Judgement Day

 

“You Should Be Careful – You’ll Have A Heart Attack/Get Diabetes!”

 

Those are two statements combined into one, but believe it or not, those words came out of my own mother’s mouth. You see, my family has been close by throughout my entire life and therefore has witnessed the multitude of ‘fad’ diets I’ve tried – endlessly searching for the one that would work for me.

Let’s dissect this statement into its constituent pieces:

 

“You should be careful – you’ll have a heart attack.” 

She said this one to me 6 years ago when I was Paleo. She saw what I was eating nearly everyday (Breakfast: 5 eggs, 5 pieces of bacon; Lunch: Some type of meat + veggies; Dinner: 1Lb 85/15 ground beef + veggies + 1 massive sweet potato) and was convinced I was taking in wayyyy too much fat, and was on the fast track to having a heart attack.

 

“You should be careful – you’ll get diabetes.”

This one came more recently. I was no longer following the Paleo diet, but was a few years into tracking my macros. Again, she saw what I was eating most days – sugary breakfast cereals, ice cream, gummy candy, and of course, Pop Tarts – and she was convinced I was taking in wayyyy too much sugar, and was on the fast track to giving myself diabetes.

 

A little bit of background on my mom, Julie, before I go any further. She’s a god damn saint. Not only would she give you the shirt off her back, but had you tried to steal it from her initially, she’d have no ill will and would also give you her shoes, jacket, and whatever else you needed (she’d say clearly you need it more than her!). She puts everyone before herself and rarely asks for anything. She’s also a nurse, and a damn good one, so her health and medical worries aren’t out of her jurisdiction by any means. And finally, yes, she’s my world and I am a complete mama’s boy. Moving on…

So, being the mama’s boy of a nurse, the natural thing I did to ease her worries was get blood work done. I appeared to be in great shape on the outside, but these test would be the true determinant of my ‘health’ and if my diet was harmful or beneficial.

The Results

Here is a picture of my Lipid Panel while I was strictly adhering to the Paleo diet (no, your eyes to not need to be checked. It IS in fact as fuzzy as i:

Some key highlights:

  1. Total Cholesterol: Measuring total cholesterol that is carried in the blood by lipoproteins
    • Healthy Range: 125-200 mg/dL
    • My Results: 146 mg/dL = HEALTHY
  2. Triglycerides: High levels of triglycerides in the blood are associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease
    • Healthy Range: <150 mg/dL
    • My Results: 50 mg/dL = HEALTHY
  3. High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL): “Good Cholesterol”
    • Healthy Range: > or = 40 mg/dL
    • My Results: 49 mg/dL = HEALTHY
  4. Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL): “Bad Cholesterol”
    • Healthy Range: <130mg/dL
    • My Results: 87 mg/dL = HEALTHY
  5. LDL/HDL Ratio: Ratio of “Bad Cholesterol” to “Good Cholesterol”
    • Healthy Range: < or = 5.0
    • My Results: 1.78 = HEALTHY

 

Here is a picture of my Lipid Panel while I was tracking my macros with a Flexible Dieting approach (again, your eyes are just fine):

Some key highlights:

  1. Total Cholesterol: Measuring total cholesterol that is carried in the blood by lipoproteins
    • Healthy Range: 125-200 mg/dL
    • My Results: 135 mg/dL = HEALTHY
  2. Triglycerides: High levels of triglycerides in the blood are associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease
    • Healthy Range: <150 mg/dL
    • My Results: 43 mg/dL = HEALTHY
  3. High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL): “Good Cholesterol”
    • Healthy Range: > or = 40 mg/dL
    • My Results: 40 mg/dL = HEALTHY
  4. Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL): “Bad Cholesterol”
    • Healthy Range: <130mg/dL
    • My Results: 86 mg/dL = HEALTHY
  5. LDL/HDL Ratio: Ratio of “Bad Cholesterol” to “Good Cholesterol”
    • Healthy Range: < or = 5.0
    • My Results: 3.4 = HEALTHY
  6. Glucose: Testing blood glucose à this is my ‘diabetes’ test result
    • Healthy Range: 65-99 mg/dL
    • My Results: 78 = HEALTHY

As you can see, not only was I in the ‘healthy’ range for everything that was tested, I was well below the cut off point. I was not on the path for an early heart attack while following the Paleo diet, nor was I on the fast track to diabetes while tracking my macros. Needless to say, Mama Kaderabek was very happy : )

 

What’s My Point & Why This Matters

 

This may have been the longest build-up to actually get to my point of writing this blog post for you all, but here it is!

There are always going to be people who question what you’re doing and tell you your way of living is wrong. Whether it’s regarding nutrition, exercise, or your beliefs in general, YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE!

  • Eat Sugar? The Paleo, Vegan, and Vegetarian crowds will bash you
  • Eat Meat? Yep, say bye-bye to acceptance from Vegans and Vegetarians
  • Do CrossFit? You can pretty much expect to get made fun of by everyone
  • Like Bodybuilding? You better believe that a CrossFitter is going to call you ‘brooooo’ and tell you those biceps curls & triceps pushdowns are in no way ‘functional’

What I really want you to understand is that there are a million and one diets and fitness programs in existence. One is not inherently better than the next and there is certainly no one ‘right way’ to get healthy. Instead of bashing others for trying to improve their health and quality of life, albeit eating or exercising in a way that doesn’t align with yours, we should encourage them! Celebrate them for finding a healthy way of life that works for them and do what we can to help them on their health & fitness journey.

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