Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Report Is In

I got the verdict on my blood work taken last week. My cholesterol is very high! An average healthy range is 130-200. Mine came back at 320. I am told to go on a strict low-cholesterol diet for three months, then take more blood work and see how it’s doing.

I was not too shocked by the results for a few reasons: my mom and grandma both make bad cholesterol and have to watch it. My mom takes medicine for it. I could have inherited this. Also my diet tends to be the high-cholesterol type. For goodness’ sake, as the nurse was on the phone with me giving me the results, I was eating string cheese!

While we tend to eat fairly well at the Shaw Manor—low sodium, no soda, lean meats, no hygo-oils in snacks, etc.—I LOVE cheese! And all things creamy. Not to mention bacon, chocolate, eggs, etc. And let’s not forget my Starbucks fetish. Yes, those are all high-cholesterol.

A few days after this report, I got kinda down about it. I was most bummed about having to change my diet and watch what I eat. I didn’t want another limitation on my life. As a stay-at-home mom, I already have a lot of limitations on my life: living on a tight budget, having sleep interrupted, restrictions on free-time, etc. I want to be able to eat what I want and have that frapp or bit of chocolate if it makes me feel better.

Besides, I’m too young to be worrying about dieting this way! And I don’t care for oatmeal or Cheerios, which are the some of the best fighters against high cholesterol.

You can see why I am bummed.

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