In 2010, it was found i had a cholesterol reading of about 7.2. My Gp suggested i cut out things high in sat fats, eat more fish and loose a bit of wieght, basically a breaf tip on how to improove things. I wieghed 12 1/2 stone at the time.
I was retested within two weeks and it was decided as the levels hadnt gone down enough, that it must be a family thing- even though my family on my mother's side has no record of such problems or heart issues. My father's side is unknown.
I was sent to a specialist at a local hosiptal. who took my weight,hieight and examined my ankles. Then i was asked to give a urine sample. When i came back in i was asked a few breaf questions eg what medication i take and told i would need to go and give another blood sample, but that i had family-high cholesterol and i should take 5mg of statins everyday.
I wasnt convinced by this judgement, as how could someone make a judgement simply by physical examination alone? the urine wasnt processed and he wouldnt have had the blood results , until after i had left!.
So, i refused to take them, on the grounds i wasnt convinced by what they were telling me and that i am greatly concerned by this medication,, its risks, to my health and how i would be stuck on this medication for the rest of my life,, according to my gp i must not stop taking them.
So i have tried to improove my diet and exersize. I have lost some wieght, i eat 2-4 portions of fruit a day, ive cut out alot of cakes,biscuits,takeaways and alot of junk food and the chol sits around 6.0.
I know i need to learn how to prepare healthy and balanced meals, which i believe would greatly improove my chol reading further. But i dont mind admiting that i left home and ate what i could afford- cheap food, cans, junk food, takeaways, zero fruit or salad( unless it was in a burgar).
Ive been looking for a diet plan so that i can learn how to prepare ideal balanced meals.
Currently my daily meals consist of:
breakfast- cup of tea or two with two pieces of wholemeal or white toast and a spread that used to be named Olivia.
snack- banana/apple/crisps(monster munch/quavers/wotsits/walkers)
Lunch - sandwiches. two ham/chicken/turkey/tuna with salad- no spread. with a peice of fruit (apple/pear/banana)
snack - fruit/low fat oat bar
evening meal- single pie/turkey/chicken/fish(salmon- not keen on bland or earthy tasting fish) with potatoes/pasta + salad(maybe with pickled onions,tomatoes))/baked beans/peas and carrots
I also drink a Flora drink which claims to lower chol.
evening snack- toast/crisps/fruit/slimmers world cake slices or similar( i read the lable)
When i cook fish i steam it, same with the vegetables.
I would like to lower the amount of meat i eat as i think i eat too much per day, but what can i substitute it with?.
I was looking at paying for a diet plan whereby they send you the meals, in th ehope i could learn how to prepare proper balanced meals.