After my first child was born, my husband and I decided it was high time we applied for life insurance. We met with a life insurance rep who gave us a quote based on our presumed good health. We then had a nurse come by to do a number of medical tests before we could get our final quote. About a week later, the rep came over to our house again to read the results (keep in mind that this was some years before diabetes had surfaced for me). He told my husband that his results were good, although not spectacular. His cholesterol was a little on the high side, but other than that, all was well, and that they would stick with the quote they originally gave him. Then came my turn. I’d always been in very good health, but according to the life insurance rep, I was “wonderwoman” (his words). Good numbers all around in cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose, etc. I received an even lower life insurance rate than they’d offered in their first quote. I believe I might have celebrated by eating some potato chips.
That was about 7 years ago now. Since then, a lot has changed. I now have three children. I became a runner. I also have diabetes. My diet, which was “healthy” according to the accepted wisdom at the time (whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies, healthy fats), has undergone a severe overhaul. And in some people’s eyes, it might not be considered all that healthy. I think most people would be horrified by the amount of fat that I consume. I simply don’t believe in “low fat”…because low fat usually means lots of sugar and carbs to make up for the lack of flavor.
“But Carolyn”, I hear you say, “surely the fats you eat are healthy fats, right”? You bet they are. Olive oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, butter, cream, eggs, cheese, fatty meats, fatty fish. Saturated or unsaturated, it’s all healthy. The only unhealthy fats are the awful man-made fats, like trans fats and hydrogenated oil. I love butter and I slather it on just about everything. I eat full-fat Greek yogurt, two egg omelets with cheese, and berries drowned in heavy cream. I drizzle my steamed veggies in copious amounts of walnut oil. I snack on avocado and nuts When I eat a steak or ribs or any kind of meat, I eat all the fat on it with relish.
I have come round to the idea that fat is good for me, it’s what my body was meant to consume, it’s the fuel I need for living my active life. Along with a good amount of protein, lots of vegetables and some fruits, fat makes up a significant portion of my diet. And yet, I was a bit nervous the other day when I asked my doctor to run a lipids profile on me. Like everyone else, I’ve been conditioned to believe that saturated fats will clog my arteries, raise my cholesterol, and inevitably lead to heart disease. Could my high-fat diet really be that good for me?
I am thrilled to definitively confirm that it IS good for me! My bloodwork results came back with phenomenal numbers and I am too happy about it not to share. I know many of my readers follow a low carb diet, and what we do flies in the face of conventional wisdom about nutrition. So it’s always good to have vindication about just how healthy low carb is!
- My A1c, which is a measure of glucose levels over the past 3 months, came in at a very normal 5.4.
- My overall cholesteral was 177 (normal ranges are 130-200).
- My HDL/LDL cholesterol ratio is 3.2 to 1 (a good range is anything under 3.5 to 1).
- My blood pressure is always on the low side, and I often joke that I could eat a salt lick and still have low blood pressure. This time it was 98/60.
- My resting heart rate is 52 (normal range of non-athletes is 60 to 100, athletes are often below that). I knew all that running was good for something!
I think I will go celebrate by eating a stick of butter.
Are you a low carber? Have you ever had a lipids profile done? If so, please share! The more the merrier…