For a few years, I’ve struggled with my high cholesterol. I’m doing well in other aspects. I’m within my ideal weight and my sugar level is normal but my cholesterol exceeded the normal range.
Our company doctors would often prescribe me anti-cholesterol medication. They said give it a try for three months and see if my cholesterol goes down. I would refuse to take maintenance medicines every time. I was firm in my belief that I can lower my cholesterol through natural ways.
It was in February 2015 that I decided to remove pork from my diet. Initially it was part of Holy Week abstinence but I thought of making it my way of naturally bringing down my cholesterol. It was a huge sacrifice because I love pork, especially deep-fried dishes.
It was a slow decline and every time I would take my Panel 11 test, my cholesterol levels would go down just a few digits only.
This year, I underwent my annual physical exam in the office. I was happily surprised to see that my total cholesterol is normal! I can’t believe it! While I love that it’s already back to normal, I still want to take a Panel 11 to confirm whether my bad cholesterol is also at normal levels.
So, how did I do it? Here are some of the things I did to lower my cholesterol. I hope it inspires you to do the same.
1. Removed pork from my diet.
2. Reduced coffee intake to half a cup a day. I take brewed coffee (with a bit of sugar and cream) but I never take 3-in-1 as it contains ridiculously high sugar.
3. Add chia seeds to my coffee or iced tea (I don’t do this regularly but when I remember only. 🙂 )
4. Sleep 7-8 hours a day. I never scrimp on sleep because if I do, I will find myself stressed and bingeing.
5. I don’t drink and smoke.
6. Hit the gym. Every Monday, I attend aero-kickboxing classes for a high-intensity workout. Every Wednesday, I attend Zumba classes for a mid-intensity workout.
7. I stick to three meals a day and just 1 one occasional merienda.
That’s it! Even without the pork, I still eat normally. I don’t deprive myself of anything, whether dessert or iced tea, etc.