Sunday, October 27, 2019

My Inspiration for Abundance of Vegetables

Updated: May 2024

I enjoy food and being creative with it. I am NOT a cooking professional. I do it for fun and love sharing my joy for it.

I started my focus on eating an abundance of vegetables in mid 2019 after a recommendation by my doctor, who is a Naturopathic physician.

I had an alarming triglyceride cholesterol reading over 200 points. It was 217 to be exact.  To give you some perspective, the normal healthy level should be a reading of 150 or less. My Dr. recommended that I eat an abundance of vegetables with some protein, avoid processed foods, gluten, dairy and alcohol. I didn't completely follow the rules, but I did make a conscious effort to increase my vegetable intake. A month later, my cholesterol was normal. 

Although my cholesterol readings have fluctuated up and down over the years, I am happy to report that as of May 4, 2024, I no longer have to medication to regulate it. Yay!

I have taken the following hands-on cooking classes:

 I have attended the following cooking demonstrations:

  • New Orleans School of Cooking - New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Cooking demonstration with Ms. Harriett
      • Gumbo
      • Chicken Creole
      • Pralines
      • Abita Amber lager (this was not prepared for us, but served along side the meal)
   I have completed the following academic courses:

So much fun! I love!

May and July 2019 - My cholesterol is out of control.

Update - December 2019: My cholesterol is elevated again. 😐👊  Perhaps this is due to all the holiday gorging and drinking, etc.  I need to try harder, I know.

 Update - January 2020.  Triglycerides elevated.

Update - February 2020: My cholesterol is back to normal.  I have been taking a red rice yeast supplement.


Update - September 2020: My overall cholesterol is good at 176.  However, my triglycerides are elevated.  I don’t normally eat a lot of sweets or fruits and had issues with this before. My doctor thinks it’s because it’s hereditary and prescribed a high quality fish oil supplement to assist me with this.

Update - October 2020: My overall cholesterol is excellent at 169.  Additionally, my triglycerides, HDL, LDL , and non-HDL are all in check and in healthy ranges.  Fuck yah!  I've had a horrible October, but at least I have some good news now here. 👌


Update - April 2021: My overall cholesterol is still excellent at 157. Fantastic!



Update - November 2021: Triglycerides elevated.  Dr. increased my fish oil supplement.


Update - January 2022: All within normal levels.  LDL is right at the border, but my Dr. is okay with keeping my medications as is.



 Update - June 2022: All within normal levels. 



Update - March 2024: My triglycerides are fantastically low.  My doctor recommended to reduce my cholesterol medication by half and revisit in a month.


Update May 2024: Looks good.  My doctor has recommended for me to stop my cholesterol medication.  Yay! Success!

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