I bought my juicer just about a year ago – and I am ashamed to say I really haven’t used it that much! It has been sitting on a shelf – mainly because I was too lazy to get it out! This week I bought a bunch of produce and decided to start juicing again.
And it appears it was just in time – I had some blood work done recently, and came back that my LDL cholesterol (aka the bad cholesterol) is HIGH. From the number they gave me, it is the very bottom of “borderline high”, but I am in shock! I eat pretty healthy, I don’t eat a lot of red meat, and I can’t remember the last time I had any form of trans fat. Pretty much what you see here is what I eat. We don’t go out to eat a lot, we mainly eat at home. The last time I had my cholesterol checked was April 2012, and it was below what they consider normal at that time. The only thing I can think is that I recently changed to full fat dairy, and so I have been having more full fat yogurt, kefir, and milk – as well as cheese and eggs (because that is the quickest, easiest breakfast!) Oh, and I’m getting older – so please don’t tell me that is the reason it is going up!!
I plan on having my blood checked again at the end of April, so I am hoping a few changes in my diet and exercising more consistently will help. I just keep going over everything I eat in my head – I only use olive oil and coconut oil, we eat a lot of nuts, I don’t eat a lot of sugar … and I just can’t figure out how it would have increased so much! However, I do know my problem has always been over-eating, which definitely is a work in progress.
So back to the juicing! I have been making this juice pretty much every day this week, and I just love it! My husband has even been drinking it! I figure more fruits and vegetables is definitely a good thing.
(And I love how it comes out of the juicer all frothy!)
Romaine and Carrot Juice
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1 head romaine
2 large carrots
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
Chop all produce and place in the juicer.
I also have been adding other greens to it – chard, spinach, or even beet greens. This is the one with the beet greens in it – which turned it red!
Since it is getting warmer out, and staying daylight longer, I have decided to start running again. Or should I say – start the Couch to 5K program again. I always get motivated to run when spring looks to be arriving, and then usually lose steam. We’ll just see how far I can go!
Anyone else struggle with high cholesterol? Any tips?