Hope you’ve enjoyed the first Saturday of November. I don’t know about you all, but I’m in total holiday mode now. The Uggs are on, as are the scarves and puffy vest. I was already browsing the holiday cards at Target today, and I love lighting our comforting candles in the morning and at night as I sip hot coffee, or a cup of spicy tea.
Some of you may remember when I learned I had high cholesterol [read: My Serious Sugar Struggle Part III]. It wasn’t a complete shock that my cholesterol was at the high end for hereditary reasons, but people are definitely surprised when I tell them that I, the runner/vegetarian/Nutrition Nut, have high cholesterol.
Most people my age have never had their blood lipids checked, but being the health nut that I am, I decided to check-in on my borderline high levels — it’s been nearly a year, and I was curious if anything’s changed.
1 quick prick, $4!, and less than 48 hours later, I had results – thank you, Student Health Center.
- Total: 209 mg/dL
- LDL: 142 mg/dL
- HDL: 67 mg/dL
- Triglycerides: 56 mg/dL
- Total: 183 mg/dL
- LDL: 105 mg/dL
- HDL: 67 mg/dL
- Triglycerides: 57 mg/dL
My LDL/HDL ration is 1.57 or “below average risk”.
I was very happy to see that my total and bad (LDL) cholesterol both decreased significantly. I’ve played around with my “diet” since December, but obviously, I can’t pinpoint the cause(s) of my healthier numbers (no drugs for me).
The rest of my blood results were sparkling – nothing out of range – so, I figured I’d give back another pint of my healthy blood to someone in need.
After two finger pricks to check my iron, I was denied to donate today, so I walked away with a free movie pass – score! – dreaming up an iron-rich dinner menu.
quinoa & black bean bowl with roasted sweet potato & red onion (olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, s+p), crumbled chevre and crunchy raw pepitas
As a pescatarian, I struggle with my iron and protein intake (they go hand-in-hand).
Before I try to donate again, I plan to load up on some of my high-in-iron favorites:
dark leafy greens
molasses cookies – yum!
…as well as decrease my caffeine and increase my Vitamin C (Vitamin C helps with the body’s absorption of iron).
Enough with this nerdy post already… I promise more exciting things are to come!