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I think I know what caused my gain...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sodium! and I retain water like a sponge.

I hate it, but it's a fact... I don't know why I didn't think about sodium yesterday... I reckon Myrtle had something to do with that! Anyhow. this morning I woke WAY too early (3:00) and then could not go back to sleep... all kinds of things mulling around in my head, when all of the sudden I thought... Sodium! I got on up and checked my amounts for the last few days... and sure enough... Friday's was over 3000 mg higher than the rest of the week's days... so I'm 99.999% positive that is why my weight was up a bit Saturday. I was fairly certain it was water weight... now I realize why.

And yesterday my sodium was even higher! So I'm skipping today's weigh in. I'm also going to watch the sodium much more closely now!

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    My mother is a saltaholoc, so she just gave me something she uses which is called Nu Salt. It is potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride. Her doctor recommended it. Tastes just like salt, but supposedly better for you. Here is a link if you'd like to look it up and see what it is all about. I have not used it yet as I have not cooked much in the 3 weeks they have been gone. (Di and I eat salads or soup or something easy when we don't have to cook!)

    / (and they didn't spend much on the website, but don't let that deter you from trying. It's supposedly in most grocery stores by now.

    It's worth a try!
    1796 days ago
    Avoid pre-made meals in which salt is used as a preserver. Take the salt shaker off the tape and away from food preparation areas. Drink more plain water and less of anything sweetened or flavored. Have fewer baked foods like breads, and stick to more whole foods. These are all ways to cut back on sodium.

    I'm under doctors orders to eat more sodium and I struggle to get close to the 4,000 mg they want me to have. So I do the opposite of these things.

    Also, make sure to always get 8 (or more) glasses of water a day to flush extra sodium out of your kidneys. More importantly, drink it throught the whole day, not all at once. Drinking water all at once will dehydrate you and allow the sodium to build up.
    1800 days ago
    Sodium is not my friend, either...
    1800 days ago
    I am the exact same. If I eat salt, I will hold on to everything. It is such a mess :( though, I suppose more a sign I need to eat less salt ;) It will look almost back to normal next week.
    1800 days ago
    Sodium is very hard to control. It is in everything. It is managable but you have to really research your food and amount of sodium. Mine fluxuates. High some days,lows some days. Good luck to you.
    1800 days ago
    Ugh! Sodium is in everything! It's definitely something you have to watch. Now that you know I'm sure you'll drop those pounds in no time.
    1800 days ago
  • MAGA99
    I have the same problem
    so I know how that feels - I have lost 5lbs in an hr after taking my water pill

    good luck w avoiding the salt
    1800 days ago
    Sodium is a nasty little creep that sneaks in the back. You can control it.
    1800 days ago
  • LOSER05
    salt taste so good but why does it have to be so bad for you
    1800 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    Sodium is so hard to control too. Even some "healthy" things (subway, low cal frozen meals, etc.) have incredible amounts.
    1800 days ago
    Sodium is one thing I try to stay away from as well. I'm so glad you figured out what was up. Myrtle is getting at you... go kick "her" in the head. Seriously now that you know, you will drop those lbs for sure!
    1801 days ago
    1801 days ago
    I have the same problem. If I eat salt I can gain 2 pounds in one day. That doesn't seem fair. lol With me it's not eating too much, it's eating any at all. Good luck to you!
    1801 days ago
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