Good news, I gave up all sugar and fruit 4 months ago. After reading Dr. Nancy Appleton's book Lick the Sugar Habit.
At my check up with my internist in February 2011, I learned that I had high cholesterol and that I was overweight (145 pounds). My internist told me to read The China Study and Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. I do not want to get heart disease. Who does right?
My total cholesterol was 228, LDL was 170, my HDL was 37. After being (McDougall/Esseslstyn )vegan for 3 months I got another test done (November of 2011). My total cholesterol was 162 which is still above 150. My LDL was 110 and not below 80. My HDL was 33 and I need it to go up. My internist told me to eat 1 tablespoon of ground up flaxseed meal once a day in order to raise my HDL and exercise.
I am concerned because I am 5'3 and I went from 145 pounds to 102 pounds (so I am now underweight according to the BMI). I stopped lifting weights and doing cardio two months ago because I did not have energy to do so and I did not want to lose muscle mass. I eat like a horse and I eat tons of complex carbs each day. I am allergic to gluten and rice. And I developed a huge eczema rash that I can't get rid of. Anyway, I eat quinoa, millet, white potatoes and sweet potatoes.
I am concerned because a doctor told me that I could get bone loss if I fall below my BMI weight of 107 and I am now 102! Yikes!
My question is should I increase my ground flaxseed consumption to 1/2 cup a day or 1.5 cups a day? Will that help me put on some weight? And should I or can I eat nuts? If so which nuts? And how many?