DAY 9 – Healthy Eating Myth & Truth
MYTH: I need drugs to control cholesterol
TRUTH: Typically, cholesterol levels can be managed through a healthy diet and exercise, and when possible, that option should be considered before turning to statins or other drugs. Let’s start with the numbers though. You may have heard that you should keep your overall cholesterol below 200. You calculate total cholesterol by adding up the following numbers: high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol + low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol + 20 percent of your triglycerides, a type of fat carried in your blood. Your overall cholesterol number is actually not as important as your cholesterol ratio. Your cholesterol ratio is calculated by dividing your total cholesterol by your HDL number. For instance, if your total cholesterol is 180 and your HDL is 82, your cholesterol ratio is 2.2. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), you should aim to keep your ratio below 5, with the ideal cholesterol ratio being 3.5. Lifestyle changes to help improve your cholesterol include: eating heart-healthy foods, exercising regularly/staying active every day, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and drinking alcohol only in moderation.
As always, partner with your doctor on your specific results and next steps.
Something to Think About
What beautiful encouragement this verse offers us! There is no pain on this earth that can compare to the joy that heaven holds for us, but more than that, there is still endless joy available here on earth! This doesn’t mean that your pain is invalid or not real, but it should at least encourage you that there are better days ahead. If you are feeling trapped by pain or fear, just hold tight to the promise of the joy that is to come.
Something to Listen To
Chair: Lower Body
Equipment: Chair, Band, Ball
Length: 17 Minutes
Beginner: Energy Boosting PAZAZ
Length: 12 Minutes
Intermediate: Nonstop Upper Body
Length: 9 Minutes
Advanced: Lower Body Intervals
Equipment: Weights, Band, Loop, Mini Ball
Length: 28 Minutes