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Book: "Slay the Giant"

Slay the Giant: The Power of Prevention in Defeating Heart Disease

This book was written to educate - and motivate you to prevent heart disease in yourself. Ultimately, it was written to stop you from becoming another statistic. Even if you’ve never thought of heart disease before, it's not too late to start your journey towards health and vitality. Now is the time to "Slay the Giant!"

Heart disease is the number one killer and disabler in our country, even though it is predominantly preventable! Unfortunately, we are so preoccupied with finding new ways to treat heart disease that we expend relatively little effort on keeping people from getting it in the first place.

Written by Dr. Elizabeth Klodas,  practicing, Board Certified Cardiologist, and Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Step One Foods.  Dr.  Klodas’, and Step One Foods’ mission is to empower individuals to be better stewards of their own health.  That means understanding your risk factors and what you can do about them - without only resorting to medications.

This book is a limited edition reprint of the original publication from 2007. 

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Discover the four building blocks of heart health.


Found in foods like oat bran, flaxseed and dried fruit, fiber binds to cholesterol particles in the intestine and moves them out of the body.

Plant Sterols

Plant sterols - a group of substances made in plants such as nuts and seeds - block cholesterol absorption in the digestive tract.


Omega-3s - essential fatty acids present in foods such as chia seeds, walnuts and flaxseed - reduce inflammation and help lower triglycerides while raising HDL (good) cholesterol.


Found in foods like dark chocolate, berries and pecans, antioxidants help prevent the build-up of plaque in the blood vessels.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Step One Foods products were developed by a cardiologist and have proven effective through a clinical trial subject to the same standards as a pharmaceutical clinical trial. Every serving of Step One Foods contains the precise levels of key nutrients proven to help lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health. Learn more about our clinical trial here.

Studies have shown that a change in diet can yield a significant impact on cholesterol levels in as little as 30 days. Effects on overall blood sugar control and weight will take longer.

No, if you are currently prescribed a statin by your physician, you should not discontinue it unless you consult with them. To most accurately assess how Step One Foods is impacting your cholesterol, you should take your statin in conjunction with Step One Foods twice per day. After 30 days of consistent use, you can test your cholesterol levels; if there is improvement (or even similar readings) you and your healthcare provider can discuss adjusting your prescription.

Step One Foods products are highly nutritious and very satisfying. High fiber content, complex carbohydrates and healthful fats ensure slow digestion and lower, steadier blood sugar levels, keeping you feeling fuller longer. Our foods are also meant to be used as a substitution for something you were eating before, which typically represents a calorie reduction and may lead to weight loss.  And nearly all Step One Foods contain minimal to no sodium. Studies have shown that when you reduce sodium consumption and increase the intake of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, you can attain significant blood pressure reductions.

We want you to be happy with our products and your results. If you don't enjoy one or more of your choices, we will gladly provide you with an exchange or a refund. Our guarantee applies to first time orders, or up to one month's worth of food cost.