I am going to try Raw at least one day a week to start to assist with my high cholesterol. I am trying to work up to at least 3-4 days a week. I am truly doing this for my health and not for any other reason. I love meat and other things that are non-raw, but I also love veggies and fruit and pretty much everything. I am excited to lose some weight and feel better and have more energy. I am not comitting to this diet 100% of the time, but I am committing to eating better all the time and Raw part of the time. Is there anyone else out there who has brought their cholesterol down by Raw? Lost weight? I need to bring my cholesterol down about 40 points and I should lose about 20lbs.
Thanks for the support!
So happy you are trying raw! I have a history of heart disease in my family- even my very skinny, veggie loving dad has high cholesterol. I'm 27, and at a healthy weight and have always eaten tons of fruits & veggies (and almost no meat), so I was shocked to find out last year that I had high cholesterol!
I started the raw diet and my cholesterol did drop. Not drastically- my overall number only dropped a few points, actually, but it was enough to not be in danger. (The not-so-large drop may be because I ate so little animal fat before). However, my ratio between HDL and LDL improved, and my trigylceride levels dropped a LOT after going raw. I also lost 12 lbs in a little over a month, although I gain it back as soon as I start being a little more lenient and eating some cooked food. I have to be at least 90% raw to keep those lbs off.
If I didn't have family history of heart problems and high cholesterol (the doctors said that my body just naturally produces it, even when I eat absolutely no animal fat) I believe that my numbers would have dropped way more. That's why I really don't think you can go wrong with raw. If you look at the American Heart Association's recommended foods for a healthy heart, most of them are what raw foodists eat.
Best of luck to you!
Thank you. My levels are not alarming and they do go down significantly with weight loss and diet, but I just need to feel better and I am scared to take this on, but I think it will be good. Thank you again for you story and support.