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DCWADE SparkPoints: (1,431)
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3/7/13 1:54 P

Thanks for the information.
The nurse called me with the results and said the dr wanted me to eat a low fat diet and to excercise more. When I call the other day she changed it and said my level was not that high just to eat better and excercise.
So I been doing that.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 951
3/7/13 10:47 A

Just going to put out there that over consumption of cholesterol comes from fatty or processed foods. Cholesterol is a substance that our bodies actually produce (from the liver) because we need certain amounts of it in our system. Common foods that contain cholesterol are dairy products, meats, eggs, and solid fats used for frying foods (animal fat, hydrogenated vegetable oils/coconut oil). While diets high in sugars have been linked to high cholesterol, there is no real science or research that shows that more cholesterol "comes from" sugar. Now, processed foods typically contain large amounts of sugar and processed fats, which is part of the reason the AHA (American heart association) recommends limiting sugar intake. All of this information can be found in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in an article from the week of April 20, 2010 called 'Caloric Sweetener Consumption and Dyslipidemia Among US Adults'.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,301
3/7/13 6:58 A

More cholesterol is produced from eating sugar than from eating fat.

However elimating trans fats and hydrogenated oils from your diet may help. I eat no fried foods, no saturated or trans fats, no ice cream, no cheese except for maybe mozzerella, parm, romano, no butter and I use Benecal because the plant sterols that help lower cholesterol.

Eating Omega 3's which helped bring down ymy triglycerides & and actually helped raise my HDL cholesterol which is the good kind. I skip the typical side dish of pasta, potatoes, or rice and make seasoned beans instead. Seeds have cholesterol-lowering properties...maybe add sesame seeds to brocolli, green beans... sunflower seeds, pistachios, almonds, sesame seeds and pecans are the top five for lowering cholesterol and adding fiber to your diet. Pistachios block absorption of dietary cholesterol. Celery seeds have been shown to fight high cholesterol

Sardines are very rich in Omega 3's and the saturated fat in butter is a no no, instead Pam Spray or 1 tbls of Olive Oil....eating almonds or walnuts may also lower fatty cuts of meat, bacon, sausage, pork, or no chicken with the skin on...raw veggies and fruit help too.

Concentrated sweets that contain forms of sucrose dont help. Limit cakes, candies, pies, etc.
It is known that adding spices to your daily diet can keep the arteries Basil, Oregano, garlic. I Know some people who eat garlic daily to help keep their cholesterol in check.

I find Barley, chickpeas, chicken and turkey withut the skin, hummus and lentils help my cholesterol...

I know what works for me...I'm not sure why your doctor changed his mind either...maybe a 2nd opinion is in order...anyway good luck!

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 3/7/2013 (07:05)
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3/6/13 6:16 P

I called my Doctor and asked for the number for the diatician and the nurse called me back and said I don't have to be on a low fat diet. I was like then why did you tell me that in the first place. So I only need to make better choices on what I eat and excercise more. Well that says it all. I was so frustrated after two different stories I got the vaccum out and cleaned the whole up stairs. Half hour work out. LOL

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3/6/13 11:29 A

Thank you for the info.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 951
3/6/13 10:36 A

You don't have to eat fish, though if you can find a type you like and can eat that would be great, if just for the added variety.

Going to a dietician is a great idea, see if you DR can recommend one. My dietician is amazing, I just love her.

Eating more fiber means eating more whole grains (oatmeal, whole wheat bread, lots of veggies and fruit). It can be tough right at first, but swapping white pasta for wheat, brown rice for white, etc., can make it a little easier.

Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic website with a list of foods and how much fiber they contain per serving:

Best of luck!

Edited by: WHOLENEWME79 at: 3/6/2013 (10:38)
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3/6/13 10:11 A

I am not a fish eater. I was forced to eat fish when there was nothing else to eat and I gag just to try it again. I have gastritious on my stomach and divaticulous on my colon. I am suppose to eat more fiber so I am confused on what to eat. I cook more at home. I been eating more vegetables and fruit and cooking with less oil. I am thinking on going to a diatician. I have books they gave me from having diabeties. been cleen since 2004.

Edited by: DCWADE at: 3/6/2013 (10:15)
JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
3/6/13 9:33 A

WHole grains, whole foods, and low fat meats is what I would recommend. If you stick with Fish, and chicken, (primarily fish) and eat fresh fruits and veggies and low fat any thing else, you should be good.

LOTUS737 Posts: 4,006
3/6/13 9:17 A

Do you cook often or do you tend to eat out more regularly? If your'e cooking at home, it's easy to swap healthier fats for unhealthier fats- like olive oil instead of butter. Cooking spray is another great tool for dishes that really don't need a lot of oil (and most don't!). Because I cook so much it really helped me to sit down and enter some recipes (as I cooked I wrote them down)- I quickly saw that none of my dishes needed the two tablespoons of oil I was using! Now most of my dishes use a teaspoon of olive oil and the extra fat isn't missed.

Also if you eat a lot of dairy it can have a lot of fat- switch to lower fat options or reduce your portion sizes.

Hope that's helpful! Feel free to message me if you want to chat more!

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,294
3/6/13 8:21 A

There are special sections here on Spark for various health conditions, and high cholesterol is one of them:

Tons of information, articles etc.

Also you could ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietician. Most insurance will cover at least one visit, when you have an issue that is directly impacted by the way you eat.

(Edited to fix the link)

Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 3/6/2013 (08:24)
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3/5/13 11:50 P

Hi - it isn't so much a low fat diet per se, but rather the bad fats you need to avoid. There are loads of healthy fats from foods such as avocado, nuts, hummus, and oily fish (sardines, salmon, tuna).

Below is a link to the Mayo Clinic for you to check out:

I USED to have very high cholesterol (even while on meds for it) but very low HDL. I was also borderline pre-diabetic. Apart from my Dietitian prescribing Omega-3 Fish Oil to increase the HDL, there was no change to what I ate. It was already really healthy. The only change was my weight-loss. Once I was nearly at my goal weight my Cholesterol results and my HbA1c came back perfectly normal. No other change.

Good luck,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 3/5/2013 (23:51)
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3/5/13 9:05 P

I was wondering if there is a list of food choices to choose from. I just recieved my Cholesteral results and my doctor said I need to eat a low fat diet as my cholesteral was a little high. I never had high choleseral before. I been excercising on and off from being sick and I am ready to get back into it.
Any sugestions.

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