The past three weeks to a month I have really been feeling like shit. Aching joints all over, knees feel like they are about to blow out, etc. etc. etc. I run in the gym (prefer outside, but this time of year it is too cold/icy and there is no daylight at the times I can manage it) about 60-70 minutes every day, and I have just chalked it up to over training and thought I might have to take a week off or something, incorporate more rest days (I usually only do a rest day once every 10 days). I HATE the idea of that though, because without exercise I am horrible at managing diet and I can probably put on something like 4-5 pounds a week.
I took a look at my diet. I eat three solid meals a day. Not much variety, I am not a big appreciator of flavor anyways. It's always either a 6 egg omelette, vegetables (carrots/brussel sprouts/onions/mushrooms), and a bowl of Oatmeal, or 400-500 calories of some meat (chicken/beef/pork), vegetables, and a bowl of oatmeal, I only eat fruit from time to time. That has seriously exclusively been my diet for every meal of the day unless I am out with company (two times a week usually). Anyways, I've been doing this level of activity for the last year and a half and this is the first time this level of soreness has manifested itself, so I took a look at diet and realized that the soreness started really hitting about a month and a half - two months after I dropped all significant sources of Calcium from my diet. No cheeses, no milk, etc. etc. etc. Pretty much nothing I eat right now is a major source of calcium. I get 20% from a multivitamin I take once a day, but meat/eggs/oatmeal/the vegetables I eat are all insignificant amounts that add up to nowhere near the advised daily intake for someone my age/activity level.
Could this be the cause? Opinions? Lots of cottage cheese/yogurt and Kale sound like a good plan? I bought some supplements too, but I'm not a huge fan of supplements in general, and I am terrified of reports I have read of calcium supplements causing kidney stones.
Or Vitamin D deficiency. Most milk has VitD added as do some cheeses. You may want to star taking a supplement if you are going to stay away from dairy.