heart health (dieting; advice welcome) 

My cholesterol labs are bad. Not "we're putting you on statins ASAP" bad but definitely "you need more than magical thinking to maintain a long-term functional meat existence" bad.

So... more exercise, more fiber, more fish? The Mediterranean Diet seems like a good combination of evidence-based and delicious for me, except for that pesky bit where you're not supposed to have donuts and ice cream every day.

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heart health (dieting; advice welcome) 

@mcmoots maybe try cutting down on meat days and instead substituting more whole grains for refined flour? My fiancée has genetic high cholesterol that has to be controlled with medication, but for a while she was trying to see what she could do with diet and exercise alone—oatmeal is a favorite breakfast, and we also like veggie burgers and vegetable stir-fry. Lots of frozen, steamed vegetables as side dishes

heart health (dieting; advice welcome) 

@mcmoots lol everyone else is already suggesting less meat, so I guess some other substitutions that I’m familiar with:

- olive/canola oil instead of other cooking oil
- egg white instead of whole eggs, or tofu scramble is another thing we like to eat
- peanut/other nut butter or avocado in place of butter/other spreads
- smoothies! great way to get whole fruit and vegetables into your diet in a palatable way. Soft tofu = secret ingredient

heart health (dieting; advice welcome) 

@mcmoots if you have a hankering for ice cream, maybe try making “nice cream” by freezing peeled bananas and then blending them into a consistency like soft ice cream. You can add berries, nuts, chocolate chips, honey, peanut butter, all kinds of good stuff. Whole-fruit popsicles are also good (the Outshine raspberry bars are decadent)

heart health (dieting; advice welcome) 

@alpine_thistle Does/did she do anything to track her diet while she was working on this?

A lot of my healthy lifestyle efforts are, like, I'll do stuff for a couple of weeks but then I get bored and don't really notice that I've drifted. So I'm curious how people track or otherwise keep themselves honest.

heart health (dieting; advice welcome) 

@mcmoots she calculated her TDEE and counts calories. I think she just uses myfitnesspal. It’s more complicated because she has other GI health issues where she has to make sure she eats within a certain calorie window and also watch out for different allergies and intolerances

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