Making it Through High Fat Holidays

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Holiday cooking is difficult. Trying to eat lo-co all the time with a house full of guests while juggling a job and dinners for those guests (not to mention being behind on Christmas shopping) is, well, just not possible.

So this holiday season my gift to myself was to set the bar low. I decided my goal for the last 2 weeks of December was to simply eat low-cholesterol SOME of the time.

That I would feed the masses guests what they want, but find a little something healthy for me when possible.

And it actually worked.


Contaminated Fish Oil Brands

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Fish oil supplements are in the news again, as the January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports tested 15 fish oil brands and rated whether they met quality standards vis-a-vis contaminants.

Why take Fish Oil? My doctor ‘prescribed’ them because of my high triglycerides. (She also suggested I cut down to no more than 1 glass of wine per day, but….) According to The Mayo Clinic, fish oil provides these benefits:

“There is evidence… that DHA and EPA in the form of dietary fish or fish oil supplements lowers triglycerides, reduces the risk of death, heart attack,


Cholesterol-y Coffee?

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Coffee raises cholesterol?

This was the surprising and disturbing fact I recently learned in an email from my friend Lisa. If true, it means that in addition to changing the way I eat and exercise, and my doctor’s latest advice to reduce my daily wine intake (so not gonna’ happen), I should stop drinking coffee, too.

Cut out wine AND coffee?  Both?



Once my toddler tantrum subsided, I took to the web to do some research. The bad news: there is a coffee-cholesterol connection. The good news: it’s French Press and other unfiltered coffee that increases cholesterol.