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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Uping the Intake

How did we already make it to the middle of the week?
I feel like this week I have been in go go go mode!  
But I can't complain I like to be a bit busy!

Last week I mentioned in a post that I was having a bit of trouble with my ankle. 
Well I finally sucked it up and went to Sports Medicine to have my ankle checked out.  And the results are in..

I have a very tiny stress fracture on the inside of my left ankle (well no wonder it hurt to run)!  I have to say I am not completely shocked with the results but I am relieved that my pain is not caused by something worse!  Thankfully my stress fracture is tiny which is great news.  While I have to take a month of from running (queue sad face) I am thankful that I am still allowed to do low impact cardio and weights.  I would go crazy if I couldn't work out.  

Along with the low impact cardio my Doctor recommends lots and lots of stretching and focusing on a well balanced diet.  She wants me to focus on getting all  the proper nutrients with a emphasis on calcium (gotta build strong bones)!  A siren went off in my head with the word calcium, because I know I don't get as much calicum as I need!  

Since my doctors appointment I have been looking for small ways to up my intake of calicum!
One of my 2012 goals was to continue on the path of healthy living (read about my 2012 goals here).  Uping my calicum intake def. falls under that goal!

Here is my plan of action;
One of the easiest things I can do is drink milk!
I am going to aim for 2 glasses of milk a day!
Unsweetened almond milk is my favorite!

I am going to continue packing loaded yogurt bowls for a mid morning snack!
Not only is plain greek yogurt good for you, but its a blank canvas for healthy mix ins!
Some favs are Trader Joes Trail Mix (nuts are another great source), Granola/cereal, and fresh fruit!

I am going to up my intake of calcium rich veggies!
Killing two birds with one stone!  Veggies and calcium!

And last but not least incorperate Chia seeds more into my diet (2 ounces of Chia Seeds have 600 MG of calcium)! Yes I use them every now and then in overnight oats, but people add them to salads, smoothies, and yogurt... the sky is the limit!
A few small steps that will hopefully lead to big benefits!
How do you sneak more calcium into your diet?