Over the last several years high cholesterol news has been abundant - from television commercials and magazines promoting statin drugs (be sure to read the side effects) to websites promoting the natural way to reduce the unwanted numbers. It’s funny, to me anyway, that often people think taking a statin drug releases them from all danger without any lifestyle changes. That just plain isn’t so. Even the commercials and ads say - often in small print or at the end of an ad - that a healthy diet and exercise is also required. Funny, don’t you think, that often that little blurb isn’t heard or read. Of course it’s easier to pop a pill and continue doing what has always been done but whether you take statin drugs or not a lifestyle change is necessary.
I thought I’d make a list of those things you can do to get you started toward a healthier lifestyle ... now if you’re already there and your numbers are in the normal range, feel free to share a comment on how and/or what you did!
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So taking high cholesterol on is easier than you think ... take control of your own health! Own it! Doctors can be wonderful, but remember they work for you!
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Oh, here's the recipe for homemade roasted nuts ...
Lightly spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray (I use the butter flavored). Toss in some raw nuts of any kind and spray the nuts with cooking spray; sprinkle with popcorn salt, if you want, and roast in a 300 degree oven stirring often until done the way you like them. Easy, huh? Roasting your own allows you to control the oil and salt making them healthier than store purchased ones. You can also just heat them in a heavy frying pan with NO oil for a lovely roasted flavor.
_As I sat patiently in my doctor’s office, I read over my notes about my cholesterol numbers. I’ll admit I felt rather nervous, but still confident my plan had worked. I was still up for a fight from the doctor about taking statin drugs. I should explain it isn’t that I’m so difficult, but after reading the side effects, I’d just prefer to start out with lifestyle change and a few supplements. Funny, don’t you think, that my medical insurance will gladly pay for statin drugs, but not my efforts to take supplements or join a gym? There is something terribly wrong with our health care options (OK, I’ll get off THAT soapbox ... for now).
So, here I sit ... knowing my numbers and hoping for the best. At my last visit my numbers will explain my doctor’s recommendation for statin drugs:
I didn’t hear the door open and the doctor found me sitting Indian-style in the chair, my eyes closed, and breathing rhythmically and deeply. I sensed his presence and returned to reality. “Welcome back,” he said with a smile, “let’s take a look at your numbers.” I stood and reviewed my chart with him. He pointed to the chart and with unexpected enthusiasm said, “Hey, hey ... look at this ... you did it!!” I was thrilled ... I still had some work to do and some adjustments to make, but the numbers spoke for themselves. We went over each number:
As we wrapped up my appointment, he asked me if I knew of a TaiChi instructor in our area (of course, I did) .
He’s a cool doctor ... he listens ... he learns ... he admits he doesn’t know it all ... and he’s never said, “Trust me, dear.”
Stay tuned for why I had to make an supplement adjustment ...
_Three months seemed like forever and yet right around the corner. I already had a plan and I knew it was going to work (right?). After some research my findings provided me with some simple lifestyle changes. Now, I’m the kind of person who enjoys change and a challenge so this was right up my alley. If you are one who just can’t bear not drinking milk or give up necessary foods, then this blog may not be for you. But since you're here mayb you can pick up a few things you can do to help lower your cholesterol.
First, some websites that encouraged me and fed my insane desire to try new recipes:
Then, I continued to search for other options and found a site that showed me how to lower my cholesterol naturally, such as this site — Lower Cholesterol Naturally.
Keeping in mind that the Internet offers a wealth of information, I read through each site thoroughly and decided just what I would do:
I found an article in the first Heart Healthy Living magazine called “Cholesterol Myths ... Busted” that was great! It told of another miracle supplement ... red yeast rice that had similar results to the typically prescribed statins. I figured I didn't have anything to lose so I found some at WalMart of all places!
So, there you have it–my plan. Get moving, add oatmeal to my diet, add niacin, fish oil, and red yeast rice and go low fat.
Stay tuned for the next doctor’s visit ...
I am ...
... a former blogger for a health site, which means eating healthy aka heart smart
which has become a passion for me. I will start at the beginning when I first
discovered I had high cholesterol.