decided to take tonight’s and tomorrow’s runs REALLY slow. Seriously, I am going to force myself.

Have you ever dealt with IT Band issues? Did they ever go away completely or do you just work to keep them under control and at bay as much as possible?

After my run I made us a yummy dinner of chicken, rice, lettuce, a little cheese and salsa in a bowl. I call this dinner a mini “burrito bowl” and it was totally satisfying.

I swear there is some chicken and rice in there….

After dinner I stretched away, vacuumed up gobs of Murphy hair and watched The Biggest Loser. Does anyone else feel like it’s time for Sam to go home? I like the guy and all, but I don’t think he needs to be there anymore. He is totally motivated and has got this – he can do it at home.

So that was my night. Hope you had a nice day yesterday and that Hump Day flies by for you!!

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15 responses to “Yucky Yogurt and IT Band Issues

  1. Ugh…reading about your yogurt issues is definitely not appetizing. Thanks for the info, I’m going to check our yogurt container right now!

    I love burrito bowls:)

  2. Double bummer, lady! The yogurt sounds AWFUL now that you’ve broken down the ingredients. Thanks for doing that b/c I’m often way too lazy and just hope for the best. I’m really glad the stretching is helping your ITB issues. Let me know if you want me to ask the doctors for suggestions at work. The office has been packed with runners getting primed for Boston on Monday 🙂

  3. I really think I am one of the few bloggers out there that does not enjoy yogurt. I think it’s the consistency (or lack of texture) that bugs me. I’d really rather chew…

  4. Yikes, the yogurt sounds AWFUL. Thank you for breaking it down for us! I have tried the vanilla flavor and liked it. Ew, I won’t be purchasing it again.

    I’ve had IT band issues in the past, which manifested itself in an awful pain in my right knee. The doctor recommended rest (I had only been running for about 6 months and had increased my mileage significantly) and stretching. I took off a week or two and purchased a foam roller. The foam roller has made all of the difference in the world!

    • I think I need to give my foam roller another try. My first attempt was totally awkward and not done right, so I gave up. Time to give it another shot.

  5. I’m going to stick to my Chobani & Stonyfield thank you!

    It is amazing what you find out when you google that stuff, huh?

    I definitely have tight IT bands, what works best for me is a foam roller. Rolling out the muscle and doing myofacial release definitely helps me. Which reminds me I really should be working on that this week in preparation for Monday!

    • Yes, me too! Yoplait was obviously feeling the pressure from the Greek yogurt craze and wanted to up their game. They should have thought out their ingredients a little better though.

      Ok – I am trying my foam roller again tonight!!

  6. I have turned into a yogurt snob and will only eat natural ones now. I tried the Yoplait and agree with your comments. It’s chobani or stoneyfield for me. One has to really look at ingredients carefully (a tip Dawne has impressed upon). Too many packages say “natural” when in fact not all of the ingredients are natural. I really hope one day this will be regulated. It’s like deceptive advertising.

    I have a good stretch for IT band pain. Call me when you get home form work and I can share. I find it’s a great stretch for hips and lower back, too. Sorry you are in pain. Take a rest day!

  7. Oh ick on the ingredients. It scares me what is in our food sometimes. Which is why I try to choose wholesome, natural things as often as possible and (sadly) play ignorant the times I actually do eat processed stuff.

  8. Oh man, do I know about IT band issues! Mine seem neverending. I’m glad my stretches helped! If you can get a foam roller (either at the gym or buy one for home) it will make a big difference.

    I just tried the Yoplait Greek yogurt for the first time and I was less than impressed.

  9. GREAT RUN and I am so glad the stretches helped! I love to stretch and roll on the foam roller whenever I start to feel like ‘tweaks’ and it makes a huge difference!

  10. Imagine eating yoghurt eaten out of dog’s rear! Do you want to swallow this?!

    Ewwwwwwww! Light and Fit doggish model or actress sounds and looks like my dog licking his! She may love it but it would be less disgusting to eat yoghurt out of any other container … or no yoghurt at all!

    Yuck Disgusting!

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