Caking And Your Health

Decorating By vgcea Updated 11 Jun 2013 , 6:57am by cazza1

indydebi Posted 29 Jul 2012 , 2:22pm
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A big one... my husband prescribes these innersoles that are also used as preventive maintenance along with being for already sore feet. They are made by Foot Leveler.



Yep .... with you on this one, too. I had foot surgery a few years ago and now I have trouble buying shoes because I have to allow for space for my inserts that I paid $342 for. But I have (had) jobs where I have to stand for 4 to 8 hours straight (hotel; retail sales; not counting my cake/catering;etc) and I can do it. I still wear, as you say, ugly-a$$ shoes, but it's sure better than feeling like I'm standing on a bed of nails! (Since my foot surgery, I can't even go bare footed ... I have to wear at least a sock. Makes going to the pool an adventure!)

jgifford Posted 29 Jul 2012 , 2:45pm
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Wow, do I feel like a wimp! When something got tired or started to hurt, I changed positions. I always wore nursing shoes and thick hiking socks. I also did the hair pulled back and since mine is on the long side, rubber bands down the length of my pony tail. No makeup and short fingernails. Baking was the only time I'd wear a snug T-shirt so it didn't get caught on anything. Kept DH handy when it was time to move a heavy cake. But I wouldn't let him load the cake to deliver, because if anything happened I wanted it to be on me, not him. I had a wheeled cart to roll cakes into a venue.

The only problem I had was my hip. When I was expecting my 2nd little darling, I stepped up into a truck and it popped really loud - - had trouble with it ever since. Doctors couldn't find anything wrong . . . yet. Can't wait to see what develops there. icon_sad.gif

indydebi Posted 29 Jul 2012 , 2:59pm
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The only problem I had was my hip. When I was expecting my 2nd little darling, I stepped up into a truck and it popped really loud - - had trouble with it ever since. Doctors couldn't find anything wrong . . . yet. Can't wait to see what develops there. icon_sad.gif


Another "me, too!" I'm developing hip arthritis. Medication keeps it in check but I can still feel it some mornings. (The inserts in my shoes, mentioned above, really helped out with this, too. Whodda thought?) With all of this going on, you cannot imagine how often I feel a sense of relief about "omg, I am SO glad I dont' have to deal with catering schedules feeling like this!"

No one told me THIS part of getting old! LOL!

tracycakes Posted 29 Jul 2012 , 4:21pm
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I've have never felt so old and out of shape as I have since my full bakery opened 9 months ago. I have arthritis in my hands so piping hurts, my elbows are killing me from portioning cupcakes (not helped by running a Groupon), hips won't move after standing all day, wake up feeling stiff and sore all over.....

So, I have really good shoes and inserts, I try to sit whenever possible, I have cushion pads on the floor, and for rolling out fondant, stand on stool and lean over the fondant using your body weight to help - it really works. As for making cupcakes, I try to get someone else to do it. I'm going to start stretching every night and morning to help tired muscles, I need to lift weights to build up strength and get on the treadmill just to help with overall health. Oh yeah, I can do that when I get home at 12:30 at night.

What doesn't kill me will make me stronger. icon_smile.gif

costumeczar Posted 29 Jul 2012 , 4:32pm
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The thought of quitting cakes has been passing my mind more often recently, and it increases every time I get another headache.

BabyGerald Posted 29 Jul 2012 , 5:29pm
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My scariest health risk of caking is related to the dangers of obesity or even just being overweight. My first career was as an internal medicine doctor and I have worked specifically in the specialty of endocrinology and in an obesity laboratory. I've seen first-hand the numerous medical complications of being overweight and read the studies citing obesity as a cause for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, certain cancers and other, common diseases. (Heart disease is still the number one killer of adults, btw.)

So what do we do with all this delicious cake lying around? Yikes!

xo,
-j

vgcea Posted 29 Jul 2012 , 8:53pm
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My scariest health risk of caking is related to the dangers of obesity or even just being overweight. My first career was as an internal medicine doctor and I have worked specifically in the specialty of endocrinology and in an obesity laboratory. I've seen first-hand the numerous medical complications of being overweight and read the studies citing obesity as a cause for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, certain cancers and other, common diseases. (Heart disease is still the number one killer of adults, btw.)

So what do we do with all this delicious cake lying around? Yikes!

xo,
-j




I had to modify my diet recently. I love my sweets and that is unlikely to change. What I did was to cut out a lot of the other stuff (cutting down on starchy carbs by about 40%, red meats by about 60%, fried foods by about 90%) so these days I load up my plate with veggies before I add anything else. I've gone days on just fruits. I've lost about 10lbs without working out at all and still eating a fair amount of sweets so I'm back to my set point. My diet isn't ideal by any stretch of the imagination but it's a bit cleaner than it was before.

Pearl645 Posted 30 Jul 2012 , 12:31am
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Great info and solutions here. I wear crocs..ugly crocs. My business partner has told me many times to stop delivering cakes in them but they are the only shoes that work for standing up and moving around for hours. I also go to the gym 5 times a week and lift a lot of weights to help me lug in 10kg bags on flour and icing sugar.The cardio and weight lifting really helped to strengthen my core and back but I take a lot of short breaks in between work still. Making fondant from scratch then rolling it out is back-breaking every time esp for 3 tier cakes. Just wish I could pop open a bucket of fondant every time and swish a wand and it's on the cake.

poohsmomma Posted 30 Jul 2012 , 1:19pm
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I'm just a hobbyist, so I don't have as many hours on my feet as most of you. However, I love my ugly Crocs or Orthaheel flip flops, and my compression hose are a must. What with those lovely fashion accessories and my pink hairnet, I must look a sight!

Baker_Rose Posted 30 Jul 2012 , 1:49pm
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Shoes. Finding the right pair is just a nightmare, but once you do you are glad you took the time to do the search. And good inserts etc. etc.

I now wear work boots and they kick a$$ over running shoes. They are slip resistant, so no more quick skids with buttercream and shortening on the floor!!! They have great ankle support and after 8+ hours on my feet my feet are NOT swollen and throbbing.

A good standing mat on top of good shoes. Also placing the cakes on a lower surface or boosting them up on a counter depending on how you are decorating them. If I have a sheet cake that I'm "painting a picture" on I like to place it on an angle.

Also, rolling cookie dough or fondant on an angle helps the back as well!! I saw a photo of the hand rolled, paper thin Moravian wafer cookies many years ago and all the women who were rolling the dough (for hours a day) were rolling on a steep angled board. It makes sense!!

I take a different route with tendonitis and pinched nerves and carpal tunnel. I use my herb garden to my advantage. I use St. John's Wort infused oil on anything nerve related, comfrey and calendula on anything muscular. I use comfrey with epsom salts for my feet with burdock leaves in the summer, infused oils in the winter. I sleep with a wrist brace to keep "rolling over on my wrist" injuries to a minimum and I also do wrist exercises. If you google search you can bring up several exercises that you do on the side of a desk to stretch and strengthen your wrists.

As for the "crazy stress", I use lavender candles that I make for myself and lemongrass. I drink tea with added tinctures, also made by myself and I find time everyday to meditate. 15-30 minutes to wash away the stress.

vgcea Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 2:03am
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Thanks for all these helpful tips!

bethanyalexandrarose Posted 12 Aug 2012 , 8:16am
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I'm just a hobbyist caker, so I feel like such a weakling reading through here, but I find that the main thing for me is remembering to drink and eat! I get in the headspace and forget to look after myself.

rosech Posted 12 Aug 2012 , 3:28pm
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I love u all. I know what I am supposed to do but I procrastinate. I have 2h interval reminder that reads, 'water. run' to remind me to drink some water and go five floors down using steps and back. Do I do it? No. If at my day job I will be busy checking latest on cake stuff, CC, feeds, fb etc. At home I take more than I should and cant even afford time to stretch.
I hope this post will make me come to my senses and help me do the right thing. I have been down the past week feeling dizzy. Wonder wat caused this.

cakemaker2 Posted 12 Aug 2012 , 7:49pm
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We raised our cabinets by putting 3 inch platforms underneath (had to raise oven/stove too!).
It has made all the difference! I made a cake at my sisters recently and had so many of the
aforementioned issues, and It was all caused by her counters being of standard height.
I've had chronic neck pain from an accident at work for 11-1/2 years, and just can't function
well in a standard kitchen. It's a relatively inexpensive DIY project for hubby. I also have the mats, but they are the inexpensive ones, and they work fine for me. I also wear crocs (where have they been all my life!! LOL!)

TartletteTreats Posted 16 Aug 2012 , 2:27am
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I have an overuse injury in a muscle near my shoulder blade that can be excruciating. I go to a chiropractor and the gym to undo what I do to my body baking.

inspiredbymom Posted 16 Aug 2012 , 3:49am
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Jgifford & indydebi, I will share my tips from my therepist on hip trouble that I had for years that got worse after each pregnancy (5 total) When you get a car, sit on the side of the seat and turn into the car. When you get out, turn to the side, place both feet on the ground and lift. It really helps! For my arthritis in my ankles, drinking LOTS of water helped along with getting rid of coffee, soda and most tea (only 1 or 2 a day). I had to learn that one on my own and my doctor was suprised. I went from both ankles braced and daily pain meds and tons of tears, to none! Now I just have to loose the extra pounds that crept on when I couldn't walk well and I'll be great!

morganchampagne Posted 7 Jun 2013 , 5:14pm
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AAny chance that anybody can recommend a specific brand of inserts? I just started doing cake full time only been 3 weeks but what I do know is that I can not continue like this!

auntginn Posted 7 Jun 2013 , 7:06pm
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I just use Dr Scholl's gel inserts and a good pair of walking shoes.  Makes all the difference when your standing all day.  Like anything else, what works for some may not help another, unfortunately you may have to try several until you find the right ones.

vgcea Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 6:13am
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AI'm actually considering breaking up my decorating sessions to do the bits that I can while sitting because all that standing takes its toll.

cazza1 Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 6:57am
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I could not work at cakes all day due to past back injuries.  As it is I still have to get up and move around every 30 minutes or so and severely limit the time I do cakes and other favorite activities each day.  Life goes on.

 

Yoga in the morning when I hop up.  I have a very easy and basic routine that is designed to get all the body joints moving and gently stretch the muscles.  I really notice the difference to my quality of life when I get slack and skip a week or two.

 

Collapsing arches can be a real problem when you are on your feet all day.  I have orthotic inserts for my cranky feet (and this also helps my back).  They cost $800 where I live but they make a huge difference.

 

I use a thick rubber mat in the kitchen for cooking.  It is amazing how much time you can spend in the kitchen.

 

Regular massage is a worthwhile expense, not just for your muscles but also for your mental well being.

 

BabyGerald I love eating cake as well as playing with it and there is one good answer to the obesity problem as you know.  Exercise.  I detest exercise but I love to eat, too much, so I walk every day.  I have a machine set up in front of the telly for when I don't want to go outside.

 

And for those of you who are overweight losing weight will make a huge difference to not only your caking but your life in general.  Added weight adds stress (and pain) to your joints and muscles, especially in your neck, back and knees.  Walk, join a gym, play a sport or whatever, there is an option for everyone.

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