High cholesterol Diet with summer seasonal foods of North America. First of all, it is a no-brainer that high cholesterol foods are all meats coated in fat, and excess intake of food itself with no exercise. To counter that, it is good to increase the quantity of quality super foods like berries that you will find in season. Yoga does wonders to the body and mind, so hopefully you will find a Yoga Centre near you to go to.
Berries are in season from Texas to Oregon, so take full advantage of these little fruits that have so much to offer in the fight against hypertension and ill health.
Summer is also barbeque season, and just because you've a vegetarian;) it doesn't mean you have to miss out. Corn on the cob, vegetable skewers and vitamin packed salads are all there for the asking. But be careful with your fats and oils, dining al fresco doesn't mean you should slather your corn on the cob with butter – saturated fat is synonymous with barbeque food, so watch out for it creeping into your diet.
White bread and butter, jacket potatoes and butter, mayonnaise on your salad – it is all too easy to overindulge on these wrong types of fats and foods. If you are suffering from high blood pressure then stick to olive oil or perhaps treat yourself with some indulgent virgin walnut oil. With fresh beans now in season as well you can also make some pretty tasty bean burgers for your hotplate.
June High Cholesterol Diet Buster
Raspberries, plums, blueberries and mangoes are all at their best, make the most of them by blitzing them into fruit smoothies, or freezing into popsicles. Rhubarb can be found all the way from east to west coast, this is in fact classed as a vegetable but is prepared in the same way as fruit, and best of all, it is known to reduce hypertension.
July High Cholesterol Diet Alternatives
Avocados are still in season in California and Florida, these are rich in potassium, low in sodium and have been used for generations for their blood pressure lowering qualities. Although naturally high in fat it is polyunsaturated fat which is heart healthy, they even help to increase levels of good cholesterol in the blood. Black-eyed peas and lima beans come into season for the first time. While in the north-west blackberries, gooseberries and currants have just a very short four to five week season.
Figs and eggplant start to appear on the shelves during early August and tomatoes remain prevalent across the whole area. Now is the time to start freezing fruits and vegetables that only have a short season so you can use them all through winter and spring.
Some heart healthy vegetarian recipes that can be made this season include:
black eyed peas and rice (a variation of 'hoppin John' but without the bacon!)
spicy lima bean burgers
It might be difficult in the beginning to get off your bad high cholesterol diet, however with the additions of tasty alternatives that can be found in season, and just a few minutes of daily yoga, you will be well on your way to reduced weight and lower blood pressure.