My name is Karen Swanson and in 2011, I was a chocolate/ice-cream-aholic with a newly diagnosed high-cholesterol problem. Now I’m adapting. OK, coping.
Originally, I thought the fact that I exercise a fair amount and keep my weight in check was enough. That since I am pretty fit that meant I could have my truly-not-enormous bowl Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream every night without too much guilt. Apparently, not so much.
But my cholesterol, which had hovered at the 200 mark for years, had finally swung into danger territory, and my doctor wanted to put me on a statin.
I wanted to blame peri-menopause. Or my bad genes (high cholesterol runs in my family). But I can’t. Well, I can, but no longer can I deny that my ‘not the best’ eating habits had got to go.
My teenage son was concerned. His vegetable repertoire consisted solely of broccoli and he was not interested in expanding. My husband’s palate is far more extensive so he did not share the same concern. He continues to be supportive as long as not too much eggplant is involved.
I launched this blog to both learn more about cholesterol and to keep me honest about eating and exercise—the two key elements to lowering cholesterol naturally. It’s worked pretty well as I’ve been able to stay off statin medications (so far) and I was approached by Callisto Media to write a book which debuted in January 2018: The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan: 4 Weeks to Cut Cholesterol and Improve Heart Health.
For more about me…like where I went to school (Bucknell and Harvard Business School) and my professional marketing background (Procter & Gamble, Pfizer/Warner-Lambert, VC backed internet startup) please visit my business site, www.nausetpartners.com.