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The DASH Diet For A Grateful Heart -Series Part 1

With apologies to the original creators of the term, I call this The DASH Diet For A Grateful Heart. Soon you’ll understand why.

I know, really, I know…You probably think the Dash Diet is just another fad…

The DASH Diet For A Grateful Heart-HEADYou’re tired of hearing about the climbing state of obesity in the U.S. and all the pros and cons of regulating what we eat, or not.

From a professional perspective, however, it doesn’t seem to matter if our labels get easier to read, if the FDA insists on better, more honest labeling, or how hard researchers try to convince us that if we don’t stop overeating, and eating the wrong foods, we’ll just simply die way before we’re ready.

And, personally, I don’t endorse fads.

I guess it would be “unprofessional” to say that sometimes we in the medical community just want to throw up our hands and let people do whatever they want…but where I, personally, draw the line, is at the point where I see this epidemic affecting the lives of children too.

I have four wonderfully awesome grandbabies, and I want them to outlive me.

Looking at statistics, and facing reality, we find people in their 20’s and early 30’s now having heart attacks, and pre-teens and young teens being diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2, usually found only in adults.

And that’s NOT ok.

Enter a fresh approach to an ages-long concept: The DASH Diet,

Initially researched by the National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute (NHLBI), and highly recommended for managing high blood pressure, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is now considered the healthiest and safest everyday diet for children, teens, and adults.

This year, after a thorough review of 40 diets (led by a top panel of health experts), the government-endorsed DASH Diet tied for first place with the Mediterranean Diet for Best Diet Overall. The final results were published by World News And Health Reports in January.

I call it The DASH Diet For A Grateful Heart and it is a flexible and well-balanced eating plan.

 ➡ The recommended foods are very low in fat but rich in proteins

 ➡ The focus is on three of the most essential minerals, limiting (not banning) the amounts of sugar, red meat, and sweetened beverages.

Following this plan is fairly simple and straightforward and its current popularity among health-conscious people is due in part to the fact that the diet does not need special recipes or meals, and there is no calorie counting.

To the naysayers I say: Whether or not the government needs to or should be involved in managing our health should not take center stage.

 ➡ The heart of the matter is that it will take the joint efforts of all of us to stop the dangerous ride into obesity, diabetes, heart disease and all of their unfriendly consequences.

The DASH Diet For A Grateful Heart-saltSo, here’s how it goes:

The aim: Preventing and lowering high blood pressure (hypertension).

The claim: A healthy eating pattern is a key to deflating high blood pressure – and it may not hurt your waistline, either.

The theory: Nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein, and fiber are crucial to fending off or fighting high blood pressure. You don’t have to track each one, though. Just focus on the foods you’ve always been told to eat:

  • fruits, vegetables
  • whole grains
  • lean protein
  • low-fat dairy

While limiting foods that are high in saturated fat, such as:

  • fatty meats
  • full-fat dairy foods
  • tropical oils (think coconut…)
  • sugar-sweetened beverages and sweets.
  • Top it all off by cutting back on salt, and you’ve got it.

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Coming Up:  Series Part 2: Foods For The DASH Diet & How To Make It Part Of Your Life.

Learn More Here: 

National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute

➡ How To Cook With Less Salt To Control Your Blood Pressure

➡ Are Natural Salts Better For You?

 

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