• Cereals like whole grain and its products like wheat bread, chapatti, jowar, bajra, nachni, riceflakes, puffed rice, oat bran and corn flakes can be consumed. Avoid rice, but if you so desire choose brown rice in very limited quantities. Avoid sabudana and its products. Maida and its products like white bread, naan, pizza base, roomali roti, biscuits etc. should be strictly avoided.
  • Whole pulses like moong, matki, rajma, channa etc. can be consumed. All kinds of dals can be eaten, whole pulses with their skin and sprouts are more beneficial.
  • Skimmed milk (i.e. without cream) and products made of skimmed milk e.g. curd, paneer, buttermilk etc. can be taken.
  • All organ meats, red meat, pork, ham, bacon, shellfish like prawns, lobsters etc. to be avoided. Lean cuts of meat (white meat), fish and chicken (after removing the fat) can be consumed in limited quantities. Egg white can be consumed. Avoid frying. The recommended cooking methods for non-vegetarian items is baking, grilling or roasting.
  • Green leafy vegetables like palak, methi etc. should be consumed on a daily basis. Other vegetables like tomatoes, cabbage, lady’s finger, gourds etc. can be consumed. Raw vegetables in the form of salads should be consumed daily. Fruits and sprouts can be added to the salads. Avoid vegetables like potatoes, raw bananas, suran, kand, arbi, sweet potato.
  • Fruits like orange, sweet lime, guava, apple, pear, peach, papaya can be eaten. Avoid fruits like mango, bananas, chickoo, pineapple, custard apple, grapes, sugar cane and all fruit juices.
  • Foods like dal water, soups, buttermilk, salads etc. can be consumed.
  • Avoid sugar, jaggery, honey, all sweets like ladoos, barfi, chocolates, cakes, pastries, ice creams etc.
  • Avoid salty, processed and fried foods like chips, wafers, farsans like sev, puri, samosa, wada. Do not use ready to make soup packets, tinned foods, papad, pickle.
  • Avoid coconut, groundnut and other dry fruits.
  • Avoid rich gravies, cream soups, jellies, jams, sherbets and cold drinks.
  • Avoid butter, ghee, cheese, margarine, cream, lard, tallow and other fats.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks.
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco, pan masala or gutka.
  • Use only 3 tsp oil per day. Oils like groundnut oil, mustard oil, til oil, olive oil, rice bran oil etc. are good for cooking.
  • Drink 10-12 glasses of water per day.
  • Do not feast or fast.
  • Restrict tea or coffee. Avoid sugar.
  • While eating right is important, the amount of food you eat is a deciding factor to achieve lower cholesterol numbers. Eat five to six small meals every two to three hours.
  • Most importantly Exercise regularly. Yoga and meditation help reduce stress. Relaxing is necessary for a healthy mind, body and soul.
  • Maintain your weight, reducing weight helps in controlling diabetes and other complications.
  • Tip: Do not neglect any wounds. Bring them to the notice of your physician.