I can qualify for a much greater benefit with my employer if I can bring my total cholesterol to under 150 or my LDL under 80. My last screening was Oct 28, 2011 and my total was 184:HDL at 72 and LDL at 101. At that point I had been eating paleo for about two months, after having followed a fairly healthy-by-CW-standards diet for years.
My current diet relies a lot on eggs, ground beef, (Not always grass fed), lots of salad veggies, sweet potatoes and squash for carbs, occasional fruit, coconut products, very little dairy, and chicken breast. I also take fish oil, vitamin D, vit C, a probiotic, and astaxanthin. I drink about three cups of black coffee daily.
What diet and/or supplements do you recommend to safely help lower my numbers, if only for the short term? I'm concerned about the possible liver damage from red yeast rice and high doses of niacin.
Here's what I think I should eat:
- Lots of veggies, limiting sugars as usual
- For protein, rely on seafood and pastured eggs
- For fats, coconut products, eggs, avocados, olives, evoo, and high oleic safflower oil
What do you think?
I'd like to submit my screening scores in about two months. Is this reasonable? I can wait longer, but I'll really miss my grass fed beef and other meats in the meantime.