My name is Karen Swanson and in 2011, I was a chocolate/ice-cream-aholic with a newly diagnosed high-cholesterol problem. I’ve had to adapt. OK, cope.
Originally, I thought the fact that I exercise a fair amount and keep my weight in check was enough. That since I am pretty fit, I could enjoy my truly-not-enormous bowl of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream every night without worry. Apparently, not so much.
Because my cholesterol, which had hovered at the 200 mark for years, had finally swung into danger territory, and my doctor wanted to put me on a statin.
I wanted to blame peri-menopause. Or my bad genes (high cholesterol runs in my family). But I couldn’t. Well I can—because those are factors—but clarity struck. I could not keep pretending that my ‘not the best’ eating habits were okay.
At the time, my teenage son was concerned. His vegetable repertoire consisted solely of broccoli and he was not interested in expanding. My husband’s palate is far more extensive so he did not share the same concern. He continues to be supportive as long as not too much eggplant is involved.
I launched this blog to both learn more about cholesterol and hold myself accountable about eating and exercise—the two key elements to lowering cholesterol naturally. It’s worked pretty well as I’ve been able to stay off statin medications.
And I was approached by Callisto Media to write a book: The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan: 4 Weeks to Cut Cholesterol and Improve Heart Health was published in January 2018.
That book did so well, Callisto Media hired me to write another book. The 30-Minute Low-Cholesterol Cookbook: 125 Satisfying Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle will hit bookstores in late September, 2019.
You can read more information about my books on my Cookbooks page.
For more about me…like where I went to school (Bucknell and Harvard Business School) and my professional marketing background (Procter & Gamble, Pfizer/Warner-Lambert, VC backed internet startup) please visit my business site, www.nausetpartners.com.