When Real Food isn’t a Diet Plan, You’re Never Really Finished

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Thanks for following the recap of the Real Food Weight Loss & Exercise series these past few days. If you buy into the idea that eating real food, not dieting, is the healthy way to lose weight, you know that the way you eat never has an ending time – even when you reach your ideal weight.

You just continue eating well.

We’ve made many changes as a family in terms of how we eat over the past five years, and this post shows how we’re reaping some benefits (and still struggling sometimes):

What Does it Take to Cut Triglycerides by 75%?

Many of you have been curious to get the full story about how we naturally lowered my husband’s triglyceride numbers with diet alone since I began hinting at his weight loss and lipids numbers back at the first Monday Mission about “Can Real Food Help you Lose Weight?

It’s been a long time since I shared DH’s numbers online, probably because they haven’t been very pleasant.

The last time I did, he had brought his triglycerides down over 100 points in the first year we had switched to “real food.” He was still 70 points over the highest recommended for good health, however. (See the numbers and what we were doing at the time here.)

My Husband’s Story

In fall 2010, we had been completely grain-free for 6-8 weeks when he had his lipids panel done in November. My husband had completed the entire P90X workout series (in 90 days, that’s 6 days/week of strenuous exercise) at the end of August, so although he had not done a ton of exercising during the immediate two months before the test, he was no stranger to fitness.

The recommendations from the doctor scribbled on the test results included “more exercise!” next to the low HDL, and “lower carbohydrate diet” next to the still-high triglycerides. In the past, doc has recommended both low carb and low fat diets for the trigs, which just screams to me that the medical establishment doesn’t know any more than I do about what will really fix high triglycerides.

When my husband went for a physical in fall 2011, they actually forgot to run the lipid panel on his blood. I’m not kidding. And yes, he fasted for it.

I can see God’s hand in that now, although it was immensely frustrating at the time, because two helpful things came out of it.

Read the whole story HERE, including all the numbers and the way hubs lost 20 pounds while eating a diet of 35-45% fat…

The End?

In the final post, I wrapped up the series and shared some of the most striking comments and ideas from readers as they reacted to what I wrote and shared their own stories, including:

  • Mom, The Amazing Human Garbage Disposal
  • No time to cook? My advice
  • Don’t Obsess About Weight Loss
  • Thoughts on thinness from the author of Wheat Belly

Read the Series Summary for the details!

To your health!

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  1. Katrina says


    I got my numbers back last month, too, and my neutritionist indicated that the high lipids are actually a sign of sugar disregulation, not a problem with fats (which is what the medical community still believes, though it’s been disproven). This is why I am now on a Palio diet of 1300 calories (1700 is the maintenance level, to my suprise – I thought it was 2500!). I also take lots of supplements to help with it. Seeing a naturally minded doctor or neutiritionist has been a great help to me!

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