Comforting to know the 10 servings of fruits and veggies I have been eating everday for the past 9+ years, following the DASH Diet, are helping me live not only better, but longer too! My DASH lifestyle certainly helped me lose 90 pounds, eliminating my hypertension in the process!
The good news just keeps on coming for followers of DASH!
It is a good article on adherence issues with the DASH diet, but I only eat 5 servings of veggies a day, not 7, at least most days. In fact I don’t recall the diet calling for 7 servings at all, 4-5 per day is more like it. I definitely hit 5 fruit servings too.
Most of my veggies are eaten at my main meal, where I will usually eat at least 2 cups of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc at one sitting, but it has sharp cheddar or some other delicious cheese melted on it to make it yummy. All that fibre certainly helps to keep me full.
I personally think the biggest issue is you need to make a commitment to follow the diet for a long time, not a short one, because once it becomes ingrained as an eating pattern, it becomes preferred. Especially strong, is how distaste for salt and salty foods increases the longer the diet is followed. However it takes awhile to get there…
I eat about 50-60% carbs within a DASH diet framework. So I am in the middle. I eat 8-10 servings of unprocessed fruit and veggie each day. I don’t drink fruit or veggie juice much at all. I prefer the whole fruit and veggie. If I am trying to lose a few pounds, I move it down to 50%. The DASH diet calls for complex carbs. I try to obtain at least 15 grams of fibre, much of it from complex carbs (bran, flax, steel cut oats, etc) berries and skim milk in the mornings with a goal of consuming 35 grams each day.
An accurate article detailing some of the health benefits I have experienced during the past 9 years, following a 1500mg sodium/day DASH diet. Moreover, in addition to a 90 pound weight loss with DASH diet and complete elimination of hypertension 7 years ago, I also experienced cessation of almost nightly, intestinal pain.
I thought this was a helpful, short summary of the DASH diet, although I have followed a 1500 mg per day sodium limit for the past 9 years, rather than 2300 mg per day limit. Before my 90 pound weight loss with the DASH diet, I was seriously hypertensive 170/90, so I follow the 1500 mg per day limit to keep my blood pressure in check.
I think it’s an easy diet to stick with. Come this June, I will have followed the DASH diet for 9 years and maintained my 90 pound weight loss for 7 years. I still love it!
The main reason I so earnestly embraced the DASH diet, as my weight loss vehicle, was because I was already seriously hypertensive. Whatever diet I used to lose weight, would also have to work to lower my blood pressure at the same time, given I was already sick.
I started following the DASH diet in June 2009, on the recommendation of my doctor due to hypertension. My systolic pressure had reached 170 and he said it was an unacceptable level for someone only in their early forties.
He initially suggested medication or going on the wait list for weight loss surgery. He believed a substantial weight loss would go a long way to lowering my blood pressure. I decided against medication and surgery in favour of his final and last suggestion/possible solution, the DASH diet.
After he gave me a pager information sheet on the diet. I went home and did additional research and discovered that the effects of the diet could be enhanced for those with hypertension, by also making it very low sodium. I decided to go this route, along with with calorie restriction to lose the weight. I still follow a 1500 mg sodium limit per day to keep my now normal blood pressure, low.
After an 18 month weight loss process with DASH, ending in 2011, I lost 90 pounds and have not regained the weight since.
How come I am only just discovering the deliciousness of dried strawberries now? Kind of like strawberry liquorice with a very similar chew, but so much better! #dashdiet
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