By JacobF Latest Reply 2011-11-29 12:06:21 -0600
Started 2011-11-27 18:18:54 -0600

Hello. A friend of mine whose child is diabetic referred me to this site. I am not diabetic. My family has a history of problematically low cholesterol. Apparently, this comes with high triglycerides and an incredible sweet tooth. I am guessing the sweet tooth is a result of feeling more of an energy spike from sweets than most people.

In any case, my latest blood test came back with a result of 560 for triglycerides. Everything else is normal. I am trying to change my habits to see if I can control it without medication. I love fruit and I thought I was being healthy by having lots of it. My doctor recommended a no sugar, low carb diet. I am going to take another blood test in 5 months and see if I am able to get it below 200.

I went food shopping this morning for the first time since I decided to try cutting out carbs as much as possible. The most frustrating part was looking at the sugar on a bottle of non-fat milk. I always drank whole milk anyway, since I need the fats. I went to the alternative milks and they were no better.

The more I look at the foods I was eating in an attempt to eat healthy, the worse it gets. I love fruit, especially oranges. I ate a very large amount on oranges or drank orange juice. Instead of getting the fatty snacks, I would go buy fresh fruit. I would have carrots, peas, yams, butternut squash or beets instead of eggs and meat. Instead of ice cream, I would buy frozen strawberries and mango. It kind of feels like when you realize you walked 5 miles in the wrong direction.

I am trying to figure out what my alternatives are. I live in California, so In-N-Out is about to become my new best friend. They have an option on their secret menu for lettuce instead of a bun for their hamburgers. I used to go to Subway as a healthy alternative. Soda is not a problem, because I always got unsweetened ice tea or lemonade anyway.

Any suggestions for food is appreciated. It's disappointing to walk out of a grocery store without any idea how you are going to make breakfast without milk, lunch without bread and dinner without pasta or rice.

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pixsidust 2011-11-29 12:06:21 -0600 Report

Triglycerides are a combination of Sugar, salt and fats. All three must be watched and moderated. I craved OJ/Oranges heavily for the year before I became a diabetic. Take vitamin C. 3000 mg a day. I think you do need to watch all sugar intake as well…fruit or not. Its a counting game. You can have some of all you mentioned. Learn to count your carbs.

Unsweetened Almond Milk has more calcium and equal vitamin D to milk. I LOVE MILK! This actually really helped with that. 2 Carbs per 8 oz glass. Half the calories of Milk and really takes the place of it.

Cut the fats too, give up fried foods, french fries, go for fat free american cheese. It melts well while the shredded cheddar does not. Fat free butter spray. Read the labels. Checking out one day I saw a woman with banana chips. I told her those are not healthy. She checked the label 50% fat and not good ones at that. Use Olive oil to cook with or Pam.

Crystal light beverages that have some fabulous flavors now. Tangerine, cherry with pomeganite…yum. This helps with the OJ craving.

Oatmeal can help lower cholesterol. I hate regular oatmeal. Steel cut oats is nutty in texture and Oat bran is like cream of wheat. Go for one of these, add your own fruit or just sweeten with artificial sweetener

Use Stevia as artificial sweetener. It comes in many different brand names.

Other snacks can be sugarfree chocolate pudding cups. Jello with whip cream stirred through and nuts. Eat Almond nuts. Carrots with garlic hummus. Apples with peanut butter. Low fat string cheese. sugar free jam with peanut butter on a toasted piece of whole grain bread. Trader Joe's near you? Trader Joe's California High Protein Bread. Lower Carbs and 5 grams protein per slice! Bake chicken and make your own baked fried fried potato cut in wedges and seasoned with garlic, onion powder and pepper. I will use a sweet potato this way too. Just par cook it in the microwave to be able to cut it.

If you like seasoned foods explore all the salt free seasonings out there.
Go for more flavor as you cut salt

There are two premade vitamin packs for Diabetics sold at Walgreen's. Wait till one of them is buy one get one free. The pack is cheaper than buying everything individually. There are things for the whole triglyceride picture.

Lastly high fiber helps us in many ways. It helps with both sugar and cholesterol. Check out our recipes search out other discussions here. You will find help and information towards a better life and a better You!

berrykins0 2011-11-28 06:54:23 -0600 Report

fresh fruit and veggies do not cause a rise in triglycerides its the refind sugars that are found in white bread noodles rice whatch the sugar in take re refind sugars can raise triglycerides. i prefer sugarfree and wholewheat pruducts as much as possible. people tend to not always handle sugarfree items well with there bodies and have loose stool problem on there back if you what i mean . but anyway i got my triglycerides to come down by switching over much as possible i can plus low carb diet too. ok my triglycerides was 196 after 5months 58 andthat been stay right around there for the last 2yrs.hope this helps i know mine werent as bad as yours but i do have family history of this kind of problem i manage to beat it. my ldl was a little high to and came down to. tend to run low on my hdl but keeping the other ones down my doctors happy not taking pills for cholesterol at all.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-27 23:15:46 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. So your not diabetic, we won't hold that against you!! LOL
One of the things I was going to suggest was already posted. Seeing a nutrionist would be very beneficial to you. They would be able to help you naviagte this new way of thinking. I too love fresh fruit, but have to be careful. I had a the other day and spiked my bs way high! It came back down, but it's a bummer for sure. I found if i eat an apple with cheese, my bs stays within normal ranges. Also eating my veggies with hummus keeps it low also. LOVE hummus!!
You are getting enough proteins correct? Also, did you look at Silk Almond Milk? That's what I use and it does not spike me up. It's awesome with Wheaties and a cut-up banana!
Well, good luck to you. We are here if you need us!
Blessings, Mickey

MEGriff1950 2011-11-27 18:33:09 -0600 Report

Hello Jacob, from my understanding eating fruits and vegetables will help to lower triglycerides. Eating fish 2 or 3 times a week, consumming olive oil also helps. I have read that avacodos are good too. Since you are not diabetic you should not worry about the carbs in fruit. Have you considered Weight Watchers? Their plan is great for getting a nutritional balance.
I lowered my triglycerides greatly after starting supplements of Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil and Borage Oil every day, I take 2000 mg of each twice a day.
Why do you say that you need the fats in whole milk? Those fats can raise your triglycerides.
The best advice I can give you is a referal to a dietician. They can look at your life style and health issues and create a meal plan for you. Weight Watchers again might really help.

JacobF 2011-11-27 18:44:34 -0600 Report

I have problematically low levels of cholesterol. I have to eat a high fat diet to keep my cholesterol level up. I could stand to lose 20lbs, but that is about it. Other than that, I get headaches and feel sick when I don't have enough meat and fat.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-27 19:01:55 -0600 Report

I still strongly suggest a dietan and here is a link to WebMD

JacobF 2011-11-27 20:03:12 -0600 Report

That is great information! Thank you. I am going to talk to my doctor about that, although I think he may have ruled it out.

He is an endocrinologist and we also have low blood pressure. He has treated my family for 20 years now, so he knows our quirks LOL. One person in my family fainted and was taken to the hospital after having too much garlic. I have a prescription for a small amount of a medication that also lowers blood pressure. I can only take it when I really need it because I get nauseous when I take it on a regular basis.

I really don't want to be taking another pill for triglycerides…my body seems out of whack enough. :( At least I am not alone. Six of us all share it, all close blood relations.

Caroltoo 2011-11-27 21:30:18 -0600 Report

You have some interestingly complicated issues. I'm with Mary w/r/t finding a dietitian. I think you should talk with your Endo about about finding a dietitian he and you can work with to plan for all these issues.

You certainly sound willing to work hard on this through diet and that willingness is more than half the battle. Your weight is healthy. Hang in there and don't let yourself get too discouraged before you can have a long planning session with a dietitian. I'll bet there is light at the end of that tunnel for you.