Low Cholesterol Diet Tips

low cholesterol dietFollowing a low cholesterol diet can reduce and maintain your cholesterol levels and reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. Use the following recommendations to help lower dangerous cholesterol levels by as much as 10 to 15 percent.

Sources of Bad Cholesterol

Red meat and dairy are the primary sources of cholesterol in the American pantry, so reducing those – or eliminating them entirely – is the best route to lower levels.  There are other sources of so-called bad cholesterol that are also easy to identify. […]

Lowering High Cholesterol – Taking a Baseline

Determining how to lower your high cholesterol reading requires first taking a baseline measurements of your weight, waist size, diet, and activity that are potentially relevant to your cholesterol. What is a baseline? A baseline is simply a measure of current state.  You’ll take measurements and compare them to the ideal when figuring out how to go about lowering your[…]

How to Deal with a High Cholesterol Reading

After receiving a high cholesterol reading from my doctor, I put together a plan to lower my cholesterol to a healthy level naturally, without medication. Understanding of my own health Prior to my high cholesterol reading, I was never conscious of nor did I care about connections between cholesterol and blood pressure with heart disease.  As I[…]

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After being diagnosed with a high LDL cholesterol count and borderline BMI measurement several years ago, I evaluated several meal and activity tracking programs for my iPhone before eventually selecting Lose It! from Boston-based developer FitNow.  I use Lose It! to help meet my diet and weight-loss goals and track fat and calories by entering my meals and snacks as well[…]

Getting Started with Flexitarian Cooking

I just got started with week 1 of the flexitarian meal plan, and am cooking up some pretty tasty vegetarian dishes from the Flexitarian Diet Book. The idea behind Flexitarianism is to reduce, but not necessarily eliminate, the amount of meat in one’s diet. Meat-based diets have been linked to heart disease, cancer, and weight gain.[…]

Flexitarianism: Meal Plans and Diet

More and more people who are concerned with losing weight, reducing the risk of heart disease, or who simply want to eat better and healthy are incorporating Flexitarianism in their meal plans and diet.  Flexitarian advocates eat a primarily vegetarian diet; meat may be included occasionally – say, in social situations or when it’s otherwise[…]

Do Brain Trainer Games Work?

A friend has looked for ways to improve his memory capacity and cognitive response, and thought that brain trainer games and software might work. As we get older, our brains decline in operating speed and performance. He’s been playing brain trainer games at Lumosity, which advertise that their subscription game service will “improve your brain[…]

Statins and Memory Loss: The Tradeoff With Anti-Cholesterol Medication

In a recently released advisory notice, the FDA acknowledged a relationship between statins and memory loss, something many patients taking anti-cholesterol drugs and their doctors already knew.  Specifically, the notice advised that “cognitive impairment, such as memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion, has been reported by some statin users”. Tara Parker-Pope writes in the New York Times[…]

Portion Control

Judging healthy portions is difficult, especially given that the portions sizes in general have grown larger and larger in recent years.  My own trouble with portion control is that I’ve become used to outsized servings offered at restaurants.  It is easier to reduce your portions of food through visualization, weighing and by physically restricting the[…]