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The Results Are In! 
Mar. 11, 2014 1:52 pm 
Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 7:45 am

I wrote in my Jan 13 blog that I would be changing my diet to "near vegetarian."  I have since learned that there is a term for that: flexitarian.  In that time, I've learned to cook dry beans with help from The Buzz - thanks to you all for your patient answering of my questions.  I discovered that there are more choices of beans than selections of meat at my grocery store.   I've made bean burgers from scratch, and bought pre-made Morning Star prime grillers.  I drink milk daily, but switched from low fat to skim, and started putting vanilla soy milk in my coffee instead, and I started eating Alvarado St. Sprouted Soy Bread.  I have eaten Rice Dream ice cream, and will try the coconut milk ice cream next.

I also track my food on MyFitnessPal.  I re-arranged my "diary" to organize by food groups rather than meals.  True, the data entry has been a little more cumbersome because I couldn't just log "naked burrito."  I had to divide the ingredients into their groups.  But this has been beneficial and well worth the small amount of extra effort.  I can see much more clearly where my calories are coming from, what I'm eating, and what I'm short on in a day.  Now I can make better decisions.

Also, I am very active, always have been.  I run, swim, bike, ski, hike, play tennis, and do aerobics of various sorts.  Lack of activity is not the source of MY cholesterol.  I have confirmed that it's what I eat, or how my body processes it.  So without further ado, here are the results:

Dec 19: Total 214, HDL 79, LDL 108, VLDL 27, Trig 134

Jan 9 - started flexitarian (mostly vegetarian)

Mar 6: Total 181, HDL 72, LDL 95, VLDL 14, Trig 72 

If you or someone you love and cook for are struggling with cholesterol management, I encourage you to try new foods, new preparations, even if you think you won't like them.  

Mar. 13, 2014 7:40 am
Congratulations on the improved numbers. Curious that your HDL also went down. Keep up the good work.
Mar. 13, 2014 7:47 am
Wow! Those numbers are impressive. Have you lost weight, too?
Mar. 13, 2014 10:01 am
Very nice. I use myfitnesspal as well. It's a great tool. The only problem with that is that I make a lot of personal recipes that don't have nutritional info. For those, I use LivingCookbook, a pay-for program, and move the info over to myfitnesspal. Keep up the good work.
Mar. 13, 2014 10:52 am
Thats awesome clover. If you make any new recipes yoy love, please post on the buzz. I know a lot of people do the meatless mondays. I used to do vegetarian in my twenties. My husband being such a meat eater messed that up. Boy, did I pack on the pounds. Now, we do a compromise, about half and half. However, I have to be much more active to keep the weight down. Looking forward to your recipe finds. I save a lot of recipe suggestions from the buzz.
Mar. 14, 2014 4:16 am
Oh my goodness, that is tremendous! You are such an inspiration. Thank you for posting. Please keep us informed as you learn more.
Mar. 14, 2014 7:41 am
Duboo - I downloaded the LivingCookbook software and have been using it. Thanks for the info a few month ago. It's very easy to use.
Mar. 14, 2014 7:44 am
Blender Woman - I will post a few of the recipes I've used. I still cook meat for my husband and kids, but I make some sort of beans for me. Like Wed. I made Cajun pork for them and Cajun Butter Beans for myself.
Mar. 14, 2014 7:45 am
Thank you to Marie, Bibi and Cookie Monster!
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I am married to a terrific man. We have 2 teenagers, and a dog. I am an AVON Sales Rep. To buy AVON products come to my website
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook changes with the seasons or my moods. Currently salads have my interest - with bean in them. At the start of 2014 I began eating flexitarian style - that's semi-vegetarian - for heart health. I have found this change to be fairly easy, and I my testing is showing much improvement.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was growing up we always made popcorn balls together as a family for Christmas. And with my own kids, we made frosted cookies for Santa on Christmas eve.
My cooking triumphs
The first Thanksgiving dinner that I made for my husband and I felt like an accomplishment because I had Never made a big dinner by myself before.
My cooking tragedies
Many, I'm sure, but I don't dwell on them.
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