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An Apple a day…

I ate an apple today. It was cold, crisp and slightly sweet. Not at all like the apples of my childhood lunch box where they were warm and soft. The number of times I carried the same apple to and from school is probably fairly high. A work conversation from two school lunch packing dad’s let me know that this sort of thing is still going on. But back to my apple.

I love veggies so much but just not a huge fruit fan. Perhaps how I grew up details the reason why. The milk was regularly separated and the cream lived in a quart jar in the fridge. It was put onto all fruit, usually with either white or brown sugar. Bedtime snack was cereal with cream and sugar. It’s little wonder why I have a sweet tooth.

BUT things must change. I got “marching orders” so to speak this afternoon from my Doctor. His exact words were that I had to “smarten up” and I would say he is spot on. The concern at this moment is that my cholesterol level is 0.9 below the level that requires daily medication. The same stuff that my dad, mom and brother have been on. So genetics may do me in but I have a few months to try and bring it down with some better choices.

The truth is that I have been “stress” eating for the last 4 months and I can feel it. 10 additional pounds that feel ghastly on my frame. I have been here before but it is many years since I was this heavy. I don’t like it. It’s hard on my back, my knees and my head. So while society is slowly accepting women in multi sizes I don’t like where I am.

Which means that #what’sonyourplateblogchallenge isn’t featuring poutine or desserts or cookies or amazing plates of food. It’s not that those things are gone forever but I need better portion control and I need to up the intake of certain foods like oats, apples, nuts and fish. It doesn’t mean that turkey or a burger are forbidden. The thing is we eat well but I snack — a lot. Accountability is key here and in a few months I will have more blood work to give the final answer on whether or not the level is down. Between now and then I will know, without blood levels, if my body feels and moves better.

Bernie

Ps – Imagine this post with a really sharp crisp picture of an apple on my kitchen table dappled in the sunlight. Because you’ll just have to imagine it as I can’t get it to upload as it doesn’t appear to be jpeg. And so the phone saga continues as I upgraded to a different one with a better camera. I don’t carry a camera and I wanted a phone that could take a really good picture like my previous one. They seemed to be good pictures but alas you cannot see it at this point.

An hour later my husband to the rescue. I sent him the photo in a text and he sent it by email to us. I then uploaded it into WP via the main computer. There may be more to this saga as time goes on! BC

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20 thoughts on “An Apple a day…

    1. Ah those are the exact items I am working on plus Metamucil (who knew?). The apple a day is the real challenge. Growing up that was the only lunch box option and they just hold zero appeal to me now but I am finding my way around it. Glad to see you here with a comment Pam. Take care. Bernie

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  1. Well phooey. I’m sorry that you may have a problem with cholesterol but glad to read that you know how to help yourself. I love like oats, apples, nuts and fish so I’m sure you can come to love them, too. I have faith in you! Munch on, my dear.

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    1. Munch on indeed. I love all those other foods it’s just the apple. I actually love nuts too much and need to use moderation with them. Think it’s the wake up call I needed. Thanks for dropping in Ally Bean. Bernie

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  2. Oh Bernie, this could be me writing!! I have been on cholesterol tablets for a while now and blood pressure ones as well after trying to do things with a change of diet didn’t work for me. I’m also trying hard to stop the snacking and love a crisp apple (I had one today too). Your photo looks good and sometimes it can all be a bit of a saga can’t it! Wishing you well with your quest 🙂

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    1. Guess we are two peas in a pod in the cholesterol saga. I’ve escaped the high BP for now. Shall see how change of diet works but I guess it didn’t work for you. I really do need to make some changes though – the snacking is ridiculously out of control. I will do the med in a few months time if no change. Thanks for reading and responding Deb.

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  3. Hi, Bernie – Thank you for sharing ‘An Apple a Day’ with ‘What’s On Your Plate.’ This is an excellent reminder for all of us. I recently read a survey from The Canadian Heart and Stroke foundation. It reported that over half of adults (59.6%) eat fewer than five servings of vegetables and fruit each day (which apparently was an increase for the second year in a row). Since my husband and I ‘mostly’ eat plant based foods, we ‘usually’ got all five servings – but like you, I need to balance my fruit in there as well. (I’m sadly not a huge fan of apples.)

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    1. There are lots of great fruits and veggies out there Donna — so one doesn’t need to like apples specifically to get their fruit in. I just need to because apparently there is some truth to an apple a day helping your cholesterol levels. We eat meat but it’s balanced out with a lot of veggies. Just too many cookies, buns, and other items. I think it’s all about eating smart and I have definitely not been doing that. It’s a different WOYP but I did have an apple on the table so hopefully that counts. Also thanks for hosting and using linkzup as it’s so easy and for reading my post. Bernie

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  4. I don’t eat enough fruit either… but I love a crisp apple and try to eat one almost every day. My cholesterol tends high (darn genetics so I have started to take daily meds for that). Ditto the extra weight. Fortunately, my blood pressure is quite low so at least I’ve managed to dodge that age-related bullet. Good luck with you future blood work!

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    1. Janis, seems like we are two birds of a feather in these health related items. My BP remains decently low and the weight — alas it has not remained low. I am working on the apple a day theory. Thanks for reading and definitely for sharing my whoa’s. Bernie

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  5. High cholesterol numbers run in my family too, Bernie. I have been on medication since my 2 mini-strokes even though my numbers were not yet that high (and my good cholesterol is so far outpacing my bad, so that’s a comfort). My Nurse Practitioner seems pleased with all of my bloodwork – says my numbers are excellent, so I just keeping taking the drugs. I never want another stroke – mini or otherwise. I hope an apple a day will keep the doctor away for you!

    Deb

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    1. Deb, I don’t want to keep my doctor away just the bad cholesterol! Yes it is definitely something that runs in families but I do have to try my best to bring it down with better food choices. Bummer cause now I have met poutine I like it! But mostly it’s better choices with snacks (and way way less of them) so I am making myself a little chart based on your little template to help me daily. I for sure don’t want any kind of stroke either. Thanks for stopping in with your experiences and perspective. Bernie

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  6. Motivation, however it comes, is sometimes needed. Sorry to hear about your cholesterol issues Bernie. I am sure you will succeed in conquering this little bump. Stay well and Happy Wednesday. Allan

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    1. I definitely needed the motivational kick in the pants to smarten up. My body was already telling me so now its’ time. I hope I can conquer this by healthier eating but time will tell. As to Wednesday — it’s a stay warm inside kind of day! Take care. Bernie

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  7. METAMUCIL!!!! Dennis has HALVED his high cholesterol mostly by taking Metamucil every day!! I prefer the one with ‘real sugar’ as it doesn’t gel as quickly (like the Stevia one)! It’s a game changer!!! I have most my kids on it now too!! It also stabilizes blood sugar…fills you up to curb hunger…and helps rid your body of liver toxins!!

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    1. Funny – my GP started me on it. I chose the pills cause I have mixed that Metamucil stuff and it’s gross (or it used to be). I didn’t know about picking up liver toxins but I did know it’s good for blood sugar as well as providing regularity. So that’s up for the next while and hopefully in a few months I can drop it down like Dennis did. Thanks for the input and the comment. Bernie

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    1. Jane I am not against medications if that is what it comes to but I definitely need to stop snacking and rounding out my eating with better choices. As my GP said there really are no long term side effects to the medication so if I need to start it I know it’s a good option. Thanks for reading and commenting. Bernie

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  8. I love cold, crisp and slightly sweet apples! In Ireland, doctors recommend eating at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. I usually chop a banana over my breakfast cereal and swap my usual mid-morning snack for a piece of fresh fruit and that’s already two portions of veg and fruit. Best of luck with getting your health back on track, Bernie 🙂

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    1. Aiva I could easily do all 5 as veggies and never have fruit. But the apple seems to be a good choice to pick up a fruit serving. I do indeed, once again, need to get back on track. Thanks for reading and the input on swapping things out. An apple instead of a cookie — ah the hard choices!! Bernie

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