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…..