Guest Blog: How Paleo REDUCED Cholesterol in 30 Days

Over on our Facebook page, what started as a short status update about Stacy’s love for bacon turned into a big surprise. One of our followers, Jacqueline Ritz,  told us in brief how the paleo diet drastically lowered her husband’s cholesterol and helped her depression in ONE short month.  Jackie was generous enough to write down her story for us to post on the blog.  Our hope is that you can share this story to the people in your life (or maybe help you) to appreciate that dietary cholesterol is a minimal impact to the numbers on a blood test – inflammation is key!

My Paleo journey began in October 2011 out of curiosity. My friend had talked about it, and since we already were real food eaters I thought that it wouldn’t be that much more of a stretch for my little family of 4. I had just had 2 babies within 2 years, so I had the inevitable pooch pouch and just “ick” feeling all the time.Two months prior to my Paleo journey I gave birth to my second baby. A month prior to starting my Paleo journey I had very tragically lost my younger sister, and in the month after her death I had put on a good 5-8 lbs.

I felt terrible. I had weight from my pregnancy, and now I had extra weight from the stress of losing my sister. Not only did I feel miserable physically, but mentally I was really struggling as well. I was diagnosed with depression and parts of post-traumatic stress disorder so, needless to say, I was one big mess! I needed something and I needed it fast.

My husband wasn’t on board with me at first. I didn’t push him, because I wanted my life and health on Paleo to be evidence enough. After I started with this new way of eating, I felt so much better. My mind felt clearer. I could function more thoroughly as a mother and as a wife. My depression went away. I felt more confident. I felt like the clouds had cleared, and I could now see ahead of me again.

It was around the same time (that I started Paleo in October ’11) that I had asked my husband to get off his statin drugs. He had struggled with high cholesterol for 4 years, and had been on a statin drug ever since. He agreed to get off his statin, but didn’t make any significant changes in his diet. A few months later around December’11 he went in to see what his cholesterol numbers were and they were 250—much higher than the recommended 200. So, he said he was going back on his statins. I pleaded with him to give Paleo a try with me for the month of January and to retake the cholesterol test at the end of January. He agreed!

We did the Whole30 Challenge together from January 1st-January 30th. We ate the approved foods for “strict” Paleo, which consisted of lots of red meat, bacon, sausage, eggs, nuts, fruits and vegetables. We had no dairy, wheat, beans or sugar. My husband retook his cholesterol test when our Whole30 Challenge was over and his numbers dropped from 250 to 189!!! We were shocked! We had also lost a combined weight of 35 lbs in just one month of eating Paleo (45 lbs if you count from October when I started Paleo).

We are now, wholeheartedly, Paleo believers and have a happy Paleo family consisting of a Paleo toddler and a Paleo baby! This lifestyle has changed our lives pretty drastically in so many ways!

Jackie’s story is one very familiar to us. Stacy suffered from severe postpartum depression after Finian was born. She didn’t want to leave the couch or participate in family activities at all. But after starting Paleo when Wes was born, the story could not have been more opposite! She was leaping off the couch with a new lust for life.

Jackie’s husband’s story mirrors Matt‘s, as well. In the winter of ’09, Matt’s yearly physical revealed an elevated cholesterol of 190. Five months after we had started Paleo he was checked again to reveal his cholesterol had dropped to 130! As Robb Wolf says, just try it for 30 days and it will change your life.

About Stacy

Stacy Toth has written 380 post in this blog.

Stacy is the matriarch of the Paleo Parents family. After beginning a paleo diet and founding PaleoParents.com in 2010, she lost 135 pounds and found health and happiness for the whole family. The following three years have been a progressive journey with a mission to educate people about nourishing their bodies by eating real foods. Stacy can be found on all forms of social media as @PaleoParents as well as the top-rated The Paleo View Podcast and her two cookbooks, Eat Like a Dinosaur and Beyond Bacon.

  • CrG

    Great story! I’d love to know the doctor’s reaction to those numbers. I’m guessing s/he was not happy about him going off statins, never mind eating evil red meat and saturatd fat! /sarcasm

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Oh good question! I know my doc said he was glad to see it and to keep doing what I was doing, but there was a moment of “REALLY?!” in his eyes when he read me the results! (Stacy)

  • http://allisonsays.com/ Allison

    This is amazing! Another great story to prove just how eating “real” food is the only right way to maintain (or return to!) health. Love it :) 

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Absolutely!

  • Shirley @ gfe

    How can anyone deny those results? I’d read the FB comment, so it’s great to read the entire post. Congrats to Jackie and her husband! Thanks to all for sharing! :-)

    Shirley

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

       Isn’t it though! I love seeing people take control of their health :)

  • http://www.carascravings.com Cara

    I’m definitely sharing this with some friends who were wondering about the impact of a paleo diet for someone with higher cholesterol to begin with. Thanks!

  • Rickajane

    I just received my cholesterol numbers and wow….I wasn’t expecting this. My husband and I have been eating real foods/paleo diet since January. My husband is much more disciplined than I. I like to have a treat once and a while. Well, my total cholesterol was 190. Last year at this time it was 174. I now need to get on board full time with the paleo lifestyle and see what happens in 30 days. Since starting eating real foods…I have more energy and sleep much better. Our daughter is healthy and not sick despite being in daycare fulltime. My husband lost 35lbs since January 2012 and I have lost 14lbs. After reading this and the comments below I know what I need to do. Any words of wisdom???

    • http://PaleoParents.com Stacy & Matt

      I do not have much in the way of expertise here! Perhaps Paleo Mom or Balanced Bites can help? Or, better yet, Jimmy Moore from Living La Vida Low Carb has made himself an expert on this topic!