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The DASH Diet Action Plan: Proven to Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Without Medication

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The DASH diet isn't just for healthy living anymore-- now it's for healthy weight loss, too. Using the key elements of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and proven, never-before-published NIH research, bestselling author, foremost DASH dietitian, and leading nutrition expert Marla Heller has created the most effective diet for quick-- and lasting-- we ...more
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Published September 12th 2011 by Grand Central Life & Style (first published January 1st 2011)
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Joan
Oct 06, 2012 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weight-loss-diet
My cholesterol jumped to 300+, which sent me to my family doctor for advice. After we agreed that I am not keen to start medication, she promptly recommended the DASH Diet. So far, so good.

This is not an easy diet. It is very restrictive (low-fat, low sugar, hardly anything processed), so you have to be willing to cut out a lot of convenient foods. And the diet requires that you have the skills and time to shop and cook most of your meals. Some people complain that it is an expensive diet, but
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Penny Minding Mom
Jun 03, 2012 Penny Minding Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eating healthy in my house is can be a struggle. We try and sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail. We've got my daughter starting to try new foods and now it's time for Mom and Dad to catch up! I've heard the about the DASH diet and was interested in learning more about it. We are looking to find a diet that is easy to follow (I hate number crunching), nutritious with food that the picky eaters in my house will eat, contains various health benefits. I am not dietitians or nutritionists so I ...more
Chad Simons
Mar 05, 2016 Chad Simons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not reviewing this book. I am merely recording as it a book I read. I was assigned to read this book. I followed its guidance, and I have to say that in 6 weeks of trying my best to abide by its precepts, I have truly lost weight. 17 lbs. of it. I will hold for the applause and praise. That said, this diet, er, uh, eating plan, is hard for me. I love flavor, and I just don't feel like this diet provides enough of it. I like most of the foods and recipes it suggests, but after a few days, ev ...more
Barbara
This author didn't "invent" the diet, but she's done a great deal to popularize it. I was curious, as it's been decreed the #1 diet in the United States for something like 6 years running. What's it all about?

Fruits, vegetables, lean protein, dairy, and move around more. Nothing new here, slight tweaks of the nutritional exchanges that have been in use by dietitians and diabetics for years, same quantities as illustrated by the USDA pyramid and recommended by the American Heart Association.

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Greg
Nov 22, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frankly, the amount of carbohydrates this book recommends scares the heck out of me and I have a difficult time understanding how following this to a T would improve the health of someone with metabolic syndrome or someone who is diabetic.

That being said, this does seem to be a very doable plan for the long-term and is a good representation of the conventional advice for improving one's health.
Catherine
This book is short and quick to read. Much of the basic information is found in more than one place in the book, making it easy to review and remember. I felt that just when I had a question, the subject was addressed in the next paragraph. There are menus for 28 days, along with many recipes. The menus are very easy to use because the author has information for those who are aiming for 2000 calories a day for health, or 1600 or 1200 calories for health and weight loss. The author includes enoug ...more
Rachel
Jun 04, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having had success with the South Beach Diet, and with some prior experience with DASH Diet concepts, I thought I'd give this book a shot. What we found was that, while there is more variety than with South Beach, the food is kind of bland after a while. My husband and I already adhere to things we liked about South Beach and have incorporated some DASH Diet here and there. The book was an easy, quick read and offers some great meal planning ideas.
Priscillia
Apr 01, 2016 Priscillia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book to read if you want to know about the dash diet. It has 8 weeks worth of meal ideas in it. There were questions I wanted answered that I didn't find the answer in this book. But over all it had a lot of useful information in it.
Dan Hamrick
This is one of three diet books I've read over recent months; I'll comment on the other two.
The eating habits plan in this book, The Dash Diet, was selected by experts in a panel for U.S. News and World Report as the healthiest diet available. However, like another reviewer, I found it too heavily laden with grains. As a Type II diabetic, I know the effect of too much pasta, bread and other grain-based products in raising my blood sugar.
The book is worthwhile reading for someone who is healthy
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Melissa
Lots of good information, though I was surprised with some of the recommendations in the dining out section - it seems like the diet should be more restrictive given the heart impacts
Meg
Jun 15, 2014 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very easy to read book. The diet plan itself is a no nonsense common sense approach to food. I appreciate that it doesn't focus on what to limit but rather what to add to your meals
Dianne Ragland
Oct 23, 2015 Dianne Ragland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Educational

Good plan. Explains what to eat and the reason, while offering flexibility. I recommend this book to anyone desiring a healthy eating plan.
Ray
May 22, 2014 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book helped changed my life and my frame of mind. I am really glad I read it.
Jim Johnson
The author took her nutritional advice right out of the 80's. It seems a waste to write an entire diet book using outdated concepts like "don't eat fat", "don't eat salt", or "don't eat cholesterol". Any book that tells you to eat margarine over butter has serious problems.

As a side note, the audio book format was not appropriate for the chapters that outlined several weeks of daily suggested menus. There was a later chapter that read out a great many recipes that also got cumbersome to hear.
Annette Meier
Jul 08, 2016 Annette Meier rated it really liked it
Very helpful
Violet
Jan 02, 2013 Violet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks to Goodreads and Marla Heller for my copy.

This is a diet plan I can live with. Packed with valuable information that will educate you on your condition and ways to improve it. Recipes that are easy to make and most often with ingredients already in your cabinets. I would recommend this book if your ready to start that diet.
Dale
Jul 05, 2012 Dale rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was essentiall a CNN Health article with a few recipes a bunch of worthless checklists and a synopsis at the end of each chapter for those of us who have ADHD so badly we cannot focus for 2 seconds.

Save your money, read this one at the library (no need to check it out, just set aside 15-20 minutes).
Megan
Feb 15, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really excited to read this book and start this diet. It should be arriving from Amazon any day now. I especially like that the recipes appear to be very family friendly! So, it comes with 28 days of menus and recipes and even grocery lists - I can do it, I can do it, I can do it!
Linda
Feb 20, 2013 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
There was absolutely no new information. Just eat lots of fruit and vegetables, curb the red meat, etc. I guess it would be good for anyone who has not listened to news or has no clue about good eating.
Nicole Joseph
Jul 20, 2011 Nicole Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good information. I liked that the book gave me foods that I could eat that helped with high blood pressure instead of telling me everything I cannot eat.
Lady Jane
Sep 05, 2014 Lady Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, nonfiction
Provides simple, research-based guidelines for adopting diet changes that combat hypertension. Good introduction, but one needs more guidance than this book alone.
Judy
Nov 02, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is laid out in an easy to read format. Lots of info that is useful and makes the plan doable.
Barb
Nov 23, 2008 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't have hypertenstion, but wanted a good diet book not based on the newest fads.
Majeed
May 27, 2013 Majeed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just started will let you know if it works. Sounds sensible
Uilleam
Another book recommended by doctor. We'll see if this works.
Karla
Mar 18, 2012 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good plan for those who need an intro to healthy eating.
Krisko Isackson
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