In the US, if a food contains less than 0.5 grams of transfat, it can be labeled as fat-free. But even a small amount can add to your cholesterol problem.
Avoid or limit dried fruits because they contain more calories than fresh fruit.
Limit the cholesterol in your food. Aim for no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day, less than 200 mg if you have heart disease.
If you want to avoid cholesterol from the food you eat, go vegetarian.
Go lean—lean meat, skim milk and egg substitute.
Select whole grains like wheat pasta, brown rice, multi-grain breads.
Go fishy with salmon, sardines, mackerel.
Never be discouraged—no matter what anyone tells you—not even your doctor, who may or may not give you a tragic prognosis. There is always hope if you embrace a healthy lifestyle.
I know the story of a woman in her 40s who had an executive checkup in a premier hospital.
When her doctor saw that her cholesterol was borderline, she immediately put her on medication. Within weeks, her blood test showed normal levels; however, she resumed her old eating habits while on medication. Her menu: lechon, bulalo, crispy pata, pork adobo.
Soon after, her doctor scolded her because blood tests showed her improvement was minimal.
Frustrated, she was immediately ordered to drop all her cravings and overhaul her lifestyle.
Never too late
Who says it’s too late to get healthy? It never really is. While still breathing and on your feet, you can begin a whole new life.
Start by taking charge of your lifestyle. Fill yourself with supportive and health-conscious friends. Avoid the ones who live by the philosophy “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”
Instead, affirm to yourself, “I live, I love and I am well.”
Love and light!
Reference: Dr. Tony Leachon, cardiologist, Manila Doctors Hospital