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.