I mentioned Monday that my husband’s recent doctor visit yielded not so great results on his cholesterol/triglycerides. I’ve always vaguely known what they are, but not really paid much attention because quite frankly I never fully understood their importance.
I’ve learned a lot since Friday (which is when we got the results). And, we have made a lot of changes in the last few days.
- Our portions, although I thought were in range, are getting a makeover. I’ve always known the rule of “meat servings no bigger than the palm of your hand”, but I guess we never tightly followed that rule.
- Amping up our vegetable intake. We’ve always ate our veggies–but we’re trying to double up on our servings (cooked with no salt seasoning in place of our usual salt).
- Upping our fish. I’ve wanted to do this for a while now, but just haven’t because fish is more expensive than some other meats. Also, up until about 8 years ago–I hated fish, so I’m still learning to cook, eat and like fish. In an ideal diet, we would have fish 3 times a week. I’m currently shooting for once.
- No more sausage (or bacon) and eggs breakfasts for my husband. He’s been eating about a cup of oatmeal with cinnamon and half of an apple for breakfast in the morning. Sometimes he will eat it with a fried egg white. I’ve also bought Cheerios for those “off” days. **And let me add here that there is a big difference between generic and name brand Cheerios. I will admit that this go around I bought the Great Value brand from Wal-Mart–but I won’t again. I’ve always went with generic on most things because the taste is usually just about the same–but I won’t anymore without first checking the nutritional label. And I urge you to do the same. Although you maybe be saving a buck or two now, your health is worth SO much more than that! **
- Changing DH’s lunch. For the most part he always took a sandwich (on whole wheat bread) with cheese, chips (if we had them), and some form of snack cracker. If we had fruit he would take that, too. And–who knows what else. We’ve omitted the cheese off of his sandwiches, added a salad, and an orange, and taken out the rest.
- I made some granola (packed with wheat germ and flax seed) for those snacky moments.
- Also snacking more on vegetables/fruit. I love a fresh red pepper!
- I make a whole wheat/all purpose flour bread–but I would love to find a tried and true 100% whole wheat bread, or an Oat Bran Bread recipe.
- Trying to get atleast 30 minutes of moderate exercise. Willie is doing really good with this and enjoying it!
- I just recently removed all margarine from our diet. Wanting to kind of stay that way and remain on butter, I bought SmartBalance butter, which has Omega-3 but we use it in moderation.
- Really paying attention to fruit intake. Ideally you should have about 1½ cups fruit, with atleast ½ cup of that being a citrus. Doing really good here, getting about 3 cups of fruit a day.
- I’m taking this opportunity to teach my kids a little bit about nutrition. I find this especially important since I know very little and look where it got us. I want my children to know how to eat and be able to pick a good food from bad all while knowing portion control. An average person can have some “unhealthy” foods as long as it is done in moderation.
- We’re enjoying our “new” diet, our added energy, and our gusto to change. We are still a young couple (not quite 30) and this is a very scary experience for us and a major wake up call.
Willie’s numbers were very high, which puts him at a risk for so many things. We’re bound and determined to get those numbers where they should be and enjoy this life that we are blessed with.
If you do not know your cholesterol scores–I urge you to get them checked. We literally had no idea, and I never would have thought about it. Thankfully, since the doctor was already running tests, they decided to run the cholesterol one as well.
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