Check it out, being a foodie is fun! For it, to last you need to make sure you make wise fit foodie decisions! I hope to inspire someone to try something new based on my experiences.
A Little About me
I’m going to get personal with you all for just a minute. I was born with a Congenital Heart Defect “Transposition of the Great Arteries”. I will not bore you with the details. You can read about it here if you’re interested. I’m almost 40, and for most of my life, I haven’t had any complications. The last 4-5 years have been challenging at times, which wasn’t expected. On top of the heart condition, I also have Type 2 Diabetes. Again I will spare you the details. I am sure most of you have heard of diabetes, but if not, you can read about it here. I say this to bring awareness and a reminder for everyone to have a healthy lifestyle and eating habits. My cardiologist shares this with me at each one of my appointments. With all this said, my future post will be about a new journey I am taking! Yes, they will still include postings of great food, restaurants, and recipes; however, it will have the added benefit of engaging in a healthy lifestyle, including exercising tips and healthy eating habits.
The Dash Diet
Have you heard of the DASH diet? It stands for “Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension”. This diet has been consistently ranked by US News & World Report as a top diet for heart health and weight loss. It’s no surprise why. Unlike the popular diets that call for extreme calorie or food-group restrictions. The Dash diet involves making manageable dietary changes that are flexible.
Let’s break down the Dash Diet:
- Eat fruits and vegetables, and whole grains
- Eat fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, and vegetable oils
- Limit foods that are high in saturated fat, such as fatty meats, full-fat dairy products, and tropical oils such as coconut, palm kernel, and palm oils
- Limit sugar-sweetened beverages and sweets
After speaking to my doctor and doing additional research on a number of the fad diets as well as trying them, the Dash diet appears to be the easiest to do. It doesn’t require you to avoid eating things like dairy, meats, and grains like most other diets. The Dash diet wants you to consume more fruits, vegetables, and grains while limiting other foods that are high in sodium, fat, and added sugars. Just like any other diet, you should include daily exercise and, more importantly, consult your doctor before starting.
Feel free to share in the comments section below what has worked or hasn’t worked for you in your journey of healthy eating and exercise. You might inspire someone. Stay tuned as I’ll share recipes that taste good and are great for you!