I think reduced my cholesterol by 60 percent
I’m sitting outside on the deck, using my little mini-laptop, enjoying a healthy feeling and thinking about how I’ve leveled off my eating habits to a nice healthy balance. I can hear the lately new owl hooting in the distance, the other birds calling and tweeting, and the sunny weather at about 65 degrees is really nice. I can hardly see the screen, but I’m in the shade so I can just make out my words on the screen.
The balance I feel in my diet and eating these days is different in a lot of ways from the way I used to eat. I eat a serving of oatmeal every day. This is probably the biggest change, coming with the habit of making a shake for a breakfast or lunch meal every day. I’m able to make a really delicious meal-replacing shake with a serving of oats in it that fills me up. It’s like replacing a burger and fries, or a breakfast of eggs and meat, with a non-fat meal that’s the most healthy possible.
I also started snacking on almonds. A little bit every day, they say, is good for the cholesterol. I’ll get the blood test soon, to see if I’ve been able to bring my cholesterol down. But back to the snacks – a few almonds are really good – I give p a little of the benefits by eating roasted ones sometimes, which also have a bit of salt. I shouldn’t add the sodium, but it makes me eat more of them in the first place. Perhaps the tendency to eat more at a time, increases the net benefit to me because I wouldn’t have eaten as many if they were the raw kind. Erica and I have been eating apple slices with natural peanut butter also – sometimes for a dessert even. We haven’t done it as much lately, as when we were snowboarding at A-Basin at the end of the season, but once in a while it’s really good.
I’ve leveled off from the cleanse in terms of having one shake a day instead of two, and also not doing a liquids-only cleanse day in the middle of the week, as I did a month ago. But I’ve been conscious of what I’m eating, and making a decision about each item, so that I can tend towards the healthier side and away from the other stuff. I’m staying away from saturated fats as much as possible, no red meat, less cheese, less eggs, no butter.
Oh, about the latte’s. A while ago I started drinking caffeine again. I really enjoy my lattes, usually now in the afternoon, and the decaf version seems to do the same things for me as the real stuff, but it just doesn’t taste the same. Have you tried to get fresh, dark-roast whole coffee beans, that are decaffeinated? It’s hard to find. They are mostly old from sitting on the shelves, and there’s not much variety of roasts and almost no darks. Hmmpf.
I’m about to venture forth into a two-week period traveling – I’ll just try to be conscious of each thing I eat and tend towards the healthy. I’ll let you know how I do, and post my blood test results too, later. Enjoy!