cholesterol lowering diet 3
Eat with judith on her third day of lower cholesterol dieting

I have learned that just keeping track of what I am eating is stopping me from cheating on my diet.  I think everyone who wants to diet to improve health, lower cholesterol, build bone mass or for any reason should write down what they eat each day--before they eat it preferably.  This gives a person time to say, "Stop, self, don't put that coke or that cake into your body."  It is almost as though someone were watching you eat.  I write it down, check the closets, and then eat.

cholesterol Lowering diet day 3
breakfast with judith

breakfast fruit bowl

This is an easy breakfast to fix or to eat.  It contains chopped banana, a pear, cherries, two kinds of grapes, and strawberries.  You can add any fruit you want. Drizzle on the juice of an orange (freshly squeezed). Then toss in a few walnuts or pecans or chia seeds or all of them. If you are really hungry, you can eat seconds and thirds. Just don't eat anything but fruit.

I will need to add chia seeds to one of my meals later today, because I think they are important in helping get and keep cholesterol down.

cholesterol lowering diet day 3
 Lunch with judith

Yes, that is what it looks like.  I went on a trip today with my husband and the first thing he did was drive into Schlotsky's.  It was past lunch time and I was hungry, so I got out my trusty ipad and looked up Schlotsky's nutrition. The whole menu was there and I looked at calories and carbohydrates.  I didn't want a dinner salad which is what I should have had.  The next best was to eat one slice of veggie pizza.  It had 220 calories.  It was quite tasty, but it was cheating.  I knew I would not be home for dinner and was worried about that too. The pizza was quite filling which made me think about the quantity of food we eat.  That I suppose is another story.

cholesterol lowering diet day 3
Dinner with judith

I am still not home.  We went to the Cotton Patch, and I am happy to report they had a meal that fit perfectly with my diet.  I ordered from the "heart healthy menu".  They had three items on this menu.  Perfect.  Even though I had salmon yesterday, I ordered it.  I love salmon.  It came with steamed fresh vegetables. I drank a glass of water with lemon.

The also had grilled tilapia and grilled chicken on the "heart healthy menu".  They are good dinners except for the rice. I do not eat rice on this diet.  I think you could ask a restaurant to substitute something for the rice--like a salad or some vegetables. 

If you are ever out at mealtime, check the heart healthy menu and pick a meat and vegetable meal.  Don't order bread or dessert and you will be fine.  

Today's snacks

A few dark chocolate covered almonds

In the evening I wanted something sweet so I toasted a piece of sprouted grain bread, spread it with butter mixed with honey and sprinkled on a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.  It satisfies sweet cravings and is nutritious.

If you have comments or suggestions, please add them below. Recipes are also welcome.

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