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It's Not Working 
Feb. 16, 2012 6:41 am 
Updated: Feb. 17, 2012 10:25 am
I have to run to an appointment, but I just wanted to start an entry.  Vegetarianism is not working to reduce my cholesterol.  :(  Back to the drawing board!  I think I need to continue with the vegetarian diet, though.  It's not terrible.  It's a little more challenging, but doable.  Okay--later!
Feb. 16, 2012 9:35 am
Hi Tricia, Sorry to hear your numbers aren't going down! I've heard exercise is the single best thing you can do for your health. Maybe you could try adding in exercise? Best wishes!
Feb. 16, 2012 9:58 am
My sister is a vegetarian (she does eat chicken and fish). she has very high cholesterol, type II diabetes, and 100 lbs over weight. I take fish oil for my cholesterol and it keeps me at the ok level. I was on meds and they did work, I just prefer not to take the meds if I don't have to.
Feb. 16, 2012 10:04 am
So sorry to hear that your numbers are still not ideal. If it is any help, we had to go vegan for our numbers to change. I mean NO MEAT, NO DAIRY and only good oils. I had total cholesterol in the 300s and was able to bring it to low 200s with extreme diet and exercise for several years. Alas, I am now on a statin, got to the point where losing additional weight would be unhealthy and simply could not exercise anymore. I have terrible genes (Dad died at 42 MI, bro MI in40s, bro CVA in 50s, sis died heart related 55). But, I was able to postpone the use of statin for years. It can be done and it is worth the effort and sacrifice. We still eat more vegan/veg than meat and then only blsl chicken breats, pork tenderloin. Although we do splurge a couple of times a year. We still exercise regularly too. We love legumes and can just about replace any meat in a favorite recipe with a similar bean. White beans can replace chicken in most recipes and kidney, pinto and black can replace beef and pork. We have favorite recipes that are vegan, not favorite vegan recipes. I wish you luck on you journey. I'd happily share some of our recipes and favorite recipe books, if you are interested.
Feb. 17, 2012 12:12 am
Have you ever tried Ground Flax Seed? It helps in lowering your cholesterol... I sprinkle it right into many of our meals.
Feb. 17, 2012 10:25 am
Oats.....oatmeal, oatmeal bread or muffins, don't use instant oatmeal. Reports state it helps to lower cholesterol and it seemed to make a 10 pt. difference for me. AsI have said in several blog comments, I make mine (steel cut oats please) in the crockpot overnight on low. 1 cup oats and 4 cups water if using the steel cut, only 3 cups if you use the other kind of long cooking oats. Ready for you in the morning. Can swirl in some low fat milk, berries, maple syrup, nuts, but don't use butter or cream. Best to use a crock liner for easy clean up. Try it.
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I love Jesus Christ. I am sold out to working with children, especially to show the love of God to them. I also serve the seriously mentally ill, who are really quite delightful people when they are well.
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