Okay, yes I have been bad at keeping this blog up to date but here I am again! So what should I write about today? How about I share a little update! I am sure many of you would relate–I am absolutely terrified, petrified and any other …fied of doctors! Don’t get me wrong my doctor is amazing! He has a funny and a personality that would put a smile on anyone’s face. It’s not my doctor, it’s the fear of uncertainty. The vagueness of what the health test results would be. When I am at the doctors I feel they are waiting to announce bad news. The worst part is when your doubts are right!
Yes, I am in my late 20’s and I already have cholesterol. The feeling sucks. And trust me you saying, “Wow you are too young to have cholesterol!” with a *shocked face* doesn’t help! All of a sudden my body became a burden. Now I have to take added care of it with all the other things on the list. Added responsibility! I didn’t ask for it but it’s on my plate now.
My eating patterns has always been healthy, but my stress level has been quite high lately and that’s exactly what spiked my cholesterol level. Cholesterol found in all cells of the body. The body requires cholesterol to create hormones, vitamin D, and substances that assist in digesting foods. Along with the body, some food contain cholesterol as well. Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in small sets called lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoproteins, Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Here is what you remember, LDL – Bad cholesterol, too much of it blocks your arteries. HDL – good cholesterol, it carries the cholesterol your body produces back to your liver.
Let’s control BAD Cholesterol
Change your eating habits! No fried food ladies and gents. No more fries! You’re eating habit will play a huge part in lowering your LDL level.
Foods to eat:
- Omega-3-rich fish: salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, and trout
- Naturally rich in soluble fiber food: oats, oat bran, barley, peas, yams, sweet potatoes and other potatoes, as well as legumes or beans, such as pinto beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, peas
- Vegetables rich in soluble fiber: carrots, Brussels sprouts, beets, okra, and eggplant. Good fruit sources are berries, passion fruit, oranges, pears, apricots, nectarines, and apples.
- Sterols are naturally occurring substances found in plants: Sterol supplements (CholestOff)
- Psyllium: Metamucil
Try and STOP eating:
- Red meat (beef, pork, lamb, veal, goat)
- Hard margarines
- Lard, dripping and goose fat
- Fatty meat and meat products such as sausages
- Full fat cheese, milk, cream and yogurt
- Coconut and palm oils and coconut cream
- Dairy products
Most people are advised to shed fat by losing weight but I am already very petite. But being petite doesn’t mean anything, I still have bad fat inside in my body. I am what you call a, skinny fat. My resting heart rate is terrible! Which means it’s time to cardio. Go sweat a little a bit. Run outside, and find a treadmill. I recommend everyone to search HIIT (High Intensity Interval training) workout, if you lose breath while running just like me, then this workout will definitely help you.
I will definitely keep you posted on my progress…