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And My Eyes Are Opened


Monday, February 18, 2013

This a.m. I decided to try my hand at entering a favorite recipe of cauliflower, carrot and wild rice soup in my recipe box and when I looked at the nutritional valuations I was shocked. My eyes flew open wide when I saw the sodium level. It was enough for two days total. Calories were fine, but sodium way too high---something like 1850 mg per serving.
So I checked some of the other recipes I like and I was amazed at the amount of sodium in some common foods. I have no problem with high blood pressure, in fact at times it will go low and I need a "salt six" to feel better. But what does all the sodium do for water retention, which I have had problems with.
I put a nutritional barcode scanner on my phone so when I go grocery shopping I can find out the sodium content as well as calorie, etc. Makes life interesting.
I believe God opens our eyes to facts before damage is done if we just take note. So whether I am headed for high blood pressure or for some other reason, He has made me take note of this, I trust His leadership---so this has become a new quest---look for lower sodium alternatives to some of my favorites. I know there are several items on the shelves advertising 'low sodium', but I know flavor is compromised, and that will be another quest. To use other spices and maybe flavorings.
I am probably way behind many of the Spark People, with the knowledge of sodium overload, but better late than never to have my eyes opened.
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ELLENIRENE 2/20/2013 4:53AM

    that's the first thing I do is read the nutritional label of anything

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WANNABEFITIN40S 2/19/2013 10:26AM

    It amazed me too on how much sodium is in different foods. I season everything with Mrs. Dash. It's expensive but I found a big bottle of it at Ollies for $2.49, when the big box store sells it for that price for a little bottle. Stocking up on that!
We went out to eat at Applebees on Saturday and I ordered the under 550 calories Napa Chicken and portabello mushrooms. Even asked them to leave off the parmesan cheese. Well, I got my plate of food and the salt in it actually made me cough, and I could see the salt all over the roasted potatoes. So I ate 3/4 of it, took the rest home. Then I went online to find out the nutritional values so I could enter it in my spark people tracker! Wow!! it was a crazy amount of sodium for one dish, 1480 mg!!!
So I totally understand your struggle and surprise of the sodium contents in food.
Keep on checking all the sodium levels and keep on sparking!! emoticon

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TATTER3 2/19/2013 7:02AM

    Just keep reading and Sparkin'!!

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DIET_FRIEND 2/19/2013 12:06AM

    Did you know you could modify tour tracker to monitor sodium I have added sodium and fiber to the nutrients I track.

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GRAMMA247 2/18/2013 8:24PM

    Joanie69
There was chicken broth and some cheese in the soup. Cheese is what is full of sodium. ( Especially the feta and cheddar that I like.) Other than that there was garlic and onion. I used the low fat, but not low sodium velveeta. I'm learning.

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GOPINTOS 2/18/2013 6:55PM

    Spark on! emoticon

Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda
SP Class of January 27- February 2, 2013
Perfect Health Diet Team
Calorie Cycling Team

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NEEDBU66 2/18/2013 6:33PM

    salt is a problem with me too. I've been getting the low sodium ever since my husband was diagnosed with this being a problem, but ever since SparkPeople I've noticed mine was high too. It's amazing isn't it!

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JOANIE69 2/18/2013 5:10PM

   
emoticon They tell us not to use packaged foods and to use"one" ingredient items...ie...the wild rice and the cauliflower and the carrots. They are all soil grown so should not be salty. Right? I mean, I am flabbergasted too. Where does the salt come from in those 3 ingredients? There must have been some broth or something too, was there?

Like you I am trying hard to eat pure and simple foods, and no processed or packaged food, and my sodium level IS pretty high, so I would like to know more please. Thank you. emoticon

Blessings, Joanie

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LHLADY517 2/18/2013 2:34PM

    And processed foods make it difficult to keep low sodium. I guess that's why most of our meals are simply grilled meats, roasted or steamed vegetables. I don't add any salt to my food, but the sodium is still difficult to keep down.

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