Foods for weight loss & High Blood Pressure (also, help! I'm going on vacation next week)

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    Jun 26, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    So I have high blood pressure, I'm on a beta blocker for it and it fluctuates from normal to high (Depending on my stress level and if i drank coffee).

    I Wanted you guys' opinions on ways to not only trim down but foods to watch out for (Even if they dont make u fat) that could contribute to my HBP.

    my ideas so far :

    1) Really push it at the gym, stop doing woman workouts and take myself out of my comfort zone

    2) no more caffeine of any sort ( i love coffee but i can quit no prob )

    3) Overload on fruits & Veggies

    4) No fried foods

    5) No alcohol

    No salt would be in my ideas but i can honestly say I never put any additional salt in anything.

    I really need to get this taken care of, I'm only 23 and dont want to have a hear attack by 30.

    Also, I'm headed to south padre for 4th of july weekend with my family, theres a good chance that there will be fried seafood everywhere. Does anyone have any tips on how to stay on target when your visiting and staying at a resort?

    we do this trip every July 4th and i'm hoping next year i can look like this on the beach (without the dumb necklace)

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    Any feedback is appreciated.

    Thanks!
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    Jun 26, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    1) Really push it at the gym, stop doing woman workouts and take myself out of my comfort zone - definitely agree. You need to get the blood really flowing, and that helps relieve stress and releases hormones that are good for your body.

    2) no more caffeine of any sort ( i love coffee but i can quit no prob ) - if you love coffee, switch to decaf, or go half caffeinated and half decaf.

    3) Overload on fruits & Veggies - eat an appropriate amount, don't overload. there's still alot of sugar in fruits and veggies and too much fiber is too much.

    4) No fried foods - precisely

    5) No alcohol - red wine is good for you, in moderation. it has tons of antioxidants

    No salt would be in my ideas but i can honestly say I never put any additional salt in anything. - you may not push any, but watch if you're eating out or eating packaged foods, they usually contain tons of sodium

    - Make sure to drink alot of water to flush your system out, and put your body in a more balanced state. You should try to find higher alkaline water (higher ph - usually 7.0 or above is ideal) as it puts your body in balance. Alot of bottled water, even Smartwater, is lower ph, and can be somewhat toxic to the body.
    - You mentioned before that you have a hot head. Find out what your triggers are and, maybe, why. You might the cause of your own stress, and not outside factors.

    Focus on foods that are alkaline and not acidic.
    http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

    Good luck!
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    Jun 26, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    I have hypertension myself, for which I take Metoprolol. Regular aerobics always helped me to lower my BP, not low-rep strength programs. Avoid salty foods because salt tends to lead to water retention. But frankly, the relationship of salt to hypertension is now being questioned, and you do need some sodium if outside sweating in the sun.

    Instead, drink lots of water, little or no alcohol, and no caffeine. Remember, colas have caffeine, too. No Coke or Pepsi! As for food, I know well what South Padre Island offers. I used to camp along its Gulf shore with my RV, and also at Lake Corpus Christi, not too many miles away, when I lived for years in your hometown of San Antonio.

    You're correct, fried seafood will be everywhere. But most places should be able to offer you the option of grilled, rather than fried, for many of their dishes. Ask for grilled fish or chicken dishes, avoid shellfish & meat. (Some aren't all that bad for you, but if you're trying to handle an immediate BP problem, and want results you can see, then skip them for now, do just fish & poultry).

    Use no creamy salad dressings (mostly because of the fat, calories & cholesterol). Try an Italian vinaigrette, not too much, or just plain olive oil and vinegar, my own preference. Easy on the butter, but margarine is now thought to be even worse for you by some sources, with its own problems.

    If time permits I'd ask your own doctor, if you're on meds for this, for a food guideline. Otherwise, Google it, and you'll find tons of suggestions on foods for a hypertensive diet.

    And have fun on South Padre! A pair of my prescription eyeglasses may still be buried in the sand there somewhere just offshore, when I was wading and got slammed by a surprise wave that took me under. Gold frame if you should stumble across them -- LOL!
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    Jun 26, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
    The DASH DIET (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is recommended for hypertensive patients.
    There are many articles on the web concerning this diet. Here is a link from the National Institute Of Health.
    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf

    Off topic: A beta blocker slows the heart rate and may prevent one from reaching his target heart rate during exercise.
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/beta-blockers/AN01224