We have been on the McDougall 12 day diet since Monday, the 18th, in hope my husbands blood pressure would go down. He took it this morning and it was 168/106. He is a non-smoker and no alcohol but his temperament is Type A. He is 5ft 6.5 inches tall and 161lbs. and self-employed which has it's own stress level. He loves the food-Mrs McDougall's potato sandwiches are his favorite. Is there anything else he can do or does he stay on the diet and eventually he will see results regarding his blood pressure?? Thanks so much for your help in this matter.
Congratulations on the positive changes you are making.
Alcohol, smoking and personality type are important, eating a whole food plant based diet is also very important, as it is rich in important minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium. However in many cases, reducing the intake of sodium is also important, and in some cases, may be the most important issue. Unfortunately, much of the sodium in the American diet, is not added at the table, or during cooking but hidden in restaurant foods and also in packaged and processed foods.
In regard to restaurants you will have to do your best to make sure they do not add any sodium to the food in during its preparation and cooking.
In regard to processed packages foods, make sure the sodium in mgs (per serving) is not more than the calories (per serving).
So, if a product has 100 calories per serving, make sure the sodium (in mgs) is no more than 100.. If a product has 250 calories per serving, make sure the sodium (in mgs) is not more than 250. Bread products often have some of the most sodium per calorie, so be sure to check the labels carefully
Jeff Novick, MS, RD