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High Blood Pressure? Have a DASH of Spark

There's More to it than Your Sodium Intake

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  • EXCELLENT ARTICLE
  • I made a copy of this and stuck it on the fridge so that I can reference it while planning my meals. Very good article!
  • ANAH_ACE
    Great article. Thanks for sharing.
  • Great article, good info to follow, thanks SP
  • I like this but too many carbs for someone else who had gastric bypass. Any suggestions to modify?
  • It did not work for me I found out yesterday at my heart health tests I had done. My bad fat is O.K. My good fats level is too low from all the no fat/low fat products,advised to add more cheese, walnuts, salmon and olive,canola oil,which I use and I use the no trans fat margarine, made with a combination of olive/canola oil. It is the only healthy type on the market. I have to add lots of salt and salty foods to raise my blood pressure too 120/80 A.S.A.P. the normal range. Mine is 80/60 and up to 100/65 with salt. I now have to add more salt,more fat and less gym exercise because of a problem with my arteries in my legs causing blood clots in my lungs. When I exercise the bottom number on the blood pressure goes up,the top number does not. This means my heart is trying to pump harder and not getting anywhere. If I continue i will get a heart attack or stroke at the gym as my blood pressure is to low when I am at home doing nothing and started new exercise program 3 months a go and now more weaker,tired every day. So today I change my diet to 50% carbohydrates,32% fat,of course the healthy fats,18% protein.I will add lots of salt and my blood pressure is checked 3 times a week at the gym. Now I will watch my blood pressure and change my diet and exercise immediately. It does not work for everyone, for me it was too much of a good thing.
  • I am extremely lactose intolerant. What can I use in place of the dairy servings? I've discovered the coconut milk yogurts, but it's not technically a dairy. I also drink almond milk. Do these satisfy my calcium intake?
  • My DS has been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure. This will make an excellent plan for all of us to follow! Great article.

    Thanks SparkPeople!!
  • MOONSTAR6036
    I really liked this article and seems like very smart choices on food i already love. I am going to give this a try.
  • Reading this now and thinking I would like to give this plan a try...sounds like it might help with my life style & help me lose a few lbs.
    Thanks for posting it...
  • I would prefer to see vegetarian protein sources stand out more instead of including with nuts & seeds and dried beans detail. They should at least be given equal billing with meat based protein sources.
  • Please come join our DASH SparkTeam!

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
    s_individual.asp
  • It would have been nice to see what a typical day's meal(breakfast, lunch, dinner & snack) could look like using the foods listed above; otherwise great article.
  • Good article. I have been reading up on the Dash diet and was starting to plan and track using their guidelines, but this month have been exploring the Sparkpeople site and trackers. I think both plans have similar concepts, since they are based on well rounded nutrition and finding the right balance of nutrients (as opposed to focusing on carbs or fat or protein).

    I find planning and tracking meals can be quite time consuming. Does it get easier? Is it best to concentrate on the DASH diet, SparkPeople or to use both?

    I guess the easiest way would be to just follow a meal plan from one or the other, but I like to change things around from their menus. Many great sounding meals on these plans though!

    Mal

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