CSID and High Cholesterol?

This is the last thing I expected. My son, Parker, has struggled with gaining weight his whole life because of CSID. For years, the doctors and dietitians recommended high fat foods such as sour cream, butter, etc. to help him gain weight. When he wasn’t able to eat any form of starch, fatty dairy products were his main source of calories and carbohydrates. I have never worried about fat, since he wasn’t overweight. But I never realized how all those fatty foods could affect other areas of his health.

Over the past couple of months, I have actually started buying whole organic milk to increase his calories since he seems to be hungry all the time. However, I have also compromised in areas I would normally discourage. I have given in to allowing him to eat regular peanut butter (with Sucraid)– as much as I hate the fact it has sugar and hydrogenated oils. We have also had fast food quite frequently due to our busy schedules. This is why I discourage compromising our children’s diets, and generally don’t publicize it when I give in and allow unhealthy alternatives. We just don’t know the consequences of poor eating in an already compromised system.

I did a quick search on foods that can lower cholesterol. Almonds, fish, and yogurt are among the top ones. This doesn’t surprise me since every time we face a health crisis, the staple foods in my version of the CSID diet always pop up. Other foods on my regular CSID approved list include:

  • coconut milk
  • coconut oil
  • almond flour
  • lemons, berries, and other fruit
  • low-starch veggies 
  • sprouted grain breads and tortilla wraps (if taking enzymes to assist with starch digestion)

However, some of the foods that need to be avoided include butter, a staple ingredient in many of my recipes. The good news is, another oil I typically use is grapeseed oil, which can lower bad cholesterol. If you are also trying to lower cholesterol and would like to enjoy my CSID recipes, simply replace butter with the same amount of grapeseed oil. If needed, add a dash of sea salt to improve the flavor.

My whole family will be having a discussion about what foods will not be allowed in our house once again. I will have to give it some thought and more research, but I think if I can find healthy fat alternatives, increase fiber with vegetables and fruit, and get Parker exercising more regularly, we can get his cholesterol back to normal in no time.

Don’t think I am taking this lightly. It is very frustrating having to adjust our diets constantly. When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I learned that in addition to avoiding flour and sugar, I also needed to avoid red meat and green bell peppers. I love eating healthy fresh foods, but so many of those are also off the table. Even a trip to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s presents limitations. But I have learned to take it one day at a time. Our bodies are quick to tell us if we have swayed too far off the path of proper food choices, so we don’t stray for long. Even as a write this, I have a headache, probably due to my own giving in of a pretzel earlier this week.

By the way, the original purpose of the blood test he had was to determine if he was suffering from hypoglycemia. Those results were normal. I still think he needs to eat frequently just because of the limited amount of carbohydrates per meal (we stay below 25 grams even with enzymes).

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