Dietary cholesterol is found only in foods of animal origin. By reducing your total intake of fats, especially saturated fats, you will automatically reduce the quantity of cholesterol in your diet. Your doctor or dietitian can tell you how much dietary cholesterol you can include in your meal plan.
Be sure to recognize your accomplishments and make a note of where you still want to improve.
Record what you eat and drink, with portion sizes, because that will help you to calculate how much of each ingredient you ate.
Use less margarine, butter, oil, mayonnaise, rich sauces and salad dressings; look for brands that are either lower in fat or fat-free.
Beware of hidden fats: crackers, cookies, croissants, danishes, doughnuts and pastries, cold cuts, breaded or battered foods and convenience meals often contain a high proportion of fat.
Be flexible; compensate for indulgences in your meal plan by eating less fat and smaller portions in your next meal. Put this advice into practice even when you go out for a meal.

Have healthy snacks! 

Here are some snack suggestions:
- Raw vegetables and low-fat yogurt dip.
- Whole wheat breadsticks
- Glass of skim milk
- Multi-grain bagel with soft non-hydrogenated margarine
- Dried or fresh fruits
- Low-fat fruit yogurt

Reward yourself for doing well ... treat yourself to a special magazine or book.

Improving the way you live may take a little extra effort, but it's worth it!

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