Your dad’s doctor said his blood pressure is high. Before your dad takes a prescription medication, his doctor suggested changing his diet. Here are some foods your dad needs to limit or avoid completely.
Excessive amounts of alcohol can raise your blood pressure. If your dad wants a drink, he needs to stop at one. Make sure he understands a serving size. A serving of wine is just four ounces. Many craft beers today come in 22-ounce bottles or pint cans instead of the 12-ounce bottle.
Caffeine causes a quick surge in blood pressure. Your dad should limit the amount of coffee and tea that he drinks. If that’s difficult, have him switch to decaf coffee or herbal teas that are decaffeinated. Chocolate also has caffeine, so he’ll need to avoid hot chocolate, too.
Skip the deli meats and things like ham, corned beef, and bacon, unless you can find sodium-free versions. Cured meats are loaded with salt. If your dad relies on lunch meats for sandwiches, make chicken salad and keep that in containers in his fridge. You can also roast a brine-free chicken or turkey and slice it. Keep the excess in the freezer to make it last longer.
Pickles and Relish
Pickles and pickled vegetables need salt to stay crisp. They’re going to be high in salt. Your dad’s also going to have to skip relish, which contains pickles, and dressings that use relish. If he cannot live without pickles, look for recipes for sodium-free pickles that you make in the refrigerator.
Sodium is found naturally in foods. It’s also found in much higher quantities in many prepared foods. Your dad needs to ditch foods with added sodium.
If he finds foods do not taste as pleasant without added salt, buy spice blends like Mrs. Dash. Keep fresh herbs on hand in planter pots in his kitchen. Herbs and herb blends often add enough flavor that salt is no longer missed.
In large quantities, sugar also raises blood pressure. It can also lead to excess weight, which is another problem some people with high blood pressure have. Have your dad cut back on sugary drinks and snacks.
Bring in Help to Make Sure He Follows His Diet
If your dad struggles with a diet for high blood pressure, talk to a homecare agency. Caregivers can help cook meals that meet your dad’s new dietary guidelines. This is just one of the many benefits caregivers offer. Learn more by calling our homecare agency.