6. Eat fewer: Comfort foods
Ross Fletcher, MD, chief of staff at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., led a five-year study that determined blood pressure is more difficult to control in winter than in summer. (Study subjects tended to gain weight during the colder months, possibly due to richer foods and lack of exercise.) Fight back by restarting your workout routine and watching meal choices.
Retrain your taste buds: Participants in the groundbreaking Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) trial—featuring a diet high in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy—saw their blood pressure decrease significantly.