viernes, marzo 07, 2014

Triglycerides on the Rise



It’s almost lunch time, but I still don’t know what or where to eat – I didn’t bring my own healthy, home-made lunch today and almost all the food that I can order from the nearby “fondas” and restaurants is prepared with lots of cooking oil.
I picked up my test results yesterday, and everything seems to be except for the triglycerides, which are on the HIGH mark, just below VERY HIGH.  Everything was normal until two years ago, when the level of triglycerides suddenly skyrocketed. There was little time to react: a couple of weeks later I had an agonizing pain that took me to the hospital, where the doctors recommended that my gallbladder be removed ASAP.  
Fighting against the triglycerides is very frustrating, because they keep high even though I normally eat very healthy food and lots of apples and vegetables.
I seldom drink alcohol or soda pop, chicharron, butter or lard; replaced cane sugar with stevia many months ago. And though I love to eat, with a really great effort I say no to many delicious and unhealthy dishes. My mouth is watering at just imagining a big home-made flour tortilla properly filled with refried beans.
The culprit of this hypertriglyceridemia is the medication that I have to take for life, there’s just no stopping it. The doctor says that it’s not easy to change the medication, because the few other alternatives may have worse side-effects, but I’ll ask him again next week. In the meantime, I have to be very conscious and stay away from tortillas, bread, white rice, and flours in general.
Few things give me more pleasure than a piece of delicious bread with coffee, but now I’ll have to leave it for rare occasions because of these silly triglycerides.  I can’t help being sad at contemplating a life eating stupid salads. I’ve been told that I need to stick to a healthy diet, but I especially I need to do some serious exercise if I want to burn them off. I’ve never been crazy about exercise, but this time it’s for my life. Let’s sweat.

7 comentarios:

  1. Hay tinísimo que te puedo decir yo si ando en las mismas, aunque yo salí bien de los Trigli, mi pedo son más bien lascosas higadianas.

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  2. Hay tinísimo que te puedo decir yo si ando en las mismas, aunque yo salí bien de los Trigli, mi pedo son más bien lascosas higadianas.

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  3. Hay tinísimo que te puedo decir yo si ando en las mismas, aunque yo salí bien de los Trigli, mi pedo son más bien lascosas higadianas.

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  4. Ah.. y gracias por tu mensaje, me subió el ánimo, ya estoy mejor, solo pase un par de noches malas.

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  5. Me da muchísimo gusto que ya estés mejor... a mí me dio el bajón por esto de los triglicéridos pero ya estoy agarrando la onda que no me queda más que hacer una muy buena dieta y ejercicio... fuera autocompasion, hay que luchar para salir adelante.

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  6. So sorry to hear that. Steve Cotton has the same problem. I read a book last year that might help you, Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman, MD. The basic point of this book is that we are all better off on a vegan diet. And especially refined carbohydrates -- sugar, bread, pasta -- along with meat are really bad for us. Unfortunately, they are also some of the tastiest things to eat too. But if you change your diet slowly over time, you will eventually end up healthier and happier.

    We're rooting for you.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we've changed our diet over the past few years, and are healthier as a result.

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  7. I'll certainly take a look at that book. I just can't tell you how much I love bread, but fortunately I have no problem switching to whole-grain breads. I've been eating very carefully these days, and I've introduced natural remedies as well, such as oatmeal water. It is surprisingly delicious and refreshing, and I'm told that it lowers both cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Great news!

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