One of the reasons my doctor was so concerned about my cholesterol levels is that I ALREADY make very healthy choices. For the most part, we do not eat processed or prepared foods at my house. Those who have been reading this blog a while know that I spend quite a bit of time cooking, from scratch. Years ago, I switched us up to healthy fats: olive, canola, avocados, nuts, etc. I even swapped our mayonnaise to a low fat, cholesterol free, olive oil mayo as soon as it hit the shelves. The biggest issue is probably meat because I'm married to a meat lover. Over the years I'd say I've picked up some of his meat eating habits. And funny, enough, that was HIS biggest concern: "Does this mean we can't have steak or hamburgers anymore?" I assured him that all would be well and he could continue to eat what he wants, but that it may mean cooking two proteins and sharing sides. So that's what I'll work on first, the protein sources. (Before anyone suggests it, people with thyroid disease cannot eat soy/soy products.)
I said all of this to say because some of you were nice enough to make suggestions in the comments that indicated to me that it wasn't really clear why my doc was so concerned about that high number. I also want to say that while I will, as always, share great recipes that I find, I will not be sharing specifics about what I'm eating and when, so don't come here looking for a daily meal plan or diet specifics. What I will be doing is eating as my doctor has recommended for me and my situation. Believe it or not, there's no miracle and each one of us has to find a way.
Having said that.... (anyone see that episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm?)
Until heaven. That'll be a good day.
For today though, I give this day the power of my gratitude and I will continue to climb.
After I finished reading (and sobbing for over an hour) I realized there's a lesson in there for all of us. I hope and pray that I can hold it close.