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6/30/11 10:41 A

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I used to be lacto-ovo, but after breaking my leg stopped. I was out of it and kind meaning folks gave me loads of meat. Now I have high LDL, and I look it! I have had 6 surgeries in less then 3 years, and the same folks keep doing the same things. I am having a really tough time getting back into the swing of no meat.
At this point I take high blood pressure meds, fluid meds, high cholesterol meds, and lyrica for my ankle. I used to take a One-a-day only. I don't like being a "piller" so I need to get off the meat and drop the fat. The problem is I crave red meat.
How do I get past this? Men can't understand. I don't really want red meat, I crave it! What do I do? How long can this last? Why is it happening? I don't want it raw, I just want it.
My doctor knows me and thinks if I can kick the meat I'll be fine again. Please, does anyone know how to stop this craving, or how long it will last.


8/16/10 10:39 P

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I have found that it's really the total fat count that you have to watch. You can be vegan and still be taking in too much total fat in your diet. The total fat needs to be 25% or less. The problem is trying to figure out how much fat that is since 1 gram of fat does not = 1 calorie. Which means you have to count calories as well to make sure the percentage of total fat is correct. I have to go back on my diet which is 1400 cal. and 10-27 total grams of fat. That really keeps the cholesterol at bay. Of course you do want to make sure you get exercise everyday too.

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5/1/10 11:22 A

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I love my vegetables I would rather eat my vegetables first then eat the other stuff on plate, like me. I still have problem losing the weight too!! emoticon

God bless, everyone can do it. Just stick with it

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5/1/10 7:26 A

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Your husband has a genetic advantage over you in the weight loss department: men as a rule have a higher muscle mass and a faster metabolism, so losing is easier for them. Even if you WANTED to change your gender (?!) he'd still be ahead of the game! LOL

Have you tried upping your activity level?

A little bit of additional exercise (aerobic AND strength training) can sometimes trigger the body to change...

... of course, there are some people whose genetics will not allow them to lower their numbers without chemical assistance (like me emoticon ) so keep in touch with your doctor by all means!

Hang in there! emoticon
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P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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4/30/10 10:19 P

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emoticon to the team. SP is a emoticon website with a lot of information and so many people who are supportive, encouraging and motivational. Keep logging in, posting and tracking nutrition and fitness.

Take it one day at a time and enjoy the friends and people you will meet.

Good Luck. God Bless.
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4/30/10 9:30 P

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You may be virtually vegan, but some of the fats you MAY be eating could have a high saturated fat level. NOT ALL vegetable based oils are recommended.

IF you aren't on any medications you could try Omega-3 Fish Oil (if you can have that) OR Flaxseeds added to your diet, but with both, check with your Dr first. The other thing you could do is to ask your Dr for a referral to a dietician who specialises with vegetarianism/cholesterol problems.

Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic which may be of some help:

Good luck. and keep in touch.

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4/30/10 9:21 P

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lower my cholesterol, infact it went up!! My husband lost 44 lbs in a year, I lost 8 and his cholesterol went down to normal and blood pressure is much better. Mine went up to 268 total. What can I do??

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