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DASH diet books are on the library shelves
Rosita Smith

BLYTHE - There are scads of diets out there that address a multitude of avenues to shed pounds - most people hope, effortlessly - and scads of these diets do not live up to their promised outcome.

But most everyone recognizes the DASH diet as being one of the best known, longest lasting and more responsible diets available today. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and focuses on a healthy plan that has been proven to help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.

The Palo Verde Valley Library has just acquired three new hot-off-the-press books that deal with the DASH diet plan.

With these books you do not have to wade through a lot of hype to find the information you are looking for; just pick the book(s) that address the information you seek, and go for it.

The DASH Diet Action Plan, proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol without medication, by Marla Heller, MS, RD, shows you how to set up your own personal DASH diet plan. She discusses what is a healthy mix of fats, proteins and carbs and explains how to DASH eat meals away from home.

Heller guides you in how to read food labels so that you know that you are getting, what you want - and equally important, what you don't want - when you shop at the grocery store.

Filled with charts, portion sizes, planning guides, and recipes, The DASH Diet Action Plan is a well-rounded book that addresses all the questions that dieters seek when searching for reliable dieting information. The DASH Diet Action Plan is on the non-fiction new-book self of the Palo Verde Valley Library under 613.2 HELLE.

The DASH Diet for Weight Loss is co-authored by Thomas J. Moore, MD; Megan C. Murphy, MPH; and Mark Jenkins.

Led by Thomas Moore, this trio gives you extensive 7-day meal plans with different calorie levels for weight loss, serving sizes for different foods and ideas on how to squeeze some physical activity into a busy day's schedule.

If you are a vegetarian be sure to read chapter ten - an entire chapter devoted entirely to your needs and wants. The last half of the book is devoted to meals with calorie counts and recipes for each menu featured.

For a busy lifestyle, you won't have to agonize over what to eat today - or if you should eat this or that. It's already laid out for you, and at the end of the day you will know exactly how many calories you have consumed - presuming you didn't cheat.

The DASH Diet for Weight Loss is on the non-fiction new-book shelf at the Palo Verde Valley Library under 613.2 MOORE.

The third book, The DASH Diet Cookbook, by authors Mariza Snyder, Dr. Lauren Clum and Anna V. Zulaica, is just that, a cookbook covering every meal of the day with DASH approved recipes - everything from smoothies to omelets; pastas to salsa; tacos to guacamole; meatballs to chicken fajitas; salads to vinaigrette; cheesecake to cookies - and many more recipes just waiting to be discovered.

A 28-day meal plan can be found starting on page 251 that leads you through a month of recipes with each meal already planned for you to follow.

The DASH Diet Cookbook is in the new-book non-fiction section of the Palo Verde Valley Library under 613.2 SNYDE.

All three of these books contain information that is invaluable when you are searching for diet information.

The Palo Verde Valley Library is on the northwest corner of Chanslorway and Broadway directly across from the senior center at Todd Park.

Come in the cooler mornings and check out some good reading material to read under the cool AC.

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