To begin with I will share that my background is in nutrition. I have a B.S. in clinical dietetics and I’ve always eaten healthfully. So it has been a great annoyance to me to have a total cholesterol around 200 and an LDL around 120.
In May I stopped eating avocados because of their high histamine content. I can’t eat nuts, seeds, legumes or grains (they failed food challenges) so I started to eat olive oil for calories. I’m underweight and need the calories to maintain (and preferably gain) weight. I eat at least 3 tablespoons of olive oil a day, sometimes more. As I was putting the olive oil on my food I was thinking, “I wonder how all this oil is going to affect my lipid levels?” I was concerned it wouldn’t be a good result.
After many food challenges, I realized that I react to most animal protein, except very fresh fish. (Meaning fish that has no smell–yes– I smell it when I bring it home from the store). The other animal products seem to be too high in histamine for me….and fish can be high too, if it isn’t super fresh. So, in October I started eating fresh fish….every day or every other day for my protein. And I ate low histamine vegetables, fruits and olive oil. That is all. Oh, and sea salt. Exciting, huh?
I had lipid levels run on November 20th and surprisingly my total cholesterol and LDL were the lowest ever! (181 and 101 respectively). I even checked to make sure the lab report was mine! (It was.) When my cardiologist reviewed all my labs over the last 11 years he said these were the best labs in his opinion. I told him I was happy that all the olive oil had not impacted my labs negatively!
It is SO nice to have some positive news about my labs, especially since I was expecting the opposite. YAY for something good that happened!