DASH Eating Plan – More Than Just Another Diet

By: Katie Austin

KatieOkay, I know what you are all thinking. Not another diet!  But wait – don’t rule this out yet. I believe anytime there is a new idea to help us live healthier lives, we owe it to ourselves to at least consider it. This diet may not fit everyone’s needs or lifestyles, but it is worth looking into.

I know, and have known for months, that I need to make a change. You would think that after battling breast cancer, I would be eating healthy and working out to get in the best shape of my life. Well, let me tell you, I am not so now it is time for a change! I am hoping my newly found motivation, this diet plan, and exercising a few days a week will help me reach my health goal. Simply put, I want to be able to get up in the morning without hurting all over and have the energy to do all the things I love to do. Easier said than done, but I believe in myself and the ability to change, which is half the battle!

So, what is the DASH Diet? The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet was developed by the National Institutes of Health as a suggested way of eating to lower blood pressure without medication. Research has shown that the DASH Diet lowers the risk of several types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, heart failure, kidney stones, reduced risk of developing diabetes, and can slow the progression of kidney disease. Enough said for this girl to try this diet! 🙂

DASHHow does the diet work? The DASH Diet includes healthy eating from all food groups. The suggested foods are high in fiber, low to moderate in fat and low in sodium. The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution turbo charges weight loss with a powerful plan based on previously overlooked DASH research. Because it has an emphasis on real foods and fruits and vegetables, it is both filling and satisfying.

Foods in this plan include:

  • Whole grains
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Low fat or non-dairy foods
  • Lean protein
  • Nuts, seeds, and legumes
  • Fats and sweets

Knowing that this plan is flexible and offers a variety of foods to eat, I am ready to take the plunge and see how this goes!  I will be sure to bring back what I learn, good and bad, and hopefully this will be the eating plan I have been looking for. More to come and I will follow up with a progress report in a future blog post 🙂

For more information about the DASH Diet, visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

Take care and God bless each of you!