I do not eat fast food. The rare occasion is when I'm busy away from home and didnt bring food. It's been over a year for sure.
I do not drink soda. Dont really like it. I might drink 1 every 3 or 4 months.
I eat lots of potatoes. We eat a meat meal maybe once or twice a week. I'm a beans and rice kinda guy too.
I try to eat healthy, like actually try. I was brought up on a small farm. We grew our own fruits and vegetables and healthy eating was ingrained into my head early on.
DASH is Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It can lower blood pressure.
DASH is fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, fish, and poultry. It has me eat foods high in calcium, potassium, and magnesium. These help lower BP. It also restricts sodium intake, as sodium raises BP. I still have to have some sodium to help with hydration, nerve, and muscle function.
that is pretty much the Mediterranean diet as well. I am not a big fan of vegetables b/c any time we had veggies when I was young, they were over cooked to a fine nasty mush <--(another midwestern thing) so there are only a few veggies I will eat, and they have to be raw and crunchy
Again I might have a fine BP, but it always reads high at the Dr office/dentist/etc because I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety raises BP. Stress raises anxiety. Medical visits raises anxiety and stress. You can see the viscous circle. So I have to get a BP monitoring device to check it regularly at home when I'm not anxious. This will give the Dr a better look at how I am on a normal day when I'm not worried about getting poked and prodded. However, the BP cuff makes me a bit anxious also when it starts squeezing my arm. If I do it everyday that should stop though.
that is the same as my wife...they always have to do her BP last.
And I hate...HATE...needles, but now have to poke my self with insulin every day, so I have managed to get past it...sort of
I might not need the DASH diet if my BP is normal. I'm not a fan of meds though, so I'm doing the DASH diet anyways to hopefully not need any. Everything helps.
I managed to stay off of meds for 38 years...I still don't take anything for headaches etc., but I have about 5 pills aI have to take every day...and I also HATED swallowing pills....but have now mostly gotten over that too. The Metformin are like freaking footballs though