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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.  

 
Comments
Mar. 13, 2014 7:40 am
Congratulations on the improved numbers. Curious that your HDL also went down. Keep up the good work.
 
Bibi 
Mar. 13, 2014 7:47 am
Wow! Those numbers are impressive. Have you lost weight, too?
 
duboo 
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.
 
Clover 
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.
 
Clover 
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.
 
Clover 
Mar. 14, 2014 7:45 am
Thank you to Marie, Bibi and Cookie Monster!
 
 
 
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Clover

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Cooking Level
Intermediate

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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About Me
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 www.youravon.com/TracyM
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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