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Going Paleo for 30 Days

I completed the 28 Fast Metabolism Diet and did not cheat at all. It was not the most pleasant experience, dieting never is. But I walked away from it 10 lbs. lighter. So to me, it was worth it.

Oh No, Not Again
I then attempted the maintenance stage. However, the scale started tipping in the wrong direction almost immediately. Grrrr.... What is a woman who still has 30 lbs. to go supposed to do? I can tell you for sure it isn't staying on the FMD long term. I did mention it wasn't the best experience for me, right?

Now What?
So I decided to do some self reflection and think about what has helped me with weight loss in the past. Trust me, I am an experienced dieter. And therein lies the problem. I desperately need to get off the diet train. I have no problem losing weight. I also have no problem gaining it all back, plus some.

But one lifestyle change did help me significantly before and didn't feel like a diet - eating Paleo. I pondered that for a few days, switched to 99% …

Dash Diet PDF Book

I appreciate the information that my doctor gave me about DASH. But I am the kind of person who has to keep doing research on a topic until I feel like I know what I need to know. Fortunately for me I found Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH as soon as I started searching. It is a 64 page booklet by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Pressure Institute (NHLBI). These are the folks who actually conducted studies and put the diet together. So, this book is directly from the source.

1500 All the Way
Instead of spending additional time looking for more info on DASH, I am going to use the information in the booklet to make some positive changes in my eating habits. I get that the main culprits of high blood pressure are too much salt in  your diet and not enough exercise. Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH does a great job of showing you how to lower your daily intake of sodium to 2300 mg or 1500 mg a day. Since I currently have elevated blood pressure and I'm an African-American, I am going for the latter.

Should I?
I have already printed the DASH diet PDF book and I am trying to decide if I will follow the week long DASH eating plan in the book. That will require buying a lot of foods that I normally don't. But that's the whole point, isn't it? LOL. I need to start buying and eating different foods than I usually do. OK. I just convinced myself to give the menu a try.

Time to Start Cooking
This will involve fixing at least two different meals, at least at dinner time. I can probably serve a lot of these dishes to my children and they will enjoy them. But I want to make sure to keep cooking to my husband's taste. When I wrote that article back in 2006 I was a very conscientious eater. But over the years I have adapted to how my husband likes his food, mainly to make cooking less complicated.

But I'm not talking myself out of this. I don't mind spending a little more time in the kitchen to improve my health.

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