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Reducing Salt


Monday, May 18, 2009

I never really thought much about salt before I started using the SparkPeople nutrition tracker more regularly a few months ago.

The only time that I was really aware that salt was a problem for me was once several months ago when I was eating these fabulous Utz organic multigrain pretzels almost every evening for a while, and then my arthritis worsened. I started getting a lot of swelling around my artificial knee, and that hurt! So I stopped eating those pretzels, even though everything else about them (other than the salt) made them a great snack.

When I first started using the nutrition tracker, I went over my salt range just about every day. But now I have had a streak of over two weeks with my salt level being in or below the range. Yay! I haven't even really tried that hard. I basically just choose foods that are nutritious, and I guess most of those don't have a lot of salt.

I'm doing well with no morning coffee, too. This is my second week of not having coffee first thing in the morning. I have learned to really treasure the cup I have in the afternoon. I take a real break. I stop at a coffee shop and read or journal or talk with a friend while having my one cup of coffee of the day. It's much more enjoyable than "the daily grind" of getting up to coffee every day!

It's hard to say yet whether reducing my salt and coffee intake is helping my arthritis...I've been doing lots of housework and gardening, and I've had a few aches and pains. But, then again, I've been able to do all that housework and gardening, so that's pretty good!
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BOYLITAS 5/22/2009 11:49AM

    Sue, you are so right about the salt. Last night I measured out a quarter cup of salt and pepper cashews and ended up putting half back in the container! Yeccchhh!

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REBAP123 5/19/2009 9:32AM

    Sue,
I totally agree with the dangers of salt. When I started SP and was using the nutrition tracker, one of the first things I noticed was that I was so high in sodium and I decided to really begin watching. The little things that you don't even notice pop out, like the sodium in "good for you" V8 juice and in all canned tomato products. The hardest thing for me is to find "low sodium" products. We've even gone to making our own chicken and vegetable stocks. I use a product called Morton's "lite salt"...has 1/2 the sodium and there is no weird taste. My Dr. was happy with my changes and my blood pressure is under control and no more swollen ankles. I've also switched from several cups of coffee down to about 1/2 c....then on to tea. I never thought I'd be able to make those changes, but now I don't like real salty things anymore! And, I'll always love my coffee, but I'm learning to enjoy a variety of teas as well. Good luck!
Becky

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MTALL848 5/19/2009 6:38AM

    thanks. I've never thought about my salt intake until now. I'll have to keep an eye on it!

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CELEST3 5/18/2009 10:31PM

  this might be the answer to my problem. i am really going to monitor my salt intake now


celest3

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