A Cholesterol-Lowering Approach to Food and Exercise

Healthier Homemade Peppermint Mocha

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I am addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. But it’s expensive at $4.35 a cup.  And even ordering it lo-co style – skim milk and no whipped cream – it still packs 290 calories and an astonishing 52g of sugar.

While that’s sad, it could be far worse.  Order the full-fat with whipped cream version and you’ll be drinking a scary 440 calories with 55mg of cholesterol and 54g of sugar.

Thank goodness I prefer skim milk – and my barista is kind enough to respond to my ‘skim milk’ request with, “so you want no whipped cream,


The alcohol-triglyceride connection

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After 3 months of lo-co lifestyle changes, my cholesterol test results were mixed.  Total and LDL (bad) cholesterol dropped, but HDL (good) and Triglycerides went the wrong way.  Triglycerides, in particular, went up A LOT.

As you may recall, my doctor advised 4 key things.  The first in this list below was to ensure I stay on track with lower cholesterol results, and the other THREE were for triglycerides in particular:

  • Keep up the low-fat, low-cholesterol, plant-sterol, high fiber dietary changes I’d made (I have been  marginally successful with this in recent months)
  • Exercise more (marginally successful here would be a HUGE overstatement)
  • Add fish oil (not too difficult,