Wednesday, January 08, 2014
From the research I've done, it looks like no one ever died from having high cholesterol. On the other hand, high triglycerides (over 150 mg/dl) is a first-hand warning of heart disease and its associated risks. That's sobering. I have high triglycerides, and it's gotten worse in the last year that I've been on this improved, healthier diet.
I'm doing something wrong!
So here's some dirt on triglycerides.
Triglycerides are one of the two types of fat that are found in the bloodstream. The more tryglycerides in the blood, the greater the chance of developing heart disease. Not only that, but high triglycerides is also linked to chronic pancreatitis, kidney failure, and a host of other conditions, none pleasant.
Okay, so I am at risk of a bad future.
What can I do? CAN I do anything?
The good news is... YES I can do two things that will lower my triglycerides to a healthier level. First, I can cut out all sugars from my diet. I don't eat sweets or drink sodas, and I sure don't consume alcohol, but simple carbs such as in bread and my favorite junk food pretzels are front and center on my food list. I need to cut back on fruit (5 to 6 servings per day is too much fructose) and instead depend on more veggies and LOTS more greens. I can start eating a more natural, whole-foods diet, eliminating boca burgers and other processed foods like vegan cheeze.
That is the plan. I can pretty much eat all I want in veggies since I don't use any added fats in cooking.
And second, I can exercise for a minimum of ten minutes per day or 30 minutes 3 to 4 days per week. When I start the marathon training program, I will have no problem meeting the exercise goals.
And that's pretty much it.
If I can get the scrip for the cholesterol meds straightened out (my plan doesn't cover the brand name and apparently there's no generic equivalent) I will take those for 3 months and do a recheck and see how my numbers are.
I used the My Plate program on Livestrong to track my food, and used the calculations to find I need to eat 1495 calories per day to lose 1 lb per week.
Once I start going on the running, I can increase the calories 200 more and still lose 1 lb per week.
It's a great time of year to be making these plans!! I'm looking forward to how I'll feel in a few weeks!