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Thanks for the replies, everyone. I've completely cut out alcohol, I am down to 2 slices of whole-wheat bread daily and the fruits I consume consist of mainly banana's and apples with the occasional mixture of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries every night in place of ice cream (yes, I gave that up a couple of evenings ago and I don't realy miss it with the fruit in its place).

My typical day's food intake is as follows (maybe this holds some clues?):

8oz fat free fruit yogurt
1 slice toast with sugar-free orange marmalade or honey

Salad with 2oz chicken, tomatoes, shredded cheese, ranch dressing (drizzled not drenched) shredded carrots...your typical side salad with chicken added, I guess.
Otherwise, 1 turkey-ham sandwich with a slice of fat free cheese, pickle slices and mustard plus a single serving bag of baked chips.

2 to 4oz of meat (chicken, lean beef, lean pork, fish)
1 to 2 cups veggies (peas, green beans, broccoli, corn are most frequent)
1-1/2 cups rice or mashed potatoes with either lo-salt soy sauce or olive oil spread

fat free yogurt with mixed berries in evening
granola bar(s) during day
very occasionally a small piece of candy/chocolate during afternoon, usually once per week

water, water, water...I probably drink upwards of a gallon of water per day. I prefer it to anything else and have even cut off coffee other than 1/2 cup 1-2 days per week when my wife makes a pot of the stuff.

So...that diet along with 30 minutes daily of aerobic exercise plus a statin plus Trilipix (not a typical fibrate from what I'm reading) plus 2g fish oil with at least 2 meals a day. Shouldn't that be a little bit of an overkill for where I started?

However, the HDL has not improved despite 30 days of daily exercise. LDL cut in half and total Cholesterol is way down, but the low HDL/high Tri problem remains. One nice benefit of all this is that due to the diet changes and the daily exercise, I've lost nearly 25lbs in the past 6 weeks, which I'm sure can only help, as well! I'm guessing the journey to ideal blood lipids takes time if done right/naturally...

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