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Posted by melanie on October 05, 2000 at 23:28:30:

In Reply to: Re: My ten year old daughter has a Cholesteral level of 192. How can I get it under control?? posted by Angie on August 30, 2000 at 17:06:36:

Hi, I hope I can be of some help. At one time I ate very unhealthy and I enjoyed it too. What worked for me in gaining control of my health and my weight was to change one bad eating habit at a time until it became a part of my life. Then I would continue on with another "small" change, (always start with the small changes rather than any large ones). I don't believe diets work as they are too drastic and temporary. I also don't believe in diet pills, etc., too risky and unnatural. Excercise is always important, but right now I am only going to speak of food, as that is the area I began to change first.
So, some examples of small changes could be: switch to 100% whole wheat bread, switch to Catelli's (or other) whole wheat pastas, brown rices. Use honey and/or maple syrup in place of refined white sugar, bring in eating a certain fruit or veggie you like, slowly add more. Slowly switch down to lower fat milk till down to skim, (skim milk actually has more calcium as there is more room for it once the fat has been removed.) Have oatmeal for breakfast, super for lowering cholesterol. If using marjarine, use non hydrogenated such as Becal. Avoid shortenings and other hydrogenated oils, this is a sure plan to raise the bad and lower the good cholesteral, don't believe me, look it up. Use ultra low fat products such as mayo, or cream cheese if you like these; use lower fat cheeses, and so on. Really, it depends on you, but do it one slow step at a time. Change should be gradual and slow for it to be "permanent". I'm proof of this!!! It took me at least 2 years, but I'm really healthy, and I have no desire to return to my old way of eating. I never would have thought that I would be eating the way that I am, but I am, and I love it. I now "love" tofu, and my favorite veggie is asparagus. A few years ago I never knew these foods existed. And I no longer crave chocolate!!!
Oh, one more very important tip, become interested in learning all you can about healthy foods and eating. There are now a lot of good web sites and some good books and magazines.(NOT DIET ONES THOUGH. Find out "WHY" certain foods are good for you and others aren't.) Good luck! I will visit this site in case anyone has any questions or comments for me. I am not a trained nutritionist but what I've done has certainly worked for me and my two young children, (who also love healthy food!!!! They are elementary aged and they actually influence their friends, who eat lots of junk, to want to eat healthier). Bye for now. I'll be back. (I'm new to this site) Melanie

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