Nope! My husband has been having a ball making fun of my “weak brittle bones” that I have which are due to the “obvious” fact that I don’t drink milk or consume any dairy. His sarcastic humor is undermined though by the amazing fact that my entire injury was simply just a hairline fracture in my elbow when it could have been so very worse. He likes to pick and get a rise out of me; but there is no way I’m eating cheese or drinking milk anytime soon. I found a great blog post on Eat Drink Paleo that sums up the Paleo Diet and Calcium very nicely. Not only does Irena give a nice list of food groups with their corresponding calcium milligrams; but she explains why eating a Paleo diet is already Calcium-friendly just in itself. The fact that I have not been consuming grains and legumes already helps my body absorb Calcium in my daily meals. She explains:
“There are also a few enemies to watch out for. Phytates or phytic acid is an anti-nutrient found in grains and legumes (not a problem for paleo folks), seeds, nuts and some vegetables. The body binds phytates to calcium as well as other minerals, which prevents their absorption. Soaking, aslo known as ‘activating’, nuts and seeds and cooking vegetables removes most of the phytates, making the calcium and other minerals more available to the body.”
This information regarding phyates was also clearly summed up in “It Starts With Food”. There is a great section on dairy in Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s book. I can’t recommend reading this entire book enough! Just a few interesting points to take away from their dairy section regarding Calcium:
- Our body’s hormones and anti-inflammatory status play a role in bone health.
- Chronic blood sugar and coritsol levels (and systematic inflammation) all accelerate bone breakdown and inhibit the formation of new bone cells.
- The US has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world, despite having one of the highest calcium intakes.
- Too much calcium can be a bad thing; this generally happens when we are consuming dairy, plus calcium supplements, plus calcium that is naturally available in produce.
- Calcium is most bio-available to the body in produce.
- Weight-bearing physical activity stress our bones in a healthy way so they respond by becoming more dense.
So, maybe that Got Milk? campaign should be changed to Got Real Food?! Thanks to the Got Milk? campaign, it is no wonder why we all think our bones are going to become brittle and dissolve the minute we stop consuming dairy.
By the way, I had the biggest crush on JTT when I was in elementary school! You better believe I would have made my mom go out and buy all the gallons of milk left in the store if I had seen this ad back then!
I have been getting plenty of veggies, but it looks like I can make more of an effort to focus on the more calcium-rich greens like collards, kale, cooked spinach, mustard greens, turnip greens, and okra. I have included cooked collards, broccoli, and kale in my meals since my fracture so I am on the right track! Also, I didn’t realize how rich in calcium seafood and fish are! Sardines are pretty high on the list with 382 milligrams of calcium per 100 grams. I foresee a sardine recipe search in my future….I’ve actually never had sardines before. I will just have to add it to my Whole30 “First Timers” list!
In all seriousness, I have been very happy with my progress so far. I was told by many people that the third day after a vehicle collision is when your body feels the worst. I have honestly not felt bad at all. Yesterday (the second day) my neck was very stiff; but no pain at all. Not even in my broken elbow! I haven’t taken any of the pain meds prescribed to me….nor needed the huge bottle of Motrin I purchased just in case. At my doctor’s appointment with the orthopedic specialist on Wednesday, I was told my left arm and hand would continue to swell up before it getting better. It hasn’t swelled up any more since that day! I am 100% convinced that I am experiencing such a smooth post-collision experience(not only with my body but also with my mind) because of my Whole30 diet.
My next appointment with the orthopedic is on Wednesday. They are going to hopefully take another set of X-Rays to make sure my elbow is healing well. I am really looking forward to it! For now, my arm’s soft cast is apparently the perfect pillow for Lady ma’am…and I’m okay with that!
Tomorrow’s one-armed adventures include finishing up my homemade bone broth, car shopping with my mom, a hair wash and trim with someone’s hands that aren’t my own, and getting a rental car!
Vroom, vroom, baby.