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sharonbikes wrote:Your numbers look great! Keep at it. That's what I am doing...
lmggallagher wrote:Rachell - I am sure the MWL will jumpstart further improvements on your numbers. My Doctor is watching my numbers with me and is a big supporter of plant-based diets. I am pretty sure she is vegan - she seems to know all the best cookbooks
Anyway, she said as long as my BMI is high ( I am still in the obese range, just a bit above 30 now) my numbers won't be ideal. As soon as I get out of the obese range I am going in for new tests and hopefully more dramatic results this time. For me patience is key and yet another virtue I need to work on, lol
stoumi wrote:Rachelle...keep your head up and keep on smiling as you know you have taken corrective steps for your health. I have no doubts you will get to the numbers your doctor (and you) are looking for. Hopefully the Liptor will only be temporary and you will be able to get back off the medication.
I have been happy with my numbers for the most part. Based on BMI calculation I am now "normal" at 24.9, but that is the upper most limit of normal. I am still about 7 pounds short of my goal (175 lbs), which I am pleased with but it's my triglycerides that have been frustrating me still at 208 (which was down from 269 last July) and only a drop of 2 points since January. While you mentioned moving to the MWL, I probably have to look at moving to an alcohol free lifestyle to see if those "empty carbs" are keeping my trigs high. Everything else in my blood numbers are continuing to improve.
By my estimation if I continue this way of eating and cut back or cut out my alcohol (beer usually) I have no doubts I will reach my weight goal and my blood numbers. Keep at it Rachelle!
patty wrote:Why don't you email Dr. McDougall? This WOE is always about tweaking, and maybe that is the direction of your visit. Doug Lisle shares when you have the thought of calling Dr. McDougall he already has picked up his end of the phone. I don't have the same relationship with doctors, and hospitals that you do as my history is different. So be patient and keep focused on the larger picture because your health is improving. It is always perception then projection. You are a Light body:)
Birdy wrote:Hi Rachelle,
I don't know how much exercise you do, but eveb 30 minutes of walking each day can be very helpful in improving cholesterol by raising HDL and lowering LDL. I agree with Patty that you should email Dr. McDougall who responds very promptly and may be able to give suggestions. He's also said that some people do have to take medications even with this diet, but they're able to take less than if eating SAD. I know that Jim (Star McDougaller) posted on my journal once about how he'd stayed on lower doses of medication for a long time even after going on McDougall. Let us know how you're doing.