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Advice on blood test results.

Been dieting for 5 weeks now, am enjoying myself and seeing the results I want but I am now seeing some problems with my blood tests.

I am doing this as a pescatarian so my choices for protein are basically limited to fish and eggs. I have 3 eggs per meal and alternate between two and one meals of eggs per day. As a result my cholesterol has been behaving funny. I did a comparison of my blood tests about 1 month into the diet with tests I had done in 2010.

My HDL has increased from 0.68 to 0.92 mmol/L (should be above 1.0 mmol/L so this is actually an improvement).

My LDL has increased from 2.9 to 3.8 mmol/L (should be below so 3.4 mmol/L so now I am too high).

I need to find a way to increase my HDL while lowering my LDL. This last week I have been experimenting with cinnamon which apparently can reduce LDL. Hopefully this will help, ill probably take another blood test in a couple of weeks.

On another note, my bilirubin is through the roof (about 3 times what it should be). I have been told that I probably have something called Gilberts syndrome, a fairly common and asymptomatic inability to process bilirubin.

If anyone has any advice, on either cholesterol or bilirubin I would love to hear it.

I am including a food log of the 7 days preceding the blood test, this might be helpful (I would also love your thoughts/critique of my diet in general).

Some disclaimers:

- I don't eat the same meals over and over again, I stick to the SCD ingredients but I always mix and match them in different combinations, this makes the whole exercise a lot easier for me. Fat loss aside, I believe that nutritional diversity has its own benefits.

- I have been guilty of sneaking in the occasional meal of tofu. Alternating between eggs and fish gets boring fast.

- Up until recently I was under the impression that cottage and yogurt were SCD approved for weekdays but after reading Tim's blog I have taken these out.

(10/09/12)

Breakfast: 3 eggs, garlic, lentils and a green peas

Lunch: salmon, lentils, and a salad

Dinner: 3 eggs, lentils and a salad

(09/09/12)

Breakfast: an omelette, olives, a stir-fry of spinach, red beans, tomatoes and onions and a salad.

Lunch: skipped

Dinner: chickpeas, ratatouille and a quarter cup of yogurt.

(08/09/12) - Binge Day

Breakfast: an omelette with cheese and tomatoes, 3 slices of toast, a salad, an apple, a cup of orange juice, half a cup of coffee and half a cup of custard.

Snack: Ferrero Rocher flavored ice-cream, 5 small pieces of fudge and an orange.

Lunch: 2 grilled cheese sandwiches, a pancake with whipped cream and nutella, a pancake with maple syrup and 2 nectarines.

Dinner: 2 boles of corn chips with hot sauce, a large vegetarian casadia, 1 beer, half a liter of sangria, 1 mojito and 3 whiskeys.

(07/09/12)

Pre-breakfast: 4 Brazil nuts, 1 teaspoon of almond butter and a cup of cold water.

Breakfast: 3 hard boiled eggs.

Lunch: 4 falafels, side of salad, with humus and garlic yogurt.

Dinner: salmon, 1 tbs of cottage, half a can of kidney beans and a salad.

(06/09/12)

Pre-breakfast: 4 Brazil nuts, 1 teaspoon of almond butter and a cup of cold water

Breakfast: 3 eggs, fried spinach and garlic, black beans and sauerkraut.

Late lunch: tuna, salad, sauerkraut, black beans and cottage cheese.

Late night snack: 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

(05/09/12)

Pre-breakfast: 4 Brazil nuts, 1 teaspoon of almond butter and a cup of cold water

Breakfast: 3 soft boiled eggs, lentils, sauerkraut and a stir-fry of spinach and garlic.

Lunch: tuna, beetroot and a stir-fry of black beans, onion and garlic.

Dinner: stir-fry of tofu garlic and veggies, beetroot, black beans and tuna.

(04/09/12)

Breakfast: 3 soft boiled eggs, with lentils and avocado.

Lunch: Stir-fried tofu with coconut milk, a side of lentils and a salad

Dinner: Went out for Indian, ordered the spicy fish and stole a quarter of my girlfriends lentils.

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