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Dec 24, 2009 09:42 AM

Please help me - I have high cholesterol :(

I am determined to stay off statins, but I love meat and cheese and all dairy products (not to mention shrimp and chicken livers). My biggest problem is breakfast. I cannot stand oatmeal - any kind. What should I be eating? I really don't do well on restircted dieting...

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  1. There are a few cutting-edge researchers who think that high cholesterol is actually the body's way of protecting against an acidic bloodstream, which is caused by an acidic diet. A great way of alkalizing your bloodstream is to eat fresh, ripe fruit. Even acidic fruits like oranges, grapefruit, and lemons are actually alkalizing to the bloodstream. Once fruits are cooked, canned, or juiced and pasteurized, they usually change to being acidifying.

    So eating as much fresh fruit for breakfast as you want (or can stand) is a good way to alkalize the body--plus it provides plenty of fiber. Adding some ground flaxseed to a fresh fruit salad will also help lower cholesterol, and it will help to even out your blood sugar if that's a concern for you.

    And adding some more fresh vegetables to the rest of your meals can also help to balance an acidic diet. I also understand that garlic can help normalize cholesterol levels.

    If you want to be more conventional, a high-fiber cereal with almond milk might help you get whole grains without dairy or the need to eat oatmeal. You can always add sliced bananas and/or fresh berries to the cereal, too.

    Also, virgin coconut oil is a great-tasting alternative to butter for cooking, and although it has saturated fat, it won't raise your cholesterol levels.

    I agree that statins are bad; red yeast rice might be a good alternative if diet changes don't work. Best of luck!

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          1. Olive oil, nuts and avocados. One year, by eating more of those 3 things, my cholesterol went from a borderline 199 to a safe 171.