Reversing the irreversible: Elena conquers Osteopenia
My name is Elena. Brief history: 43 years old, I come from the Italian Island of Sardinia, I have been living for the past 10 years in California. I have been doing yoga for 8 years and CrossFit for 3. No kids (4 dogs!!!!!! ) 136 lbs.
2 1/2 years ago I broke my right wrist after mis-catching a ball, strange….but I guess it can happen! 7 weeks of cast and the x-ray shows that nothing is healed at all, it looked like the original x-ray done 7 weeks before. NOT GOOD!!!!!!! DEXA SCAN reveals I have osteopenia, the little sister of osteoporosis and the numbers show I am very close to having the big sister!!!!
I was 41, looked pretty healthy and my bones were crap!!!!!!!! NOT HAPPY!!!!!!!!
The Doctor prescribed me Alendronate sodium, the generic brand for Fosamax, a once a week pill that I was told I am going to be on for the rest of my life. The thought of being still young, already with bone problems and on medication did not go well with me. I was determined to get better and get rid of the meds, but I was told that it would be impossible, osteopenia or osteoporosis is a process that once it starts it cannot be reversed, you can control it, but not reverse it.
Lucky me, I came across the Paleo Diet and became my own best advocate! Research led me to Robb Wolf, the book The Paleo Solution and my life literally changed!!!!!! 2 1/2 years of following Robb and his work, listening to his pod cast, learning about other people getting off meds gave me hope that I could do it, too. Keeping up my training and good nutrition was my tool to reach my goal AND IT WORKED!!!!!!! As of last week I am officially off meds, my bones are looking healthy and strong and I couldn’t be happier.
Good nutrition and quality over quantity at the gym are my focus now. I may not be the strongest one but I never stopped pushing, pulling or trying!!!!!! (I am very proud of this part!!!) and I am determined to keep it all up.
I cannot overstate too much how happy I am that I fought back and how thankful I am for Robb Wolf’s teachings!!!!! I reversed the irreversible!!!!!!!!!!