Western Dairy-01We all know that living a healthy lifestyle can be challenging. Western Dairy Association healthy lifestype tips of the month are designed to help our University of Denver students, faculty/staff, Alumni and Ritchie Center community members live a healthy lifestyle through education of health and wellness related information. This July’s content comes to you from the following Western Dairy Association team member:

“Let me introduce myself, my name is Jaclyn Alkhatib and I have a Bachelors degree in Dietetics- Food and Human Nutrition and I work for Western Dairy Association. One of my passions is educating people on a healthy lifestyle. Being a mom and working full time is a balancing act and then to live a healthy lifestyle on top of it all is hard. I want to give you the right information to leading a healthy life so your health doesn’t fall to the waste side.

Did you know that the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was named best overall eating plan for 6 years in a row. This plan provides science-based, healthy eating recommendations, emphasizing foods you should eat as opposed to foods you should not. The balanced low-fat diet is rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy foods. Many people enjoy the flexibility of choosing their own whole grains and fruit and vegetable favorites, without having to remove lean meats, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, legumes, fats, oils, or 2-3 servings of dairy a day – eliminations common in other diets. The diet encourages 2-3 servings of low-fat dairy products along with eight-ten servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Let’s take a closer look at how you can incorporate this eating style into your life.

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods
  • Cut back on foods that are high in saturated fatcholesterol, and trans fats
  • Eat more whole-grain foods, fish, poultry, and nuts
  • Limit sodium, sweets and sugary drinks

The DASH diet is rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, fiber and protein and low in saturated and trans fats. Milk, yogurt and cheese are among the top diet contributors of calcium, potassium and magnesium – a trio of minerals that have been shown to play an important role in maintaining blood pressure. Learn more about why and how you can follow this easy, non-restrictive eating plan by visiting the WDA website.”