I had my yearly physical and just received a call from the doctor telling me my cholesterol is too high. It's 292. He didn't give me the breakdown (hdl vs ldl), but he said I need to go on medication. I am 43 and not overweight. I have one month before he tests it again and puts me on medicine. Does anyone have any ideas of what I should avoid eating or what I should be eating? I know Cheerios are good and oatmeal. I know I'm supposed to stay away from fried foods, dairy, red meat, saturated fat. Anything else? More importantly what is left to eat? salad with fat-free dressing, grilled chicken & fish, veggies, pasta with red sauce. What else? Any help would be appreciated.