Do I need to fine tune my diet?
I have been McDougalling since the middle of October 2010. I got my blood drawn last week.
My cholesterol results were:
TChol - 148
LDL - 77
HDL - 40
Trig - 155
I am generally happy with these results. However, the triglyerides of 155 are higher than I would have liked.
I do exercise about 45 minutes each day with moderate intensity. I am fairly strict with my diet, except that I did eat small amounts of meat and cheese during Thanksgiving. I also eat several servings of fruit each day, including some dried fruit.
I am "healthy" in the sense that I choose to convert to McDougall-ism because it seemed like a good idea looking ahead to the future, not because I got bad news from my doctor or felt chest pain.
18 months ago my blood test showed total cholesterol at 189, LDL at 113 and triglyerides at 110. So, total cholesterol and LDL improved while triglyerides went up. Should I cut down on the dried fruit to keep my triglyerides under control?
If I continue to adhere to the principles of unrefined grains, fruits and vegetables, can I expect that, next year, my numbers might get even better?
For those of you who have been doing this for more than just a few months. Did you notice additional improvement in your lipids even after the first post-McDougall blood test?