diet modifications

3 Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Cholesterol

Are you or your loved one interested in making lifestyle modifications to lower your cholesterol?

Here are three simple tips to help lower your cholesterol through diet:

1) Replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats. Limit saturated fat intake found in meat and full fat dairy. Increase intake of heart healthy unsaturated fats found in nuts, canola and olive oil, and avocado. Recipe suggestion: avocado toast on whole grain bread drizzled with olive oil.

2) Fill up with fiber. Choose whole-grains like oatmeal and fill your plates with fruits and vegetables. You know what they say about beans. Beans, chick peas, and lentils are the magical fruits to fill up on fiber.Fiber helps to keep us full and reduces cholesterol absorption. Recipe suggestion: overnight oats topped with berries, flax, and walnuts.

3) Increase your good (HDL) cholesterol. Eat omega-3 fatty acids which are o.m.g so good for you! Certain fish, walnuts, and flax will provide you with omega-3 fatty acids. Aim to consume fish 2-3 times per week to help lower the LDL (“lousy”) cholesterol. Include salmon, tuna, and mackerel.