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Feb. Challenge helping me and my salt intake

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Start by doing whatís necessary then do whatís possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible
St. Francis of Assisi
The Challenges for Jan 27 to Feb 28 for the four seasonís challenge seem to be written just for me. Since I found out in Nov I have high blood pressure and am now taking medication for it slightly elevated Cholesterol, which the doctor wanted to first treat by diet. With the holidays I only did a few diet fixes no salt at the table cook with sea salt. Cut down on my pop drinking from 3 a day to one.
BP still not going to the range we are aiming for to be. So the challenge to monitor our salt intake is great .
I am going to watch and see if can find the hidden salt in my diet.
The next challenge is to monitor our fat carb and protein intake. Even though I have been at Spark for a year.
I have had problems getting the correct amounts in each group I have managed to stay in the calorie count most days but have a hard time getting everything in the right amounts. So this month I am working on getting the proper amounts of fat Carbs and Protein. Learning place salt is hidden in food. Shopping on Monday I needed Tomato paste saw a can marked No salt added it was also marked heart healthy. When I got home I read the label and found it had 5gm of salt. I know we need salt in our diet. I know now how important label reading is so my plan is to allow enough time for label reading.
Added sodium monitoring to my food tracker.

I have taken a picture of the new use for my salt shaker


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IOWADEB 2/7/2013 8:08AM

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SIMPLY4DHEART 2/1/2013 9:40PM

    Awesome job on watching the salt! It's amazing when you pay closer attention to how much salt is in foods. I watch my salt closely too. Keep up the great job you are doing!
That is a cute use for your salt shaker. Thank you for the quote at the beginning, I really love that one! emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana emoticon

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BEWELL48 2/1/2013 5:58AM

    Love your ST. Francis quote and love your new use for the salt shaker! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/31/2013 5:05PM

    Good luck on the challenge, Fran!

Love the salt shaker!

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SONGBIRDPAULA 1/30/2013 7:46AM

    emoticon emoticon Howdy! Fran

You can make the challenge! I have all of the confidence in the world in you. emoticon
I have been on blood pressure medicine since 1991. I have watched my sodium intake all along since then. I am truly amazed at how much salt is in foods. We use the "NoSalt" brand ever since it came out.

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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    5 mg of sodium is pretty low actually- especially because lots of tomato products will have 100+ per serving! Good luck on the challenge!!

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MS_SWEETHEART 1/29/2013 10:49PM

    emoticon Cute salt shaker.

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BOSS61 1/29/2013 9:12PM

    Been tracking salt since almost the beginning on Spark. Damn if its not ubiquitous in all those "healthy" convenience foods though. The Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine people should be ashamed of themselves. Good for you to seize on the sodium key!

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    Enjoyed your Blog hang in ther eyou can do it.

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CVRONEK 1/29/2013 6:39PM

    Love you new salt shaker idea!

You are headed in the right direction. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/29/2013 5:55PM

    LOVE the new purpose for the salt shaker! Adoreable!

Yes, I have to watch my salt too. I read labels like a hawk and it helps.



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ECOAGE 1/29/2013 4:47PM

    I didn't have THAT in mind when I was writing this challenge. THAT salt shaker angel is too cute!

Looking for added salt on labels is a big key in reducing your sodium intake. Salt is added to some surprising food products!

Go Fran! Rack up those points!

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