High Cholesterol? Let’s see what we can do!

If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’ve already been informed by your doctor that your “bad cholesterol” is too high. So let’s talk about what you can do (and not do) to fix this!

However…

PLEASE understand the risks of high cholesterol, which can be premature death from heart disease.

So, we are looking for cholesterol levels of 150 or less to drastically reduce this risk. Please also know that there are many other factors of heart disease aside from cholesterol so PLEASE contact your doctor for more information. This information is never meant to replace professional medical advice and is for your consideration ONLY.

Now…

Some correlations between high cholesterol is high body fat—reduce body fat, likely reduces cholesterol.

What do you EAT if you have high cholesterol?

Well, buckle up buttercup because there are TONS of wonderful options that won’t leave you with that FOMO feeling for the goodies 😉

Foods to eat:

  • Fruits and Veggies (shoot for a combo of 10 servings per day…it’s not as much as you’d think!)
  • Eggs–YES! You can have eggs!
  • Organic, grass-fed meats and seafood
  • Beans/Legumes (1 cup/day)
  • Whole Grains (1 cup/day)
  • Nuts/Seeds (1/3 cup/day)
  • Herbs/spices-especially garlic, ginger, curcumin

Foods to Avoid:

  • Processed Foods (things from a box/can/container
  • Trans fat
  • Dairy
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

Supplements to Explore:

(Again, consult your doctor before taking any supplements, but here is a list that you could discuss):

  • Fish/fish oil supplements
  • Red rice yeast extract, is very potent, so do not take it without professional consultation from your doctor.
  • Omega-3 oils
  • Niacin (vitamin B3) Too much B3 can cause liver stress and toxicity.
  • L-carnitine
  • Plant sterols/stanols

These guidelines can also be similar to that of the Mediterranean Diet. See the infographic below from Precision Nutrition, to see how this all plays out…

So there you have it! Like most ailments, we can control SOOOOOO much with our food intake! Educate yourself, don’t get overwhelmed, and always reach out for help!

Need more help? Contact The Mother Lovin’ Struggle for nutritional consultation, coaching, and more!

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