Thursday, July 16, 2009

You Make My Blood Go Upstairs

While I am busy and careful not to add salt in Syasya's food, DH has suddenly been diagnosed with hypertension while he was onboard FSO Puteri Dulang.

The cause maybe have been to him having all those GLORIOUS food onboard especially 2 salted eggs in a day *haiz*

I'm trying very hard to get him on a DASH diet - Dietary Approaches to
Stop Hypertension. The aim is to reduce his blood pressure by eating foods that are low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol, and high in fruits, vegetables, and lowfat dairy foods. The DASH eating plan includes whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts, and has low amounts of fats, red meats, sweets, and sugared beverages. It is also high in potassium, calcium, and magnesium, as well as protein and fiber. Eating foods lower in salt and sodium also can reduce blood pressure.

So for starters, we have lots and lots of fruits in the fridge right now. More that we usually have.

And my mom (who has hypertension) has advised me to stop eating food that he's not allowed to eat infront of him (funny...I've been very diligent to have things moderately for myself. Scared because my mother was diagnosed with hypertension at the age of 50 and my brother - was diagnosed with hypertension at the age of 25)

But even to be on DASH eating plan it is best to
• Change gradually. Add a vegetable or fruit serving at lunch and dinner.
• Use only half the butter or margarine you do now.
• Have two or more meatless meals a week.
• Get added nutrients such as the B vitamins by choosing whole grain foods, including whole wheat bread or whole grain cereals.
• Spread out the servings. Have two servings of fruits and/or vegetables at each meal, or add fruits as snacks.
• Use fruits or lowfat foods as desserts and snacks.

But I love this contraption my mother got years ago (and she has one to spare). Makes cutting apples effortless and a huge motivator to my cause.


  1. I've been diagnosed hypertension last few months... 145/ age only 26 yo.. my mom and dad mcm nk pengsan...

    google thru internet... besides remove sodium intake... i try this..

    2 tblspoon of apple cider vinegar every morning

    eat papaya 3 days a week - 20 minits before breakfast.

    eat 2 cloves raw garlic everyday.. due to acidity.. i choose garlic pills - HPA

    morning walking - 30 minits everyday

    Drink a lots of water..

    Sleep 7 hours

    within a month... my BP drop to 130/70.. my doc advised, not to take any medication yet, due to my age... BP can reduce by diet and exercise.. so i think your husband still can reduce his BP without medication... dont worry k..

  2. Farah,

    In the stress surrounding we r living in today, takyah tg tua nak dapat hypertension kan. My Kanda pun sama la, silap makan sakit la leher.

    Try green apple and celery, rebus, minum air,bila tinggi sgt ty, very rapid result. Elok amalkan slalu. Or Jus kedondong with asam boi. Tu my dad punya love potion la, tak bleh tinggal, alhamdullilah, under control.

  3. wow wow wow..
    nice picture. mcm dalam majalah la plak. bestnyer ade SLR.
    nice apple cutter too.

    ye ke org hypertenson takleh makan buah? er.. correct me if im wrong.

    i luv fruits. and i have hypertension too. nocet diagnose. tp dpt rasa la ada dlm diriku. heh3...

  4. enyusnizar : wow (speechless) thanx for the advice. it helps!

    dr : Jus kedondong with asam boi! great. Balik kg I nak rembat buah kedondong byk. I'll send the petua to my mom as well.

    Rose : err orang hypertension la nak kena banyak makan buah lebih dari everything else dear..tu yg diet buah sekarang..he he he