The Glycerides

Well, if a busy month ahead, pregnancy and the like weren’t enough to keep us busy, turns out after a visit to the doctor, Binks has high cholesterol and unbelievably high triglycerides.  For the sake of complete honesty, his triglyceride levels are 1000 +.  Let’s just say when I saw the number, I freaked beyond belief.  Just to put it into perspective, “Very High” is 500+Oy.

High triglycerides is different from high cholesterol.  Namely, the doctor said it’s from a diet high in carbs and not enough protein.  It made sense in every way.  We had cut down our meat intake drastically and I have been replacing it with carbs – and not all good carbs. And, I suppose it didn’t help that prior to his blood test, we went to a party at a friend’s house wherein Binks had a good amount of sangria – and by a good amount, I bet at least 2 pitchers worth.  He kept screaming it tastes like juice! LOL!!

In an attempt to attack this naturally instead of going on medicine, we told the doctor we will do what we can at the house with diet and exercise and come back and get retested.  So, for the past week, we have had a serious food lifestyle change in the house.

The changes include:

–  No alcohol.  Which is not a big deal because (despite the above reference) we do not drink often.  I would say twice a month.

–  No beef, chicken, or pork.  We eat fish, tofu, beans and other forms of heart healthy protein.

–  No refined sugars or flours or products made from the same.  Any candies, cookies or cakes have been substituted with limited amounts of fresh and dry fruit.  And, even with the fresh fruit, we pay attention to the glycemic index in certain fruits.

–  Vegetables and more vegetables.  For lunch and dinner, I include veggies in whatever way possible.  Salads, steamed veggies, and Indian food is a great option for us.

–  Exercise every day.  And, for him – walking is not counted.  He has to do more.  So, every day, we have been walking after every meal as a warm up and then starting our exercise routine.  He’s continuing his P90X.

–  Eating out limitations.  Sometimes you just want the cheapest option – i.e. fast food.  And, sometimes you want the most indulgent options – i.e. fried chicken (did I mention I’m in love), pasta, etc.  However, lately we have limited our eating out to places that offer healthy options and cuisine.  It’s not hard considering that we love Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian, etc.

–  No processed foods.  Sometimes heating up a Lean Cuisine is easier than packing lunch.  No longer.

So what have we been eating?

Salads made from the mutant Persian cucumbers growing in our garden.  I love these cucumbers because the skin is not as bitter as the traditional cucumber.  It goes wonderfully with some sliced red onions, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Refreshing!

Smoothies as always

No sugar and topped with Cheerios, which the doctor recommended.  Inside contains almond meal, coconut, blueberries, 1/4 of a frozen banana (as they are higher in sugar compared to other fruit), and almond milk.

Fish and no refined breads.

This was excellent.  Fish was perfect.  Salad – I have had it for many days now and don’t see any stop to it in the near future.

While I am craving this meal every day, I have to pace myself with the fish.

Blackened Tilapia

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound tilapia fillet
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Spice Mix

  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black ground pepper (if you have white pepper, you can sub half of the black pepper for that)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Directions

  1. Mix together the spice mix.
  2. Spread onto the tilapia fillet.  I let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Heat pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add olive oil and wait for pan to get really hot.
  5. Cook each side for 3 minutes each.

Salad – The salad really is a mix of romaine, tomatoes, red onion, banana peppers, and a sprinkling of feta cheese.  The dressing is a mix of olive oil, red wine vinegar, italian seasoning, lemon juice and dijon mustard.  I’m in love.

NOTE:  From my stereotype of what a high-cholesterol person ‘looks’ like, Binks didn’t fit the mark.  He is not overweight.  He doesn’t drink often.  He exercises fairly regularly.  He doesn’t eat a lot of meat.  You would not think that such a person would have such a high triglyceride level.  (This is in stark contrast to my dad who does have high cholesterol and triglycerides.  He is overweight, doesn’t eat well (high on meat and refined carbs like rice), drinks often, and gets no exercise.)

Partly, the high triglycerides is common in Bink’s family and the eating style hasn’t helped.  After making the changes for the past week, Binks has already lost 5 pounds (which was not something he was looking for), and we hope that the changes will give us better blood test results in about 3 months when he gets tested again!

Any experience with high cholesterol or high triglycerides? 

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12 responses to “The Glycerides

  1. sounds like our diet this week! but more for getting our PH levels in check. Thank goodness for smoothies!!!

  2. Good luck to Binks getting his glycerides levels down! I don’t have any experience with that (I’m lucky my cholesterol levels are normal) but my sister and dad both have high cholesterol and oatmeal everyday helps 🙂

  3. it’s always shocking when you hear about someone who looks and acts like a healthy person – active, decent diet, everything Binks does already – yikes! sounds like you have a good plan to get levels down, good luck!

    makes me want to get mine checked again soon.

  4. I don’t have any experience with his triglycerides. I just wanted to comment on the cucumber. It is a mutant cucumber!

  5. yikes! that would be scary. sounds like you’re doing all the right things though! good luck.

  6. Blackened is one of my favorite ways to have fish. SO good…

    I’ve never heard of the high glycerides issue. My fam is one to worry most about high cholesterol. Or at least my parents have it and I worry… ugh.

  7. My dad used to have high cholesterol. Not sure about trigylcerides, but I think it runs in the family. He eats pretty well and is a little overweight still, but he’s not on medication anymore. Good luck to Binks!

  8. I have super low cholesterol so I’m not really that familiar with this problem but I have heard that these issues stem from a liver dysfunction…not sure if that helps at all? And there is something you can buy online called CholestePure which is really supposed to help. Maybe you should check it out?

  9. I’ve ALWAYS had super high cholesterol and triglycerides (well, in that realm it’s high 300s, but I’m still told to watch out for those all the time). But neither of my parents do, and I’m super under weight for my height.

    It’s frustrating, especially considering that I am fairly active. I was told to give up carbs basically and alcohol and added sugar. So no pasta, potatoes, rices, etc., unless they were unbleached and whole grains. They even told me to cut out fruit!! 😦 It was really, really difficult to do. Almost like an Atkins/South Beach Diet sorta deal.

    Good luck to you guys! I hope you can find ways to eat/cook around it. I wasn’t allowed to get a medicine or prescription, because they said if you’re under 30 it causes long-term damage to the liver and they like to wait and see if diet can control it.

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