Monday, May 9, 2011
A few weeks ago, my husband had his yearly health screening at work. He's one of the healthiest people I've ever known. He rarely gets sick and doesn't have any "vices" to speak of unless you count the occasional apple pie. Still, he has a fondness for eggs cooked in butter. I use olive oil when I make eggs, but when he does it, he stubbornly sticks to butter. I was afraid it was beginning to stick to his arteries. So many people who are robustly healthy in their teens and twenties have a "ten feet tall and bullet-proof" mentality as their unhealthy habits haven't yet caught up to them. As Josh just turned thirty last year, I've asked him to consider making some small changes. He already does much better than the average American male. He gave up pop (soda to my East Coast friends) at age 23, weaned himself off of sweet tea, drinks green tea at work all day and avoids red meat except on rare occasions and eats a largely Mediterranean-style diet. He's perfectly happy eating red beans and rice and quinoa and black bean burritos. He does have a couple of things that worry me- the butter and using artificial creamer in his coffee. He still prefers that over coconut milk or even organic milk. All in all, though, I can't complain. So, I should've known my gentle teasing ("nagging" according to him) would come back to bite me when I got a phone call one afternoon and Josh (too) innocently asked me if I wanted to hear the results of his health screening. I eagerly said, "of course!" and he launched into a dizzying list of terms and numbers. Total Cholesterol: 100, HDL 39, TC/HDL Ratio- N.A. because it was so low it couldn't be calculated! LDL- N.A.- too low to calculate. Triglycerides- 68 , Glucose- 81 Systolic blood pressure-119, Diastolic- 73 Translation: VERY, VERY healthy. He let it sink in for a few minutes and then proceeded to smirk over the phone. I could FEEL him smirking. He asked me if I was happy ( duh) and then told me he was going to celebrate with a triple-bacon cheeseburger between two glazed donuts.