Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A Work in Progress

Right around the time we heard about Darryl losing his job we also got a "call back" from the doctor about his yearly appointment. Turns out he has high cholesterol. For those of us who know Darryl well we were pretty surprised. This is the guy who eats salads for snacks. Rarely does he eat chocolate he much prefers candy, so a cavity yes but high cholesterol, no. =) So we have been attempting to change our eating and lifestyle habits to be more healthy. I think my husband is pretty awesome and want him to be around for a very very long time. So we researched what foods are highest in cholesterol and what helps it and try to lower his numbers.

The food that seems to be highest in cholesterol is meat, with red meat being worse then white meat. So I was inspired by Lesley and her new years resolution to eat more meatless meals. But to be honest it was really hard. I really like meat. So instead I am trying to proportion less meat into our meals. This works quite well for us, because we eat lots of stirfry's and pasta dishes. So now, we are trying to cut the meat I would usually put in these dishes in half. So now rather then 3 chicken breasts in the stirfy we'll do 2. Or rather then half the tray of ground beef, we will use a quarter and switch to ground turkey rather then ground beef. We have been trying to be healthy in other ways as well, but this isn't something I have read very much about and thought was a good idea, keep the meat, just less of it.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

4 comments:

Goofball said...

wow way too go

I've often been thinking that we should cut down on meat,...more for environmental reasons than for health issues although our health surely would benefit too.

but I've never made a serious attempt. not sure if I'd be able to do it. I love meat

Patrice R Genier said...

Well since you are on that "healthy eating" kick, Here is the book Tammy bought me when we found out my "issues"

Anticancer by David Servan-Schreber, M.D. PhD.

It has helped me lose almost 20# since xmas and in a healthy way too. And lkie you I love red meat.
Good luck.

Pat

Lori said...

Saturated fats and trans fats contribute to high cholesterol, too so watch out for baked goods and fast foods.

You can make good progress with improvements in eating habits but our family has a history of high cholesterol so I don't want anyone to feel like a failure if cholesterol-reducing medication is needed someday. I'll probably end up in the same situation some day. Genetics are crappy sometimes!

Enjoy your new eating habits. Cooking can be so enjoyable.

Deena Marie Fusco said...

Another great way is bran buds, if he can stuff them in yogurt or if you can bake muffins with them it will bring your cholestrol right down. It even says it on the box, and great soluable fibre!