About two months ago, I was sick with some mysterious illness that made me stay in bed all day and miss work. I went to the doctor, and they did some tests, gave me some medicine, and I got better quickly. They told me to come back in a few weeks to get the results of the tests, and when I did.....the doctor said, "We're not going to discuss what you had three weeks ago, because you have dangerous cholesterol levels!"
My overall cholesterol levels were perfectly fine, but the balance between 'good' cholesterol and 'bad' cholesterol was completely off.
So the doctor gave me a prescription for some cholesterol medicine, and told me to take low-strength daily aspirin and certain nutritional supplements. He also said to not eat any dairy products, eggs or red meat for a month
(this diet helped him after he had a heart attack associated with cholesterol levels similar to mine). The month being up, I went back today to get tested again, and I found out that I had been overdoing the dietary restrictions.
See, when the doctor said "don't eat dairy products", I understood that in a Jewish kashrut
sense. No dairy. No milkhiks
. I went from waiting 3 hours (which, contrary to what you may have heard, is a perfectly valid custom)
to waiting 30 days
. And it was not fun. I was in perpetual parva
and poultry-based fleishikh
zones. I was checking ingredients to see whether foods marked OU-D were actually hhalavi
, and therefore medically asur
, or just 'Dairy Equipment'.
Now I find out that eating milkhik
food is fine, as long as I'm not having a big glass of chocolate milk, ice cream, butter, or other full-blown DAIRY foodstuffs more than once in a while (you can call it avi avot hehhalav
if you want). Other medical professionals have told me that it's not the dairy that's the problem, but the fat content, and that low-fat or no-fat milk, cheese, etc, shouldn't be a problem.
What I really
need, though, is more exercise.
Maybe I should make that a New [Gregorian] Year's Resolution.