It has been a recurring theme with me. Get serious about my health. Eat less carbs. More whole foods. Less processed junk. Cut the soda and sweets. More exercise.
But, I always seem to fall off the bandwagon, not very motivated to pick myself back up.
I recently switched doctors. No huge reason, except for the fact that a new, female doctor has come to practice at the clinic I visit and I prefer discussing female issues with someone who shares the same anatomical features as I do. When she went over my recent lab results with me, she warned me that my triglycerides — which have always been an issue — are nearing a point where she would normally consider putting a patient on medications to lower them. However, she put it in way that made me realize WHY getting them under control is so important. She warned me that if my triglycerides continue to stay high and trend higher, it could lead to problems with my pancreas, such as pancreatitis.
Whoa, stop the presses. My high triglycerides could be doing damage to my pancreas!?
Okay, time to get serious about this triglyceride thing.
I know, I know. We’ve been down this road before, but I am realizing that if I don’t make some changes to my diet and lifestyle, that I could find myself with health problems and daily medications to deal with. So, here’s what I’m doing to help get my triglycerides down from 470 (!) to a less than 200, which is the recommended level. My cholesterol is just slightly over 200 (209), so she’s not too concerned about that yet.
- Exercise, at least 4-5 times a week
- Cut processed food
- No soda
- Reduce consumption of breads and rice
- Reduce sweets
- More vegetables!
- Drinking 1 green smoothie a day as a snack or meal (lunch) replacement
- Drinking 1 cup of Javita Burn + Control coffee a day (diabetics we know have successfully used this to help manage blood sugar)
- Taking 5-6 drops of lemongrass essential oil in a capsule daily
I am considering taking 2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar daily, too, but have seen mixed reviews on ACV regarding its risks vs. benefits. I have seen that it is supposed to positively affect cholesterol and triglycerides, specifically, which makes me tempted to try it.
I have a blood test scheduled in 3 months. If I can’t get my triglycerides under control, the doctor will put me on Rx. Let’s not go there. Let’s do it right this time. And let it stick.