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Old 09-19-2008, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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This is my story and I'm not advocating it for anyone.

In 11/05 my cholesterol count was 257; my DR wanted me to take drugs to lower it and I insisted on reducing the high count by changing my eating habits. No big deal - because I knew the rules, only fell into bad habits. By 3/06 my cholesterol went down to 177 and I stayed on my new eating plan. In 6/06 the count was 174. I haven't been tested since - but for the most part I have stayed on my version of the Mediterranean diet:

NO red meat. NO dairy. NO processed food. Nothing with hydrogenated fat or artificial anything. I read all labels of any product I consume and avoid all oils except olive & canola. I strictly AVOID the deli section of the supermarket.

What I DO eat is lots of fresh fish, occasional chicken tenderloin strips, lots of fresh veggies, fruit, canned tuna, egg whites, whole grain bread, flaxseed oil daily on my bread, brown rice. Whole grain oatmeal. I do love to eat out a lot, mostly at Thai restaurants where I consider the food to be healthy. Take acidopholis pro-biotic. Calcium daily; glucosamine-chondroiten for my knee injury/arthritis.

Occasionally, I cheat - but it's not often and I make up for it by eating right thereafter.

P.S. I never had a weight issue, but after 3 months on this lifestyle eating plan, I went from size 12 to size 10.

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Old 09-20-2008, 01:38 PM
 
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try low carb that works too!! I eat meat, cheese, tons of saturated fat and my chol. has never been better!!! I eat under 40 grams of carbs a day !
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:57 PM
 
Location: CA
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ConeyIs - I heard that many people who are on cholesterol meds. have to stay on it for life???? The Med. diet is a good one.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:12 PM
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Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Good for you. Keep up the good work.
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Originally Posted by ConeyIsBabe View Post
This is my story and I'm not advocating it for anyone.

In 11/05 my cholesterol count was 257; my DR wanted me to take drugs to lower it and I insisted on reducing the high count by changing my eating habits. No big deal - because I knew the rules, only fell into bad habits. By 3/06 my cholesterol went down to 177 and I stayed on my new eating plan. In 6/06 the count was 174. I haven't been tested since - but for the most part I have stayed on my version of the Mediterranean diet:

NO red meat. NO dairy. NO processed food. Nothing with hydrogenated fat or artificial anything. I read all labels of any product I consume and avoid all oils except olive & canola. I strictly AVOID the deli section of the supermarket.

What I DO eat is lots of fresh fish, occasional chicken tenderloin strips, lots of fresh veggies, fruit, canned tuna, egg whites, whole grain bread, flaxseed oil daily on my bread, brown rice. Whole grain oatmeal. I do love to eat out a lot, mostly at Thai restaurants where I consider the food to be healthy. Take acidopholis pro-biotic. Calcium daily; glucosamine-chondroiten for my knee injury/arthritis.

Occasionally, I cheat - but it's not often and I make up for it by eating right thereafter.

P.S. I never had a weight issue, but after 3 months on this lifestyle eating plan, I went from size 12 to size 10.
Can't imagine why you wouldn't advocate it. Sounds like a great idea - and very successful.
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:32 PM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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Great job! It's the cheese that kills me! I love cheddar cheese. As long as I can stay away from it, my cholestorol is fine.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Default BUMP - for current reference !

Someone recently asked how to lower her cholesterol so I'm bumping my answer up

It worked for me - should show excellent results to anyone who wants to improve health
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: In the real world!
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I quit the statin drugs 2 1/2 years ago due to nasty side effects that almost crippled me and I have the inherited high cholesterol from my Mom. I started eating healthier, lots of beans, salad, vegetables and fruit. Red meat only once a week, chicken and fish once a week. My one weakness is sweets and I did not deny myself that if I stayed on my diet. Oatmeal every morning, avoided hydrogenated fat, anything processed by humans, cooked everything from scratch. At first I allowed myself to eat out and anything I wanted ONCE a month, then I eventually quit doing that.

I avoided the doctors and when I did have to go, I would not let them check my cholesterol. Several months ago, I started feeling really bad so I went to the doctor and agreed to let them check my cholesterol simply because I wanted to know what it was.. I do not buy into their un-naturally low one size fits all numbers but I just wanted to know what they were now.. It was 228 and I did it without drugs, simply eating right was enough. It also proved to me that you can lower inherited cholesterol naturally, without drugs.

Upon learning my numbers, I knew why I was feeling so bad.. Mine was to low for MY body, I feel my best when it is around 250 so I went out and bought myself a bucket of fried chicken and a big chocolate cake...and I DO feel a lot better now..

I also want to ad that I also lost 45 pounds eating like this during this time.

What we need is more threads like this, proving to people that you CAN do it without drugs, all it takes s a committment to eat healthier and you do not have to go hungry to do it. I had a list of foods I made myself eat every day and there were a lot of days I just couldn't eat it all... it was to much to eat. I was always eating and still got those numbers down and lost weight.
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:36 AM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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Great job! It's the cheese that kills me! I love cheddar cheese. As long as I can stay away from it, my cholestorol is fine.
Great job for all of you who did it without drugs. Your best over the counter drug is Omega 3 oils. Ground flax seed is also good. Cheese is hard to quit. I have milk in my coffee each morning.

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Old 11-12-2008, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Somewhere.
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ConeyIs - I heard that many people who are on cholesterol meds. have to stay on it for life???? The Med. diet is a good one.
Doctors tell people they will have to stay on meds for life, because most people don't want to change their habits.

Those low carb diets don't work in the long term. Eating tons of saturated animal fat does not do a body good. No saturated fat is the best bet.
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