I get asked lots of questions from my blog readers about lowering cholesterol, so I thought it would be helpful to put the most commonly asked questions into one blog post, along with my answers. So here goes.
Through writing this blog over the last two years I’ve tried and tested lots of different ways to lower cholesterol naturally without having to resort to statins. Here’s a list of the tips I’ve found most useful in helping to lower my cholesterol and keep it low:-
As I’m due in a couple of months, I’m planning to cook a load of cholesterol-friendly meals to stick in the freezer, so that we don’t need to worry about cooking during the first few weeks.
I’ll start this blog post by saying that, since I started my cholesterol-lowering plan, I’ve massively reduced the amount of butter and other spreads in my diet. One reason is because a lot of them are high in saturated fat, which can increase cholesterol, and the other reason is because the meals and snacks I now eat a lot of don’t need butter or margarine (although I still have butter in my 20% time – more on that later).
But if you love your daily morning toast, or don’t like the thought of eating a sandwich without spread, then there are still a few options that can fit into a cholesterol-lowering diet:-Read More »
I’m 15 weeks pregnant and was a bit worried about my cholesterol during my first trimester as my cholesterol-friendly diet went completely and utterly out of the window! From about 6 weeks, I went off meat, vegetables and salad, and was also absolutely knackered in the evenings, so stopped cooking proper meals for a while.
Low cholesterol eating can be easier than you think. These simple food swaps will help to reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet, and increase the amount of dietary fibre, both of which will help to lower your cholesterol:-
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.
Cholesterol-friendly eating doesn’t just have to be all about oats, nuts and beans. The foods listed below are low in saturated fat, meaning you can eat them as part of a cholesterol-friendly diet. One thing to be aware of though is that these foods are fairly high in salt, so are best eaten in moderation, and where possible I’d recommend always eating them with foods that actively lower cholesterol if you have high cholesterol (I’ve included suggestions below):-
I can’t believe it’s now been over a year since I started my cholesterol-lowering journey and started writing this blog. The last 12 months have flown by so quickly. I had a health check up last Thursday, and I’m pleased to say that my cholesterol hasn’t increased since my last check up – in fact it’s gone down. My total cholesterol is currently 4.3 mmol/L, and my HDL (‘good’) cholesterol is 2.04 mmol/L.