Cholesterol Journey

Managing cholesterol: 1st Step is to understand the results.

As previously mentioned, this self-proclaimed foodie has an uninvited guest at the dinner table:  Cholesterol, party of 1. So, after tests and consultation, I had good and bad news.   The doc told me that he could tell I had a healthy diet because of the higher levels of good cholesterol.  My eating habits were good for my diagnosis.  The bad news is the remaining factor – I inherited the high cholesterol gene….Harder to fight, which could mean medication.

I try to avoid medication as much as possible.  So, when I heard this, I wasn’t happy, but understood.  He told me in all honesty that while diet may work, according to my levels, it’s likely I would end up on medication.  So, after another consult, I’m on a 6-week plan to see what diet and exercise can do.  My primary is optimistic about it, so I’m starting that journey knowing that in 6 weeks, another set of tests will take place to monitor status.  From there, we will determine next steps.

So, in the next 6 weeks, I’ll watch the diet. And I will exercise (Doc says that the first 40 years are a gift, and the next 40 you have to work on – meaning exercise….). Diet exploration will start with:

Salmon, walnuts, olive oil and avocados.  I can do that. I’m looking forward to reading labels and building low-cholesterol menus…..

Any advice?


Combining his love of food and communications, Rod is a marketing guru with extensive experience in the healthcare, restaurant and luxury services industry. Rod’s special talent is cooking. He makes magic in the kitchen by relying on fresh foods and unique flavors. He is married to Beth, and together they have two little girls. Rod and Beth have the perfect Live Pretty partnership: he cooks fabulous dishes and she creates the beautiful ambiance that combines to make their events special and unforgettable.

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