Re: High Cholesterol!!!
I agree with both previous posters. I had shockingly high cholesterol (trigs so high at one point, they were off the charts and unable to be calculated).
I don't know that you necessarily need to go vegetarian, but I know I turned my lipids completely around and have kept them on track for years now by limiting saturated fat, red meat and fatty cuts of poultry/pork (bacon, dark meat and skin on chicken and turkey). I eat lots of fish, chicken breast, pork tenderloin or lean chops. I might treat myself to red meat once every few months.
Prepare foods with fresh ingredients whenever you can.
Incorporate a glass of wine into your diet if you are able.
Beans are great, nuts, fresh fruits, greens/leafy veggies.
High cholesterol is what initially brought me to this site, and someone over on the High Cholesterol boards suggested two sources for recipes/meal planning: The Omega Plan and the Mediterranean Diet. Lots of friendly fats, whole grains, legumes, fish, lean poultry and a glass or two of wine a day.