Fixing a 700+ Triglyceride Level with Real Food
Low Fat Diets. . . . Do you want your Gall Bladder?
What would your doctor tell you to do if your cholesterol was 236 (“normal” is less than 200 mg/dl) and your triglycerides were 702 (“normal” is less than 150 mg/dl)?
What diet would you be told to follow? Kim came to the Achieving Wellness & Weight Loss class in the fall of 2010.
She was carrying extra weight and described herself as being stressed out all the time. Her hormones were out of control and mood swings ruled.
For over 20 years her triglyceride lab results were very high, running 350 – 750 mg/dl. She ate low-fat diets and a lot of grains to try to bring her triglycerides down. As a result, she had to have her gall bladder removed 4 years ago.
Kim realized that the conventional medical advice wasn’t working. The first step for Kim was to learn about whole food nutrition and she and her husband signed up for my class a year ago. She learned that eating a low-fat diet is damaging to health as well as eating industrially processed oils like canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil.
Kim and her husband began incorporating animal protein, natural fat, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds into their diet. They let go of processed and refined factory foods including most grains.
She began to have meals that incorporated more fat from whole food sources including butter, coconut oil, coconut milk, avocados, and olive oil.
Breakfast morphed from a grain-based meal into either a green smoothie:
- raw vegetables
- coconut milk
- Nutrex-Hawaii spirulina
- Quality Protein Powder
Or, when time allowed, Kim would cook eggs in coconut oil with spinach and organic sausage.
For lunch she enjoys a salad with chicken, avocado, dried cranberries and a dressing made with olive oil.
Dinner includes protein, fat and two vegetables usually.
Today, Kim has shed 22 pounds, her cholesterol is in the normal range for the first time in years, and better yet, her HDL cholesterol improved 64% into the “heart protective” range.
Her triglycerides are nearly in range, instead of being over 700 like they were 2 years ago.
Eating a low-fat diet for 20 years couldn’t put a dent in her triglycerides, but changing to a whole food diet, rich in natural fat, protein and vegetables produced the results she was hoping for.
Kim recently sent me the following letter:
Hi Erin! I am so excited! I just received my blood work results today. Your program has helped me to be able to bring my numbers into a better position than they have ever been in before.
Before, with the “low fat” diets and exercise, I couldn’t get my HDL higher or my triglycerides lower. I still have to bring them down more, but they’ve never been this low – in 20 years! And of course, I feel better over all. I can’t wait to see my numbers next year! Thanks for all you do in spreading the truth about health and nutrition. Keep it up! We appreciate it! Kim
Want to drop your triglycerides, and raise HDL?
The old out-dated nutrition advice just isn’t working. The government’s My Plate is not based on current science and the old food pyramid never was.
Eat real food – especially natural fat! Organic butter, unrefined coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, olives, avocados, free range eggs, grass fed meat, and wild caught fatty fish.
Fear the grains and industrially processed vegetable and seed oils (all those pretty yellow oils on the grocery store shelves).
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