If you say “trigi- what?”, then welcome to my world. Well at least, until a couple of months ago that I heard what that trigi-ga-gu-gu means. There are some definitions of what Triglyceride is on the web, but words from the doctor saying that “the level of fats flowing in your blood is too high” were much more than enough for me. According to the blood test, my triglyceride level (you can think of it as a cholesterol level) was 500 (below 200 or 150 is usually considered the safe level)!! How I am still alive, amuses me…
First of all, this is just a rambling. I don’t even expect people (you) will actually read other people’s stories or moaning. I shared this story to my friends at church and they are all amazed lol. I’m not trying to get attentions here (well maybe a bit heh heh) but I’d like to share what I’m doing at the moment to keep my body healthier and if you are still reading this story, then most likely you are either interested about my story or you have a high cholesterol or triglyceride level yourself :)
A nice sentence from AmericanHeart.org:
Triglycerides in plasma are derived from fats eaten in foods or made in the body from other energy sources like carbohydrates. Calories ingested in a meal and not used immediately by tissues are converted to triglycerides and transported to fat cells to be stored. Hormones regulate the release of triglycerides from fat tissue so they meet the body’s needs for energy between meals.
Why Triglyceride is bad, you ask?
I’ve felt lots of aches and sores around my shoulder many times. It felt like some elephants are sitting down on your shoulder and you have this feeling that your shoulder needs a very long and good strong massage! I remember the night when I ate crispy pork on rice that I took away from a restaurant in Melbourne and half time through eating, I’ve felt this tremendous pressure on my shoulders and this weird feeling that I can’t explain here. I stopped eating and threw the food away to the rubbish bin. I felt so scared and I knew at that time, that something must have gone wrong with my cholesterol level or my body was falling over somehow.
Oh well, the verdict has been read. I had a 500 triglyceride level. I deserved it. Why? I ate lots of oily food. I mean, LOTS of them. I don’t do sport because I’m a geek who sits in front of his computer more than anything, I drink all of those sugary-sweet drinks and who knows what else have I eaten.
But, let’s see what I usually eat for breakfast:
- Spinach Roll (those fried croissant type)
- Bacon and Egg Roll (bacon)
- McDonalds’s Hot Cakes (sweet and sugary)
- Fried DimSim (ugh..70% oil, 30% healthy)
- What I drink for breakfast? COFFEE, of course! (with full cream milk)
Not bad for a nice and healthy breakfast, eh? Let’s move on to what I usually eat for my lunch and dinner!