Spotlighting Healthy Choices For High Cholesterol Folks
Cholesterol is known as the silent killer because it builds up in your body over a long period of time and can kill you without the slightest bit of notice. If you are getting regular checkups, you know that getting your cholesterol level checked is absolutely vital to living a long, healthy life.
If you have been recently diagnosed as having a high cholesterol level, don’t panic. Chances are that you have caught this problem in enough time to do something about it. There are many lifestyle changes you can make to help limit the impact of cholesterol on your life. Let’s take a look at just a few things you can do.
The first thing you want to do is to lower the amount of saturated fat you take in. A common misconception when it comes to health is that all fat is bad. This is untrue. Your body needs unsaturated fat and it even needs cholesterol to survive, but like the old saying goes, too much of a good thing can be bad.
You’ll want to start using “good oils” when you cook, such as sesame, corn, sunflower, olive, and safflower. Stay away from things like shortening, lard, and bacon fat, which will only make your condition worse. If you don’t have much experience with these types of oils, buy a small bottle of each and try them out. You may be surprised at how enjoyable they really are.
Next, you want to switch to lean, skinless meats like chicken, lean beef, and especially fish. Fish contains several ingredients that have been known to lower your cholesterol faster than any other meat. Just like with the oils, if you don’t have a lot of experience cooking with fish, be sure to try several varieties and several different cooking styles before you form an opinion.
Many people believe that if you choose to follow a low cholesterol diet, it means that you can’t have the things you love any longer. You can, in fact, have sweets on a low cholesterol diet, including things like graham crackers, angel food cake, and more. What you want to stay away from are things like Danishes, pastries, and doughnuts. There are many low cholesterol ways to indulge your sweet tooth, so don’t feel that you can’t have a fun snack now and then.
Finally, one of the most difficult things for many people to give up is ice cream. What is better on a warm summer’s day than a bowl of ice cream? Instead, indulge in a bowl of sorbet or ice milk. Of course, it isn’t going to be exactly the same, especially if you are an ice cream fanatic. It is better, however, than giving up cold sweet treats altogether.
You’ll also want to switch to baked potatoes and pretzels, and stay away from French fries and cheesecake. Dieting is all about enjoying what you can have instead of bemoaning what you can’t.
Stay positive and follow a diet for high cholesterol, and you’ll be healthier in no time.
I’d also recommend checking out The Diet Solution Program by Isabel De Los Rios. She is a nutritionist who used the principles she teaches in her program to both lose 30 pounds and help nearly cure her mother’s diabetes and high blood pressure.