Who remembers as a kid singing the song in Health Class about everything being connected?
“The hip bone’s connected to the back bone
The back bone’s connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone’s connected to the head bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!”
Cute song that helped us learn about how our bones were connected. Then on our way we go. As adults most of us never think about how inter-connected our bodies are and how interconnected everything really is. Yes, as athletes we know about proper fueling but for most of us that is the extent of our thought process.
Then again. Maybe that’s just me.
Yes, I do know the rule garbage in equals garbage out.
All that being said, for the most part as a grown up we pretty much know what is considered healthy and what isn’t and eat accordingly. We really don’t give it much thought other than that. Honestly, why would we?
The only time a person really starts to think about these things is when they need to. I’ve been giving more thought to it recently. They body is an amazing thing the way it works. How it takes in nutrients and uses them. How certain foods will help and certain foods will hurt with calcium absorption. Yes, that’s really all I seem to care about right now. Forgive me. But it’s all interconnected.
So I’ve been doing my research, but it can be overwhelming. Yes, we all know about dairy, but there is a whole host of other foods that are good too. Then there is a whole host of foods that are not good for calcium absorption such as caffeine, salty foods, and high protein foods just to name a few. This then creates a quandary.
Remember I had planned to go on my diet May 1rst. Remember it was going to be a high protein diet because that is what worked for me in the past. Well obviously it won’t work for me now. Also, as an athlete I depend on replenish myself after a good workout with protein. Should I continue with that pattern? These are questions that I am asking myself now. These are questions that I need answers to.
So it is all interconnected.
And this isn’t even getting into the discussion of how exercise effects calcium levels.
As of now, I’m reaching out to those who are more knowledgeable and I’m emailing some nutritionist. I’m looking for an individual who looks at the big picture and can help me individualize something for me. There are a lot of nutritionists out there. The key is to find the one that will work well with me and as a plus will take insurance. I’ve already called and my insurance does cover up to 3 per calendar year and unlimited if medically necessary. When I asked what that was, they immediately went to a diabetic. Well I will question if they tell me they won’t cover my visits (but that is a fight for another day).
It’s funny how things you never gave a thought to before suddenly fill your mind.