Happy Friday! Have you entered the LowCarbKitty giveaway yet? Even if you have, you can enter every day to rack up more entry points!
My workplace had a health fair this week. It’s been one year since I converted to a low carb, high fat diet. I would say I stuck by it pretty well, eating this way about 95% of the year. So I’m here to show that eating lots of fat and very few carbohydrates will NOT necessarily cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other issues. Below are my low carb high fat diet health results.
We didn’t have the health fair last year so I don’t have any ‘before’ numbers except for BMI/weight (as that was the reason I started eating this way). I will also preface that I never had cholesterol/blood pressure issues to begin with.
|Test Performed||Normal Standard||My number(s)||Blood Pressure – Systolic||Less than 120||102||Blood Pressure – Diastolic||Less than 80||56||Body Mass Index (BMI)||18.5 to 24.9||21.52||Total Cholesterol||Less than 200 mg/dL||164||HDL Cholesterol||Greater than 60mg/dL||81||TC/HDL Ratio||Under 3.3||2.02||Glucose*||Less than 140 mg/dL||85|
*Only thing I had eaten so far that day was a big coffee with lots of cream and stevia
Now alas! I don’t think I did well on the ‘quiz’ because I don’t eat fruit (too much sugar) and I don’t “have a best friend at work” (part of their mental health campaign?).
Also according to the document they gave me, the following are “healthy behaviors” I don’t follow:
- Eat 3 or more servings of fat-free milk or other calcium-rich juices/foods each day. OK I DO do this but not with fat free milk! I get my calcium from spinach, sesame seeds and other alternatives.
- Eat at least 3 or more servings of fruit each day
- Eat 6 or more servings of beans, whole-grain and high-fiber foods each day.
- OH According to this, I am allowed to eat unsalted nuts, but only a few times a week as they are “high fat/calorie foods”. /pigs out on almond butter and nuts daily
- Limit your sodium intake (nope, not when you are low carb, high fat unless you want keto flu!)
- Eat foods low in total fat to keep your blood cholesterol low. Hmmmm But I eat tons of fat every day… and my cholesterol is fine! Obviously, it’s per person and your results may vary, but current “health” standards need a good kick in the butt.
Test your own blood glucose for under ten bucks. I also monitor my ketone levels on occasion (especially when training) via blood tests. I use the Nova Max monitor – don’t forget to get ketone sticks if you get a monitor.