Did you know you can mail order almond milk? hemp milk? etc? they are packed in that tetris packaging and Amazon sells them by the case (usually 6). It's shelf stable and usually the per-each price is cheaper than the local grocery store!! There's a LOT of groceries that can be bought at Amazon and other places online! Surprising! So that may be something to check out? 968 days ago
Hi Jennifer - hey, just read your comment on the article about vegetarian and vegan and non-dairy sources of calcium etc - I could not eat any store-boughten pasteurized/homogenized milk while I was pregnant. It just filled me with mucus and I could hardly breathe - might have been a form of asthma, although I was never diagnosed. But I'd have enough breathing issues that the coughing and struggle would cause me to have an upset stomach. So I started reading lables to get my calcium etc. Spinach does have a lot of calcium, but so do turnip greens, mustard greens etc. Soybean is also cited as a source but I discovered I also had an allergy to soy.
Here's a relatively recent (to me) website that has a lot of information and their point is that 3/4 cup of mustard greens has same amount of calcium as one serving of dairy... (unfortunately here in comments, there isn't a link generator so you will need to copy link and paste it into new tab or window.)
They have a cute table of non-dairy foods highest in calcium and then a sample menu of what to eat to obtain 1,000 mg of calcium http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/calcium.php#t able1
Have to remember there is MUCH public propaganda out by the Dairy Industry and so you really have to hunt hard for the information.
I also obtain a fair amount of calcium from yogurt and kefir - I find I can handle fermented dairy far better than I can pasteurized and homogenized dairy.
Jennifer, can you at least join some teams long enough for us to help establish where you are and what options you might have? I realize you won't be able to connect very often on the dial-up, but at least it would be on your sparkpage for the rest of us to read and know what your interests are (or were??), location, like a State team or a City team, etc?