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Dash Diet for Beginners
on March 18, 2013
As someone with high blood pressure, I found this book packed with informative tidbits and easy-to-follow instructions. I had never heard of the DASH Diet before, and it was interesting to know that it was created by the National Institutes of Health. However, this diet is not just for people with high blood pressure, but can be used as a healthy lifestyle change for anyone, including children, and is beneficial to all.
The author, John Chatham, has conveniently laid this book out into sections. The book fully describes the diet, including reasons as to why the diet works and the health benefits it provides, and gives a comprehensive background into the origin of the diet, the studies conducted and the results of those studies. As the book states, “weight loss is just a happy side benefit of the diet.” It also provides an extensive step-by-step starting plan.
The recipes provided are clear and easy-to-follow. In addition to recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the book includes substitutes for yummy treats, chip dip and even chips, so the diet doesn’t leave you feeling denied or unfulfilled. There were even simpler recipes for the busy mom to follow. I enjoyed the well-laid-out and easy-to-read features of this book, and found the information that was provided very enlightening. I can’t wait to try it out!