The diet basics are a slight increase in the eating of fish and oily foods; an increase in eating vegetables and a cutback in fatty foods to lower cholesterol and other fats that can clog the veins.
The diet doesn't tell you to stop eating things; it is more designed to change your way of preparing them, choose oils like sunflower oil rather than cooking fats.
The World Health Organisation has voted DASH the best diet for the last six years, one of the basics of the diet is that it is high in Potassium - good for nerves and muscles - and the diet has a little Sodium content, not all diets are about cutting Salt out of our lives.
As with all diets, lifestyle needs to be taken into consideration; if you are a reasonably healthy and active person you will not need to make major changes to your lifestyle. I am overweight but I'm far from being fat. My biggest problem these days is being disabled and not getting out as much as I'd like to.
Until a few years ago, the diet lists had me as well over the limit for my height- to- weight ratio, this changed when the specialists decided to factor in body size, rather than relying purely on the idea of the ideal weight for height. I have a heavy bone structure - I'm not making any excuses - my knuckles are like knuckle-dusters.
Many years ago, when my beloved furry friend Bonnie died, I went into a serious decline and didn't eat for weeks. At this time, I reached what was considered my ideal weight (12 stone) - I hadn't been that weight since I came out of the Royal Air Force - the reaction of my family and close was friends was one of total horror. I became nothing more than skin and bone.
For my part using the diet meant minimal changes to my eating patterns as I changed to oil for cooking many years ago. I've never liked fatty meats - cold pork is unappealing - and in the summer I am a salad fiend (mainly cheese). Cheese has its own medical benefits alsdomain.weebly.com/free-reads/the-medical-properties-of-cheese.
Coming from a fishing family, I have always enjoyed fish, so it was pleasing to learn that this helped in some way to keep my BP down. The photos on the article are ones I took, from L to R Scarborough www.yorkshire.com/places/yorkshire-coast/scarborough, Saltburn-on-the-sea www.saltburnbysea.com/ and Whitby www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/whitby.
I used my life experiences mixed with family history for some of my stories about life in Yorkshire. One incident is the rescue of a Polish ship which one of my late uncles took part in www.draft2digital.com/book/45659.
Several years ago, I took it up on myself to use the diet to attempt to lower my blood pressure - I failed - I did lower my cholesterol radically by using the diet. The reason for my failure wasn't connected to the diet, I have too many outside influences for any diet to have a hope of lowering my blood pressure. My only hope of lowering BP is to adopt an attitude of I couldn't care less about what happens beyond things I can control.