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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