Most people look at their cholesterol numbers (and they should) but often don’t realize that high triglyceride (a type of fat in your blood) can be dangerous also. Most often numbers over 150 are associated with having too much sugary or starchy carbs in your diet. And to be honest many people don’t do well with high levels of even “healthy” starches in their diets. Think about it, how many guys do you know with ripped abs that eat lots of whole grain bread, cereal and pasta? I bet not many. Now that is a discussion about dropping body-fat so lets cover what to do to get those triglyceride numbers down. Follow these simple suggestions: exercise throughout the week alternating strength days and cardio days, start eating whole natural foods only, especially for your carbohydrates (stick to mainly veggies, some fruits; mostly berries are great!), eliminate any artificial sugars, and limit man-made starches (bread, pasta, cereal) to once a week. I can hear the screams from here! Yes, I love Italian food too but until your blood work makes your doctor happy keep it to a minimum. In, addition, watch your rice and bean/legume intake. These are super healthy foods but if you are someone that does not process carbs well (immediate family history of diabetes, diabetes yourself or if your Trig. levels in your blood don’t drop despite exercise and healthy eating) then you might want to reduce them for a short time as well to see how you do. A few years ago I was eating a lot of beans and whole grain rice to get ready to take a blood test and was shocked to see my triglycerides at 234 even though my cholesterol was only156! I increased my protein, and exchanged the “healthy whole grain” starches with veggies and some fruit. Five weeks later another blood test showed my overall cholesterol at 165 and my triglycerides had dropped to 83! My doctor couldn’t believe it. All of this will help you lose some weight as well which helps to lower triglyceride level and as a bonus, your bad LDL cholesterol! Another healthy trick is to add a teaspoon or two a day of cinnamon to your coffee or tea. Some studies have shown that to help significantly. As usual, all of this information is to educate you and hopefully inspire you, NOT to replace medical advice! If this stuff interests you, talk to your doctor before winging it on your own. Now get out there and get er done!