It’s been a long time coming but I am finally able to introduce you guys to my first ever published work!
Well, it’s not just mine, none of it would have been possible without the support and contributions of my wonderful co-author Julie Andrews, who by the way is responsible for the 100 delicious and nutritious recipes you will find within.
I could talk for days about the merits and science of the DASH diet and healthy, balanced eating BUT without the practical, scrumptious recipe line up that Julie prepared, none of it would be practically applicable.
So thank you Julie, and thank you as well to each and everyone who has supported my writing over the years to help me get to this point and obviously the individuals in charge of publishing this book who made the decision to give me an opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a published author.
With all the sentimental stuff out of the way, let’s get down to business.
According to Health Canada, more than 1 in 5 Canadians are affected by hypertension ( more commonly referred to as high blood pressure).
It also happens to be the most common reason why Canadians visit their doctor, and the number on reason for taking medication.
To put things in perspective, there is a 90% chance that an adult in the 55-65 age group who currently has normal blood pressure will develop hypertension at sometime in their life.
Risk for hypertension is higher in males, especially those with a family history.
Keep that in mind if you have that special someone you need a holiday gift for!
Why does this all matter?
Well, aside from what I’ve already mentioned, high blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
The good news? There is something you can do about it, and it’s delicious.
That’s where my book comes in!
My Book & The DASH Diet
Without giving too much away, the DASH diet was developed in the 90s as a broad, inclusive dietary pattern to help address the growing issue of hypertension.
My book discusses the DASH diet at length, teaches you how to apply it, and also covers a wide range of other lifestyle factors to keep in mind when on the path towards your best health.
It is not a “diet” in the pop culture sense of the term as it includes ALL food groups ( yes including sweets and treats) while emphasizing certain foods in higher amounts than others in order to support an overall blood pressure lowering effect independent of weight loss, which although may be a goal for some, is not necessary for blood pressure lowering on the DASH diet.
The Book Includes:
- A comprehensive discussion of the scientifically backed DASH dietary pattern for supporting blood pressure reduction independent of weight loss.
- A gentle discussion on some of the science behind calories and weight management, for those who may be interested in the subject.
- An introduction to important lifestyle factors including sleep hygiene, stress management, meditation and more as they relate to blood pressure management and overall health and well being.
- An introductory exercise program for those with minimal background or equipment who want to increase their physical activity levels.
- And, perhaps most importantly, 100+ recipes to support all of the above including a comprehensive 28 day starter menu ( reflected in the book’s title) to show you how to pull them all together in a practical way.
Getting Your Hands On The Book
Want to support the work of your favourite dietitian?
Need a holiday gift for an aunt, uncle, mom, dad, sister, brother, grandma, grandpa or friend?
Looking to lower your own blood pressure in a fun, delicious way?
These are all excellent reasons to pre-order my book today!
It is set for release on December 18th, just in time for the holiday season and you an access the Amazon page by clicking on the book image below.
Thank you in advance for your support and I hope you enjoy the book if you do purchase it.
If you took the time to read this post from start to finish you are one of the big reasons I am in the position that I am in.
For that, I’m truly grateful.
Until next time,
Andy De Santis RD MPH