Cholesterol Et Al

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I had my annual physical done on May 5th and I am eagerly awaiting my cholesterol results. The first time I ever had my cholesterol tested was quite a while ago. I think I was 19 or 20 years old and had no cares about this health business. I was busy eating whatever I felt like eating at the time. I got the results and corresponding lecture from the doctor – 208. Ideally it should be under 200, so I wasn’t too far off. Ever since then that has been my magic number – 208. I should probably have played that number in the lottery if at all possible because it was mine or so I thought.

With my pending milestone birthday rearing its ugly head, I decided to finally heed the doctor’s advice and two years ago I began buckling down on the eating. It took a good 6 – 9 months to get a groove going , but I confidently strolled in for my blood test in May 2009 ready to get a new lottery number. Imagine my trauma when I received the news of 233! Mother Ferguson, wipe the floor! How could that be?! So since then I’ve found the Primal Blueprint and have been following that religiously a good 90 – 95% of the time. I’ve had slip ups and planned cheats along the way, but stayed true the majority of the time.

I got a voicemail today from the nurse with some test results. Unfortunately I missed her on the call back, so the cholesterol news is still out for the moment. I did find out that I am extremely deficient on B12. Imagine that! It explains many of the health symptoms that I’ve had for the last couple years. If I stand up too quickly, I tend to pass out which is not pleasant. I’ve had a painful, tingly spot on my upper leg and a few other random symptoms that just never seemed to add up. Poof, all explained by my lack of B12.

Ironically, this is the same B12 that is offered to us as a benefit in shot form by nurses at work every couple months. Yes, the shot that I avoid like a rabid animal because “why would I need B12”? I’ve gotten my answer. I picked some up in pill form at the local pharmacy because they were urgently needed apparently, and you will find me in line when the nurses come back. I’ll update on my cholesterol as soon as I get it. Hopefully it has worked its way down as low as my B12 numbers. If not, my daily shake is purported to have a benefit of lowering numbers in the test groups an average of 38%. I can settle for that. Some testers were down up to 70%. Better yet.

I finally got my order of green berry Shakeology in yesterday and tried it first thing this morning. I definitely prefer the chocolate but I think I could get used to this one too. I need to play with it a bit. I tried it with cold tea and ice in my blender. It wasn’t until afterwards that I realized that I had used toffee flavored tea, so I think that had an impact on the voting outcome. Toffee and green berry = strange, indescribable flavor combo. I got a great idea tossed at me for the chocolate. Mix up a shake with almond milk, powder, and ice as usual in the blender. Instead of drinking, pour it into one of those popsicle molds and make fudgsicles! I was in awe of the brilliance of the creator of this idea and will report back soon on the results this weekend.

Healthy fudgsicles! Happy long weekend!

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