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!
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 eat a combination of the low sodium DASH diet (max 1500 mg sodium per day) and mediterranean diet and have been doing so since the spring of 2009. I started following the diet after my blood pressure hit 170/90 and my Doctor insisted I take action. He gave me 3 options, blood pressure meds, get on the list for weight loss surgery or DASH with large weight loss. Fortunately the DASH diet worked to help me lose 90 pounds in 18 months and I will have maintained it for 8 years, come summer 2019.
Had to post this video link because it’s Marla and she is so fab!! I got her new book for Christmas because I also follow a hybrid of the DASH diet and Mediterranean diets!
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 wins second best diet this year. This is the first year since I started following the DASH diet in 2009, that it has not won the very best diet ranking. This year it ranks just behind the Mediterranean diet, which I also follow. I still use the DASH diet as my overall framework and do not exceed 1500 mg of sodium per day. I just default to mediterranean food choices like nuts, fish, etc as possible.
I adhere to a hybrid of the two diets; given the Mediterranean diet is particularly good for brain health. I need lots of help in that area, as not only am a prone to high blood pressure, which the DASH diet controls for me, but also diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia that run deeply within my family tree.
I can’t wait to read it! I have been following a hybrid of the diets for about 5 years now, partly because Alzheimers runs badly in my family, so it is important I am not only maintaining a diet to keep my blood pressure low, but also to keep my brain as healthy as possible! That means defaulting to Mediterranean choices, within a overall DASH framework for me (e.g. low sodium).
I asked Santa for Marla Heller’s brand new book, The DASH Diet Mediterranean Solution for Christmas! I already follow a hybrid of both diets, but so excited to hear what she has to say about it! Crossing my fingers Santa gets his hands on a copy for Christmas Day, because it is not released until Dec 24th : ))