Paleo the root of high cholesterol?
So today I visited with the nurse that teaches people how to lower their cholesterol.
Her recommendations: follow the Canada Food guide, eat more veggies and fruit (7-10 servings a day), limit intake of coconut, eat healthy whole grains(6-8 servings a day), lets not go into what to limit from that list cause I told her straight out I will not be increasing my non-existent intake of grains. Milk and alternatives (2-3 servings a day), limit anything with more than 2% milk fat in it, reduce red meat consumption, also not recommended bacon, sausage, duck, goose and organ meats, fish canned in oil, chicken wings, shell fish and skin on poultry, oh the horror! Lastly 30-45 ml of unsaturated fats a day from vegetable oil (canola, olive and soybean), soft margarine, salad dressings and mayonnaise, limit butter, hard margarine, lard and shortening. Anyone else see a problem here?
Why is it when I told her I was following a paleo diet all she heard about what I eat (lean meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and eggs) did she then decide that I am eating bacon and eggs everyday and loading up on all kinds of red meat and organ meats? She went from claiming to have not heard about paleo to all of a sudden she knows this is my problem? We had what I thought was an open discussion about my risk factors and the things I am doing that are good. I'm not a smoker, I don't drink on a daily basis, I don't eat a lot of sugar. But all of a sudden because my diet is high fat/moderate protein/low carb or high protein/moderate fat/low carb from day to day that is a major issue. I don't consume red meat everyday, in fact I don't consume a lot of meat in any single meal but she says it is my consumption of meat that is causing my cholesterol to be high. Without any prior bloodwork we do not know what is going on, it could be going up, it could be coming down. She just jumped to the conclusion that a change I made this summer is the culprit when in fact I think it is years of eating a SAD diet with lots of convenience foods (and let's face it, lots of McDonald's).
She ran off to ask the doctor if I could do a blood test in 3 months instead of the 6 originally ordered and the doctor came back and ordered a celiac test as well. I didn't ask for that, I don't think I am celiac just intolerant. I know this test is going to come back negative and she's going to use that to try and get me to eat grains again. Not going to happen. It's more than the weight loss and the feeling of no pain in my stomach. It's the lack of insulin spikes and sugar shakes throughout the day. I am so glad to be off the blood sugar roller coaster that I don't want to have anything to do with that ever again!
I'm tired of everybody thinking they know what's best for me without having lived my life. They are not even willing to look into what I am doing to see for themselves if it is healthy or not. They are very quick to disregard it as a fad diet. Sure, a fad diet I have been able to stick with since June! I didn't last nearly as long on Atkins or South Beach because I did feel deprived then, I don't feel deprived now. My doctor also thinks I need to eat grains or else I will be missing out on some essential nutrients, oh yeah and I will get bored eating the same foods every day. She has not seen my arsenal of cookbooks, or the online resources. There is no way this family is getting bored with the same dishes day after day because the only way that would happen is to go back to the SAD again. I repeat myself Not Going To Happen!
I shall be scouring the boards to see how paleo has caused everyone else's cholesterol to sky rocket and how they fixed it following the Canada Food guide or the American Food Pyramid. *snort, snicker, can't even say that with a straight face.
And now off to steam some broccoli and Brussels sprouts to accompany the 1/2 bbq duck I picked up in China Town today. Very curious as to how it is going to taste. My guess is yummy.