But where is the information coming from and how long ago was it written? Some people claim to be experts but are really just stating their own personal thoughts with no current scientific studies to back them up
Coconut is high in fat, I agree, but that does not make it any worse to use than corn oil which is GMO, or safflower oil or canola oil. If used in moderation, I do not see how it is any different.
Yes, as Kathy stated, they now realize that there is nothing wrong with eggs in moderation, it's the saturated fat that is the problem. Unfortunately that is a big problem with the Atkins diet: it's high fat and high protein which isn't good for the heart. It works but ...
I like my eggs lightened up too by mixing half and half with Egg Beaters. Add a small fistful of low fat mozzarella and some herbs and, voila, you have tasty scrambled eggs.
For veggies, I keep cut up veggies in separate containers in the fridge using them for cooking and as dippers. I make a dip using Greek yogurt, or use salad dressing, hummus or nut butter. You can also add them to omelets/eggs or soups. Any veggies left over at the end of the week end up as a stir fry.
High blood sugar will also drive up cholesteral numbers. They should lower as BS comes into acceptable range.
agreed about the benefits and effects of eggs on the body. They are the best whole protein for the human body and taste great. I don't eat eggs normally. They raise my bs as I have an allergic reaction when eating them. Don't know if allergies can drive up cholesteral counts?
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I conferred with my dietician a week or so ago... and she said up to five eggs a week was okay. It's not the cholesterol in foods that's the issue, it's the SATURATED FATS, like what's found in meats and dairy... the kind that's solid at room temperature. Being able to eat eggs sure makes getting enough protein a lot easier...LOL
So I guess I'll find out the next time I have blood drawn...
Once the weather warms up, make up a batch of gazpacho.... Put some in a thermos or stash it in the fridge until you need it. Yum!
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i like easy to grab & go whole fruits, apple, oranges, bananas... now they have presliced apples, little packages of carrots, trays of precut veggies and pre-diced onions, etc... if you are short on time or don't have the umph, those can be nice choices :)
i also like to make a big pot of mixed veggies once a week or so, usually frozen... and then i can scoop out a couple cups to add or make soups, ready to heat & serve for lunches and dinners. I have found that my appetite is better when I work about 2 cups in at lunch and dinner...
Try to pick a morning on your day off and prepare lots of veggies like celery or carrot sticks, jicama (not sure of the spelling) and so forth. Put them in little zip lock bags, and then just grab and go.....
Not sure of the length of your meal breaks, but you could also wash and prepare a salad the night before, put a bit of your chosen dressing in a small container, and grab it out of the fridge on your way out the door.
Something a little more traditional, but I like to do is chop up a bit of mushroom and celery or whatever you have available, put a bit of ham in a muffin cup, beat and egg and add the veggies, and pour over the ham and bake until set. These freeze well for at least a week or two (never had them around much longer to find out how long they do last, lol) Grab from the freezer on the way out the door and they will be thawed by the time you get to work.
Hope you find something that works for you. Best wishes.
I too have/had high cholesterol. I am taking a statin drug to lower it. I also take 1 tablespoon of sugar-free Metamucil powder in water once a day, usually before bed. Do take this 2 hours before or after meds or vitamins. I'm also diabetic, so carbs are poison for me and I have to severly limit them. No bread, cereals, pastas, or starchy veggies for me.
I'm following the Atkins diet eating 65% fat, 25% protein, and 10% carbs. Eggs are an unlimited food and I do have them every day. I love deviled eggs made with real mayo and mustard for lunch or as a snack. I either have eggs or an Atkins Advantage shake for breakfast. Veggie sticks like celery, green pepper, red onion, radishes, cucumber, etc. with real Ranch dressing is very portable. Almonds, cheese cubes too, and canned tuna too.
Last week I had my physical. My doctor couldn't believe my numbers. In fact, he said my numbers were PHENOMENAL! :) My a1C had gone from 6.5 to 6.1. My total cholesterol was 134, triglycerides was 136, HDL was 68, and LDL was 39. 39! Doctor said we're born at 30. Anything under 70 we're roto-rootering out and cleaning up our arteries. My LDL was 140 1-1/2 years ago.
I would suggest you check out Atkins. www.atkins.com I normally do not suggest a certain diet, but Atkins has been amazing for me. One of the plus sides is appetite suppression. Usually on a diet I'm totally craving what I shouldn't have. I think about food all the time. Not with Atkins. Here it is Easter and I've not had one chocolate egg. Unheard of for me.
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Or make a batch of Oatmeal overnight in the crockpot...add apples, craisins, few walnuts, cinnamon...then dish it into individual plastic containers, or glass jars, take one for breakfast and store the others in fridge, for other days. You can really vary it up,with different fruits, nuts, or flavorings. And buy a light bread...like Pepperidge Farms, Light Style 7 Grain...43 cal. a slice, 86 for a sandwich worth..and taste good too. But there are lots of Light Breads out there. Have you asked your Dr. or Dietitian about eggs? In the last 5 years they are back to being healthy again. My husband has high cholesterol, but after limiting himself to 2 eggs a week for years, his Dr. + dietitian now recommend them. A lot of good protein in a hard boiled egg...and it travels well!
Light yogurt with fruit and 1/4 cup of low fat granola is always great. And as my D.E. told us.."No food is forbidden..you, as diabetics just have to be smart about portion control and moderation." Lose the Sugar Smacks cereal to a smarter choice sweetened cereal and limit your portion. Think about what you normally ate, and think about how to make it the healthier version. Plan your meals out for a week - before you shop..make sure you are getting the right blend of carbs, fats, protein. Good Luck.
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Microwave oatmeal takes just a couple of minutes as you are dressing. Add a banana and it is really sweet. 1/4 0atmal quick not instant. Add banana and 1/2 cup of water and cook 2 minutes in the microwave. I add either cottage cheese or Plain yogurt and it is creamy 1/4 cup of either one. Eggs are no longer off the list unless your Dr says so. I use one egg and egg whites from a box. EGG YOLKS have an amazing amount of GOOD nutrients in them. Go to the Search and use the SPARK , not web search. Just put in the search and you will find lots of recipes. Go to recipes on the menu bad in Spark recipes. there are lots there too. Good luck with your healthy journey. I am 68 years young and doing great ! Pat in Maine.
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I find myself struggling with breakfast and lunch. I usually take both meals to work and eat there. We do have a small fridge and a microwave. I have been drinking a protein shake for breakfast, probably not the best choice but I have never been big on normal breakfast foods. also, with high cholesterol, no eggs.
I have been bringing a peanut butter sandwich on sandwich thins for lunch, a piece of fruit or two along with a greek yogurt for snacks. I find myself not eating near enough vegetables but not sure how to incorporate them into a quick and easy meal at work.
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