You may want to get your cholesterol levels checked before starting the 10-day program and again after its completion. We know that changing your diet can be tough, so you may be motivated by seeing the immediate and often surprising benefits of this way of eating. If you are going to do testing, schedule both a pre- and post-Jumpstart test so that the post-Jumpstart program test is done the morning after the last day (fasting). One unhealthy meal can throw off your numbers, so do your best to get your testing done as soon as possible after you complete your Jumpstart.
Cholesterol tests are relatively simple procedures involving a finger prick or blood draw. You can request tests that measure
- Total cholesterol
- LDL cholesterol (often called “bad” cholesterol)
- HDL cholesterol (often called “good” cholesterol)
These can be measured as part of an overall lipid panel or profile, or you can order a test of total cholesterol alone. Of these markers, total cholesterol is the most important to measure, but the others are also informative.
You can obtain these through the following providers:
You can also schedule an appointment with your doctor or a nurse practitioner for this screening. Another source for testing is your local public health department.
Note on testing: If you choose to get tested, remember that not everyone’s numbers will change in the same way. If your numbers are already in the healthy range, your numbers may not change as much, or at all. Sometimes, for genetic or other reasons not well understood by science, your numbers may just take longer to change. But even if you tend to carry higher cholesterol, you can take comfort in knowing that a whole-food, plant-based diet has been shown by research to be the optimal diet for human health. Whether you get a big change, a small change, or no change in your numbers, you should still experience health improvement from a plant-based diet.