need help upping my calcium!

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Posted: 16 Apr 2011, 21:19
I'm breastfeeding and trying to keep calories in check, but need the calcium- what would you suggest? Milk is high in calories, but fat free cheeses and yogurts are low in calcium... any thoughts?

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Posted: 16 Apr 2011, 21:25
Leafy green veggies have lots of calcium. So does canned fish, like anchovies, herring, and salmon (because of the little chunks of bone). If you make beef or chicken stock and add a little vinegar to it while it's cooking, calcium will leach out of the bones and into the liquid.

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Posted: 16 Apr 2011, 21:30
What about Tums? Seriously. My doctor recommended that I take one each day as a calcium supplement.

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Posted: 16 Apr 2011, 22:09
If you do take the tums as Hoser suggested ask your Dr 1st (I think bottle even suggests asking 1st ) but yeah tums would work and some of them taste like a dessert lol. The smoothies flavored ones that are chocolate and vanilla come to mind.
Some soymilks are calcium enriched if you prefer and can always make a smoothies with it some fruit and some yogurt or use on cereal. Not sure about almond milk but all you need to do is read nutrion info to find out Smile

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Posted: 16 Apr 2011, 23:29
I'm having trouble with the "milk is high in calories" part. Skim milk is 80 calories per cup and 30% of your daily calcium requirement. Luna Bars are also very high in calcium and other vitamins and minerals -- so a Luna Bar and skm milk gets you about 2/3s of the way there for the day.

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Posted: 17 Apr 2011, 15:26
I love the gummy calcium bears that are supposed to be for children. It's a sweet I let myself have every day at lunch.

Are you avoiding supplements for a reason?

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Posted: 19 Apr 2011, 10:46
Just got this article from Spark People. Thought it was interesting that you retain more calcium if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

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Posted: 19 Apr 2011, 11:06
The calcium gummies are a great idea! As are the Tums (my ob/gyn also suggested them during pregnancy)... but I got sick of that damn texture after a few months. Gummies are super-affordable and taste good.

If you live where there are Braum's, try their skim milk. They dehydrate out some of the water, so everything else is concentrated: all the nutrients AND the flavor! Good stuff. Smile

Can't be stressed enough: definitely make sure you get lots of leafy greens; they help your absorption, as noted above. Pluse they're just darn good for you. Smile

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Posted: 19 Apr 2011, 11:20
Women's multivitamins generally have about 50% of your daily calcium and I also keep a box of viactiv chews on my desk at work- with one of each a day, I'm getting 100% of the RDA before you factor in milk and dairy. But yes, definitely go for the skim milk! I think I've also seen Yoplait ads talking about how they're yogurt has more calcium now?

Hermione's mom, that's good news with the fruits and veggies! Keeping my calcium up is definitely a priority for me b/c of the osteoporisis that runs rampant in my family, so this is even more incentive to eat a healthy diet.
- Natalie

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Posted: 19 Apr 2011, 12:35
Hoser wrote:
What about Tums? Seriously. My doctor recommended that I take one each day as a calcium supplement.

I take the Members Mark version and two of them have 600mg of calcium and I like the taste better.
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Posted: 19 Apr 2011, 22:57
One other thing worth noting -- the Spark People article seems to assume that if you are lactose intolerant, you don't eat dairy. But I get lactose free milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, and aged cheese, so I eat lots of dairy all the time.

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