If you are determined to make healthy lifestyle changes and need a little structure and guidance, look no further than DASH! DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is much more than just a diet, and has benefits beyond stopping high blood pressure. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the DASH Diet the #1 choice in four categories of Best Diets for 2017: Best Overall Dier, Best Diet for Healthy Eating, Best Diabetes Diet, and Best Healthy Heart Diet. These honors are well deserved, as the eating and activity recommendations are top notch and easy to follow.
The original DASH study was conducted in the 1990s with extensive publications since then in peer-reviewed journals testifying to its success in reducing blood pressure, bad cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar and weight. It is highly recommended by nutrition and health experts around the world because it includes whole foods that provide vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, not to mention color and variety.
What to include in the DASH lifestyle:
What to minimize in the DASH lifestyle:
For additional information, eating plans, recipes, serving sizes, and great tips, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov and type DASH in the search box. I hope you will use some of these recommendations!
As published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan
Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND
is a nutrition educator with over 20 years experience as a college professor, nutrition coach, presenter and writer, as well as a nutrition consultant and founding director of the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center.