I would prefer to see vegetarian protein sources stand out more instead of including with nuts & seeds and dried beans detail. They should at least be given equal billing with meat based protein sources.
Good article. I have been reading up on the Dash diet and was starting to plan and track using their guidelines, but this month have been exploring the Sparkpeople site and trackers. I think both plans have similar concepts, since they are based on well rounded nutrition and finding the right balance of nutrients (as opposed to focusing on carbs or fat or protein).
I find planning and tracking meals can be quite time consuming. Does it get easier? Is it best to concentrate on the DASH diet, SparkPeople or to use both?
I guess the easiest way would be to just follow a meal plan from one or the other, but I like to change things around from their menus. Many great sounding meals on these plans though!
I have read several books on the DASH diet...I have even followed it for a couple of days and found that even my blood sugars stabilized. My doctor was very happy about that. I would recommend this to all who suffer from high BP and diabetes.
3/24/2013 10:55:33 PM
Thanks for this article. How do I save this? I usually e- mail articles to my son's e- mail so I can print the article and read it over again but there's not even an option to do that.
My husband started with high blood pressure. I think is hereditary. His grandfather and an aunt died of high blood pressure. His mother have high blood pressure, too. I'm very sad because I have ALS and he help me a lot. We are veterans.
I am 34 years and suffer from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, I don't eat vegetables no matter how much i try is there another approach i can tale to solve the problem, cause by reading this article it sounds interesting but there are lots of food i cant eat
7/27/2012 3:52:06 PM
I was taken to the er this past weekend with a major head ach and bloodshot swolen eyes and found out my blood pressure was 186 over 118... I am 36 years 5 ft and 182 lbs...did not even think my headachs could be comming from blood pressure...I was put on meds and told about the dash diet.... I had already started to diet and had lost 4 lbs in 2 weeks but this has made me take it more seriouse then the fact I dont want to be fat.. my weight actually IS affecting my health...my LIFE..Gotta Keep It Up!! :)
My husband and I have been following the DASH for six months now. We've both lost nearly the desired amount of weight and hope to continue this way of eating as a lifestyle, not a diet. We're definitely never hungry and I believe, for us, it's been the combination of the specific number of servings of each food group that brings the weight loss along. I've been following a 1200 calorie/diet regime and my husband follows 2000 calories/day. We've learned alot and continue to learn everyday of different things we can add to our plan to stay within the limits of calories/sodium/etc for the DASH. We are true believers! One tip I would add, is that you can make your own dry, low (or no) sodium mixes for just about anything you want to cook, i.e., taco mix, spaghetti mix, etc. It's exciting to find the recipes and implement them and to see the difference in sodium that the homemade recipe has compared to the mixes you buy. Definitely, one easy change you can make.
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