Low cholesterol diet

This Cholesterol Diet Plan Significantly Reduced My Cholesterol In Just 6 Weeks

Lots of people have asked me what I ate to reduce my cholesterol so much last year, so I thought it would be useful to write a blog post including a list of all the things I ate on a daily basis.

I created this cholesterol diet plan last March after doing lots of research into which foods lower bad cholesterol (LDL), and which foods increase good cholesterol (HDL). I wanted to lower my cholesterol quickly, so my aim was to fit as many of these foods as possible into my meals without compromising on taste. So, with a bit of trial and error, I came up with some new meal ideas and recipes that would do just that.


Cholesterol Diet Plan Notes:-


  • I’m not a vegetarian, so I’m not great at knowing what the best substitutes are for the meat in my recipes, but I’ve included some suggestions in the plan below. I’m hoping they work ok!
  • You’ll notice there are meals where you can eat whatever you want. For me this was crucial throughout the 6 weeks, as it meant I never felt deprived on the plan. I made sure that there was one of these at least every other day so that I always had something to look forward to, and these meals included things like bacon sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and chocolate brownies. If you’ve been advised that you should avoid high fat foods altogether (see note at the end of this blog post), then you could pick one of the recipes from here instead.
  • Cholesterol-lowering foods tend to be high in fibre, and there are also lots of protein-rich and nutritious foods in the plan, which should keep you full and satisfied. But if you do get hungry between meals, I’d recommend eating almonds, an apple or a couple of oatcakes.
  • I haven’t included drinks, as I didn’t change what I drank during the plan, but just so you know, I have 2 cups of coffee a day with semi-skimmed milk, lots of water, and I drink alcohol in moderation (mainly red wine).
  • I had a Benecol cholesterol-lowering yoghurt drink every day. They’re not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under five years old, and they also may not be suitable for anyone taking cholesterol lowering medication. It’s best to consult your GP before using Benecol (or other) cholesterol-lowering products to make sure they’re suitable for your individual needs.
  • Now that my cholesterol is low, I stick to a similar format, but just switch in and out different recipes from this list to keep things interesting.

Cholesterol diet plan


My Cholesterol Diet Plan:-


Monday

Breakfast

  • Oat & nut muesli – homemade or a shop-bought ‘no added sugar’ variety.
  • Add 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds & berries, e.g. blueberries or goji berries.
  • Eat with soya yoghurt or fat free natural yoghurt.

Lunch

  • 5 minute superfood salad – recipe here.
  • You can replace the salmon with any lean protein, such chicken or turkey, tuna, quorn strips or cottage cheese.

Snack

  • Crudites, e.g. carrot sticks and peppers.
  • Houmous or guacamole dip.

Dinner

  • Italian meatballs – recipe here.
  • Vegetarian meatballs should work well as substitutes.

Dessert

  • Any dessert you like (e.g. chocolate brownie and ice cream).
  • And a plant stanol yoghurt drink, like these Benecol ones.

Tuesday

Breakfast

  • 2 slices of wholemeal toast.
  • Spread with 1 tbsp almond/peanut butter (sugar free).
  • Top with sliced banana and a drizzle of honey.

Lunch

  • 200g baked beans on a baked potato (regular or sweet).
  • Sprinkle toasted seeds on top for extra nutrients.

Snack

  • 2 oatcakes topped with sliced avocado.

Dinner

  • Chicken & vegetable masala – recipe here.
  • The chicken can be replaced with extra vegetables.

Dessert

  • 1 piece of dark chocolate (at least 75% cocoa).
  • A handful of berries.
  • And a plant stanol yoghurt drink.

Wednesday

Breakfast

  • Any breakfast you like!
  • This could be anything from pancakes to a fry-up.

Lunch

  • Any homemade or shop-bought low fat soup.
  • Make sure it’s less than 1.5g sat fat per 100g.
  • Try to choose one that contains beans and/or barley.
  • Eat with a wholemeal or seeded roll.

Snack

  • A handful of almonds/walnuts and berries.

Dinner

  • Sausage & bean casserole – recipe here.
  • You can use vegetarian sausages if you like, or replace them with aubergine chunks.

Dessert

  • Chocolate & raisin oatie – see recipe here.
  • And a plant stanol yoghurt drink.

Thursday

Breakfast

  • Apple & cinnamon porridge – recipe here.

Lunch

  • Wholemeal pitta bread or wrap.
  • Fill with avocado slices, houmous and salad leaves.
  • Add lean protein, such as chicken, turkey or chickpeas.

Snack

  • Chopped pear with 1 tbsp almond butter (sugar free).

Dinner

  • Turkey, spinach & mushroom filo parcels – recipe here.
  • Eat with your favourite cooked vegetables.
  • It should work with quorn mince instead of the turkey.

Dessert

  • 1 piece of dark chocolate (at least 75% cocoa).
  • A handful of berries.
  • And a plant stanol yoghurt drink.

Friday

Breakfast

  • Seeded bagel with avocado & smoked salmon.
  • Scrambled egg can be substituted for the salmon (made with 2 egg whites and 1 yolk).

Lunch

  • Cannellini bean salad – recipe here.
  • Add lean protein if you like, e.g. chicken or cottage cheese.

Snack

  • 2 oatcakes topped with cottage cheese.

Dinner

  • Any dinner you like!
  • Make sure it’s something you really love, like pizza.

Dessert

  • A handful of berries.
  • And a plant stanol yoghurt drink.

Saturday

Breakfast

  • Oat pancake – recipe here.
  • Eat with low fat natural yoghurt.
  • Add berries and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.

Lunch

  • Chicken & sun-dried tomato fusilli – recipe here.
  • Replace chicken with quorn strips or aubergine chunks if you like.

Snack

  • 8 olives or a handful of roasted chickpeas.

Dinner

  • Chicken tacos with pineapple salsa – recipe here.
  • OR Lentil and sweet potato tacos – recipe here.
  • Top with guacamole or houmous, and eat with salad.

Dessert

  • Chocolate & banana mousse – recipe here.
  • And a plant stanol yoghurt drink.

Sunday

Breakfast

  • 2 slices wholemeal toast.
  • Top with sliced avocado and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Add a poached egg and sprinkle with toasted seeds.

Lunch

  • Any lunch you like (e.g. cheese toastie or a burger)

Snack

  • Apple & mango smoothie – recipe here.

Dinner

  • Spiced salmon filo pie – recipe here.
  • OR Lentil and roasted vegetable filo triangles – recipe here.
  • Serve with your favourite vegetables.

Dessert

  • Banana & oat cookie – see recipe here.
  • And a plant stanol yoghurt drink.

Cholesterol diet plan

Note about eating ‘whatever you want’:- There are a few conditions that cause people to have more difficulty in clearing triglycerides (a form of dietary fat found in meat, dairy produce and cooking oils) from their blood after eating a fatty meal. High triglyceride levels can result in low HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) levels, so if you have one of these conditions, your doctor may advise against eating fatty foods altogether. For more information on triglycerides and the associated conditions, click here

If you’d like any more information about my cholesterol diet plan, or have any questions about portion sizes or substitutions, please get in touch by clicking here. I’d love to hear from you!

6 thoughts on “This Cholesterol Diet Plan Significantly Reduced My Cholesterol In Just 6 Weeks

  1. […] Here’s the diet plan that helped me reduce my cholesterol last year in just 6 weeks – you’ll see that it includes a meal every other day where I ate whatever I liked. This may not work for everyone, especially if you’ve been advised that you should avoid high fat foods altogether (see note below), but it works for me as I’ve stayed on track and have managed to keep my LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) levels low and my HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) levels high ever since. Please consult your doctor before embarking on any dietary changes. […]

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