I was told I had familial hypercholesterolemia - a genetic pre-disposition to excess production of cholesterol. I had bypass surgery in March 2015 and was given a cocktail of pills post-surgery, including 40 mg of Crestor. After limited success by eliminating red meat and reducing simple carbohydrates, in January of 2016 I decided it was time to make a bold move to get off the drugs.
I became a vegetarian, although I still consume dairy (goat dairy) and fish. I do not eat any red meat, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork or goat.
I also eat no-fat greek yogurt from cow's milk after my intense workouts.
I have completely eliminated simple carbohydrates (they become sugar in your body) such as white bread, white rice, white pasta, white potatoes. I allow myself 4 teaspoons of Greek honey per day as a sweetener for tea or yogurt. I have 2 slices of whole grain bread daily, and once every couple of weeks I'll have brown rice or whole wheat pasta.
I eat mostly vegetables (including arugula salad daily), fruits, beans, chickpeas, lentils, egg whites and ensure I drink 4 cups of green tea per day. Everything tastes great as long as you get some good recipes. I'm also full and don't ever feel hungry.
The nature of my work requires me to eat out often. I choose salmon, trout or a white fish and usually have sauteed spinach cooked with olive oil (extremely healthy), or lentils on the side, along with a salad. The only fat in my diet is olive oil, no creams or butters.
The other half of getting off of pills and eliminating heart disease is exercise. I do a hard workout 4 days per week and on off days I walk for an hour. There's a big difference between being active and exercising. Playing golf is is an activity, running sprints during a high intensity interval training program - is exercise.
P.S. I no longer take any medication, have dropped 35 pounds, do not have high blood pressure or any other symptom of heart disease. My blood work is excellent although my LDL is slightly elevated however my ApoB/ApoA-1 ratio is 0.64% which is optimal. Without exercise the dietary changes can only get you so far - exercise is the fountain of youth and protector from most diseases.