Now that I have benefits I thought I would use some of my adult wisdom and take my ass to the doctors office and get a checkup. I figured I owed it to my liver at a minimum.
You see, I had my gall bladder removed about 3 1/2 years ago at the ripe age of 27.
Right after it was removed I started eating like a damn hippo and got about as fat as one too. Please observe Exhibit A as a reference…
Just prior to my gall bladder being removed I had my liver tested with an Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) test. Basically you want the number that Kaiser gives you to fall between 0-36, mine was 400+… I am assuming it was skewed high because of my gall bladder acting like a red headed step child and being on morphine, but basically I had reason to suspect my liver was in trouble. After my gall bladder was removed I was suppose to eat a low sodium and low fat diet.
That didn’t really go so well!
I porked out and gained OVER 70lbs in the course of 2 years!!!
Then, I lost all the weight over the following 2 years. We’re talking about a 150lb+ swing over the course of 4 years. That can of change can have some pretty negative effects on your body. Me being a curious lad I wanted to know WTF is going on inside my body!
During my weight loss I adopted a high fat low carbohydrate diet for about 5 months, during which time I lost about 25lbs. To most people many of the things I ate would probably be considered unhealthy. To give you an idea breakfast consists of: 3 whole eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, and 3oz of steak with sour cream on the side. On my off days (once every 5-6 days) I make sure to eat lots of ice cream, cupcakes, candy, chocolate, nachos, burritos, burgers, fries, etc. I am convinced that I routinely put my liver through hell with all the constant changes in my diet and the gallons of ice cream I throw at it…
Needless to say there was a worry growing in the back of my mind.
I decided it was time to relinquish some of my precious blood and urine so it could be analyzed to make sure I still have a liver among other things. I opted for every test Kaiser would allow me to take via blood and urine samples. The results have been pouring in over the last few days with the final results arriving in today.
I found out what I already knew, I have no STD’s…
I’m feeling like prime cut Grade-A meat right about now!
All joking aside I found out about my main concerns which revolved around the condition of my liver and my cholesterol levels. I literally had no clue what to expect. I feel great, but you never know what’s going on under the hood. My test results ALL came back with damn near perfect results! YEAH BABY, score 1 team Thomas!
So how did I celebrate? I went out and ate some some super nachos of course!
I am 30 years old and have absolutely no health problems that blood work and urine samples can detect. I was 262lbs and now I am around 170ish. I’m feeling happy and relieved. I took this picture on my way to get my nachos so I would remember how happy was at this exact moment in my life.
So what’s the lesson in all this? THE EATING OF FAT ALONE DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT AND UNHEALTHY. I also feel like there is a hidden meaning for those of us without gall bladders, and that is contrary to what the doctors say, a high fat/high protein diet doesn’t necessarily hurt your liver if you’re exercising regularly, have a low carbohydrate intake (between 50-100g a day), and you do your best to take in no more than 2,300mg (1 teaspoon) of sodium per day.