When it rains it pours. I have been recovering from a back injury this past week and it seems since January I have had a stream of bad luck. I have injured my back at least six times now, each time getting worse than the time before. This time it was the worst pain I have ever been in, no question. A few trips to the hospital, an MRI, Percocet, T3’s and Valium, I have been informed I have come close to a disc rupture. Apparently I am at a prime age risk for a disc injury along with my lifestyle choices and previous injuries, my disc was a ticking time bomb.
Alright, ok, so, no lifting? No problem, I can live without heavy dead lifts for a while. Oh and no running for a year?!?! Brutal. My mind starting literally doing a checklist of “safe” activities. Snowboarding? Yoga? Cycling? Row? Skip? Well obviously no skipping. Breathe just breathe…where is that Valium?
On the bright side, I am alive and I feel like the universe has been trying to tell me something for the past 8 months since my back injury decided to present itself loud and clear on a flight to Vancouver. This time I have been forced to listen and slow down. Luckily I know some very intelligent people in my industry that have told me I will be walking for my rehabilitation and for the next year. Time to do some self work, walk the dog, spend less time in the gym, more time doing other things. I never did get my holistic mind wrapped around taking pharmaceuticals when Advil is a push for me. I’m more of a “push through it” kinda girl and busied myself doing other things. Like coming up with some new recipes!
Lucky for me, I have the best children that have been helping out. Aidan is my man in the house and Ava likes to mother me. They helped bake these muffins and we came up with a few new recipes this week. Aidan has gained some confidence with flipping pancakes and making his own smoothies, granted there has been a smoothie or two with the addition of chocolate chips, but he is sure to compensate with spinach so whatever, I’m not complaining.
Here is their recipe for a super nutritious gluten free banana oat muffin. Feel free to add chocolate chips to yours if you like. Ava is not a fan of chocolate chips in her muffins so we left them out. I guess she prefers chocolate separate from everything else?
Gluten Free Banana Oat Mini Muffins