I have a double whammy of a lipid/triglyceride problem compounded by a genetic heart issue - mitrolvalve prolapse. (Both my father, and grandfather died due to complications of the valve disease.)
My cardiologist as a few vegan clients, but he does not understand the diet. He keeps telling me to include "healthy" oils in my diet. I feel he is very out of touch.
My cholesterol problem is under control with the McDougall diet. Any amount of fat/oil in my diet sends my cholesterol up. As a result, I avoid all fat as much as I can. No peanut butter, hummus, free oils, nuts, etc. I simply can't process them...not even in the slightest bit.
My Triglycerides, on the other hand, I can't figure out. Before the McDougall diet I had readings in the range of 400-800. They are currently at about 200.
I gave up alcohol, but that did not do much. I try to limit my sugar and do not eat much refined sugar at all. I buy granola that is both low in sugar and fat. I don't eat processed food (french fries and fruitloops).
I am "all-in" on the starches. I eat almost 3 potatoes a day. I love the starches. White rice, pasta and corn, as I understand it, are okay when eaten with other fibers.
My cardiologist said potatoes are evil. "They are all sugar. Stop eating them." This is counter to Dr. McDougall. But, my triglyceride numbers don't lie...
Given the propensity of my family to die of heart issues at an early age, I am super concerned about triglycerides at 200.
Do you have any suggestions? I am open to a formal nutritional consultation if you feel that is necessary.
There's the all fruit diet and the all starch diet and the juice etc diet and many more. I think the reason they all do so much good is more what is not eaten than what is eaten. Namely animal products, oils, and gluten for me. I love it all, but it doesn't all love me. I am still wondering about a person like me eating potatoes, peppers, tomatoes etc. The "nightshade" vegis. The fibromyalgia is better, but can still mess me up.
I have learned to briefly talk with any doctor about wanting to work on my health with diet and exercise and from then on, just say ok if they come up with some therapy. I want the blood tests show the progress. Just get out and walk or get on the treadmill and get the blood and lymph moving and even with the MVP, I'll lay my bet down with your choices to go against the doc's and follow your heart to health. Let's prove them wrong. I won't go into detail here, but suffice it to say that I relate with making my own choices for my own body. How can whole food and gentle exercise be considered a negative, I ask. Good luck. Onward!!