To follow up on my April post: ‘Tales of a fat and frustrated vegetarian’ I have good news with a bit of mystery attached.
Quick Summary – In April, my new doctor ordered blood work for me and I knew, I just knew, my cholesterol numbers would be up. Why, you ask? Because my old doctor had me on statins drugs that cause my body to ache like I had run several marathons. And if you know me at all, you will know that I would never, ever run a marathon!
I decided I didn’t like that doctor any more because she kept referring to my muscle and joints aches as ‘a little pain’. Excuse me? You’re dismissed.
On to the new doctor. When she recommended statin drugs to lower my off the chart numbers, I said no, no, no. I would rather take a chance on a heart attack. Pretty brave, eh?
Her next suggestion was to become a vegetarian. Well, I complained about that, too, as you’ll note in my other post, but I stuck with it for 4 months and didn’t find skipping meat half bad.
However, my sweetheart (who does all the cooking) didn’t care for the veggie meals, so he added meat to his own plate and happily served me the plant-based meals as per my doctor’s instructions.
My follow up appointment was last week and, lo and behold, my bad cholesterol was down 60 points!!
That’s not all. My good cholesterol was up 16 points!!!
The doctor was ecstatic and I was not only relieved, but pretty darn proud of myself. I still have to get the numbers down about 80 more points, unfortunately, but I’m totally acclimated to the veggie diet now and thankful that I don’t have to take those darn statin drugs.
And, the best part of all – I’ve lost 12 ½ pounds!!
BUT, here’s where the mystery comes in.
When I got back from the doctor’s office and told sweetie the good news, he informed me that he had been studying on the ‘wheat free’ diet. And, unbeknownst to me, he’d been serving me wheat-free, vegetation meals for the last 3 months. Huh??
“Well, it’s the veggie diet that brought my numbers down,” I said a little defensively.
“I don’t think so,” he replied like someone who thinks he knows it all.
By the way, sweetie called my attention the baggy drawers hanging off his hips, which he claims is from eliminating the wheat from his diet. Ya think?