When was the last time that you sat down and read a lengthy piece of copy on any topic. I know that you are busy just living your life and with the demands of today’s busy world with family and work obligations, taking care of yourself frequently comes in last. Acknowledging this fact that you don’t always have time to read blog posts, I have created an infographic series that will help you eat in a low sodium, kidney friendly way.Download Infographic as PDF
The first release will be of a 1500 calorie DASH diet which is the recommended diet for those of you with CKD Stages 1-3. The DASH diet is also the recommended diet for those who battle hypertension or high blood pressure. And the 1500 calorie level will create weight loss which also assists with high blood pressure and Chronic Kidney Disease.
As a review, DASH is the abbreviation for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This diet is “a flexible and balanced eating plan that is based on research studies sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). These studies showed that DASH lowers high blood pressure and improves levels of blood lipids (fats in the bloodstream), which reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.”
From the NIH (National Institutes of Health) website, we learn the following:
The DASH eating plan:
- Emphasizes vegetables, fruits, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products
- Includes whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils
- Limits sodium, sweets, sugary beverages, and red meats
In terms of nutrition content, DASH is:
- Low in saturated and trans fats
- Rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and protein
With all of the above in mind, remember that the DASH eating plan is easy to follow and is sustainable across time with a bit of effort. And this infographic provides a tool that can be tucked in a purse or pocket for a visual reminder as you move through your day.