Dietary Cholesterol (and Why You Should Care)

This post has a perspective on cholesterol that I have never heard before so I thought I would share it…



Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty compound that is made inside the bodies of all humans and animals.  According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, our bodies make all the cholesterol we ever need, without us having to consume any.

Because cholesterol is only found inside of bodies, the only foods that contain cholesterol are meat, dairy, and eggs (this includes chicken, fish, etc).

There are two types of molecules that contain cholesterol in our body, which are the high-density lipoproteins and the low-density lipoproteins. LDLs deliver the cholesterol to different parts of the body (where it generates hormones, vitamin D, and digestive substances). HDLs then move the cholesterol from the parts of the body to the liver, where it is removed from the body entirely. This process completely happens without any need for consumption of  cholesterol (meaning without meat, dairy, or eggs).

Because the average…

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I love running, but don't always train in the way that I should. I started my blog in between my first successful completion of a marathon (although I wrote the first post a few days prior to that) and my first ultra marathon, which was the first half of the 100k "Race to the Stones". Maybe part of my reason was to publicly call myself out on my own stated goals. I chose the name "half arsed runner" because I wanted to show that my motivation levels are far from perfect, and that it's OK to be human.

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