If you’ve been diagnosed with high LDL cholesterol or you’re just trying to make some heart healthy choices, there are several things you can do with your diet, in particular, lowering your dietary saturated fat.
To do that you should try to aim for lower fat animal products. This will help lower your saturated fat. Choose extra lean ground beef, take off the skin from your chicken and choose meats that are less marbled.
You can also add more fish and nuts and seeds as well as choosing vegetarian meals such as beans, and lentils and chickpeas. And try to get rid of some of those high fat deli meats such as bacon, sausages and salami.
You can also reduce your choice of high fat creamy sauces and choose more tomato sauces instead. And finally, limit your egg yolks. If you can limit egg yolks to only two per week, you’ll lower your saturated fat intake and your cholesterol.
If you’d like more information on how you can lower your saturated fat intake, you can contact your local registered dietitian.
Local Practitioners: Registered Dietitian
Bio Diana Steele
Diana Steele is a registered dietitian and owner of Eating for Energy, a thriving nutrition consulting company with three locations in the Lower Mainland. She is also co-author of the cookbook Eating for Energy without Deprivation – The 80-20 Cookbook.
Committed to teaching nutrition in a realistic and do-able way, Diana has provided personalized nutrition counselling to over 2000 individuals, couples and families and has designed and delivered nutrition workshops and seminars across the country. Diana has conducted more than 500 seminars to companies such as Electronic Arts, Business Objects, BC Hydro, Accenture, Terasen Gas/Fortis BC, Tel US, Vancity, YWCA, Health Canada, and The National Parole Board. She has also delivered keynote speeches for clients such as Marketplace IGA, WhiteSpot Canada and BCMA. Diana speaks regularly at schools to the students and staff on daily healthy eating tips as well as to sports teams and coaches on sports nutrition for a variety of ages from beginner to elite athletes.
As a professional in the world of nutrition, Diana has been either quoted or featured in publications such as the Vancouver Sun, The Province, McLean’s magazine, Impact, Chatelaine, and Today’s Parent. Some may recognize her as the resident nutritionist on Global TV’s Noon News Hour every Tuesday. Diana is also a media spokesperson for the Dietitians of Canada. Diana’s experience with the media extends to working with PR firms and their clients on various product launches and campaigns.
Diana’s experience as a dietitian and nutritionist is broad. Since 1996, she has worked as a clinical dietitian in intermediate and extended care facilities. She has been a Healthy Heart Cooking Instructor at St. Paul’s Lipid Clinic and a Nutrition Representative for Mead Johnson Canada. And Diana has been involved in nutrition research, nutrition education promotional events and health fairs, food preparation and delivery to disadvantaged people.
Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and she is a member of the College of Dietitians of B.C. and Dietitians of Canada. As a mother of 2 children of her own and 2 step children, business woman and wife, Diana creates balance in her life and still manages to walk the talk by eating well and is committed to being active.
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