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From: Cyn ( -
Subject: Hi, Becky!
Date: February 3, 2009 at 6:12 am PST

In Reply to: Welcome Cyn!! posted by Becky on February 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm:

I live in Wisconsin and work in Madison. I saw your post about your cholesterol results. Way to go!! I feel pretty lucky to have a primary care physician who is open to dietary approaches instead of drugs. My system seems to be especially sensitive to drugs; if there's a nasty side-effect, I get it. I trialed a statin for about a month, but had to drop it (thankfully). I hadn't wanted to take it to begin with, but the doctor I was seeing then sort of wore me down about it. My present doctor knows I won't even consider trying statins again. One of my main goals is to get off prescription drugs altogether, and I'm on my way to getting there. The things I can measure at home (weight, blood pressure, sleep patterns) have all improved greatly.

I had been eating "mostly" raw and "mostly" vegan for awhile, but knew enough about food to see that a lot of the raw recipes I'd found were too high in fat and sodium to be healthy. Then I found Dr. Doug Graham's "80/10/10 Diet Book", so I've been following that for the past 3 months. Don't know if you are familiar with the book, but the numbers mean that the target is to get 80% of your calories from carbohydrates (fruits, in this case) and a maximum of 10% of calories from proteins and fats. Since even fruits and veggies contain protein and fat, you don't really need to add much to the fruits and veggies to meet the targets. I like the relative simplicity of the foods (mostly whole, fresh fruits along with lots of salad greens and a few nuts now and then), and the results have been gratifying. I feel like I could stick with this way of eating forever, but I need to see numbers to reassure myself that I'm not blowing my blood sugar levels and trigs through the roof. Fingers crossed!!

Thanks for the welcome, Becky. And congrats again on your latest lipids're an inspiration, for sure.

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