That’s my new dietary motto. I learned last week that my cholesterol is high. Not drastically so, but (hem, hem) nearly double what it was last time I had a physical (more coughing… over 2 years ago). Given that both parents likely died of heart attacks (father, definitely; mother, presumed), I need to take this seriously.
Ironically, an Arbonne friend invited me to join her on a detox that will start tomorrow. I opted out, in part because I’m not good at extremes, I know my limits, and my brother inlaw sells Avocare and it seemed silly to pony up for a program when another company’s products are waiting for me to pay attention to them. Just the same, I know I need to start paying close attention to what goes into my body.
Trying looking up “cholesterol-lowering foods” or something similar. You won’t find any concise answers. Of course, even if you did, you might want to visit Marjie’s post about a healthy heart diet by trusted sources. The fact is, even the experts don’t agree. I’m a huge advocate for personal management of one’s own healthcare anyway, but this is ridiculous.
Oh, my doctor-friend and I had a good laugh… I hate chicken and neither of us cook fish in our homes because of the lingering odor. I’m already on a high-protein, high-fiber diet, because of pre-existing health issues, so eliminating … fat? cholesterol? more stuff makes this quite the circle-jerk.
I was all set to simply say farewell to butter (except in my baking) and consider cheese a delicacy, and I already live on seafood, white pork, and the rare (pun intended) beef indulgence. I thought I had a plan… until Marjie gently broke the news that shrimp is ridiculously high in cholesterol. Now, see above… the experts can’t agree on that either, but I’ve decided that shrimp can no longer be my go-to “meat.”
I don’t know what’s ahead… other than due diligence and finding some healthier options. Anyone do a plant-protein milk replacement in her coffee? On her cereal? I only eat cereal on the weekends, and to humor the pundits, we had oatmeal this morning.
What about tofu? I don’t mind it in curries or some soups. I certainly can’t dislike it much more than I do rubbery, dry chicken, but save the ground turkey advice. Been there, done that and … no one got anything positive out of the experience, much less a tee shirt.
I did a no-animal-flesh version of vegan a few years ago and didn’t mind at all… until I began dreaming about the perfectly grilled, rare filet of beef. I don’t eat pork too much either. I love smoked bacon and good Carolina barbecue, but living on a pig farm that had a barn fire… well… let’s just say there’s a reason I kinda’ backed into not eating meat for a good while.
Eggs? I won’t miss them much at all. As with butter, I want them for baking, but I can wipe them off my personal consumption list with relative ease. Sure, an egg sammie is awesome now and then, but I’ll be just fine with an egg substitute “mug” with some veggies tossed in. Frankly, eggs without cheese have little meaning for me.
The post title? I get mean (insert a female dog synonym) when I don’t get enough protein in my diet. I thought doing high fiber AND high protein was a juggling act. This is like the Wii Fit juggling game where you’re balancing on a ball while juggling…