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Tiger Balm Life Saver

by Meghann on January 19, 2010

Meet my new best friend

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The Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patch for Arthritis & Back Pains; Muscle Aches & Strains.

Its a miracle worker I say!

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I’ve had it on my neck for well over an hour and can now turn my neck freely without pain. I never want to take it off.

The only problem was the patch kept peeling off of my neck. Good thing I’m inventive.

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A simple headband rigged around my neck was all it took to keep the patch in place. Goofy, but worth it.

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p.s. its really, really difficult to take a photo of the back of your neck with my camera.

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I had a 2 hour meeting this afternoon that ran right past my normal snack time. A co-worker and I basically ran to the kitchen as soon as the meeting let out where this little beauty was waiting for me.

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After seeing Tina rave about her 3-Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookie for the past week, I decided to give this baby a shot myself.

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I prepared the cookie batter this morning exactly to Tina’s measurements, kept in the fridge during the day, and popped it in the microwave when it was snack time.

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I’m not sure if it was something I did wrong, but something about the texture just tasted off to me. I was expecting something dense and almost crunchy, but instead got something chewy and plasticy. It tasted ok, but the texture just wasn’t for me.

Has anyone else tried the cookie? Is there a special trick to the recipe that I was missing? Maybe it works best if you don’t let the ingredients sit together?

hmmm… maybe just I’ll have to experiment with this again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For dinner I really, really wanted roasted vegetables.

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mmm…. veggies ๐Ÿ™‚

I roasted sweet potato, mushroom, broccoli, onion, and an apple with a variety of random seasonings for 20 minutes at 415 degrees.

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Most people (like my Dad) pick a protein and plan their meal around that. I pick my veggies and then scramble to find a protein to pair with it. After 10 minutes of sifting through my cabinet and fridge, I found this mix shoved in a back corner.

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While the veggies cooked I quickly through together three falafels from the mix.

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The falafels were so lonely on the plate. I prepared an impromtu coleslaw of cabbage, plain yogurt, vinegar, and honey mustard to give the falafels a bed to lay on.

Not a conventual meal, but I think I had all the basics – protein, carbs, healthy fats, etc – covered. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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After dinner I enjoyed a serving of peppermint ice cream with a peppermint joe-joe crumbled on top.

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Time for sleep!

I have a giveaway for you in the morning. Get excited!

Good night!

1 weightwatchingfoodie January 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I have that falafel mix in my cabinet, I really have to make it. I use to love their Taco Filling mix, but cannot find it anymore. ๐Ÿ™

2 Evan Thomas January 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I definitely like to make a meal around my veggie cravings, too ๐Ÿ™‚

3 Ashley January 19, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Tiger Balm is pretty awesome–it’s the only thing that made my neck/shoulder quit hurting during the two weeks I had a muscle spasm. The only bad thing about it is that it eventually wore off and everything hurt again. Oh, and it smelled kinda funny (I had the actual balm). ๐Ÿ™‚

4 Island Girl Eats January 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Tiger Balm is good stuff. The last time that I used it, it felt like it was burning a hole in my skin. Good stuff!!! LOL. I didn’t use the patch (are they new?) I used the balm. Totally works.

5 theprocessofhealing January 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Those veggies sound awesome! I’ve never thought of mixing an apple in… good idea!

6 Rachel January 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I love Fantastic Foods mixes! I just bought that falafel mix and have been wanting to try it out. Your dinner looks great:)

7 Marla January 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Do you toss your veg in oil before roasting?
Thanks!

8 Meghann January 20, 2010 at 6:48 am

Nope. I spray the baking sheet with PAM, but that’s it.

9 weightwatchersforone January 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Yay I am glad your neck is feeling better! There’s nothing better than lots of roasted vegetables for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Anna January 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Those pics remind me of that scary story about the girl with the ribbon tied around her neck…that story used to freak me out when I was little!

I tried the 3 minute cookie tonight too, and I agree that the texture was a little off…plus, mine stuck really badly! Did you spray yours with cooking spray?

11 Christy January 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I tried Tina’s cookie too and I got the same results you did. It was just not for me! Oh well!

12 blueberrymuffins January 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm

yay!!! I am glad you are feeling much better!!!

13 Molly @vegandorm January 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I have that falafel mix at home – pretty good!
Glad your neck is feeling better!

14 Run Sarah January 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I do the same thing, the veggies are the star of my meal usually, or the carbs!

15 Rika January 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm

my cookie wasn’t “right” either! and i didnt let mine sit in the fridge so i thought of experimenting it that way tmrw :S anyway, w/o it letting it sit in the fridge, its reaaaally oat-y. it just tastes like im eating clumped up raw oats :T hm. maybe tina can enlighten us!?

16 Erin January 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I’ve been wanting a good falafel mix — maybe I’ll give this one a whirl.

17 Amanda P January 19, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Look at all those yummy veggies! I forgot that falafel is a good protein to add to mediterranean dish – I’m going to have to remember to grab a box and give it a go! PS: Your hair looks so nice pulled back like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

18 Amanda January 19, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Look at all those yummy veggies! I forgot that falafel is a good protein to add to mediterranean dish โ€“ Iโ€™m going to have to remember to grab a box and give it a go! PS: Your hair looks so nice pulled back like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

19 Danielle (Coffee Run) January 19, 2010 at 11:40 pm

I’m the same way- veggies come first, then protein ๐Ÿ™‚
Looking forward to the giveaway!

20 Jenna January 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Can’t wait for the giveaway!!

21 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) January 20, 2010 at 12:08 am

I love tiger balm, it smells so yummy and works wonders!

22 Karla January 20, 2010 at 12:16 am

I haven’t tried the microwave cookie but I was thinking I might do so tomorrow!

23 Jamie January 20, 2010 at 12:47 am

You always do such a good job of mixing and matching foods and tastes – you make me want to take more risks in the kitchen. Thank you!

24 Mandy January 20, 2010 at 1:11 am

I plan my meals by the veggies as well. I’m always forgetting about any meat that i buy, and scrambling to use it before it expires :p

I tried the cookie and had the same problem…although I used 1 eggwhite, instead of liquid eggwhites. Think that may have been my issue.

25 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 20, 2010 at 1:20 am

i’ve done the cookie multiple ways and it’s always worked just fine for me…my trick is i add a little bit of water since it’s so dry in colorado.

love the veggies – so pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

26 Marissa January 20, 2010 at 1:30 am

I have the same brand box of veggie burgers in my pantry. I need to try them soon!!

27 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 20, 2010 at 1:59 am

I love falafel! Looks so tasty. I know what you mean about it being hard to take certain pictures with camera like that. My camera is a Nikon D3000. Soooo heavy to take candids of MYSELF! ๐Ÿ˜€

28 Dynamics January 20, 2010 at 2:44 am

I tried the cookie too. It was sorta dry and seemed uncooked with no flavor. I thought since I am not a big oatmeal cookie it was me.

Bio-Freeze. That stuff is amazing. just rub it in. Works great.

29 foodfitnessandfreya January 20, 2010 at 4:24 am

I love plates of roasted veg for meals! I had that at lunch yesterday, sometimes it’s such a chore picking out a ‘proper carb’ and a lump of protein to go with it lol!

30 Luna January 20, 2010 at 4:49 am

eheheh happy tiger balm suggestion worked, I am purring like a cat;) but do not force your neck !!

31 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 20, 2010 at 6:01 am

Great eats! And I have heard that Tiger Balm can work wonders ๐Ÿ™‚

32 Hangry Pants January 20, 2010 at 8:04 am

Cookie – I didn’t make it yet, but I am thinking it’s not going to get crunchy or dense in the microwave and with no real fat source. I think it’s meant to be a soft “mufifiny” cookie.

33 Meghann January 20, 2010 at 8:08 am

I could deal with a “muffiny” cookie, but this was almost like eating rubber

34 Bridget January 20, 2010 at 8:33 am

I didn’t see your “pain in the neck” post until now. Please know that my heart goes out to you (and anyone with neck pain). I threw mine out two years ago. In recovery, Tiger Balm was amazing; you made a tremendous choice! The cream and spray are all that I can get here, but the patches look like they must be just as great! Patches always have to be kept on somehow, but it makes a good reason to wear a scarf! Well, in normal Florida weather, a *light* scarf.

35 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life January 20, 2010 at 8:51 am

Hope your neck is feeling better this morning! I haven’t tried the 3 minute cookie, but now I really want to!

36 Yasmin January 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

My b-fast cookie always comes out more like cookie dough. Very moist. You just have to play around with proportions I guess.

37 Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn January 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

I would love to rad the Spark book! A little extra motivation is ALWAYS a good thing ๐Ÿ™‚

38 Amy January 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

Yeah, the cookie was an experiment for sure! I ended up putting more oatmeal into in before I cooked it. because I didn’t think the consistency was right. Then I cooked it longer than 45 seconds- I assumed it was my microwave’s fault on that one, but maybe not?

39 Tammy Eros January 20, 2010 at 10:21 am

I almost suggested tiger Balm, but I had never tried it..it was just recommended to me. Yep, those patches are crazy sticky! Glad it helped!

40 jenngirl January 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

Glad you found a solution to your neck pain–I’ll have to keep that in mind!

haha and I’m the same way with meals sometimes, I have the hardest time choosing a protein component, no trouble with have a plethora of veggies though. Roasted broccoli is amazing!

41 Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life January 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

What type of seasonings did you throw on your veggies? I am planning to roast some tonight for dinner as well… they’re so yummy!

42 Jessica January 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I do mine in pepper and paprika and a little garlic powder…but I love me some garlic…

or you can do honey and pepper super yummy

43 Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life January 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

44 Heather January 20, 2010 at 11:14 am

Glad you found something that helped!! I love heat patches like those–I kept 2 on for almost 24 hours when I broke my butt and they saved my life ๐Ÿ™‚

45 yellowturtleruns January 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Where did you get the Tiger Balm patch? Post Disney, I scheduled a massage, and the masseuse slathered my hurty parts with Tiger Balm. It was HEAVENLY! It felt much better than that Biofreeze sample we got in the goodie bag. ๐Ÿ™‚

46 emily January 21, 2010 at 11:32 am

You can find all Tiger balm stuff at drugstore.com. I’m not affiliated with their website, I just know it’s hard to find Tiger Balm in my area sometimes.

47 Lauren January 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I love Tiger Balm. Always works!

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49 DiningAndDishing January 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

good to know those patches actually work. if i get neck pain again i’ll be sure to give them a shot…

– Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

50 lisampls January 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm

i just signed up for a sparkpeople account! what a great accessory to my new commitment this would be.

51 goodtastehealthyme January 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I didn’t care for the cookie either. The texture was very eh. It was dry and crunchy…it just kinda tasted like a ball of raw oats. But maybe it’s just not for us?

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