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From: Anne ( -
Subject: Good luck, Becky!
Date: January 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm PST

In Reply to: Happy New Year to Everyone!! posted by Becky on January 4, 2009 at 11:01 am:


I sympathize, and can relate to your problem! A year and a half ago, while I was in the
throes of menopause, my nurse practitioner ordered a lipid panel test and I was horrified to
learn that my cholesterol rate had shot up from 118 to 166! I was eating what I thought
was a healthy vegan diet. My nurse practitioner attributed the rise mainly to being in
menopause, and told me to just ride it out.

I decided to keep a food diary and evaluate what I was eating. I realized I was putting away
a lot of vegan snack foods (Tings, corn chips and air-popped corn with melted Earth
Balance are my weaknesses), plus using a lot of oil and salt in cooking. I cut back on all
those and managed to lower my cholesterol to 152 in a recent test. An improvement, but I
still have a way to go!

High cholesterol runs in my family as well - especially my mom, whose cholesterol hovers
in the low 300s even though she and my dad greatly reduced their consumption of animal
products the past few years.

I'm going to follow your lead by reading Dr. Esselstyn's book, reduce the amount of oils
used in cooking, drink more water, and up my consumption of raw veggies and salads. I
also need to cut way back on my two remaining vices - dark chocolate and red wine. Argh!

I also read that upping your exercise is a good way to reduce cholesterol. Another thing to
add to my list of New Year's resolutions ...

Becky, good luck! I look forward to hearing your progress.


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