To my DASH readers/followers – I have stated in the past that the obesity I had before I found DASH, was caused by an eating disorder, but I have never shared why or how I came to have this disorder. I am a survivor of child sexual abuse. By my 12th birthday, I developed an eating disorder with daily binging and purging.
Later in my early 40’s, it was DASH diet, exercise and my doctors, that saved me from the sickness, the remaining obesity had started to cause for me at such a young age.
Today, with this article, all the secrets are vanquished! There will be no more, to not only be transparent, but also in hopes that it might help someone else in the same boat some day. Please share if my story can help someone you know. Thank you all for reading and following!
When I still regularily weighed over 240 pounds and was eating way too much salt, I often had terrible bloating during the day and at night. There was also a lot of pain when this happened. Somtimes it would get so bad I had to go home from work and change into loose fitting pants. With adoption of the DASH diet in spring of 2009, all of that faded away immediately and has never returned. Thank goodness!
This article discusses what I experienced in following a low sodium DASH diet. Due to hypertension, I have followed the lowest sodium version of the diet at 1500 mg per day max since June 2009. Before DASH, I used to have terrible bloating, sometimes so bad I couldn’t do up my pants. This even happened at work, but it was the most painful at night. I thought there was nothing I could do about it, but suffer with it.
When I started a low sodium DASH diet, all of that terrible pain and bloating went away very quickly!! It has never returned, along with the hypertension that was eliminated with the diet and the 90 pound large weight loss.
This is great news because I drink a lot of coffee. Have been drinking it pretty heavy since I started working with infants/toddlers back in 1993 and needed to stay awake, during all that rocking and soothing. At one time I used to add sugar to it, but I slowly cut down on that until I was fine with some skim milk only. I really enjoy it! One of life’s pleasures for sure!
I am going to have to agree because the DASH diet has enabled me to keep 130 pounds off my body now since Fall of 2011. I have been following DASH since spring of 2009 at the recommendation of my family Doctor due to serious hypertension. I was testing as high as 170/90 back then, but I have completely normal blood pressure now, without the use of drugs. I lost 90 pounds with the diet in 18 months. Before DASH, I had used Atkins to lose weight, but I always regained the weight I lost with Atkins, plus more. So glad I found DASH!
I never followed a 1200 calorie per day DASH diet because I felt fuzzy and light headed at that level. Instead I followed a 1300-1500 calorie per day DASH diet during my 18 month calorie restriction process. The calories increased to 1500 and beyond, as my running program slowly increased. I wanted to share this handy info/visual from myfitnesspal, as well as offer a reminder that myfitnesspal is an excellent tool in itself, for following a specific diet plan/goals and for achieving or even just maintaining weight loss. The app helped me so much, I gave credit to them as one of my most key tools for successful weight loss in this 18 month photographic journal video of the process with DASH.
The DASH diet that I have followed now for almost 9 years come this June, to lower my blood pressure and lose 90 pounds, just won best diet again for the 8th year in a row!! All diet’s were rated by medical professionals and experts. Check it out and if you are interested in learning more about DASH, you can also follow my facebook page here.
When you read this article, it quickly becomes apparent how much of the weight loss process is actually about how you talk to your self. It is your day to day, moment to moment, inner thought process that makes the most difference in the long run.
When I stopped bombarding myself with unrealistic ideas and expectations and my values came into line with my desire to lose weight (i.e I was now quite sick with hypertension), the weight suddenly started to come off and stay off. It was a much more difficult, slow, a day to day grind than I had ever anticipated. Finally coming to a place mentally where I could be realistic and truly prepared for the hard work it was going to take for the rest of my life, was critically important to my success. Worth a read for certain!
Before I started following the DASH diet in spring 2009, I used to have terrible intestinal pain and bloating, daily, sometimes so bad I was unable to do up my pants or sleep well at night. Within one week of starting the DASH diet, which eliminated most processed food from my diet, this pain was completely gone from my life and it has never returned.
Alzheimers and dementia run badly in my family, with my own Mother, who is only 21 years older that me, currently suffering from these diseases now. My grandmother also had Alzheimers disease. My hope is that my continued adherence to DASH diet will help ensure that either I dont suffer the same fate or at the very least my decent into these diseases, is a lot slower and I dont develop them until much later in my lifespan.
The DASH diet deserves this win, and I credit it with giving me back my health. I completely eliminated my hypertension (once 170/90) over the course of 18 months with DASH diet, weight loss, and steadily increasing intensity and quantity of exercise.
I noted that in this article, the DASH diet with exercise group lost the most weight, although it doesn’t indicate if the DASH diet alone group was following a calorie restricted DASH diet, which would be interesting to know. Before I started losing weight with DASH, I spent almost 6 months learning to follow the diet from June 2009-Dec 2009, with no calorie restriction and really lost very little weight until I began the calorie restriction process. However, during this time my Doctor did note my blood pressure was beginning to drop, slightly. He believed I could lower it even more if I lost weight.
For the first year of my 90 pound weight loss with DASH diet, I was still obese, hypertensive and not in great shape to exercise, so I stuck to a calorie restricted DASH diet (about 1300 cals per day-never cheating) and lower intensity exercise, like walking, hiking and yoga, until the second year of weight loss, when I began a running program.
As the first year of calorie restriction and weight loss passed me by, with my blood pressure continuing to drop; suddenly my body began to feel very healthy again. I sensed I could run without hurting my knees, given I had lost so much weight. It was a goal I had been working towards the whole time. In my youth I had loved to run cross country. I had longed to to be able to do that again, if I could just get there, it would be the greatest reward! I would finally be free to fly again!