What does a 1500 Calorie DASH Diet Look Like? – Infographic

1500 Calorie DASH Diet Infographic
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Infographic Example of a 1500 Calorie DASH Diet

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.

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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 pressureĀ 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.

Author: Carla Spencer

Carla Spencer is a Registered Dietitian and founder of 2 Your Health. Her extensive career working with individuals with health challenges led her to create this site dedicated to helping people enjoy their lives while working to prevent or minimize the impact of kidney disease.

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5 Comments

    • Thanks so much for your comment. Wish you the best as you work with this sensible diet!

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  1. I thought those with a stage 3 CKD were supposed to limit potassium. Isn’t the Dash diet rich in potassium?

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    • Hi Linda,

      Thank you for your comment! Since potassium is a nutrient that is critical for managing blood pressure within normal range, the current recommendation is to limit potassium only when serum levels indicate that potassium restriction is needed. Additionally, if individuals with CKD are eating to restrict their protein to high quality sources at lower intakes, potassium is restricted as a result. Finally, if salt substitutes are not used, potassium intake is more restricted. Therefore, the DASH diet is the best approach and the recommended meal plan to control all nutrients that are crucial in slowing the progression of CKD.

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  2. Thank you for this infographic and other information!

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