So long, french fries

photo by cyclonebill

Over 20 years ago, I was a pretty heavy kid. I weighed about 180 pounds and that mass was on a 5’3″ frame. A routine checkup showed a cholesterol level so high that a few more points was heart attack territory. That’s quite the shocker to a 13 year old.

I changed my my diet by cutting out fried foods entirely. I love french fries, but they had to go. After a while, the smell of a fried potato no longer enticed me. Plus, my cholesterol level dropped to an acceptable range. My streak of not eating french fries lasted seven years.

Recently, I found out that my LDL level was a tiny bit high. I was pondering my diet today while doing yoga and figured I could probably take on that cholesterol problem the same way as before. I’d recently read a piece at “The Happiness Project” talking about abstaining from certain foods instead of moderation. That was the likely inspiration for my brain remembering its old plan.

Farewell, french fries. The ubiquitous side dish will no longer be found on my plate.


One thought on “So long, french fries

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