It has been 2 years next month since I started my sugar free way of life. During that time my cholesterol readings have gone through the roof. Even after all this time of eating full fat everything, I still feel concerned if I am doing the right thing. I don't have a problem with anything else but I just cant get my cholesterol levels down. Everything else is fine, perfect blood pressure, not over weight, sugar is good, but its just the cholesterol. The "good level has improved but the "bad" is getting higher and higher.
My Dr. has reached for the script pad and basically told me that she is advising me to take the tablets (statins) but it is my choice. I must admit, as much as I don't want to go that that track, I am getting a bit nervous to say the least.
I realize no one can advise me on this decision but I was just wondering if anyone else has had this problem while on this sugar free journey.
The only other possibility is that maybe I am eating too much of the full fat products. I eat a lot of nuts also. And I do like to bake etc. etc. Also maybe I need to exercise more although I do walk 3 to 4 times a week. Just feeling a bit disheartened and unsure at the moment.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. :)
Many thanks for your input. I agree with you about who do you believe. I have read so many contradictory reports about cholesterol and taking statins that I can no longer think straight. My Doctor doesn't want to know about the sugar free idea or anything else it seems. I did begin taking the statins again but I am not at all happy about it. In two minds weather to continue or not. I guess I am just scared that if I don't I will end up having a stroke or heart attack. I have come to the conclusion that I will take them for 3 months until my cholesterol comes down to a more acceptable level and then I will stop taking statins and seriously watch the amount of food I am eating. And bump up the exercise a bit :)
Not the end of the world I guess. Just a bit frustrating having a Doctor that is so one eyed.
Thanks again Debra. It is good to get another opinion on the subject.
All the best
I recently have had blood tests done and relieved to see my cholesterol ratio was down. I have not only been sugar free but also wheat free since January. To me they go hand in hand. I also have been eating/drinking full fat products, so was relieved to find my overall cholesterol was down. I eat a handful of nuts everyday as well. I wasn't overweight, but have lost 5kgs since January. 'Sweet poison' and 'Wheat Belly' by William Davis have changed my life. I no longer have cravings for food. When you cut out sugar and wheat from your diet you surprisingly feel satiated and don't feel the need to snack.
Before you take a prescription medication try cutting out wheat! It's not that bad, and I am sure you will be pleased with the results. Just like you adjusted to a life without sugar, you can adjust to a life without wheat. I adored almond croissants! I look at them now, and feel nothing. It's hard to explain, but when you are no longer addicted to sugar and wheat it's easy. All the best Lynette!
Many thanks for your input re cholesterol. Just saying to my husband that I am getting myself so confused that I don't know which way to think.
I will have a look at the wheat situation. Never occurred to me before. I just felt it was coming from the "full fat" everything but then I am not gaining weight from that, so I give up really. Must be doing something wrong but I honestly cant figure it out. So disappointing when I read that other people have had such good results and are doing the same thing. :(
Oh well, I will keep trying. I have increased the amount of walking and trying to do more active.
Will certainly check out the going wheat free as well. :)
Did have a look on web about the wheat free idea and did actually order the book. Will wait until it arrives and I have a good look at it before I decide what to do.
Feel that I have enough on my plate just giving up sugar/fructose and avoiding all the bad oils at the moment. But I will have a read and then form an opinion. :)
All the best.
Hi John Neilson I just wanted to say thanks for all the helpful advice you post on this web site for us all , I know I for one really do appreciate it.
So thanks .... Michelle :)
Many thanks for the info related to cholesterol. I have checked out the books you mentioned and will definitely be buying a copy of each. Should take them and show them to my Doctor !!
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