What is the DASH Diet?

By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer 

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As a woman who has yo-yo dieted for years, gained and lost weight over and over again, I can tell you that one of my favorite things about the DASH diet is that it is designed to be sustainable. When I was younger I was more concerned about losing weight fast. But the older I get, the more I value my health and well-being and that can only be maintained through a healthy and sustainable eating lifestyle. That’s what the DASH diet promises. Ready to learn more?

How does the DASH diet work?

Does high blood pressure run in your family, or are you dealing with it now? I have good news for you! DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The DASH diet is designed to prevent and aid in stopping hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure. This diet emphasizes foods infused with calcium, potassium, fiber, and calcium because of the positive effects these nutrients have on lowering high blood pressure and discourages foods high in fat, sodium, and sugar.

The DASH diet delivers great weight loss results because it is low in starchy foods and encourages whole, heart-healthy foods (added sugars and high-fat foods are not allowed). That means you won’t sacrifice nutrition to lose a few pounds, and you won’t feel hungry either.

What can you eat?







Lean meats

Low-fat dairy

Non-fat dairy





The Bottomline

The DASH diet is geared to help those concerned with high blood pressure so if that’s a concern for you, this diet is perfect for you. It is healthy and nutritious and will have you feeling great in no time at all. If you’d like to improve your brain health through nutrition, you might want to take a look at the MIND diet. The MIND diet is a combination of the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet and is so good for you!

Did you give the DASH diet a try? What did you think about it?

If you’d like to work on your mindset to help you stick to this diet, check out our blog!


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