Hello all. Started posting on the old boards and got sorta lost with these new board.
I've been following the Ornish diet 5 weeks now. Cheated twice with seafood when I was out to dinner. Once was grilled Salmon not so bad, the other was steamed clams and mussels with sea bass- Not so good
Just got my blood work back cholesterol down to 100 from 154 HDL 55 LDL 35 I can't believe that happened in one month.
If I can keep this up I can maybe get off the Lipitor! I took the adivce of some on the board and started eating a handful of nuts(walantus or almonds once a day). Will also have fish maybe once a week based on my nutritionists advice.
Josvin84 did not mean to make you jealous I was very surprised by those numbers and wanted to tell people who would understand. This is the first time in my life I've tried to take control over what I eat and I really did not know what to expect. It's been hard following a rigid diet, not so much on my end but trying to educate my family as to what I will and will not eat. All the while still learning myself! I will say I've never spent so much time preparing and shopping for food as I have the past 5 weeks. It's becoming my new hobby :-)
I have not shared the numbers with the Doctor who prescribed the Lipitor yet. The Dr at my company clinic where I had my physical/bloodwork urged me to stay on it as she said it has other benefits. I did not ask what they were. I'm seeing my regular Dr early May for another blood test and if my numbers are still good we will discuss it then.
It is important to have your family and friends on your side. Soon you will find that they will not allow you to deviate from your diet. Most of them will stop you and remind you when you try to eqat somethimg else.
By the way all doctors will urge you to stay on Lipitor because "it has some other benefits". Also they will not subscribe Lipitor to people with normal choelsterol levels. Pfeizer would love it if doctors prescribed Lipitor to everyone because "it has some other benefits".
Had B12 Folic Acid and Vit D checked and they are all normal. Seems this new way of eating is working.
My Dr wants me to cut my 10MG Lipitor dose in half. I was hoping to be off it all together but my Dr tells me that Lipitor makes the plaque more stable. I'm seeing my cardiologist in two weeks and I'll see what he has to say.
LOL! lipitor makes the plaque more stable. At your current cholesterol levels your body is NOT making any more plaque. You are in reversal zone. Simply said there is no new plaque that needs to be made stable.
Lets see what your cardio has to say. "Stay on lipitor because it has many other benefits that we dont fully understand."
My numbers (see discussion from testerday) are total 160 hdl 36 ldl 101. That is without lipitor for the last three years. Either I am lucky, as my cardio reasons that I am beating all the odds, or I am staying healthy beacuse of my lifestyle.
josvin84 I will post up what my cardiologist has to say.
This is a tough one for me as I am one who as I've aged usually listen to my Dr's advice. I really do not want to be on any drugs either. Right now I'm on 5mg Lipitor(down from 10MG after this blood work)and 25MG Toporol for extra heartbeats. I will see what my cardio Dr says and decide what to do about the Lipitor. I also wonder what cutting the does in half will do to my numbers. Next blood test is 4 months.
Dead, it's impossible to find unsalted, raw pistachios. Would you choose unsalted pistachios that are roasted or salted raw pistachios? I can only find very expensive shelled dehydrated unsalted pistachios.
I think my diet is so strict, I just eat the pistachios I find. Only a handful or two a day, sometimes none. I buy a very big bag, bringing the cost down. Its way cheaper than a prescription, and perhaps better.
I felt best last year when I was enjoying some of Trader Joe's pistachios in dark chocolate. Of course I also was less busy at work, and having a nut break morning and afternoon with some dried blue berries, a square or two of dark chocolate, green tea, the TJ pistachios in the evening.
Now that I am busier, I miss one or more of those daily, and my weight is dribbling away again, back down to 156.
Have you added prunes, berries, green tea and pomegranate juice to your diet ? All really good stuff for the serious heart disease patient.
I had a dozen 80% inoperable blockages in smaller cardiac arteries. If anyone "needed" Lipitor for plaque stability, I might be a very good candidate. But my doc had no problem switching me to Zytorin. Sounds like a scam tactic.
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