Category: Heart Healthy

getting heart healthy with plant sterols

What Are Plant Sterols?

How do plant sterols help your heart? What Are Plant Sterols? Plant sterols are similar to animal sterols, which we know as cholesterol. However, plant sterols differ from cholesterol in two primary ways: You can only get plant sterols through diet while our bodies make cholesterol in the liver. This makes sense as cholesterol is […]

heart healthy granola

Heart Healthy Granola with Plant Sterols

Heart healthy granola full of plant sterols  and antioxidants. Granola is one of those foods that should be healthy. After all, most of us were introduced to granola as a health food. But then granola became an everyday item, a victim of its own success. You know once something starts popping up on grocery shelves […]

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How to Lower Your Genetically High Cholesterol – Step 4

In honor of Cholesterol Awareness Month, I am updating our popular cholesterol-lowering series from a few years ago. Following a Mediterranean style diet, increasing plant sterols, increasing Omega-3s and eliminating hydrogenated fats. For me those were the easy steps to reducing my cholesterol level. The hardest part – the dreaded exercise. It’s not that I […]

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How to Lower Your Genetically High Cholesterol – Step Three

In honor of Cholesterol Awareness Month, I am updating our popular cholesterol-lowering series from a few years ago. Most of us are under the assumption that the correlation between cholesterol and heart disease is pretty simple; high cholesterol means heart disease, lower cholesterol means no heart disease. That’s how it’s portrayed in the media, and […]

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How to Lower Your Genetically High Cholesterol – Step Two

In honor of Cholesterol Awareness Month, I am updating our popular cholesterol-lowering series from a few years ago. Animal sterols are more commonly known as “cholesterol”. All animal products contain cholesterol. Since humans are animals, we produce our own cholesterol. That’s why some of us have high cholesterol levels no matter what we eat – […]

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How to Lower Your Genetically High Cholesterol – Step One

In honor of Cholesterol Awareness Month, I am updating our popular cholesterol-lowering series from a few years ago. Do you have a genetically high cholesterol level? A level that just won’t go down no matter what you do? Do your doctor, your friends, and your health insurer all scoff at your unsuccessful attempts to reduce […]

getting heart healthy with plant sterols

5 Easy Ways to Cut Your Cholesterol

Back to school. Back to work. It’s time to move on from double scoop ice cream cones and hot dogs on the grill. September starts the unofficial new year for many of us, which means it’s resolution time. And since September is Cholesterol Awareness Month, it’s a good time to resolve to get heart healthy. […]

Make It Better - Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Tips for Today

Make It Better – Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Tips for Today

As a child I loved spending Thanksgiving with my cousins at Aunt Rosalie’s house. It was always my favorite holiday with lots of salads and breads and side dishes to choose from, not to mention several different kinds of pie. But children in the 70’s didn’t worry about eating healthy or eating too much. Sadly […]

All Zucchini - All the Time

All Zucchini – All the Time

As you can see, the late summer zucchini harvest has been plentiful. I once lived in the cold mountains of western Maine where I couldn’t grow zucchini to save my soul. So now that I live in the sunny semi-desert, I plant zucchini of all shapes and sizes including long, meaty Trombocinos, round Ronde de […]

Is Your Furniture Making You Fat? - Weight Loss Tip #15

Is Your Furniture Making You Fat? – Weight Loss Tip #15

Ok, so you’ve given up grande mochachinos and your favorite blue cheese dressing. You no longer even look at food that was once a cow, and you avoid office birthday parties so you won’t be seduced by fluffy pink frosting. You’ve even become reacquainted with your bicycle and pedal around the neighborhood every evening. But […]

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