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Old 10-31-2001, 12:26 PM   #1
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Need some suggestions and comments, pls. Anyone ever try the Resolution Diet? Supposed to be a innovative vegetarian diet. With my high cholesterol at my age (47), my doctor said either go on medicine or reduce cholesterol through diet. So, looks like a vegetarian diet for me. Any suggestions on filling vegetarian meals, snacks? This is going to be quite a change for me so any help is appreciated.

 
Old 11-01-2001, 03:35 PM   #2
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being a vegetarian isnt as hard as one might think... it is a big change, but so long as you dont loathe vegetables, it's great.

For breakfast , I find oatmeal is good and very filling. Edamame (soy beans) are a healthy, filling snack or meal addition, and it is full of protein that you'll want to maintain after eliminating meat. Broccoli is also very good and filling and I _love_ broccoli with honey dijon dressing(though most people can't stand it).
There are a zillion kinds of seasoned rice you can get at the local grocery store, baked sweet potatoes, carrots etc...

You might also peruse some vegetarian cookbooks for ideas. It's primarily a matetr of taste.

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Old 11-05-2001, 08:47 AM   #3
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Thanks for replies. Naxis, I've heard this before about the approach to lowering cholesterol. While the idea of a diet higher in protein and fat to lower risk of heart disease does not make sense to me, I wish to keep an open mind about this. Here's my readings you requested: cholesterol 241, triglycerides 169, HDL 34 and LDL 173.
Thanks for any suggestions...

 
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Here's my readings you requested: cholesterol 241, triglycerides 169, HDL 34 and LDL 173.
Your triglyceride/HDL ratio of 4.97 puts you right in the middle for risk of heart disease. A ratio of 5.0 is about average. You really are an average joe The higher the ratio above 5.0 the higher the risk. The lower the ratio below 5.0 the lower the risk, with ratios below 2.0 having little to no risk. To improve your risk, it would be beneficial to lower your triglycerides and raise your HDL. As an example, if your triglycerides were 100 and your HDL was 50, then your ratio would be 2.0 and your risk for artery related diseases would be very low based on current research.

The best way to lower your triglycerides is to cut back on the carbohydrates - sugars and starches in particular. Even the fructose found in fruit has a fairly significant impact on triglycerides.

There are a couple of ways to increase your HDL, one being exercise and the other being increased protein and fat, mainly saturated and mono-unsaturated fat, but not highly polyunsaturated fats like those found in most commercial vegetable oils or the trans fats like those found in hydrogenated vegetable oils. You really need to limit those trans fats - they are bad news from a health standpoint.

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