Welcome to Vitamin K Girl! My name is Kristen and I started this blog to spread my love of all things fitness, food, family, and fun<–the 4 F’s.
I have had a huge interest in health and fitness from a pretty young age (this either dates back to 8th grade when I became hooked on my mom’s Buns of Steel videos, or after my first magical visit to Whole Foods circa 2002).
I absolutely love to read and learn about health and well-being and I hope to share a tip or two with my readers—and hopefully learn from you as well!
A few tidbits about myself…
1. I married the below guy (Justin) on June 11, 2012:
As you can see, he is very happy to be married to me.
2. I really enjoy spending time with my family.
3. I really love animals and I am quite partial to this spotty guy:
Buddy is a dog with a lot of character. Please note his casual look below.
4. I am a 2nd grade teacher.
Oh ya know, just Skyping with NASA, nbd.
If you’re ever bored, strike up a conversation with a 7-8 year old. I promise you that you will be instantly entertained:)
5. I love trying to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
I love trying new ways to stay active. For example, I recently went to a Zumba Gold class for the first time, which I quickly found out to be for active older adults…I still had a blast though! Occasionally, it even sounds like a good idea to me to run a half marathon. Here is a pic from my first one back in 2008:
6. I really, truly love and crave healthy, whole foods (especially veggies!)
7…but I also enjoy making sweet treats every once in awhile. Being healthy is about balance, after all!
8. I really like coffee and making weird facial expressions.
Okay, these last two might not be the most important things about me, but I guess you’ll just have to visit more often to find out more!
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. Just in case you were wondering…
Why is vitamin K necessary?
Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries – it regulates normal blood clotting. In addition, by assisting the transport of calcium throughout the body, Vitamin K may also be helpful for bone health: it may reduce bone loss, and decrease risk of bone fractures. It also may help to prevent calcification of arteries and other soft tissue.
How do you get enough from foods?
Vitamin K is abundant in green tea, leafy greens, such as Swiss chard, kale, parsley and spinach, broccoli and cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, liver, soybean oil and wheat bran. Fermented dairy, including yogurt, cheeses, and fermented soy including miso and natto, provide K2, which is especially helpful in increasing bone density and reducing the risk of fractures. Those with osteoporosis or osteopenia should consider supplementing 50 to 100 mcg (micrograms) of K2, and eat foods rich in vitamin K.