Diet Reflection Paper

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For my second interview I spoke with Jennifer (Jenny) Reay. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) and works at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. I spoke to Jenny about this course and the fact that I have never heard of the DASH diet.
Dash (dietary approach to stop hypertension) is something she uses and talks about with many of her patients. It is a program that is full of fruits, vegetables, nuts and low fat dairy. Jenny jokingly said you eat you weight in fruits and vegetables, and that all those foods that taste good “including bacon” are out. I asked Jenny if this was one of those crazy “fad” things that we will find out in a couple years that causes cancer or is horrible bad and then we develop
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The DASH diet is endorsed by America Heart Association (AHA) and many other health and human service organizations. Jenny disclosed that many of her patients have quit taking medications after adhering to DASH style diet after few weeks to a month. The majority of patients she sees at the medical center are either pre-hypertensive or hypertensive and taking multiple medications. This diet approach is the reduction salt or sodium. It is based on six servings of whole grains, four to five servings of fruits, vegetables, and nuts add two to three services of lean meat with nothing processed. She said the goal would be to limit sodium to 1,500 mg per day. Doing this has seen significant results in lowering blood pressure within weeks and weaning patients off medications …show more content…
Some that make you laugh and some that make you scratch your head and question peoples thought patterns. She had a patient that was diagnosed with hypertension and refused to take medications. While they were talking the patient told Jenny this was a waste of his time, he has found a new seasoning called Accent. He has stopped using salt and substituted Accent. Jenny (with a straight face) had to look at him and explain what Accent is, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and while advertised as less sodium as table salt, it is just as bad and in some cases worse. She shared the majority of people have no idea how much sodium they intake any given day and that a teaspoon of salt is about 2,300 mg of sodium. Sodium is in all processed foods, canned vegetables, and basically anything “ready to eat”. Even those foods that are advertised as being healthy contain larges amount of sodium.
Many of her patients complain during the first couple weeks due to lack of taste. Those patients that have added salt have a hard time making the transitions to low salt, but given time you become use to less salt and your palate changes. Many, after sticking to DASH or any low sodium diet no longer like the taste of canned and processed foods. Once the palate changes, these processed or canned foods taste like someone over

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