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electrician's picture
electrician

Low cholesterol meals and snacks

Hi guys

I had a heart attach last week and I also have high cholesterol. I have to eat extremely healthy and I would very much appreciate some help.

Thank you in advance

Regards

PMcCool's picture
PMcCool

Heart attacks are nasty business and I'm sorry that you have experienced one. 

Not being an MD or DO or other such alphabetized medical professional, I can't dispense medical advice and won't try to.  However, if you are willing to share some additional information about what you want to achieve, perhaps someone here can point you to some heart-healthy foods or activities.  Some may even be able to relate what has been helpful for them in similar circumstances.  This site is inhabited primarily by bread-baking enthusiasts, so that is the slant you are apt to hear as people respond.

You have mentioned a need to lower your cholesterol levels.  What else do you need/want to accomplish for your good health?

Paul

electrician's picture
electrician

Hi Paul

I am taking medication , and I have to be on a died due to high cholesterol. I am just looking for healthy ideas. I don't know what else to say.

Thanks

 

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/wyntk.htm

 

yy's picture
yy

Hi electrician. Sorry to hear about your heart attack. Luckily you're still here to tell the tale and to make sure it doesn't happen again. As good as any advice you may get from this site, it is not a substitute for professional guidance, so please make your physician your main liaison to a healthier lifestyle. 

Before your heart attack, what kinds of breads were part of your regular diet? Perhaps the baking enthusiasts on this site could help you overhaul your recipes with an eye on sodium, fat and sugar reduction without cutting too much flavor.

electrician's picture
electrician

Hi yy

White bread , not much thou. I've been advised by the doctors to eat healthy, they gave me a list with what I can eat and what not to eat. However, the menu is horrible. Today I discovered that wholegrain bread toasted and garlic - its not that bad. A bit dry. :)

electrician's picture
electrician

I would also advise anyone of you to have a checkup. Don't think that it can't happen to you, that's what I did.I am also 31 yo and an ex heavy smoker.

yy's picture
yy

May I ask what drew you to this particular website?

 

electrician's picture
electrician

I googled toasted bread and this website looked like what I needed.

yy's picture
yy

This site is dedicated to bread and baking, and we welcome you to explore this topic with us. You may find that when it comes to healthy eating in general, other forums/websites have information that will be much more useful to you. Healthy eating can be a complicated topic, and we breadheads may not be able to serve all your needs :-)

A quick google search turned up this online community that specifically addresses healthy eating:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/groups/healthy-eating/home

electrician's picture
electrician

I am looking for ideas, if I see something I like, I just check to see if its healthy. About those communities, I think every member has his/her own definition of what healthy is.

yy's picture
yy

Whole grains will definitely be better for your health than white bread. Aside from wheat, there are other tasty grains like spelt and rye. I actually prefer their whole-grain flavor to that of whole wheat, which can be bitter and grassy tasting.

Do you buy your bread or make it yourself? In the interest of full disclosure, we here on thefreshloaf.com are biased toward baking our own bread. However, baking your own is not without reason - you have more control over the ingredients. Store-bought loaves often contain lots of sodium, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils - all of which should be minimized in your diet.

 

electrician's picture
electrician

I don't bake myself ,  I buy bread from shops. I think I am going to start cooking and baking ,I am hungry :) everything tastes like cardboard and paper.

 

Fats and cholesterol

There are two main types of fat – saturated and unsaturated. Eating foods that are high in saturated fat can raise cholesterol levels in the blood. Most people in the UK eat too much saturated fat.

Foods high in saturated fat include:

  • meat pies
  • sausages and fatty cuts of meat
  • butter
  • ghee
  • lard
  • cream
  • hard cheese
  • cakes and biscuits
  • foods containing coconut or palm oil

Eating foods that contain unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat can actually help reduce cholesterol levels.

Try to replace foods containing saturated fats with foods that are high in unsaturated fats, such as:

  • oily fish (e.g. mackerel and salmon)
  • nuts (e.g. almonds and cashews)
  • seeds (e.g. sunflower and pumpkin)
  • vegetable oils and spreads (e.g. sunflower, olive, corn, walnut and rapeseed oils)

Trans fats can also raise cholesterol levels. Trans fats can be found naturally at low levels in some foods, such as those from animals, including meat and dairy products.

Artificial trans fats can be found in hydrogenated fat, so some processed foods such as biscuits and cakes will contain trans fats.

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foodslut

.... it might be worth your while considering making your own bread - as others have said, you KNOW what goes into the bread that way.

Once you're ready to do that, you'll be able to find LOADS o' information/advice/support here.

Take care of yourself, and good luck.

electrician's picture
electrician

Hi foodslut ( cool nickname )

I am not sure if I will have the time to start baking, but it is an option

belle's picture
belle

First off...I am sorry about your heart attack BUT there is some good news..There are  lots of great tasting foods you can enjoy without the choloesterol.  I recommend you watch the DVD (it's also available on Netflix) called 'Forks over Knives'.  In addition, the cookbook that accompanies the plant based diet is the Engine 2 Cookbook.  It will change your way of thinking about food - guaranteed!

 

Best of luck to you... 

electrician's picture
electrician

Thank you belle, I will watch it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ijukNzlUg

 

 

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dabrownman

and am sorry it happened to you.  I basically had to change my life around.  1 beer a day, no smoking, grilled fish and chicken for meat, exercise, limited deserts, lots and lots of fresh veg (not cooked or barely steamed) and fruits, large dinner salad with balsamic vinaigrette and a little olive oil or grape seed oil and whole grain breads.  It grows on you and before you know it, you feel better and your health improves.  You get a real sense of accomplishment.  Here are some picks of some heart healthy lunches and salads to spur you on.  Just ignore the pictures of beef, pork and deserts :-)  Good luck!  Some good food is on your way.

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/30629/parade-der-sandwiches-teil-5#comments

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/30617/fiinal-part-parade-sandwiches#comments

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/30625/desfile-de-sandwiches-parte-4#comments

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/30614/parade-de-sandwichs-et-dautres-choses-partie-2#comments

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/30598/parade-sandwiches-and-other-stuff#comments

 

electrician's picture
electrician

Hi dabrownman

Thank you and Iam happy for you. I don't mind not drinking, giving up smoking is the hard part.

Hehe, I can always print a picture of beef and eat it

Thanks again :) I will try some of them