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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Amidon Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976340801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976340805
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are no razzle-dazzle gimmicks surrounding this book. . . . the author, a registered dietitian, notes on the first page. She promises "no conflicting information, no magic combinations, no forbidden foods." What she provides is a back-to-basics guide to the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). - Time Magazine

The DASH diet is based on studies funded by the NIH. Dietitian Heller presents the plan that will help readers who suffer from hypertension, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. Her plan supports eating a variety of good food--especially fruits, vegetables, and whole grains--to result in weight loss and benefit one's arteries. - Library Journal

Chosen by U.S. News & World Report as the best diet, healthiest diet, & best diabetes diet. Even if your blood pressure and cholesterol are perfect and weight isn't a concern, following DASH makes sense. Heller offers an excellent introduction, meal plans, recipes, strategies for exercise & weight loss. - Today's Diet & Nutrition

"One of the top 50 life-changing health books." - Huffington Post

"Recommended are dietary patterns that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts. . . including the DASH eating plan " -- The American Heart Association, The American College of Cardiology
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Marla Heller is a Registered Dietitian, holding a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she is completing work on a PhD in Behavior Sciences and Health Promotion. She is experienced in a wide variety of nutrition counseling specialties. She has been an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics at UIC, and has also taught at Dominican University, National-Louis University, and the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. She is on the advisory board for Chicago Health & Beauty magazine. In addition to The DASH Diet Action Plan, Marla contributed the 4-week menu plan for Win the Weight Game by Sarah, the Duchess of York, and wrote the healthy eating chapter in "I Always Start My Diet on Mondays!" by Janice Alpert. She is a spokesperson for the Greater Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association and a Past-President of the Illinois Dietetic Association. Marla was diagnosed with high blood pressure in May of 2003. Since that time she has managed to lower her blood pressure by following the DASH diet, losing weight, and exercising. Marla lives the program that is featured in her book, The DASH Diet Action Plan.

More About the Author

Marla Heller is a Registered Dietitian, and holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she also completed doctoral course work in public health. Marla worked as a dietitian at the University of Illinois Medical Center in the Heart-Lung Transplant Unit, the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, and the Cardiac Step-Down Unit. She has taught nutrition courses at UIC and Dominican University, and taught nutrition to student chefs at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. She was a civilian dietitian with the US Navy and worked for the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Marla has been a pioneer in bringing the DASH diet from the research lab to the kitchen table. In her books and her new DVD, she shares the plan that makes DASH so easy to follow. In addition to her DASH diet books, Marla wrote the 4-week menu plan for Win the Weight Game by Sarah, the Duchess of York. She is a frequently featured nutrition expert for broadcast, print, and internet media. She has been a spokesperson for the Greater Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association and is a Past-President of the Illinois Dietetic Association.
For more information, see http://dashdiet.org. Connect with Marla at dashdiet on Facebook, @dashdiet on Twitter, http://dashdiet.wordpress.com, and dashdiet on Pinterest.

Customer Reviews

Easy read with great healthy menus and recipes.
Bernie
This book is chock full of great information which can help anyone to improve their health, by changing eating habits for the better.
Mary E. Morgan
This book is very informative and is an easy read.
Lisa M. Monroe

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235 of 244 people found the following review helpful By DM on September 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Well, I love this book. The author does an excellent job explaining why the DASH diet is helpful, and does an even better job providing 28 days of a fantastic, realistic meal plan. The book also contains a chart so you can determine if you need to lose a few pounds, and gives tips on how to do that. In addition, there's a blurb about the importance of exercise. However, the true gem of this book is the 28 day meal plan. For that alone, this book is well worth the full price. Highly recommended.
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First I have to say I'm a big fan right now of the Flat Belly Diet but anytime science actually backs a new diet plan rather than just some celebrity or marketing dollars, I try it out as it's part of my job.

I began this diet 2 weeks ago and I have had high blood pressure since I was about 20. I went through all kinds of tests because doctors and specialists were convinced there was something massively wrong with me as I weighed 115 lbs, was a vegetarian, and had blood pressure so bad I was vomiting....they couldn't believe I had high blood pressure sorbet thought something was failing internally

Nope, no reason...just genetic. Since then, I've gotten it down with cardio but when I don't have time for cardio, like recently, it goes up again. I have been able to stop taking 2 of the strongest meds I've always taken but I was still having to take diuretics to get rid of the salt in my body to lower my blood pressure as it has NEVER been normal for decades.

Until now.

But I'll get to all that.

Because you'll ALSO lose weight with this. And that ALSO lowers it more...you'll have great energy and never be hungry as well.

So is it another fad? Actually the principles of this, similar to the Flat Belly Diet, are some of the most proven philosophies and largest studies of obesity that make it up in recent years. Yes, it's in medical materials rather than magazines.

However news magazines like it too.

It was just rated the #1 healthiest diet in US News and World Report.

Over ALL diets...Jenni Craig, Nutrisystem, anything.

This was the diet used by the USDA for its health guidelines called "MY PLATE" which updated the food pyramid.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By JStiles on February 27, 2012
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The writing and organization of the diet book is good. It would have been very difficult to adhere to it and track it on a daily basis without the aid of the Supertracker.org website (Free website). There should be a strong mention of this website in the book. We tried the DASH website (pay membership) and found it to be near to useless and cumbersome to use, so we cancelled it. The diet itself is great, and it delivers exactly what it promises - Lowering of blood pressure, and loss of weight. After 6 weeks of use my blood pressure went from 138/80 to 122/70 and I lost 12 pounds. This diet really works, and used with the Supertracker.org website is fairly easy to follow.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By J. Bowman on December 13, 2011
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The Dash Diet is not a "Diet" but more of a Food Plan. My husband is currently on Blood Pressure Medication. The medication would reduce his blood pressure but not down to within in the "normal range". Two week after being on DASH his blood pressure is in the low "normal range". The DASH is eating right not less. My husband actually eats more now then he use to and has lost 10 pounds. I have lost 5 pounds. We have not started an exercise program yet. We have been doing the Dash for a month now and are very pleased. The only thing I would have liked is a little more guidance as to food labels. She discusses the labels but doesn't really explain what is acceptable levels of fiber, sodium etc. The recipes in the book are also very good. Overall we are very happy with this plan.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Hot Light on October 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
I visited my physician last spring and learned that my cholesterol was very high - very risky. He suggested that I try this book before using drugs [statins]. I followed the suggestions in the book and voila! Cholesterol level dropped to a safer range.

My doc was surprised -- and now has the book for sale in his office.

Very easy read, and simple to adapt for a traveling professional.

Highly recommended!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By dw on October 13, 2011
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I found this book after hearing about DASH Diet. It is very easy to read and understand, with lots of helpful information on blood pressure, cholosteral, healthy eating habits, etc. It even offers menus and food suggestions, exercise and so much more. Anyone wanting to improve their health should read this and find out more about DASH diet.
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135 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Norma J. Stewart on March 31, 2007
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who is ready to enjoy wholesome food and reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Don't waste your money on another fad diet book. Buy this user- friendly book based on National Institutes of Health research. The forms that are provided make it easy to set goals and track your personal progress. You will develop the skills needed to achieve long -term success as you learn about deciphering food labels, making over your kitchen, and eating away from home. The 28 days of delicious menus, culinary tips, and great recipes will show you that it is possible to enjoy fantastic food and feel full while you improve your health. As a Registered Dietitian and educator I say - order your copy now.
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