Businesswoman keeps cholesterol in check

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25 February 2014

Johannie was shocked when her levels tested sky-high but thanks to our cholesterol challenge she’s ready to tackle the problem

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Johannie Barnard says lowering her cholesterol means she’ll have a longer and healthier life. Johannie's current cholesterol: 5,4 mmol/L Goal: 4 mmol/L Johannie Barnard says lowering her cholesterol means she’ll have a longer and healthier life.

Johannie was shocked when her levels tested sky-high but thanks to our cholesterol challenge she’s ready to tackle the problem

When Johannie Barnard (54) had her cholesterol tested for the first time three months ago she got a huge shock.

Johannie's current cholesterol: 5,4 mmol/L Goal: 4 mmol/L

“The reading was 7,5! I know my family has a history of high cholesterol but before this test I didn’t take much note of my cholesterol levels.”

High cholesterol is known as the silent killer because there are no symptoms until it’s too late – which is why it’s important to know your levels.

Johannie, who runs the De Villiers Country Lodge guesthouse in Villiersdorp, says her husband is health-conscious – she’s the one who’s guilty of tucking into fatty food and lamb chops. After she was tested she went on statin medication that reduced her cholesterol to 5,4 mmol/L, which was confirmed at the start of the Flora 21-day cholesterol challenge on 24 January 2014.

It’s only 0,4 higher than the recommended cholesterol reading which should be between 3 and 5 mmol/L. Johannie is now determined to get her reading down to 4 mmol/L with a healthy lifestyle and using a combination of statin medication and Flora pro.activ for optimum lowering.

“My cholesterol levels are already better than before, but I want them to be even better.”

When we spoke to Johannie she’d been on the Flora cholesterol challenge for five days. “So far, so good,” she says. “I know it’s early days but I already feel more energetic. I also feel motivated.”

The challenge started with a 5-km walk with all the participants, including former Springbok rugby player Errol Tobias who lives in the Overberg area and supports the challenge. flora johannie Johannie has been motivated by her domestic worker, Jo-Anne January, joining her on the 21-day challenge. “We then started walking on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You can choose whether you want to do the 2,5-km or 5-km distance in the mornings or afternoons. I’m dripping with sweat by the time I get home but I enjoy it. I love doing it in a group – we have a diverse mix of people from the town who are taking part in the challenge but we all enjoy it so much we’ve even discussed carrying on when the 21 days are up.”

‘We enjoy the challenge so much we’ve even discussed carrying on when the 21 days are up’

On Tuesdays and Thursdays they do light-weight and stretch exercises.

Johannie says she’s motivated by her domestic worker, Jo-Anne January (33), joining her in the challenge. “Her cholesterol was tested and it’s 5,3, so we have about an equal amount to reduce.” Johannie has introduced changes at the guesthouse too. “I no longer deep-fry potatoes, I grill food instead of smothering it in sauces and I try to serve more fresh produce. It’s a huge challenge – I love cooking and eating and I raised four kids with healthy appetites!”Johannie says the challenge isn’t just about lowering her cholesterol levels – she hopes to improve her overall lifestyle. Her motivation, she says, is knowing she’ll have a longer, healthier life and that she’ll have more time with her kids and husband. “My children and husband inspire and motivate me. I always say I don’t have much money, but my family are my pride and joy.” Johannie and Jo-Anne. Johannie and Jo-Anne.

JOHANNIE’S HEALTHY LIFESTYLE REGIME

  • She exercises at least three times a week;
  • Uses less fat when cooking;
  • Uses Flora pro.activ instead of butter in recipes;
  • Prepares healthy food at her guesthouse so she’s not tempted (it’s also better for guests);
  • Eats more fresh food such as vegetables and salads; and
  • Avoids sugary drinks and has water instead.

A DAY FROM HER NEW DIET

Breakfast Wholewheat bread with Flora pro.activ and cheese and/or tomato Lunch Chicken salad Snack One or two pieces of fruit Supper Fish and/or chicken without skin, served with vegetables and a boiled potato.

 TASTY CHICKEN SALAD

Johannie makes this dish when she has to rustle up a healthy meal in a hurry.

  • Fresh lettuce leaves
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Goat’s milk cheese
  • Smoked chicken

Chop the vegetables into pieces. Cut the cheese and smoked chicken into strips. Combine all the ingredients and dress with a low-fat or fat-free salad dressing made with, for instance, balsamic vinegar. Serve with crackers spread with Flora pro.activ.

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