I got a letter in the mail yesterday that let me know that it is time for a change. Two weeks ago I had a physical which also included doing a blood profile.
I have always taken great pride in knowing I followed my fathers genes for height, weight and cholesterol until yesterday. My mother has very high cholesterol which she is managing well; she and Dad are in their 80’s and are doing well.
For many years all of my lab reports were great. Now, this report comes back with a spike in my LDL cholesterol (the bad one) into a danger zone of 160 (it should be below 100). “Let’s talk about some medications” my Dr. suggests.
I suggest drugs! (Photo credit: the|G|™)
Guess the butter has caught up to me. And the lamb, fried chicken, bacon and pastries. If you realistically look at it and ask
“Just how many Bacon Topped, Maple Glazed yeast doughnuts can one eat before you have to pay the price?” you would know the answer.
Darn, because that sure does sound amazing, is it the bacon part? Or the maple glaze part? Or the raised glazed part? Can’t we just forget about health this one time?
Well the real question that has come home to roost is how many times can you say “yes, just this time.”
How many times can you rationalize in your mind that it is “OK” to slather bread with butter, or load up that baked potato with sour cream and cheese on top of that butter or dip that fried chicken finger into ranch dressing.
a baked potato with butter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
How many times can we continue to look away?
No more, according to that letter.
Now, either I get to show and do what I know is right nutritionally or I can get on that AMA medicated bandwagon for the rest of my life. At 57 years old, I hope to have a lot of life ahead and have no desire to do so medicated or dependent on some doctors opinion.
I talked myself out of walking today because it was “cold”. 53°F “cold”.
I scolded myself for not going. I didn’t go because I was lazy. Although I can come up with several excuses that all sound so much better than lazy, lazy is the truth. Lazy is a choice and lazy is something I can do something about.
Avoiding cardiovascular disease needs exercise, so I’d better get over this lazy spell.
While I don’t have a cardiovascular diagnosis, its numbers like these that lead to it unless something is done. Here lies my choice.
The amazing thing is that I really truly do know better! I am better educated about diet, health and food than most and yet I still find myself eating bacon, sugar and butter as if I were immune to the effects.
Today, I made some multi-grain bread and crackers with organic flour and whole grains, made hummus without oil, thanks to the vita-mix. Gosh, it had such a bright flavor! These are some of our go to snacks and lunch stuff for the next week.
I looked in the fridge and noticed some things that need to go.
Cholesterol is Good for You! (Photo credit: Mr Jaded)[This is NOT really in my fridge! But wouldn’t it be nice if it were just this easy to eliminate cholesterol?]
The determination to do this myself, by ‘eating better’ is going to trump the medication possibility.
I asked myself today, “what do I want to accomplish by eating this?” and threw some junky food away rather than down my throat.
So some changes are in order.
While I’m not going to say I’ll never eat butter again or bacon or brie cheese, I can’t make them part of a normal diet. Maybe once a year or never for that doughnut.
My immediate goals are to change the amount of fat, increase vegetables and fiber, balance lean meats and breads.
I make all of our bread, I know what is in it, I’m not real keen on giving that up any time soon. Not being gluten intolerant or sensitive to it gives me a choice to eat my lovely breads or not.
I like meat, I really like the flavor. I was a vegan vegetarian for about 3 years when I was in my early 20’s. I determined then I really liked the flavor of meat. Being aware of how much meat and what kind of meat we eat is a key to control.
We don’t eat processed foods or fast foods and limit sugar and salt intake. We eat a variety of grains because we actually like them so some of the diet modifications should be rather simple to accomplish.
It’s the butter and pastries that need to go away. I know that and I don’t need a doctor to put me on meds in order to get the LDL under control.
I have been teaching bakeshop classes since January, I am 100% positive that change in schedule is a definite contributor to the spike in LDL. Next week when my new classes begin, I’m out of bakeshop and into Global Cuisine and so all those pastries and temptations will be well out of reach.
Additionally I need to get moving. Go walking. Anywhere.
Hopefully I can work up to a light run and learn to enjoy the process and shake these lazy bones.