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Watching Cholesterol: Seven Days a Week?
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Watching Cholesterol: Seven Days a Week?
Post your questions or comments on restricting cholesterol from your diet here.
This month my total cholesteral was 263, 155 LDL, 80 HDL, 138 Tri.  My doctor put me on Lipitor.  Going online, I find that I should keep my cholesterol intake under 200g daily.  I am
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Watching Cholesterol: Seven Days a Week?

posted at 1/30/2012 5:46 PM CST
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This month my total cholesteral was 263, 155 LDL, 80 HDL, 138 Tri.  My doctor put me on Lipitor.  Going online, I find that I should keep my cholesterol intake under 200g daily.  I am trying to keep it under 100g daily.  If I am able to do this, would it be OK to eat whatever I want for dinner on Saturday night (just once a week)?  I am a 56-year old female, and I never finish what is served me in a restaurant. Thanks!

Re: Watching Cholesterol: Seven Days a Week?

posted at 2/1/2012 11:44 AM CST
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In Response to Watching Cholesterol: Seven Days a Week?:
This month my total cholesteral was 263, 155 LDL, 80 HDL, 138 Tri.  My doctor put me on Lipitor.  Going online, I find that I should keep my cholesterol intake under 200g daily.  I am trying to keep it under 100g daily.  If I am able to do this, would it be OK to eat whatever I want for dinner on Saturday night (just once a week)?  I am a 56-year old female, and I never finish what is served me in a restaurant. Thanks!
Posted by blumenfool


With high cholesterol levels, there are a few changes that can be made to your diet that will help improve your cholesterol levels.  
·         Limiting foods high in saturated fat including fatty meat, poultry skin, bacon, sausage, whole milk, cream and butter.
·         Limiting foods with trans fat including stick margarine, shortening, some fried foods and packaged foods that contain hydrogenated oils. Instead of butter or margarine, try a light butter, whipped or liquid spreads.
·         Limit cholesterol to less than 200 milligrams (mg) per day.
·         Eat more omega-3 fats. Good choices include salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines. Aim to eat fish twice a week. Other foods with omega-3s include flaxseed, walnuts and canola and soybean oils.
·         Get 20 - 30 grams of dietary fiber per day. Fiber will soak up cholesterol in your digestive tract, preventing it from being absorbed into the body. Good sources of fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dried beans and legumes.  

Typically when I talk with clients about lowering their cholesterol, I have them start by focusing on limiting solid fats (saturated & trans- found in butter, stick margarine, shortening, high-fat dairy and high-fat meats), increasing their fiber intake and increasing their physical activity. These three lifestyle changes will also help with maintaining a healthy weight. 

Tip: When increasing the fiber intake in your diet, do it gradually and be sure to drink plenty of water to help your digestive tract handle the extra bulk.

When planning your meals throughout the week, focus on balancing your diet with heart-healthy foods. With your Saturday evening meal, choose foods that you will enjoy but eat less of it. As a dietitian I rarely, if ever, tell someone that they can't have a certain food. However, I often tell clients that they need to consume foods in an appropriate amount.

By making small changes in your diet, over time you can notice a big difference in your health. For more individualized advice, I would highly recommend that you visit with your local Hy-Vee dietitian. They will be able to answer more specific questions based on your personal preferences and individual needs.

Re: Watching Cholesterol: Seven Days a Week?

posted at 12/8/2012 1:27 AM CST
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Typically when I talk with clients about lowering their cholesterol, I have them start by focusing on limiting solid fats (saturated & trans- found in butter, stick margarine, shortening, high-fat dairy and high-fat meats), increasing their fiber intake and increasing their physical activity. These three lifestyle changes will also help with maintaining a healthy weight.

Re: Watching Cholesterol: Seven Days a Week?

posted at 8/28/2013 5:24 AM CDT
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I agree. It doesn't matter what they you will eat a certain food. The most important thing is by consuming it at the appropriate amount.
-Rosetta

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