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The ride and hike to Osprey Falls. . .

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on June 28, 2008

Back on my b-day (3 weeks ago) we attempted a combination bike ride/hike to Osprey Falls, which is near  Mammoth Hot Springs. It was raining, the trail was muddy, and it was in the 40’s. What were we thinking?  Needless to say, we made it about 400 yards before turning back.

Well, this past Thursday, the sun was shining and we decided to give it another try. It was a 3 1/2 mile bike ride to the trailhead and then a 1 1/2 mile hike down a canyon to the Gardner River and Osprey Falls. The girls got bounced around pretty good in the bike trailer, but they had a ball. The hike down was the worst part (for me anyway). The trail was covered with loose rocks. I slipped and fell once, luckily Keira didn’t seem to notice the sudden drop!

The waterfall was great and well worth the hike. We started to feel the mist before actually seeing the falls. Then, in order to get a good view of the entire waterfall you had to hike into the blowing water/mist. Katelyn and Keira weren’t too keen on the cold water, so Eric and I took turns staying with the girls while the other hiked on to see the falls (and get drenched in cold water).  I wasn’t able to get a picture of the falls.

Eric had the raw end of the deal hiking back up, since he was carry a good 45 pounds of gear/Katelyn! Keira decided the hike up was a great time for a nap, as you can see in the picture:)

Eric and Kate getting bikes ready.

Girls loaded in bike trailer.

Lisa and Keira hiking down.  Eric and Kate hiking down.  

Eric soaked by falls!  )

It’s time to finalize today’s ezine with the Top 5 Omega 3 Sources to Lower Cholesterol.  If you have cholesterol, blood pressure, or weight loss questions, send them to me at RD@eNutritionServices.com.

Enjoy your weekend! ~Lisa

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Do I need to be concerned about high HDL levels?

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on June 22, 2008

My LDL is 50, my HDL is 160 and my triglycerides 90.  Do I need to be concerned about my high HDL levels?

The above question is one I recently answered for a visitor to The Health Central Network.  I thought readers of this blog may be interested in the answer as well, so here it is. 

HDL is the good cholesterol and does not contribute to arterial plaque that leads to heart disease.  HDL actually does the opposite and reduces the plaque lining your artery walls.  A high level is a good thing and reduces your heart disease risk.  If taking medications, speak with your MD to double check whether your medication is playing a role.

With an HDL of 160, your total cholesterol is going to be over 200.  However, the high HDL level negates the negative of a total over 200.  You are doing fine, keep up the good work!

All the best,

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

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Use local events for fun and health!

Posted by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN on June 13, 2008

On Saturday, May 31st, a girlfriend and myself participated in a 10K run in Livingston, MT.  Fortunately, the rain forecast held off until afternoon and it was a great morning to be outside.  This is the second organized event I have recently participated in and I can’t say enough about the experience.  I use to be hesitant to sign-up for these events thinking there is no way I can keep up with everyone else.  Well, let me tell you, there are a wide variety of athletes participating.  Some sprint to the finish, others walk.  There is room for everyone!  We jogged pushing a stroller.  Nothing like a crying baby to get you moving a little faster.

I encourage you to find out what events are in your area and sign up.  Gives you a break from your normal workout routine!

Enjoy the upcoming weekend, Lisa

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