NEARLY EVERY DAY there are new reports in the media regarding what we should eat, how we should eat, and when we should eat. I try to pay attention because I’m interested in better health, but the messages are confusing. I tend to have high cholesterol. It’s surprising because I eat a pretty healthy diet. I never eat junk food, but I do eat a lot of things like cheese, sausage, cold cuts, bread, and I do enjoy my beer. I should say I used to eat high cholesterol foods, but I quit about two months ago to stave off the medication my doctor wants to prescribe for me. Medication with side effects that I don’t like.
The TV shows, books, and articles all claim to have the “latest scientific data” on healthy eating, and it will drive a person crazy. Much of the information is contradictory and forever fickle, like the recent about-face regarding fats.
I've made a lifestyle change
During the last 60 days, I’ve lowered my cholesterol by about 60 points without medication. How, you might ask? By cutting out the foods mentioned above, eating oat bran every morning, increasing my green leafy vegetables, and cutting my alcohol consumption in half. I’ve also stepped up my physical activity. I walk when I can, I’ve been cycling more, and I bought a stand-up desk. Basically, I eat right and move more. It costs me no money and very little time. It’s a lifestyle change. The one thing that I feel most confident about advocating is having an ongoing relationship with the bicycle. I’ve been a serious road cyclist for 14 years, and I know it’s an essential activity in keeping me healthy. Here’s a brief article on the cellular benefits that cycling can deliver to older people. Give it a read, then get out there and crank it up a bit.