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Racehorses, Greyhounds, & Me

Posted Apr 28 2013 8:14pm

Fun fact of the day: did you know that only three animals develop stress fractures? According to my pal Dr. Tim Noakes, they are: humans, racehorses, and greyhounds. I guess I’m in good company…racehorses and greyhounds are pretty dang fast, right?

931 pages of RUNNING. Heavenly.

You know what else I learned? In a study of 142 athletes with stress fractures only 1% occurred in the ankle bones (navicular) as opposed to 55% in the tibia. Metatarsals (23%), fibula (14%), and femur (6%) followed, with the navicular (which mine is) in the 1% along with the pubic bone.  I’m special.

I also learned that stress fractures are 12X more prevalent in people with low dietary calcium intakes. I HATE milk, so it’s a good thing I have Huffington Post to fill me in on some other options. Did you know you need Vitamin D as well to help absorb the calcium? (I need 600 IU daily according to my age…probably more though considering that whole fracture thing.) The article mentions that an ounce of sesame seeds contains 280 mg of calcium, almost the same as an entire cup of milk. According to the National Institutes of Health, 19-30 year olds need 1,000 mg of calcium . Guess I’ll be eating sesame seeds on EV.ER.Y.THING. indefinitely. NIH also says to avoid excessive protein and sodium intake, as they can cause the kidneys to excrete more calcium than normal. Glad I’ve cleared this all up. Next on my to-do list: go grocery shopping. Buy sesame seeds and calcium/vitamin D fortified orange juice. (See a nutritionist?)

Maybe don't drink wine after a workout?...Nah

Maybe don’t drink wine after a workout?…Nah

I couldn’t help but laugh when I read this: “Many published studies show that low calcium intake throughout life is associated with low bone mass and high fracture rates. National nutrition surveys have shown that most people are not getting the calcium they need to grow and maintain healthy bones.” My Mom always made me drink one glass of milk with dinner. EVERY NIGHT. Even though I hated it. She said I was an active kid and needed strong bones and calcium and blah blah blah. It was the worst.

Sometimes I would find a way to sneakily pour it down the drain or outside in the bushes (don’t ask) when she wasn’t looking. But from pretty much birth until I moved out for college, I had one disgusting glass of milk with dinner. Every dinner. We sat down as a family each night so I had to get creative with my milk disposal. (Side note: I hated steak and would try to either feed pieces to our dog, or hide pieces in my milk. Seriously. Those were the days that I REALLY tried to sneak over to the sink before she noticed.) Actually drinking it was the LAST option, but I was usually unsuccessful and stuck sitting at the dinner table long after every else had left, trying to choke it down.

I look sweet, but I could throw a mean milk-induced tempter tantrum.

I look sweet, but I could throw a mean milk-induced tempter tantrum.




She looks sweet...but watch out! She'll make you drink milk!

She also looks sweet…but watch out. She has no mercy when it comes to calcium.

And now, here I am, a non-milk drinking adult with a stress fracture. Imagine that! Sorry I didn’t continue the milk consumption when I moved out, Mom. You were right. I was wrong. Can you come fix my stress fracture with a hug and some chicken noodle soup now? I have a lot of Gu to eat…


My favorite drawer in my house.

Do you eat a vitamin-rich diet, take vitamins, or neither? Have you seen a nutritionist? What did your parents make you do as a child that you hated?

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