Hello Everyone. Just found this group and happy to see all great collaboration. About me. 43M. Strict Paleo now 10 weeks - haven't eaten grains for 4 months, but moved to Palaeo after feeling benefits. No cardio, but exercise 4 times week mixed between weights and bodyweight exercises. Light walks and 10-15 mins of garden fun with kids (high heart rate). Breakfast - fish and veggies and 2-3 eggs. Lunch is meat (we bought a whole grass fed cow) or free range chicken. Eat lunch again for dinner and sometimes add salad. Mix with berries, apples and low GI fruit. Occasional treat with dried fruit and 95% chocolate. Drink mainly water, sometimes cranberry. Occasional beer (Friday). I had regular cholesterol tests done after being on Paleo for a few weeks. TC 251, HDL 47, LDL 184, Trig 106, VLDL 21. Doc wanted to put me on statins, but I asked to give me a chance to see what Paleo does. I was concerned about levels, but wanted to see what high fat diet did. So for the next 6 weeks I geared up my fat and cholesterol intake to the menu above. Before this there was much less fat and fewer eggs and some potatoes/brown rice as carbs. I invested in a VAP test and the results were interesting. My LDL didnt change..! I did start taking red yeast rice and policosanol in the 6 week period hoping to help reduce the effects of the higher cholesterol/fat diet. Perhaps they worked. Perhaps not. In hindsight I should not have taken the supplements to see what my body did on its own. I also supplemented with fish oil when eating chicken to balance the omega 3 and 6. My VAP test shows:
- LDL 183
- LP(a) 4
- TC 241
- HDL 41
- VLDL 16
- Trig 60
- LDL Density - Pattern A
So, although I was dismayed at the static LDL, I was pleased at the pattern A and big drop in Trig's after just 6 weeks on Paleo. I'd love to get my LDL down 20-30% and HDL up some more to get a 3:1 ratio. I really cant tweak my diet much more. I seem to be genetically predisposed to high cholesterol. I've been in touch with a homeopath and it seems that one needs to treat the liver to ensure it is optimally balanced. I'd be interested to hear some viewpoints and what direction I should take for the next 6-8 weeks. My options -
- Continue with my diet. Stop all supplements. See what happens.
- Continue with my diet. Stop all supplements, except fish oil and CoQ10. (fish oil to keep HDL up and support vit D/E needs)
- Continue with diet, continue with all supplements
- Continue with diet, but introduce herbal liver supplementation only.
I'm inclined to go with option "4"...? Thanks..!