After the subtle warning from my Rheumy’s registrar that we were going to regret my steroid intake in the future, and then looking into the possible future risks, I decided that the best thing I could do for now was to at least try to prevent that which should be preventable: Namely, the Osteoporosis.
Our bones need Calcium and Vitamin D to stay strong and steroids seem to deplete this. I have tried a Calcium rich diet in the past but somehow my enthusiasm always wanes and it gets forgotten; not that my diet is bad (we cook from fresh most days) but there are particular foods that are mega-packed with Calcium. Here’s a list of some:
- Dairy: Milk, Cream, Yoghurt, Cheese, Rice Pudding etc.
- Green Vegetables: Broccoli, Watercress, Kale, Spinach, Okra,
- Beans: Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Green Beans and Baked Beans.
- Nuts: Sesame Seeds, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Hazelnuts and Walnuts.
- Fish: Sardines, Mackerel, Salmon (tinned), Whitebait.
- Grains: Pasta, Rice, White Bread, Museli.
- Fruit: Apricot, Figs, Oranges, Currants. Rhubarb
- Other: Tofu
The ones with the highest Calcium levels are in bold
So from now on I will be trying to encorporate some of these foods into my diet. Tonight, for example, we had a chicken stir fry with added Kale and Sesame seeds yum.