Dash Diet Guidelines The DASH Diet Action Plan
A Call To Action Book
This excellent book is written by Marla Heller who is a Registered Dietitian and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, so she knows what she is talking about. And, best of all, she has a great easy to understand writing style, so all the science is clearly set out and doesn't go over your head. With chapters about nutrition, exercise and how to decipher food labels, it really explains what you need to do in order to lower your blood pressure. And it comes highly recommended by other dieticians and health professionals.
It offers a fantastic insight into the DASH diet, which has been medically proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol through diet rather than medication. The 28 day plan is perfect if, like me, you want someone to take all of the hard work out of your diet. With sample menus for anyone following a 1200, 1600 or 2000 daily calorie intake, you can select the recipe you fancy, and just go for it. Each menu has already been calculated to have the right amount of protein, fats, and carbs and also to be mineral and vitamin rich, while still remaining low in sodium – so you really don't have to do anything other than kick back and watch your blood pressure come down!
If you don't like following a set diet plan, there are handy charts and note sections where you can personalize your own menus and create a truly individual plan. You can even keep a record of your diet and track your progress - there are log sheets for noting down your blood pressure, exercise and weight.
My blood pressure came down considerably in just two weeks and by the end of week four it was even lower - and I had also lost 9 pounds! I've been following the diet for the last 8 months and now my blood pressure is in the normal range and I'm 29 pounds lighter! I feel like I've really achieved something – but I don't think I could have done it without this book. Yes, it has been a lifestyle change but with the guidance given by Marla Heller, it has been so much easier to make these changes. I eat healthier food all the time, not just during the week!
The Dash Diet Action Plan: Based on the National Institutes of Health Research: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
Author: Marla Heller, MS, RD
Reviewed by Charles from Malahide
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