You sound just like my DH: lean, healthy, athletic with plenty of exercize weekly, but a higher LDL. He is unable to take statin drugs, they caused horrible muscle fatigue and pains. So, we tried really limiting his red meat intake, and I mean, he rarely eats red meat now, only organic chicken, fish and vegetable proteins such as quinoa and limited organic dairy, low fat organic milk and yogurt and cheeses. He has also started eating 5 servings of fruits, salads with olive oil dressings and veggies(also organic) daily. At this year's physical exam, his cholesterol number came down to 200, with LDL and HDL to acceptable numbers. He's never felt better in his life!
p.s. I think doctors are stuck on the number 200 total cholesterol! I sometimes wonder if it's just that they are told to push the statin drugs by the pharmaceutical companies or do they really know what the implications of the cholesterol numbers really mean? Remember not long ago, they said certain foods like eggs and fish were bad? And then it was like, oops!!