Simple Diet and Lifestyle Tips
When it comes to your health, cholesterol is a key factor. Whether your high cholesterol levels are a result of eating habits, heredity traits or a combination of both, it’s important, and necessary, to lower it. Remember, HDL is the good kind of cholesterol and LDL is the bad kind.
This is a list of 10 easy and simply ways to lower your high cholesterol levels while simultaneously improving your health. All you need is a positive attitude and desire to get healthy. (Please note that these are in no particular
Cut back on meat and animal products
Animal products harbor a plethora of saturated fats. While a little saturated fat is okay, many people include too much meat/animal products in their diets which results in high cholesterol levels. By cutting back on these items (like butter, cream, milk, red meats) you will cut back on the amount of fat you take in. Switch to less fatty “meats” like shellfish, fish and chicken.
Substitute unsaturated fats for saturated fats
According to AnneCollins.com, “Unsaturated fat actually helps to lower cholesterol levels when it is substituted for saturated fat. Therefore, health professionals recommend that, when you do eat fats, unsaturated fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats) be substituted for part of the saturated fat whenever possible.” For example, use canola, vegetable or grapeseed oil when you cook and avoid lard, butter, etc.
Avoid fast foods
You should have fast foods 1-2 times a month tops, and even that’s cutting it close. Fast foods are scarily high in calories, full of saturated fats and often don’t provide healthy food options. You’re 100 times better off making a sandwich and snacking on fruits instead of hitting the drive-thru. Just don’t do it.
Eat complex carbohydrates
Don’t fear the carbs – they’re actually quite good for you and your body needs them. The problem’s arise when items are added to these carbs (ie. Butter onto bread!). Consume more pasta, rice, potatoes and watch your cholesterol level’s drop. Just make sure you avoid extra sauces and creams!
An apple a day…