In September 2020, I had a bone density test that showed I had osteoporosis in my spine and osteopenia in my hip area. My doctor referred me to an endocrinologist who recommended I start taking the drug Boniva.
On top of my osteoporosis, another issue I was struggling with was binge eating, especially in the evening hours.
A friend of mine also had a bone density scan that showed osteoporosis in her hip area. She did some research on the internet and came across the Dishing up Nutrition podcast and got a lot of useful information that she shared with me. One of the things we learned is that the majority of drugs recommended for osteoporosis have a number of dangerous side effects, which was really scary.
My friend made a virtual appointment with a nutritionist at Nutritional Weight & Wellness (since we both live in New England and couldn’t meet in person). After hearing all the great information my friend received at her counseling appointment, I decided to make my own virtual appointment with a nutritionist.
My nutritionist Melanie was patient, kind and provided me with a lot of healthy alternatives when it came to different foods and recipe ideas. She suggested certain supplements and told me about the importance of weight-bearing exercises to help with my bones.
I learned I wasn’t getting enough protein in my diet and didn’t eat enough during the day, which would set me up to binge later. I also became more in-tune with my body and learned I had a dairy allergy, since I always felt bloated and lousy after eating dairy products. Melanie emphasized the importance of eating real food and staying away from processed and sugary products.
I always felt comfortable talking to Melanie. She was always encouraging and understanding. Since my nutrition counseling appointments, I feel good that I’m taking better care of myself and I feel like I have a better handle on things. I rarely binge eat in the evening, I pay attention to certain foods I put in my body, and how they make me feel. I take the time to really listen to what my body needs. I know the importance of exercising, so I try to do weight-bearing exercises every day or at least every other day. I make better food choices and if I want something sweet, I now choose a healthier version. I’ve become a little more creative with food ideas.
The biggest change I’ve noticed is my recent bone density test. The last one I had was two years ago, and I now no longer have osteoporosis in my spine! I have osteopenia, so the change is moving in the right direction and the bone scan results for the hip have also improved. I know it’s because of my diet and the supplements I take on a regular basis as well as all of the helpful suggestions and guidance that Melanie has provided me. I know this is an ongoing process and I feel confident that I will continue to see progress in my health and well-being. I am forever grateful!
Carmen was able to move her osteoporosis in the right direction with the power of nutrition education and personal support. Schedule your own consultation with one of our licensed nutritionists and dietitians today and be on your way to better health!
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