The New Year is a great chance to assess your lifestyle and think about how to make the coming year the best yet. If you’re interested in finding out how to reduce cholesterol levels, maintain healthy levels, or just have a better diet overall in 2017, these 10 easy, practical steps can help. So read on, and enjoy a healthier, happier 12 months!
- Follow the 21 Day Challenge
Following a structured plan can help you stick to your goals in the long run, so you don’t start the year with a bang and then run out of steam. Try kicking off the New Year by taking the Flora ProActiv 21 Day Challenge: three weeks of reducing cholesterol levels, eating better, and becoming more active.
- Try a new exercise class
If you are interested in ways to reduce cholesterol levels, it’s important to consider your lifestyle as a whole. Regular exercise doesn’t lower cholesterol directly, but it can help lower stress and improve your sleep, and it can also help you maintain a healthy weight. Try out some new classes at your local leisure centre, from boxing to zumba, to find a form of exercise you enjoy.
- Replace butter with olive oil
The way we cook our food can have an impact on how much saturated fat we are eating day-to-day. If you frequently use butter for cooking, try replacing it with olive oil. Olive oil is rich in unsaturated fats, which (when eaten as part of a balanced diet and used to replace saturated fats in the diet) can help to lower cholesterol levels*. On bread, toast, or melted over veg, you could also try a spread containing cholesterol lowering plant sterols, like ProActiv**.
- Try having a Fish Supper Friday
Fatty red meats are often a source of saturated fat*, so why not challenge yourself by having a Fish Supper Friday? Swap steak, burgers, and sausages for an oily fish containing unsaturated fat*, such as salmon, sardines, or mackerel.
- Choose reduced fat dairy
Some dairy products like cream, cheese, and yoghurt can contain higher levels of saturated fat, but don’t have an obvious alternative. However, you don’t have to cut all dairy out of your diet. Read food labels carefully and choose non-fat or skimmed options to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. If you’re lowering cholesterol levels, you could try swapping milk for Flora ProActiv skimmed milk drink, which has added plant sterols**.
- Try a new recipe once a month
When you’re trying to reduce cholesterol levels, you’ll need to make a few simple changes to your diet (more on that here). Settling into new and better eating habits is much easier if you have a few tasty meal ideas to fall back on. Change things up with a new Flora ProActiv recipe at least once a month to find new favourites.
- Buy a steamer
While fat has its place in a healthy diet, especially unsaturated fat, we still need to keep our intake within the recommended limit. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to balance your diet better by eating less fat, then throw out the frying pan and use a steamer. Steaming doesn’t require any added oils or fats, so you can enjoy the vitamins and fibre in your vegetables without adding anything.
- Kick start your day with a Flora ProActiv Mini Drink
A straightforward way to get the recommended amount of plant sterols a day is to have a Flora ProActiv Mini Drink with your main meal**. There are four different flavours to choose from, and just one drink is the recommended amount of plant sterols for one day.
- Sign up for a 5K, 10K, or even a half marathon
Having long-term fitness goals can help you stay focussed throughout the year. Sign up at the start of the year and you will have a point to work towards for several months.
- Order your starter kit today
If you are wondering how to reduce cholesterol levels, the best step to take is to educate yourself before you tackle the resolutions above. The Flora ProActiv Cholesterol Lowering Starter Kit will give you the necessary info you need, as well as recipes and coupons to help you out.
*Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in the diet has been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease. There are many risk factors for coronary heart disease and it is important to take care of all of them to reduce the overall risk of it.
**Flora ProActiv contains plant sterols. Plant sterols have been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease. Consuming 1.5-2.4g of plant sterols per day can lower cholesterol by 7-10% in 2-3 weeks when consumed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle with sufficient fruit and vegetables.