Lovely Leftovers

by jenna on September 15, 2008

Hope everyone’s Monday is treating them well!

I’m super happy right now because I just got 100% on my wine exam! All my studying, note card making and reading paid off and that’s always a good feeling. A not so good feeling though is that someone in my class actually stole a copy of the exam (and memorized the multiple choice answers) and our Chef instructor found out about it so now we are all getting penalized for it! She said she is re-writing all the tests and quizzes and can promise us the hardest class yet at school. This really really makes me mad. Not that she is re-writing the tests, that someone would actually steal a copy of the exam! It’s so low and un-classy….and it ruins things for those that actually bust their butt studying hard! Grrrrr

Anyways! I was super full from my oatmeal all morning but then hunger stuck and hunger stuck hard….hate it when that happens! I ate my snacks and actually had to go buy an apple from the cafe because I was still hungry! And when I got home I wolfed down my lunch, which was leftover Annie’s bunnies and yummy sauce (I just love writing that), some organic all-natural smoked turkey roll-ups with dijon mustard and a juicy plum.

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Yum! I just loooove those little bunnies!

So, I read online last night that upping your calcium intake really benefits women athletes, especially those with injuries. I have no idea how much calcium I get daily but I thought it could never hurt to try this suppliment:

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I’ve actually had this for awhile. I got it at the health food store in Tampa near my parent’s house when I didn’t consume dairy and, thus, was looking at supplements to increase my calcium. But….I’m SO bad at taking things like this!!! I need to be better about it. I sort of forgot about it for a long time but now I’m bringing it back out. The woman at the health food store recommended this because its a liquid you take on a spoon (I know, gag) and it is very easily absorbed.

What do you all think about calcium supplements?

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Samia September 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm

If you feel you are not getting enough of something, I see no problem in taking a supplement. Your body will discard of it if it doesn’t need it. But be careful… I know magnesium citrate is a laxative! It was what I was told to take for my IBS moments… and it works VERY WELL!!!

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caitlin (see bride run) September 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm

i take calcium lactate. i’ve heard its very important to take calcium supplements, esp if you are a runner! rock out!

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shawna September 15, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I just blogged about my low calcium intake after logging it for the past week or so. Someone mentioned the Adora tablets, which are chocolate – sounds better to me than the liquid (I agree – gaggy!), but I haven’t done any research on them yet.

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polly September 15, 2008 at 5:29 pm

hey jenna!
Cool about your 100%! wahoo!

Yes, I take calcium. I am only eating yogurt for dairy (all the other kinds make me hurt) so I take 800mg of calcium citrate each day. I am supposed to take 1200!! but I am slowly inching up my amount. I have no choice, as I have early ostopenia, despite being very healthy! Anyway, calcium is great! My doc said that the citrate kind vs. the carbonate is much better and more readily absorbed.

Can’t wait for you to post a yoga video! If running doesn’t work out, I hope you get to do yoga again when you move back home! Someone had mentioned earlier different body types are more made for certain activities. I totally agree. Not that everyone can’t do everything, but anyway, I think you are a perfect yogi body! I am built just like you, lean and tall and smaller on top and yoga is just such a fun natural thing for me. Not easy, no way, but it just fits. Okay, sorry for the long post!

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Kimberly September 15, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Every doctor I’ve spoken to has been VERY adamant that calcium supplements can only help women… consensus seems to be that adequate calcium intake + strength-training = no osteoporosis when we get older :)

I eat yogurt and drink fortified soymilk/OJ every day to get my calcium, but the doc said it’s important to spread out intake throughout the day (since the bod only absorbs 500mg at a time), and to avoid taking calcium with high-fiber meals, since that can decrease absorption.

P.S. That Annie’s pasta looks soooo good!

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Lacey September 15, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Hi! I also take calcium supplements sometimes… but my doctor actually “yelled” at me for taking in TOO much calcium! Not even kidding, I was so surprised.

She said I was definitely getting enough from my diet (I have milk and yogurt every day)– and that too much calcium can cause kidney stones…? Anyway, all I have ever heard is that women don’t get enough calcium, but I would assess your diet and see if you’re getting it from there and not worry too much about supplementation. Prolly what’s most important is that you’re getting D&K at the same time to complement the calcium that you take in.

And to complicate matters further, I’ve read in places that too much protein in your diet can negatively effect your calcium supply? *Sigh*… heh. I dunno. In my personal opinion, a calcium supplement is a good idea, just make sure you don’t go SUPER above and beyond.

I picked up some Adora discs though after seeing them on Tina’s blog :) They are pretty good!

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Christie I. September 15, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Congrats on the 100% sorry for the loser in your class. THat really stinks.

I do take a calcium supplement because I only consume a little dairy in the form of yogurt and some cheese. My non dairy milks are fortified but I don’t really consume enough of them to really add up.

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Allison September 15, 2008 at 5:59 pm

It is so funny that mention Calcium today…I just got back from my yearlly gyno appointment, and the first thing my doc asked me was about my calcium intake and told me to start taking a supplement ASAP.
She did mention that if you take Calcium Citrate to make sure that the supplement also has vitamin D, or the calcium has a harder time absorbing into your system.

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Erica September 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm

You and Katie had the same mac and cheese for lunch. :-)

I see nothing wrong with taking a calcium supplement if you think you are not getting enough. I think as women, it should be included in a daily regimine…my mom has told me this for years, I should probably start listening! That’s it…..*runs out to get some calcium…….*

Sorry for the complete loser in your class. That sucks! At least you know you worked hard and it paid off in your HONEST score. Congratulations!

Thanks for your kind words of encouragement! I appreciate them more than you know!

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Jaclyn September 15, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Bone problems run in my family, so I’ve been taking calcium supplements for a while now, just to be careful. I love the Adora chocolates! I take a multi-vitamin in the morning, so I’ve just added it to the routine and then I know I get to have another one at night after dinner as a treat.

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Biz September 15, 2008 at 6:30 pm

I love milk, it just doesn’t love me back, so I take calcium supplements – just throw it in with my multi-vitamin and I don’t forget.

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Krista September 15, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Hi Jenna!
I think I may be the last person in blog land to find your site, but I’m sure glad I did! I’ll be checking back daily to catch up with you!

Krista

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Sarah September 15, 2008 at 6:37 pm

I can’t eat (or drink) dairy anymore (without taking Lactaid first!) so I just do what I can in my diet with soy milk and yogurt, and other foods fortified with calcium. Then I take an Adora (www.adora.com) Calcium + Vitamin D supplement about every other day (sometimes every few days). They come in milk chocolate and dark chocolate and I love them because it’s like eating a piece of candy and getting your vitamins at the same time ;-) You can get them at Whole Foods, they are $6, but if you take one every other day they last a while. Hope that helps!

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Megan September 15, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Your lunch looks yummy! I love turkey rolls with mustard!

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VeggieGirl September 15, 2008 at 7:01 pm

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 100%!!!!! But BOO to your instructor for re-writing the exams :-(

I’m not deficient in calcium, and am able to consume enough through the food that I eat, so I don’t take a supplement – but do what’s right for you!

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Christie September 15, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Jenna,

If you can not get calcium through your diet than you should def take a supplement but I think it is best to get any form of vit/min from food since it is the best absorbed. I think you could easily get the 3 servings of dairy to make up for the needed clacium or if you buy soy products just make sure each serving has 30% RDA… brocolli also has calcium!

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KT M September 15, 2008 at 7:18 pm

I always think it is best to get your nutrients from food. Having said that and the fact that my diet is far from perfect, I think it is a good idea to take a calcium supplement and a multivitamin w/ no more that 100% DV of most nutrients. I think it is very hard to OD on nutrients, ie calcium through food but I worry about vitamins that contain 900% DV of anything. I have tried a bunch of different calciums but right now I am taking Trader Joe’s Calcium magnesium Vit D combo. I believe it is a combo of calcium citrate and carbonate. I have also tried calcium gummy bears and viactivs, these are nice treats!

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nicole r September 15, 2008 at 7:33 pm

I take a Ca supplement as well. Calcium citrate + D, as others said, is the easiest way for your body to absorb it. DO NOT take cal carbonate, as your body can assimilate only very very little calcium from the mineral bound in that form. I’m not sure if you take birth control, but I do and it is extremely important for girls on the pill to supplement calcium, as the changes to estrogen that occur with the pill’s regulation of the cycle leaches calcium from bones, potentially leading to early onset of osteopenia/osteoporosis. Also, be careful not to take too much (ie: over 1250mg or so), as over supplementation of calcium (especially in the calcium carbonate form) can lead to kidney stones which ARE NOT fun.

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Karen September 15, 2008 at 9:05 pm

as a runner, i take calcicum supplements. as i’m typing this, i see that another blog reader, nicole, wrote a very informative piece on calcium derivates so i’m not going to repeat what she said above. i agree w/ her post.

w/ that said, from what i’ve seen of your daily food intakes…i don’t think you lack in Ca since your pretty diligent w/ hitting all the food groups. But it doesn’t hurt to consume additional Ca in the form that nicole recommended.

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ModelBehavior September 15, 2008 at 9:07 pm

It’s a bummer your whole class gets punished for one person’s actions, I’m sure it’s more diffacult then I realize to be a teacher and dole out proper punishments but it seems like there is a better solution then just make everyone miserable.

I take fiber pills with calcium, I take an off brand but it’s basically the metamucil with calcium, LOVE IT! I was on a birth control that depleted my bones and my latest bone scan has revealed that the pills are doing their job and my bones are getting stronger! Plus the fiber helps me not have tummy aches and having it all in one is sssoo convenient!

http://www.modbehav.com

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Ash September 15, 2008 at 9:21 pm

I take a women’s multivitamin, so it includes calcium. I think it’s VERY important for young women to get enough calcium because we have to build our bones now to serve as the foundation for us as we age. You basically build bone until your late 20’s, and that’s when you reach your “peak mass.” From then on, the natural process of bone loss begins. And it really speeds up at menopause, when we start to lose estrogen – a major contributor to bone growth. You’re especially at risk for osteoporosis-related issues if you are small-boned or if it runs in your family. So my thought is – do what I can now! And calcium obviously is important, but we can’t forget about strength training. Also a big bone builder!

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sally September 15, 2008 at 9:27 pm

I used to take CalMag citrate when I was extremely constipated. Its good stuff.

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runjess September 15, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Do you take a multi-vitamin? Personally, I don’t think you need the calcium supplement and should focus on getting calcium in your diet and take a multi just in case. It is important for all women to get enough calcium and you do not need an excess amount because you exercise. Check the label and make sure it does not include more than 100% of your RDA for calcium, as those kind of supplements can lead to health problems.

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