Saturday, August 09, 2014
I've worked hard the last four months for good results at my annual physical. The good news is that my blood pressure and HDL (bad) cholesterol numbers were low. This is what I needed to pass (along with sugar level) so our insurance rates don't double next year.
The frustrating news was that the other cholesterol numbers, especially the triglycerides, were very high. Instead of reporting to my doctor how well I've been doing with eating healthy and exercise, she proceeded to lecture me about having too much sugar in my diet. Although sugar is listed on nutrition labels, it can not be tracked on SP. I not only wasn't aware that I was getting too much, but I don't even know how much I can have.
Instead of having Total & Fiber One cereal to get my iron, fiber and calcium, along with orange juice and a fruit for breakfast .... my doctor recommended I have eggs, bacon and a multivitamin. For lunch instead of having hummus & flatbread, she recommended salad or wrap of turkey and cheese. She described it well by thinking of the perimeter of the grocery store being 3 walls of produce, meat, and dairy. Buy those and stay out of the middle of the grocery store that contains all the prepared foods with sugar. It's a whole new way of thinking for me and will take some adjustment.