You are welcome! How wonderful - you will love that smoothie - be sure to use a lot more liquid if you have a regular blender - the high speed ones can handle frozen fruit a lot better but they are pricey. I have a K-tec, that and the Vitamix are great investments if you end up using them everyday.
Here's the recipe I use. It makes a lot and is very filling:
10-12 ounces fresh squeezed OJ 4 ripe (spotted) bananas Handful baby spinach (you can use any green here) 1 cup frozen strawberries 1 cup frozen mangos (sometimes I use peaches)
I actually make 2 blenders full of this recipe (doubled) for my family. I drink about a blenderful, or a tad less. We've been doing this every morning for over 6 years and everybody is very 'regular'.
Also, the key is to get in enough fruits and veggies in a meal. A huge amount, as it takes a lot more of that than cooked regular food to fill you up.
I had 2 bananas and a ton of blueberries for lunch today. It was really good and I didn't feel uncomfortably full.
I used to be concerned about nutrients as well, but I have discovered through a lot of reading and researching that plant foods contain everything I need and everything I can get from non-plant food. I've been on this path for over 6 years, and I've had to deal with my high cholesterol for most of my life (have known about my cholesterol for over 30 years now) and this is what works best for me.
WOW! I can't beleive anyone can eat just that, but I know I would be a lot thinner if I did! Thanks for the motivation. I think I'll start with the smoothie in the morning and salad at lunch... dinner may be a little more difficult as I have a boyfriend to feed too. I've been having alot of whole wheat pasta and shrimp. Thanks again for the help!
When it comes to fat and cholesterol, dairy is even worse than meat. It has been called 'liquid meat' by some. It was so easy for me to give up meat, poultry, fish, all animal foods, but I hung on to dairy for a while.
So dairy was eliminated from the diet to get my numbers down. You can get plenty of calcium through plant foods, do don't let dieticians and doctors persuade you to even have non fat dairy, there's still cholesterol in there.
There are some dairy substitutes out there if you are interested - soy, almond and rice cheese; soy and almond milks. I've seen them all. I personally decided to eliminate all that stuff from my diet for pure health though, what you decide to do is entirely up to you.
I feel we aren't biologically created to eat dairy, I believe it's more appropriate for calves. It's been said that we are the only species who purposely drink the milk from another animal after we are weaned.
I have also read that once we are weaned from mother's milk, we really have no need for it nutritionally, and all our essential nutrients can be obtained through plant foods.
Your stomach problems were probably from the dairy. After you are off dairy for a while, your body readjusts but will react harshly if you reintroduce it. I have gotten tons of mucus and phlegm from it if I've been off it for a while, and then all of a sudden have some.
My drop in cholesterol wasn't immediate - each time I took it, it would get lower and lower. Then sometimes if I slipped with my diet, it would get a little higher. I really am aiming to get it as low as possible due to the heart attack factor. I know that the less plant fat I use, the better. I am aiming for 10%.
I also take Taekwondo classes with my family 3 times a week, I rebound and do some other excercises, which is essential and helps keep the levels low.
What did you eat with the flax seed? You may have also had an upset stomach from improper food combining.
Wow!!! Yours is a great success story!! How long did it take to get your numbers down like that? I haven't eaten any type of meat or dairy in a couple months as I am trying to lower my cholesterol without medication. Something similar happened to me when I ate a bit of cheese, I got this terrible stomachache that lasted for a couple hours - so uncomfortable! I was debating whether it was a result of the ground flaxseed I had started taking or the cheese. After another week, I began to add the flaxseed again and it didn't happen, so I'm assuming it was the cheese. Makes me not want to have that again any time soon!!!
Ever since my father had a fatal heart attack in the 70's, I've always known that I was blessed inherediting his high cholesterol.
It's been a struggle most of my life, until 6 years ago I decided that it was time to let go of animal foods. The meds were giving me side effects and simply not bringing down my levels much. I figure, I have to change my diet anyway, so why take these dangerous pills that could compromise my liver functions?
Since then, I've been on and off a raw food vegan/vegetarian diet, which has significantly reduced my numbers.
Before, on a cooked vegetarian diet with dairy and high fat, my total cholesterol has been 365!!! On a vegan low fat diet, my last check was 225, with NO MEDS. So that is over a 100 point drop with just a change in lifestyle.
I believe the AHA is not giving appropriate cholesterol dietary guidelines. Cholesterol levels do not get lower on an animal and fat based diet!
An excellent book called "The China Study" has really opened my eyes to food and health. The majority of people in China have extremely low cholesterol and they eat very little meat and high amounts of plant foods. The lowest that was recorded in the study was in the 80's! And the highest was around 170!
Also many studies show that heart attacks are rare if not obsolete with cholesterol levels under 150.
I do not miss animal foods at all. I stopped eating all dairy a few months ago, and a couple of weeks ago I indulged in a little cheese. I got a bad cold with tons of mucus shortly after that, and I attribute it to the dairy.
My diet consists of a ton of fruit and vegetables with very low fat. I actually feel better with this diet. I have so much more energy.
I believe The China Study is so right on about diet, nutrition and disease, I highly recommend it!
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