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Measurable Success! Triglycerides slashed!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

When I started the journey of mostly grain-free and whole foods living, I weighed about 14 pounds more than I do now, and I had Triglycerides on the high side at 154-162. HDL was 54 in November, but went up to 83 after two months of grain free. Before December, I ran 5.5 miles a day, had frequent colds and bronchitis.

Since end of November 2011, I've taken these steps:
- Eliminated grains from the home and home cooking. Rarely order meals with grains.
- Upped Veggie consumption a great deal, as well as meats, eggs, fish... saturated fats. Focus is nutritionally-dense foods instead of filler foods. Homemade bone broths form the basis of all braises, soups, stews.
- Upped sleep to try to be in bed for at least 8 hours. Still working on this project.
- Switched focus of exercise to movement throughout the day, walks, strength. Can now do a number of unassisted pull-ups and can deadlift well over my own weight--did great on a Mud Ninja run (like a Warrior Dash) last month--overcoming fear of mud and crowds. It was actually fun! When I run, I throw sprints and walking in there. I go by feel, NOT by program. It turns out that sprinting exhilarates me, so my runs are sprint/walk/trot as spirit moves me. I still place among the highest in races, and no more colds or bronchitis at all! I had a short cold of 4 days in February that I coasted through. I have not had this kind of health EVER in my adult life. I am now 47.

So, blood work:

Triglycerides down from 164 to 74!
HDL at 77. So the HDL to Trig ratio is awesome! Essentially 1:1.
Total Cholesterol down from 228 to 197. The KEY is the Triglycerides!

One other thing I did was to not be on the birth control. With there not being a great change in cholesterol itself, I suspect that the birth control isn't necessarily a bad factor. I don't know. I did end up having alcohol, but I think I was more mindful as far as measuring it out, or not having it when I also happened to be loaded up with a friend's dessert or whatever. I basically tackled sugar loads this year.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEBRA0818 8/31/2012 6:33AM

    What a great testimony to the kind of lifestyle my husband and I want to make perfect in our own lives (we're on Day 12). I'm getting my blood tested after the end of my 30 Day Challenge and hope to see a great improvement over last year even though I will have only been eating clean for 30 days.


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CHUBRUB3 8/29/2012 11:04PM

    Joy that is wonderful!!
So happy for you! Gives me faith I on the right track.

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KAPELAKIN 8/29/2012 9:59PM

    Congrats, glad you're feeling so great!!

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SHERYLDS 8/29/2012 8:32PM

    My BP went to normal without meds after a lifetime of hypertension meds.
And I was younger, more active, and thinner before.
I cut out Wheat and Sugar...and viola
Need I say more.

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/29/2012 8:00PM

    Congrats, that's great! I went low carb about 4 months ago....annual physical is scheduled for Oct/Nov, so I'm anxious to see what the numbers look like.

Blood pressure is already down and my bodyfat has gone from 27% to 23%

It's amazing how this all works....totally counter to what the mainstream council is!

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GRNDMOM43 8/29/2012 5:57PM

    emoticon emoticon on your great success! emoticon

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WAVAIRENE 8/29/2012 4:45PM

    Congratulations on your lipid panel changes! And you can deadlift your own weight? You must be in pretty good shape. Congrats!

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