Labs – Part 2

More labs, with current (or most recent) results in RED.


This lipid panel was run in October, 4 months ago.  My diet was largely unchanged – well, until last week – for at least 6 months, so I’d say this is pretty likely to represent my current state of health.  Doc also ran Vitamin D and TSH last week.  TSH isn’t bad.  Woo hoo!  Vitamin D is low despite supplementing between 2000 and 5000 IU daily for the last 5 years.  Huh.  Interesting.  Maybe I need some sun.

Starch Solution Update (Day 6)

Yesterday I said something I’d like to retract.  I said this diet is not easy to follow, but actually that’s not true.  It’s actually quite easy.  I love eating starches and the diet guidelines say to eat until satisfied – no counting anything. I expect it’ll be harder when I try to eat out or at someone’s house.  It’s basically a low-fat vegan diet.

From the McDougall website:  The McDougall Program Basics

  • A diet of plant foods, including whole grains and whole-grain products (such as pasta, tortillas, and whole-grain bread), and a wide assortment of  vegetables and fruit.
  • Plenty of spices and usually small amounts of sugar and salt to enhance the flavor of food.
  • Exercise as simple as a daily walk.
  • The exclusion of animal foods, including red meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs, and fish – all of which provide toxic levels of fat, cholesterol, protein and, very often, infectious agents and harmful chemicals.
  • The exclusion of all oils including olive oil, safflower oil, and corn oil. Oils are nothing more than liquid fats that increase obesity, which in turn, depresses immune function and contributes to the most common chronic diseases.


2 thoughts on “Labs – Part 2

  1. john koroloff

    As I started the diet recommended by McDougall I was paranoid about potatoes, grain cereals, yams, beans, fruit and other high carbo items…but my lipid panel obtained after eating McDougall’s diet guidelines was amazing: Total cholesterol 130 mg/dl, HDL in the high (good) and LDL in the low (good) range … A1c was (unbelievable!!) 5.2 where I used to post in the diabetic 7-8 range. I hope that you will see similar pre and post lab results.
    And..Kaiser wellness doctors also test B12 which, surprising to me, was on the low end … I now supplement B12 and D3 per their recommendation.

  2. That’s amazing, John! I know you recommended a plant based diet to me in the past and I didn’t take it very seriously because I had tried (and failed) to eat all plants in the past…the difference is I was eating all fruits and vegetables and no starch. This is way more livable than I expected. I know you mentioned you’re still struggling with blood sugar and lack of weight loss – what do you think is in the way there? Are you eating low fat per Dr. McDougall’s program?

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