The DASH Diet Eating Plan

Sorry - this isn't about the awesome Kardashian store also named DASH, but instead, it is about a diet that I have been trying for the last three weeks: the DASH Diet.

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DASH diet expert, Marla Heller, MS, RD, has written several books based on the latest DASH diet research, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. I decided to read one of Marla's books, The DASH Diet Action Plan, because it was mentioned on Michael Pollan's documentary series "Cooked" - which is featured on Netflix. Eating meals and snacks rich in nutrients, that are also filling, is one of my personal food goals.

Currently, I eat lots of servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and when I do eat meat, I treat it as a background food - which means it is not the MOST important part of my plate. With this in mind, I naturally gravitated towards the DASH diet. The funny thing is, I don't like the word "diet". I always think of terrible infomercials. With that said, I want this to be a positive message that can help you take control of your eating habits and overall wellness.

The DASH Diet appealed to me because I am susceptible to high blood pressure due to genetics. I decided that I wanted to remain proactive about this, and see where I can improve in my diet.  The DASH diet has been proven to reduce high blood pressure, cholesterol, and to support weight loss by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, combined with low-fat dairy foods, lean meat, poultry, fish, some nuts and beans, and grains.

Portion control is a key (major key, *DJ Khaled voice*) to eating healthy. For example, the DASH diet recommends 4-5 servings of fruit, and 4-5 servings of vegetables EACH DAY - which translates to 2 cups of fruit and 2-and-a-half cups of vegetables. While the diet gives recommended servings, there is still room for creativity in meeting those daily food goals - which the avid smoothie enthusiast will love.

I don't want to bombard you with the details of this diet, rather, I would prefer that you use it as a resource. I don't think every diet works the same for everyone. I also don't think I am dieting - as that would mean following these guidelines would be temporary. I 100% intend on continuing to eat this way for years to come.

To me, this is another way I am refining my gluten-free diet. Finding what works best for you is a part of life's journey. Too cliché? But seriously, this may be a tool you can use to support healthy eating habits.

To read more about the DASH diet, click here. You can purchase The DASH Diet Action Plan by Marla Heller on Amazon or iTunes.