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Anyone have any cholesterol free recipes?

I just found out my cholesterol levels are 3 times higher than normal. So I need to take meds plus change the eating habits.

Guess that means no more cheese, nor pastries, nor my favorite ... Rolos candy. :-(

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Sorry to hear this Lisa.

I too have a cholesterol problem (familial hyperlipidaemia - genetic problem) which I was completely unaware of until it caused me some serious problems. I also take meds to keep it under control. I take 4 different meds, 9 tablets a day! (One of my meds has a maximum daily dose of 4g and I am prescribed 6g!)

Have you read up on the sources of cholesterol? LDL and HDL types?

Briefly, HDL is good cholesterol (you want this) and LDL is bad. (I remember them as Happy (HDL) and Lousy (LDL))

Your liver manufactures cholesterol - indeed it is a requirement for your body to function normally. My problem is that my body does not break down the excess as it should.

What dietary things can you do?

Reduce saturated fat intake. I still eat meat but I cut the fat from steaks, chops, bacon etc. and I eat fatty meat much more infrequently. Try not to include butter in your diet and certainly reduce full-fat cheeses. Pastries are out, I'm afraid. You would not believe how much fat is in shop-bought pastry - read the labels before buying something from the shops and check the saturated fat percentages!

Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals.

Oily fish is great for you (salmon, mackerel etc) and I often eat whole fish baked with garlic, lemon etc served with a simple salad.

Use an oil for cooking instead of fat and use it sparingly.

It used to be said that eggs were bad for you because they contain cholesterol, but eggs are ok if you limit your intake! Having an egg every couple of days is fine.

If your cholesterol is under control with meds, there is no need to be overly worried about your diet as long as you are sensible. There are choices even on restaurant menus which scream out "NO" and others which say gently "OK". It is too easy to become

The recipes I have posted in this thread, I eat. Some of the other recipes - while mouth-watering - I would avoid, or adapt to use alternative ingredients.

What is your level? With meds, mine is between 2 and 3 now, so well-controlled, but it was 14 when we discovered the problem.

I hope this helps.

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Wonderful Baked Potatoes

Ingredients

4 medium baking potatoes

Coupons

3/4 cup low-fat (1%) cottage cheese

Coupons

1/4 cup 1% milk

2 tablespoons soft margarine

1 teaspoon dill weed

3/4 teaspoon herb seasoning

4-6 drops hot pepper sauce

2 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Prick potatoes with fork. Bake at 425º F for 60 minutes or until fork is easily inserted.

2. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Carefully scoop out potato leaving about 1/2 inch of pulp inside shell. Mash pulp in large bowl.

3. Mix in by hand remaining ingredients except parmesan cheese. Spoon mixture into potato shells.

4. Sprinkle each top with 1/4 teaspoon parmesan cheese.

I had gitten this from a cholesterol free web site and thought everyone likes baked potatoes. I hope you enjoy this one.

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Thanks all for the info! Can't wait to try the recipes especially the ones with cheese....I really like cheese, but with these high numbers I guess cheese doesn't love me! LOL!

Doc and insurance say my numbers should be between 70 - 120, but mine read 234...guess thats a little high.

Boy I sure hope paradise gets here soon!

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Eat like the Greeks to stay sharp in old age: Mediterranean diet found to lower risk of developing dementia

 

Eating a Mediterranean diet is good for the mind, research has concluded.

Scientists say people who eat large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil have a lower risk of age-related diseases such as dementia.  The research, by the University of Exeter’s Medical School, is the first systematic review of previous studies into the diet’s benefits to the brain.

 

It comes after research last month showed the same diet could help counteract a genetic risk of strokes.  The team, supported by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the South West Peninsula, analysed 12 eligible pieces of research, 11 observational studies and one randomised control trial.

 

In nine of the 12 studies, a higher adherence to a Mediterranean diet was associated with better cognitive function, lower rates of cognitive decline and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

However, results for mild cognitive impairment - the stage before Alzheimer’s or dementia, when someone could be experiencing some cognitive difficulties - were inconsistent.  Lead researcher Iliana Lourida said: 'Mediterranean food is both delicious and nutritious, and our systematic review shows it may help to protect the ageing brain by reducing the risk of dementia.  'While the link between adherence to a Mediterranean diet and dementia risk is not new, ours is the first study to systematically analyse all existing evidence.'

 

She added: 'Our review also highlights inconsistencies in the literature and the need for further research. In particular research is needed to clarify the association with mild cognitive impairment and vascular dementia.  'It is also important to note that while observational studies provide suggestive evidence we now need randomised, controlled trials to confirm whether or not adherence to a Mediterranean diet protects against dementia. 

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