The Dash Diet/Mayo Clinic

  1. Well, I've got this BP w/ high diastolic. I looked it up in the Mayo Clinic site, 'cause I noticed that's what my doc refers to during my appts. Two wks ago he put me on 10mg of Lisinopril and the diastolic stays pretty high regardless.
    Really, really p.o.'d about the yo-yo diastolic, I have increased fluids (add'l water daily) and seen that when I do some strenuous work the diastolic will come down some. But I'm not always consistent with the activity level, so tonight I looked up the Dash Diet as well. I can probably do it, but if anyone has some recipes they use or have adapted to low sodium parameters, I sure could use some inspiration.
    So far I have found a lot of stuff in my fridge and pantry that are O-U-T, if I'm going to serious about it. For instance, I buy a gallon of whole milk, one reason is because it does not spoil as quickly as the low-fat and skim milks. IN YOU OPINION, and not as medical advice...would you think adding water to the whole milk , maybe half each water and milk, would be reasonably similar to low-fat? I refuse to toss out a whole gallon of milk!

    PS My oven is broken. Need to get it fixed or buy a new one, that'd help a lot, I'm sure. At present I use a 10" non-stick frying-pan, other pots and pans usually found in any kitchen,and the slow cooker, the microwave, and a small toaster oven which I dislike intensely.

    I suppose I should go to the library and bookstores to check out the info/suggestions, but meanwhile, what do YOU make that would qualify for the Dash Diet? I know there are many of you who eat very healthfully and well. I have read the meals you all have tossed together, but wasn't taking notes. Hindsight is 20-20, but I need to see my options with foresight, instead!
  2. Visit No Stars In My Eyes profile page

    About No Stars In My Eyes

    Joined: Apr '11; Posts: 14,375; Likes: 33,524

    8 Comments

  3. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    OK, then! As Emily Latella used to say, "Never mind."
  4. by   BCgradnurse
    I rarely buy anything pre-made or processed,as those things are notoriously full of sodium. I use a lot of fresh herbs and spices to give flavor so I won't need to add much salt.

    So, tonight I'm making steak tips. I make a spice rub with chili powder, black pepper, cumin, brown sugar and grill the steak. I'll serve it with a a salad and sauteed green beans and mushrooms. I make my own vinaigrette and just use a pinch of salt. If I use salt, it's always kosher salt as I think it's more flavorful.

    Good luck!! Stay away from the fried clams!
  5. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Quote from BCgradnurse
    I rarely buy anything pre-made or processed,as those things are notoriously full of sodium. I use a lot of fresh herbs and spices to give flavor so I won't need to add much salt.

    So, tonight I'm making steak tips. I make a spice rub with chili powder, black pepper, cumin, brown sugar and grill the steak. I'll serve it with a a salad and sauteed green beans and mushrooms. I make my own vinaigrette and just use a pinch of salt. If I use salt, it's always kosher salt as I think it's more flavorful.

    Good luck!! Stay away from the fried clams!
    Hey! Tempt me with mention of Farnham's and The Clam Shack, and then slap my hand? Baaaaad BCg! You mean ol' thang!

    PS: Pack some of those beef tips in dried ice and mail'em on down here, wouldja? PLEASE?
  6. by   amoLucia
    Am just reading this late. Am titrating down on my lisinopril to 10 mg per MD. Just FYI, know that lisinopril is NOT very renal friendly and I've been dealing with that CKD dx for a year now. (NSAIDS are also verboten per my MD.) I am on another low dose BP/HCTZ diuretic.

    I also buy the higher fat milk for just the same reason. Personally, I wouldn't add any water to the milk. Something about not maintaining its purity' doesn't bode well with me. What I did find that helped was to buy TWO quarts of lower fat milk and open ONLY one at a time. The little bit of money isn't an issue.
    I am thinking about making up dry Carnation milk and then add equal amounts of the 2 milks PRN per usage. Haven't thought that one all out yet.

    And don't use the refrig DOOR - use the shelf! Keeps colder and seemed to stay fresher longer.

    Have to look up the DASH diet - not familiar.
  7. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Yeah, that Lisinopril has me doing the dry-throat-tickle cough since it's been upped to 20 mg qd. ugh. Also am on Mobic 15 mg qd for arthritic pain.
    As far as the diet goes, I am --how shall I say this?--um, far enough away from the dx which scared me into trying the diet in the first place, and suddenly taken to stopping by McD's which I haven't done for YEARS. So compliance is irregular to say the least.

    Was just reading stuff in a medical site about liver and renal problems; the inner body is fearfully and wonderfully made. Anatomy and Physiology was the one subject in nursing school that was so fascinating to me, it just completely blew me away ... well, heck, it still does--

    Guts: Gotta love 'em, can't live without 'em.
  8. by   NoahButler45
    It's alweays generally a good idea to stay away from processed foods. Anything you can get fresh is going to be so much better than processed foods.
  9. by   toomuchbaloney
    We eat a good deal of game meat and salmon, as well as halibut or cod or other fish from Valdez. We eat much smaller portions of meat than we used to.

    We don't buy much processed food; pasta, bread, peanut butter. No instant or convenience meals. We use cream for coffee and drink 1% milk. One of us likes nut juice, you are free to guess which one.

    I think sugar is a big source of inflammation and chronic disease.

    Did you know that cannabis positively impacts our ability to metabolizes carbohydrates?
  10. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    We eat a good deal of game meat and salmon, as well as halibut or cod or other fish from Valdez. We eat much smaller portions of meat than we used to.

    We don't buy much processed food; pasta, bread, peanut butter. No instant or convenience meals. We use cream for coffee and drink 1% milk. One of us likes nut juice, you are free to guess which one.

    I think sugar is a big source of inflammation and chronic disease.

    Did you know that cannabis positively impacts our ability to metabolizes carbohydrates?
    Going this Thursday night to a program about inflammation and the havoc it wreaks in our bodies.
    And naturally, you KNOW I would be quite interested in proving that cannabis could positively effect my carb metabolism!

    But, as I might have (!) mentioned before, MY problem is that I can't find any drugs to say "NO" to.

    And, naturally, I don't care to lose my job by being forced to take a pee-test if I was hurt on the job, nor would I care to get caught in some kind of undercover narc sting!

    Connections
    I just can't make no connections
    And all I want to dooooo...
    Is, aw, hell, illegal here anyway. Phooey.

close