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More Grocery Stuff (and Cholesterol)

June 26th, 2019 at 04:53 pm

More meal plan woes...

So I had my checkup, and the doctor did a blood test, and she wants me to lower my cholesterol. I need to point out that:
- I am not overweight (I weigh about 110 lbs and am 5'-2")
- I don't drink alcohol
- I don't eat red meat (or any mammals)
- I don't eat processed foods at all (except tortilla chips from Trader Joe's), not even cereal!
- I don't ever eat fast foods (and rarely eat out)
- I do eat fish
- My diet is full of vegetables and fruits
- I don't drink fruit juice
- I exercise regularly (min. 4x/week)
- I don't smoke and have never smoked
- I eat a variety of grains (brown rice, buckwheat, sorghum grains)

I do:
- eat cheese and sour cream (but I am reducing massively as of this morning)
- eat a couple of eggs a week (maybe 3 per week)

Imagine how high my cholesterol WOULD be if I didn't have the lifestyle I already have!

Going to try to cut the dairy and exercise another two days/week. Also add fiber (she said vegetable fiber isn't enough, so recommended psyllium husks).

This may have a positive effect on our grocery budget since I'll be buying less dairy.

But I've decided that our budget is probably normal (or even a little low) after looking at the USDA's standards. I feel like it's high, but maybe that's just because I'm watching our grocery budget rise a little each year. I just need to face it, right?

6 Responses to “More Grocery Stuff (and Cholesterol)”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    My husband has been eating 2-3 eggs every day for three years. His cholesterol and blood pressure numbers have improved over that period of time.
    Text is Here's and Link is https://idmprogram.com/dietary-cholesterol-important-idm-4-2/
    Here'sa little bit about why that is, from Dr. Jason Fung, kidney specialist from Canada. I'm in a group of nearly 100K people, his protocols are changing so many lives for the better.

  2. Smallsteps Says:

    I have found that some people have the make up to somehow have fine cholesterol and some do not. A man my husband worked with was by looks fit as can be with healthy eating and had very high levels while at least 3 co-workers were overweight and ate junk had levels well with in normal.
    I had a high reading did not want to take statins so my dr had me take red rice yeast and up my niacin intake dropped to low normal in 3 months.

  3. Lucky Robin Says:

    My doctor actually says that in his experience with patients having a diet high in carbohydrates is that it raises your bad cholesterol, and new studies have shown you should be eating lean animal protein, good fats, and vegetables, keeping grains and other high carbohydrates to a minimum, once or twice a week if you want to fix your cholesterol. It certainly has helped me. I try to only have grain based carbs at two meals a week. My numbers improved a lot at the last visit.

  4. Buendia Says:

    Thank you, everyone! I am going to try these things! Will let you know how it works out - they are retesting in 4 months

  5. Jenn Says:

    At least there wasn't a drug suggestion from the doc. Like many drugs for chronic conditions, cholesterol lowering meds have scary side effects. I read a book called Cholesterol Down that outlined 9 actions to naturally lower cholesterol. Some of the dietary ones were daily consumption of apples, oats, and almonds. I can't remember the other things.

  6. kashi Says:

    My cholesterol is amazing and I eat plenty of carbohydrates. I am a vegan, however.

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