The second I was told my “bad” cholesterol (LDL) was high my heart dropped. I’ve been Paleo for some time now–about a year–and I work out 5 times a week for 45-60 min. How could this be?
After my initial shock, I instantly went to Google and began searching for others like me with high “bad” cholesterol while leading a Paleo lifestyle. Sure enough, I wasn’t alone.
While I haven’t found anyone that knows exactly why this happens to us, it seem there are some of us who have this experience while Paleo. This post by Paleo Non Paleo resonated with me because I felt we had some things in common–both women with kids, both paleo, both shocked to see our LDL up high. I also liked this post by Paleo Leap. I’ve always had hormonal issues (I didn’t ovulate when I was younger and had ovarian cysts in my teens), but I have no idea if that’s a part of all this.
What I know right now is the following:
- My LDL is 161
- My HDL is 62
- My triglycerides are fine (the lovely nurse I had to practically pull my numbers from didn’t give me my exact numbers)
- My total cholesterol number is 236 and needs to be < 200
- My blood pressure was chronically low until I got pregnant with our older guy and then (baffling the doctors) it never went down and I now have to take meds daily
- My paternal grandfather also had high cholesterol (he lived to be in his mid-90s
- I take fiber (course psyllium husk) daily
- I take Omega 3 Fish Oil liquid gels daily
- Abstaining from red meat for a trial period (I was actually a vegetarian for a few years when I was younger and then rarely ate red meat until I got pregnant with our oldest so I know I can do it)
- Eat more fish
- Take Apple Cider Vinegar daily (2 Tbsp)
- Eat fewer egg yolks (I’m allergic to eggs and they make me nauseous, but I still eat them sometimes because it’s a quick source of protein if I’m desperate. I also cook with them while Paleo)
- Stop eating Ghee, grass-fed butter and coconut oil – switch to olive oil
- Continue working out and taking all of my normal fiber/Omega 3 supplements