Do you have any children?
I have two daughters and a son. Julia, 13, Sarah, 18, and Michael, 16.
What are your hobbies?
I live a very active life. I sail, skate, golf, mountain bike, fish, work out and play hockey and volleyball. I also challenge myself by taking improv classes!
Why did you want to lower your cholesterol?
I understood that having high cholesterol could have serious health effects and increase the risk of heart disease. As a person who works extremely hard, and has various hobbies, I wanted to continue to lead a very active life. So I realized I needed lower my cholesterol right away.
What life style changes have you made since learning you had high cholesterol?
I've become much more aware of what I eat, and have completely changed my eating habits. Before I would eat bacon and eggs every morning, but I finally realized I am not 21 anymore. I now eat much healthier, and use Becel® pro.activ® calorie-reduced margarine with plant sterols, whenever I can. I also now exercise much more frequently.
How do you include Becel® pro.activ® in your diet?
I put Becel® pro.activ® on my toast every morning and on my sandwich at lunch. I will also often put it on my veggies, especially when I am having either corn or potatoes.
What advice would you give a friend looking to reduce their cholesterol?
Look at your diet, and try to incorporate products, like Becel® pro.activ®, that have plant sterols. Regular exercise is also important.
What has been the single best thing you've experienced since you started the program?
I am now much more at ease. It's as if a monkey has been lifted off of my back, and I am no longer constantly worried about my health.
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Plant sterols help lower cholesterol. 2 tsp. (10 g) of Becel® pro.activ® calorie-reduced margarine with plant sterols provides 40% of the daily amount of plant sterols shown to help lower cholesterol in adults. Individual results may vary. Always consult your physician before making any significant change in your diet or level of physical activity.