2. Increase your omega-3s
Fish is much more than a replacement for meat. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which lower LDL cholesterol. Aim to eat fish three times a week. Your best bets are mackerel, tuna and salmon. Sardines are great sources, too. If you absolutely won’t eat fish, take a daily fish-oil supplement that contains both EPA and SHA (two types of omega-3 fatty acids). Flaxseeds are also great non-fish sources of omega-3s fats. Grind them and add to your yogurt or cereal. One study found that eating 2 tablespoons of flaxseed daily cut LDL cholesterol by 18 percent. You can also use flaxseed oil in salad dressing.