The annual Heath Fair at work was yesterday. This free event was a major part of the start of my journey to a healthier me. I’ll update my “stats” later this week when i am on the computer at work but I wanted to write a little about cholesterol…
In 2008 my HDL was 48 – with a goal of anything over 50 (according to this year’s screener but over 60 according to whatever source i was using when i created my stats chart…). In 2009 my HDL was 44 – heading the wrong direction, as were the rest of my numbers. By 2009 I’d lost 80 pounds, pretty much given up junk food, and my HDL had climbed to 59 (and the rest of my numbers had also improved!).
This year my HDL is 86! The nurse doing the screening was very pleased with that number. And so am I! Especially since the last month or two I really have been eating all the bad foods – candy bars, chips, mass produced cookies. And even though I’m still down 80 pounds from my all time high I’m also up from my most recent low weight too. So my good HDL might have been even better.
But even with the junk food it was good. And I give credit for that to my switch to raw, whole, unhomogenized, unpasturized milk; local free range eggs, and grass fed meats. I skim the cream off the milk so i have heavy cream for my coffee and make kefir out of the rest. I drink at least a pint jar of kefir nearly every day. The whole milk, cream, eggs, red meat, and things like liver are all things the hand out that came with my screening recommend against and maybe that’s true if you it’s factory farm crap – but the local grass fed stuff is a whole ‘nother thing.
Yes, I do the other recommended things – fish (mostly tuna and wild caught salmon), olive oil, avoiding transfats. But I am proud to break all the other rules.
I’m still working on getting the junk food back undercontrol and I am still committed to losing the rest of my weight. But I’m sticking with my raw milk!!!