Today I had a PB&J and it was delicious!

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OK–so typically my lunch choice is not a headline. But today, I was stressed, grumpy, out of sorts and I broke with my usual lunchtime choice and had a good old fashioned peanut butter and jam sandwich on white bread. Pretty much nothing about that lunch was good for me. The bread certainly wasn’t and both the peanut butter and jam cam from ready made processed jars. I don’t care. It was delicious.

I have been in a lunch rut. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Increase your calcium they said. Do it naturally if you can without supplements they said. I am lactose intolerant which is probably how I came to be someone with osteoporosis in the first place.

so, a year and a half ago I set out to ensure my calcium intake went up–way up. Each day–(monday to friday) when I’m not on the road I each two slices of swiss cheese. Usually melted on bread or english muffins. Sometimes I have it with sliced tomatoes and sometimes I go wild and make a real tuna melt. Either way I have 30% of my daily intake of calcium taken care of. It’s boring but it works.

boring but effective
30 % of my daily calcium intake from just two slices

I also have two cups of soya milk. Each cup accounts for 30% of my calcium intake so those two cups equals 60% of my daily requirements.

Soya milk--fortified with calcium
Fortified with Calcium…good for you

Full disclosure here–this too is a boring food group and icky tasting so I dress it up like this….

what is not to like about hot chocolate?

But today, I didn’t want normal, everyday. I wanted to be childlike again. I wanted to look forward to the long weekend with the abonment of knowing there was no school or obligations for three days and if I was really good I might get to stay up late and watch some fireworks.

So today–I was a food rebel. I had a peanut butter and jam sandwich on white bread. It was delicious–somehow much sweeter than I remember, but still good. It didn’t take away the fact that I am working most of the weekend, that there are no real holidays when your husband works sundays and you work saturdays. But It was delicious just the same.

PS–all that swiss cheese and soya milk? after my initial test diagnosing my osteoporosis I went back one year later and they saw ‘significant improvement’. I still have it but it got a bit better and no worse. Yippee for me. I’ll keep eating 90% of my calcium in the easy way and leave those sweet jam sandwiches for my grandchildren.

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