Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Healthy Lipid Panel

2 weeks ago I had a check-up at the health center and decided I might as well get a baseline lipid panel since I’m going to be a whopping 23 soon.  I finally got a copy of my results yesterday and everything looks good! My total cholesterol is 187, HDL 77, LDL 96, and triglycerides 69.  Now for those that don’t know I’ll also tell you what the recommendations for each are.  Total cholesterol should be below 200 mg/dl. HDL for women should be over 50 mg/dl and for men over 40mg/dl but above 60 mg/dl is optimal really. LDL should be below 130 mg/dl BUT for those at risk for heart disease less than 100 mg/dl is preferred and for those at extremely high risk for heart disease below 70 mg/dl is desired.  Lastly, triglycerides should be below 150 mg/dl. So as you can see I am very happy with my levels!


So on a not-so-happy note, my copy of JADA (Journal of the American Dietetic Association) came in today and was so annoyed to read the results of one of the studies. Not so surprising but NEWSFLASH: “The top sources of energy for 2-18 year olds were grain desserts (cookies, cakes, pie, etc), pizza, and soda.” And that is why I want to work with kids when I become an RD……


Now it’s catch-up time. Mondays through Wednesdays are my craziest school days I think (even though I’ve been stressed like every day now!) I did take some time to do yoga OnDemand again this morning. It’s definitely something I’m going to try to make a habit.

Eats for Monday:

Apple Oats with Almonds (I saved a bit less than half for this morning)


Red bell pepper, celery, carrot, and hummus for dippage + sandwich thin w/ Teddie unsalted p.b. and honey


Dinner was INHALED without a picture when I got back from class. A few sauteed asparagus spears and a bowl of cheese ravioli w/ sauce.


Eats for today:

Leftover Apple Oats

Scrambled egg + 2 whites + red bell pepper


Bean and Bulgur soup! I made this modified recipe again but doubled it this time since last time the family devoured it in 1 day!


More soup and some salmon


It’s been rainy and gloomy lately. I hope tomorrow is better. Almost Hump day! G’night.

Questions: Have you ever gotten your lipids checked? What do you think of the JADA article mentioned?


  1. I just got my lipid panel done as well! All my stats were just about where yours are (sweet!) - BUT last time my HDL was 82... and this time it's a 44!!!! I have NO idea why it went down so much. Guess I need to start popping the fish oil capsules again...

  2. OMG that's a huge drop! How often do you get it done?

  3. That JADA article is sad, and yet not totally surprising. I think it's great that you want to work with children as an RD - you will make such a big difference in people's lives! Giving them the tools/resources/knowledge when they're young is so, so important.

  4. I've never gotten my lipids checked.. I should start though. I'm almost 24!