Today I went to the fitness center to do my water therapy exercises after two weeks off during the holidays. I was surprised to find that I was in better shape than I thought. My 3x weekly workouts are slowly strengthening my arms and legs from the past year’s surgeries. The bonus is that I’ve lost about 20 lbs. and only have 25 more to go. The exercises were given to me by my wonderful physical therapist and I have added a couple more to help improve balance and co-ordination. These times in the pool are also terrific for my fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and neuro disorders. If you’d like to know what I’m doing so you can see if it would work for you, leave a comment and I’ll make some posts about the exercises. Really, they are not hard and they don’t leave me miserable as land therapy does. In fact, I really hate to leave the pool. It’s warm water!
Now for the miso soup part of the day. After working out my husband and I went to the health food store where I saw a product called “Miso-Cup®”, a freeze-dried instant soup. Friends know that I love much about the Japanese – classical movies, kimonos, the countryside, the spirit of the people and many more things. It’s turned into quite a love affair. After seeing many movies mentioning miso, I have wanted to taste it, but thought it would never happen. Imagine my surprise when I found that I could get it right in Springfield! This stuff tastes good, and attention fibromyalgia sufferers, it is a living food like yogurt, made of fermented soy and rice. This is really important for the IBS aspect of fibro. I bought the kind with wakame seaweed and it was delicious, tasting very vaguely like chicken soup. One cup only has 3 grams of carbs for you carb watchers out there, it’s filling and the price was economical. The box tells the story of miso and I’m not going to spoil the fun by telling you. Just know that this could be a good food for people affected by wheat sensitivities, IBS, blood sugar problems, and other systemic issues. It doesn’t say that on the box: I deduced it from the information given. So now I have one more thing I love about Japan and maybe you will, too.
I took the picture from Steamy Kitchen, Jaden Hair’s blog. It shows tofu in the miso instead of wakame. You can get Miso Cup® with tofu and with vegetables, too. Steamy Kitchen tells you how to make it fresh. Jaden Hair is fantastic but if you go to Steamy Kitchen, beware! This blog can be addictive if you like to putter in the kitchen and try recipes from around the world.
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