Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Eat variety of grain products, especially whole grains.
Choose fat-free and low-fat dairy products.
Choose legumes, poultry, and lean meats.
Eat fish, preferably oily fish, at least twice a week.
But adopting these habits isn't easy. Paul Tasner, 62, of Greenbrae, Calif., has cholesterol that zoomed up to 298 five years ago. "That's comparable to having little bits of cheese floating around in your arteries," he says. On a fat-restricted vegetarian diet, he was able get it down slightly. But he has a hard time resisting cravings for junk food, especially when he is traveling on business.