I’m panting now as I write. I just finished dropping my son off at school and literally climbed 5 floors to reach our unit. I’ve been doing this exercise for almost two weeks now, which started immediately the day after I learned that my total cholesterol, triglyceride, and bad cholesterol (LDL) levels are high.
According to my cardiologist, I can lower my triglyceride level if I reduce my rice intake. Because I’m an obedient patient, I stopped eating rice for breakfast and substituted two slices of bread instead. I have also refrained from getting a second helping of rice during lunch and dinner. That’s not a very easy feat if you ask me because I’m a huge rice fan! I eat rice like there’s no tomorrow!
What I found surprising was my bad cholesterol level. You see back in 2007, I was made to undergo similar blood chemistry tests, and my bad cholesterol then was worse than my latest result. Since then, I stopped serving beef dishes on our kitchen table, save for canned corned beef every now and then. I also stopped feeding myself hamburger and French fries to put my bad cholesterol levels back on track. I never stopped doing those things from 2007 to the present, so why, oh why, are my LDL levels still high?
I can only surmise that my humongous appetite for rice has a lot to do with my increased LDL levels. That has made me gain a few pounds, too, so I think I need to read some weight loss supplement reviews after I’m done with this post. For the meantime, I’ll just continue what I started, that is exercising every day, decreasing my rice intake, and taking cholesterol-lowering medication for one month, as prescribed by my doctor.