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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 28,134
2/21/13 8:40 P

lean meats, fruits, veggies, whole grains, lowfat dairy---the DASH diet and your Sparkpeople meal plans are very similar. You probably will only need to tweak foods on occasion. This pdf is a great overview of the DASH plan:
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/
dash/new_dash.pdf


dietitian Becky

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/21/13 4:12 P

Well when i hear the words "Dr. Oz" I get my back up almost immediately... but... this DASH diet is actually NOT one of the typical-fad-diets that the "Doctor" likes to push-for-profit on his show these days. It's actually a healthy eating plan that matches up very closely with what Spark would recommend.

For those who can't bring themselves to click an Oz-related link, it is discussed on the Mayo Clinic site (which i still have some faith in). www.mayoclinic.com/health/dash-diet/HI0004
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Really, it's just a guideline for sensible healthy eating, focusing on whole grains, fruit & veggies, lean meats, beans and legumes, dairy, nuts and healthy fats, all in appropriate portion sizes to ensure good nutrition. You could easily use it as a template for meal planning, and then just input the items you ate into Spark to track it.

ELLEN1159 Posts: 317
2/21/13 3:59 P

I'm back at Sparkpeople after several months' absence. I would really like to follow an eating plan to help control my high blood pressure. I take medication currently but I'd much rather change my food and exercise habits. I saw Dr. Oz's show earlier this week about the DASH diet to control hypertension and it made a lot of sense.

How do I tailor the nutrition plan and menus on Sparkpeople to the DASH principles?

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