Last week was such an eating disaster for me that on Monday, Valentine’s Day, I found myself rifling through my trusty recipe folder for dinner ideas rather than scouring new cookbooks or searching online. (Sidenote: why do all lentil-based recipes have curry? If anyone has a good lentil recipe that does not involve curry, please send it to me!)
Happily, I uncovered an old favorite: Maple Glazed Arctic Char. It’s baked (so low fat), easy to make, looks ‘restaurant quality’ (this, according to my husband) and is absolutely delicious. Perfect to get me back on track with low cholesterol dinners.
Two of my doctors have advised (and I’ve also read in many places), that one of the easiest things you can do to help lower cholesterol is drink a glass of Metamucil daily.
It’s been a struggle to learn to like Metamucil’s Tang-like taste. I’ve tried other flavors but I don’t do sugar-free, and sadly, the new Metamucil “Clear & Natural’ flavor that’s tasteless and can be stirred right into your coffee does NOT lower cholesterol. So Orange Smooth Texture Metamucil won my ‘least offensive taste profile’ sweepstakes, and is now part of my breakfast of champions.
If you are trying to lower cholesterol without medication, your online source of information matters. In today’s New York Times Magazine, Virginia Heffernan’s “A Prescription For Fear” explains that the Mayo Clinic website is a great source for straightforward, unbiased medical information, whereas WebMD’s slant is far more in favor of the pharmaceutical companies that fund that site:
“In more whistle-blowing quarters, WebMD is synonymous with Big Pharma Shilling. A February 2010 investigation into WebMD’s relationship with drug maker Eli Lilly by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa confirmed the suspicions of longtime WebMD users. With the site’s (admitted) connections to pharmaceutical and other companies,
Even blogging about exercising hasn’t inspired the near-daily exercise I need to lower my cholesterol.
And we already know the goody-two-shoes example set by my husband isn’t doing the trick either. I suspect my ‘goody-two-shoes’ choice of adjective might be part of the problem.
Actually, though, the problem for me with exercise this week was tennis. With all the snow and ice-storms, the roof at the indoor courts I play at twice a week caved in on Tuesday, taking the entire structure down with it. Thank goodness the club had been closed early due to the weather so no one was there when it happened.
Changing habits is difficult – and there are a lot of things to tackle when shifting to a Lo-Co lifestyle. First you have to find and plan low cholesterol meals. Then find time to shop for ingredients. Then rearrange your workday to start cooking, oh, before 6pm. Then actually cook the planned meal & an alternate kid-friendly choice (I have already given up on 1 meal). Oh, and on top of all that, the two I’m struggling with the most: exercise daily and magically developing the willpower to avoid – insert your vice here – Phish Food ice cream.