Starting in the Spring of 2011, Jeremy and I changed our diet. We used to follow the Standard American Diet (SAD) in which we ate primarily low fat and high carbohydrate foods. We changed to a high fat, high protein, and low carbohydrate diet. Over the past year, I’ve noticed many positive changes in myself including an even and higher energy level, faster recovery from exertion, fewer aches and pains and the list goes on. In general, I have just felt better. Over the past year, our diet has included raw milk, raw cheese, raw butter, lots of sea salt, full fat pasture raised meats, pasture raised eggs, raw fruits, raw and cooked vegetables, sprouted breads, nuts and lacto fermented vegetables. We ate almost no processed foods.
As we shared our new diet with family and friends, they warned us about obesity, heart disease and stroke they thought could result from our new diet. Our high fat, low carb diet just does jive with recommendations from the medical community.
In light of this, I want to share my latest blood work results from my yearly physical (completed March 22, 2012) and compare to that of the previous year (prior to starting this diet). In both years, I had the physical at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Palo Alto, CA. This included the following blood tests:
- Comprehensive metabolic panel (includes liver, kidney, diabetes, calcium, sodium, potassium)
- TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone)
- Lipid Panel (cholesterol)
- Vitamin D level
In 2011 and 2012, my metabolic panel, TSH levels and hemoglobin were all within the normal range. However, in 2011, I had a vitamin D deficiency. This was also the case in 2010. The doctor suggested taking a vitamin D supplement daily. However, I ate vitamin D rich foods like butter and milk in the past year. My latest vitamin D level is now normal.
I did not take a cholesterol test in previous year but I did this year. My cholesterol is excellent by several measures. Let me summarize the numbers below and explain further.
- Total Cholesterol in mg/dL: 187 (suggested level is below 200)
- Triglycerides in mg/dL: 53 (suggested level is below 150)
- LDL Cholesterol in mg/dL: 111 (suggested level is below 130) **aka: Bad Cholesterol
- HDL Cholesterol in mg/dL: 65 (suggested level is above 40) **aka: Good Cholesterol
All the numbers above show that I am within the recommended range. Additional measures, such as the ratio of total cholesterol with HDL and the ratio of HDL with LDL all indicate that the levels are in the excellent range.
In addition, my Body Mass Index (BMI) is 21 in 2012 as it was in 2011. This too is in the excellent range.
To summarize, changing to a high fat, high protein and low carbohydrate diet has led to maintaining an excellent weight, eliminated my vitamin D deficiency and improved how I generally feel. In addition, by all measures, I am healthy.