Triglycerides are those fatty fibers that move through the bloodstream and should be kept to a level of 150 or less. I used to wonder why mine were so high as I never or rarely ate red meat or fried foods. What I didn’t know was sugar and white flour foods like bagels play a significant role in raising triglycerides, and I was eating a cookie or two every day, and frequently ate bagels.
When I got my training to become a nutrition counselor/wellness coach, I had an aha moment and changed my eating. No more elevated triglycerides. Easy as that. And no meds to make it happen. That was 10 years ago and they have remained low ever since. It’s not that I NEVER have a cookie or ice cream or even a bagel, but when I do, it’s the exception rather than the rule.
My cookie choices are home made with no high fructose corn syrup which is linked to many metabolic disorders. I give most of the cookies away so I won’t be tempted to eat too many and instead thoroughly enjoy one or two.
If you are worried about your triglycerides, here are some simple tips:
- reduce all forms of refined sugar and alcohol
- eat lots of omega rich foods like olive oil, wild cold water fish
- consider taking a high grade omega-3 liquid fish oil with EPA and DHA. I take two teaspoons a day, one of the very few supplements I recommend
- exercise daily doing something you enjoy
- refrain from highly processed foods, that is, most things that come in a box
- limit your restaurant eating to once a week
- manage your stress so you keep your life in balance. It’s key to all aspects of life.
If you have been eating a lot of refined sugar and white flour products along with caffeinated beverages and alcohol, you might need to use my food and lifestyle based cleanse to reset your blood sugar and energy levels.
If so, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Here's to your health!