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Bf's Doc Says Paleo Diet = Good

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thank you thank you thank you for reading my last whiney blog. I feel a lot better. The only naughty thing I ate all day yesterday was 2 chocolate truffles. Today I had a cookie the size of my head, and I'm gonna drink whiskey tonight.. one step forward 2 steps back I guess. Tomorrow WILL be better!!

I met with the trainers at the gym at work and went over my AFAA exercises for my retest. They didn't see anything wrong with a superman, they do it all the time in class, but they gave me grandma-appropriate exercises for the erector spinae muscle group. I even got a job offer to teach a class here!

I'm not going to worry about the roommate situation until it happens. It's only until March, April at the latest. I have my whole life to live with Bf, I think we can make it through this minor inconvenience. Who knows, it could be a really pleasant experience. If I go into it thinking negatively and on the defensive, then I'm not even giving it a chance to be a happy situation. I'll try my hardest to have an open mind.

Soooooooo... I got some amazing and incredible news today that reaffirms my lifestyle choices. My Sparkbuddies know I've been following the Paleo lifestyle for about 4 months now. I've read both sides of the Paleo + cholesterol argument. On one hand, the FDA is saying that our diet puts us in extreme risk of high cholesterol due to the amount of animal products we consume. On the other, several articles have been published saying there is absolutely no link between consuming animal cholesterol and increased cholesterol production by our liver. Since I've heard the former argument a lot more than the latter, naturally I was more than a bit nervous about a potential health risk.

My bf's annual physical was due, so he spent the day at medical. Last night he told me that last year he had just started to eat primal and had been lectured about his high LDL and trigs. I was wringing my hands, terrified that I've been slowly clogging his heart by feeding him four whole eggs for breakfast every morning with veggies sautéed in bacon fat. Well, he calls this afternoon in a great mood. He said he "blew the doctor's mind". She came in with his blood draw results, wanting to know what he did to significantly lower his LDL and trigs in a year. His levels are better than normal, they're practically perfect. She asked him what he eats, his reply of "eggs, bacon, lots of red meat, fresh vegetables at every meal" took her aback. She asked what kinds of whole grains he ate, and he said almost none except for an occasional treat. She said, "oh you're one of those people. It's obviously working, keep doing what you're doing."

WHEW!

That day back in July when I tracked my food during Whole30, my cholesterol was 700+mg's for the day. He eats more than me so his is probably close to 1000mgs per day. And his LDL's got BETTER from eating this way.

This news makes me want to get back on plan. Tonight for dinner I'll have some chicken thighs with cabbage braised in ghee, and a fresh salad with ranch mayo. And no more than 2 whiskey drinks :)
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RUDITUDI2000 8/27/2013 9:42AM

    emoticon on the job offer! Sounds like you will ace the test this next time. Granny moves, LOL!
I have been learning from my chiropractor and a functional medicine doctor about the primal way of living! I love it. I think it gets messy when you have your feet in both the SAD world with all the grains and the Paleo world. I'm choosing primal/paleo, still studying but its pretty simple if I just follow it! Planning ahead is the biggest challenge as the food is fantastic! I am loving it, the sugar cravings are so much easier to manage! emoticon emoticon

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SDLEE514 8/27/2013 8:20AM

    So glad I saw this post. I was just going to contact you. I really want to try Whole30!! I admit though I'm afraid of failing. We like to eat out a lot. Everything has added sugar. My bf is NOT on board with it. He told me it is "unecessarily excessive for someone who already eats really healthy." But I really feel like I owe it to myself to see if I CAN feel a difference. I've been doing a lot of research too, if you recall, on this whole lifestyle vs the SAD or low fat everything recommendation and cholesterol. Well since I've been reducing my carbs my ldl AND hdl went up but my triglicerides have gone down. I'll have to go back and re-read your whole30 blogs but I'd love any support and tips you can share!

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RYDERB 8/25/2013 4:21PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better. And thanks for sharing the good news about your BF's blood tests. emoticon Good luck with your retest.
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LOLATURTLE 8/23/2013 5:10PM

    Yay for good doctor news! And good job offer/trainer stuff!!!

I was reading an article a while ago, which I failed to bookmark or save in any way unfortunately, that postulated that a lot of people see an increase in their blood cholesterol levels when they first start a lifestyle change, because the body is breaking down fat. The lipids in the blood are coming from the broken down body fat! So basically, for a lot of people blood levels go up while losing weight, and then stabilize once they're done.

I don't know if I'd call this 100% true since I haven't researched it more, but it's interesting and plausible.

But anyway. LOL at "Oh, you're one of THOSE people." hahahahaha.

Enjoy that whiskey missy!! Myself I'm going to have some beer. I already tracked 8oz so that's what I'm having. emoticon

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