SparkPeople Lowering Salt Intake Team Messageboard Consuming no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day, while aiming at a goal of 1,500 mg sodium for health. Heart Issues, Blood Pressure, Meniere's, and other salt inhibited disorders are all welcome! SparkPeople Lowering Salt Intake Team Messageboard Monday, Nov. 30th What is the one present you'd like to get for Christmas? <BR> **************************************** <BR> ************* <BR> <BR> For me, it'd be anything Bob ACTUALLY picked out himself. He very rarely does that. He'll ask me what I want and he'll get it for me or else hand me the money and tell me to get what I want. That takes the fun right out of it. There's NEVER any surprises. <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:18:51 EST Sunday, Nov. 29th What are your goals for 2016? <BR> ***************************** <BR> Mine are: to stay off the scale except for Jan. 1st and Aug. 20th <BR> : stay within my set nutritional range <BR> : to get in what exercise I can without hurting my back more than it already is <BR> : to train myself to think more as a non-dieter would and trust myself to eat healthier and treat myself more like I would my best friend. Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:16:51 EST Sat., Nov. 28th Do you think stretching before a workout is important? <BR> ****************************************<BR>** <BR> <BR> Right now stretching exercises are about all I can do. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:58:04 EST Friday, Nov. 27th Do you like watching the Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> I try to catch all the new ones as they come out. Most tend to be romantic and I'm a romantic at heart. Love them. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:04:21 EST Thursday, Nov. 26th Do you shop on Black Friday? <BR> ************************ <BR> We don't as Bob doesn't do well in big crowds. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:46:37 EST Ignore Ignore Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:03:19 EST Wednesday, Nov. 25th What's your favorite Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert? <BR> ******************* <BR> Bob loves cherry or pecan pie. I love pumpkin or mincemeat pie. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:51:11 EST Tuesday, Nov. 24th Do you have someone in your immediate circle of friends or family that don't support you in your weight loss efforts? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************** <BR> <BR> For me, it's not so much give his opinion as much as sabotage. Bob doesn't mean to put roadblocks in my path but he wants me to eat like he does, good or bad. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:32:49 EST Monday, Nov. 23rd When was the last time you went on vacation? <BR> ************************************ <BR> <BR> It's been over 16 years for us. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:51:28 EST Sunday, Nov. 22nd What's your favorite Christmas song? <BR> ************ <BR> <BR> I have two. One is I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas. The other one is I'll Be Home For Christmas. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 11:06:58 EST Sat., Nov. 21st Will you be having a big Thanksgiving meal this year? <BR> ************************************ <BR> We're keeping ours very simple this year. Just having fried chicken, dressing, cranberry sauce, rolls, and one pie (cherry). It's just going to be the two of us so no reason to make a huge meal. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:09:56 EST Friday, Nov. 20th How do you reward yourself for NSV's? <BR> ************************************* <BR> I like to buy a new book or some little thing I see that I like, like a new nail polish or maybe a new angel item for my collection. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:52:54 EST Thursday, Nov. 19th Land line or cell phone? <BR> *************** <BR> We have both but the cell phone is our emergency phone if we're out in the car somewhere. My son got it for us for Christmas 2 years ago and buys us a years worth of minutes every year so we can keep it. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:55:26 EST Wed. Nov. 18th Do you do holiday baking? <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> I bake one pie for Thanksgiving and for Christmas I do one pie and I make NO-Bake cookies for Bob ( family tradition). Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:51:32 EST Tuesday, Nov. 17th Do you plan to visit relatives over Thanksgiving or will you be staying home? <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> All of our family live hundreds of miles from us so it'll just be Bob &amp; me for both Thanksgiving &amp; Christmas. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:17:41 EST Monday, Nov. 16th Turkey or ham for Christmas? <BR> *************** <BR> Normally we have turkey, but this year it's going to be fried chicken. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:10:59 EST Best Bread Recipes: Rolls, Sandwhich, ect. Thanksgiving is approaching (America) and i want yummy fluffy rolls, and bread stuffing, I don't want a Huge amount of sodium but I'm willing to not care than day. Can anyone give me their best recipes/brands for breads, rolls or stuffing -not cornbread stuffing that is an abomination. :) Thanks for all the help. I noticed at least one member mentioned they might have recipes they could help me out with. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:30:37 EST WED., NOV. 11TH Do you have any family that is in the service or that served? <BR> ****************** <BR> Bob was in the Navy. My sister and my dad were in the Army. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:55:36 EST Monday, Nov. 9th Have you started Christmas shopping yet? <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> I'm done except for 2 I still need to buy for family members, then I have to get something for Bob. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 18:09:04 EST Friday, Nov. 6th Have you started Christmas shopping yet? <BR> ************************** <BR> I have most of mine done. Only a couple more things to buy, then I have to wrap and mail them off. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 18:13:47 EST Tuesday, Nov. 3rd How many calories to you normally try to stay under daily? <BR> ******************************** <BR> I had been working to stay between 1300-1600 but I've cut it back down to 1000-1200 per day. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 09:25:28 EST NOVEMBER GAME: THANKSGIVING How many words can you make out of the word "THANKSGIVING"? One word per post. No repeats................................... <BR> .. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:33:31 EST Ignore- CLEANING UP SECTION <em>227</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:31:33 EST Ignore- CLEANING UP SECTION <em>227</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:31:03 EST Ignore- CLEANING UP SECTION <em>227</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:30:26 EST Nov. 1st, Sunday Will you spend Thanksgiving at home or elsewhere? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> We'll be staying home. Plan to keep it very simple this year. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:19:31 EST Sat., Oct. 31st Do you decorate for the holidays? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> I used to but we decided not to do it this year. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:50:46 EST Friday, Oct. 30th I didn't realize I missed yesterdays QOTD. Sorry about that. <BR> Todays question: What are your November goals? <BR> *************************** <BR> I have 2 goals for November. 1) Just weigh on the 1st, then no more all month. <BR> 2) Once again cut out all sugar. I just feel better off of it. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:28:19 EST Wed., Oct. 28th What is the worse spook/evil movie you've ever watched? <BR> *************************** <BR> For me it had to be "The Exodus". I had read the book so wanted to see the movie. I saw the last 10 minutes of it then the starting 15 minutes and that was all she wrote. Walked out shaking. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:54:13 EST Tuesday, Oct. 27th How often do you walk into a room and "forget" what you went in there for, or someone tells you something or asks you to do something, and 5 minutes later you've completely forgotten? <BR> ******************************** <BR> <BR> I'm like that all the time now ( since menopause). It used to scare me a little but no one in my family (blood kin) has had alzheimers so I think it's just something that's hit me since I went into full menopause. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:22:24 EST Monday, Oct. 26th What is the last thing you ate that you feel you shouldn't have eaten? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I made BBQ pulled pork sandwiches for supper and I ate 2 instead of just one, so I'm feeling a little overstuffed. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:16:03 EST Sunday, Oct. 25th If you could only eat one specific meal/food for the rest of your life, what would it be? <BR> ******************** <BR> Mine would be buttered rice with some type fish (steamed), mixed together like a stir-fry. I ate this for 2 months straight back in the early 90's because money was too tight to buy anything but the cheapest foods. A friend gave me a freezer of assorted fish filets he had caught and cleaned and cut into filets and I bought a 20 lb. bag of rice, and 10 lbs. of margarine. Th... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:29:13 EST Sat., Oct. 24th How do you celebrate Halloween? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> We give out treats to the kids, but that's it. Sat, 24 Oct 2015 16:53:23 EST Fri., Oct. 23rd What's your favorite board game? <BR> ******************** <BR> Mine's Monopoly Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:21:36 EST Thursday, Oct. 22nd What is your favorite saying? <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> Mine is: When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on ! Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:07:36 EST Wed., Oct. 21st How much weight do you feel you need to lose to feel good in your own skin? <BR> ******************** <BR> In a perfect world I'd lose 100 lbs, but since the world isn't perfect and I'm definately not perfect, <BR> I'm rethinking my goals and am going to try and drop 35 lbs. If or when I manage that, then I'll decide where I want to go from there. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:28:24 EST Tuesday, Oct 20th How flexable are you when it comes to your weight loss goals? <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> Up until now I've been pretty rigid, but now I'm looking at things in a totally different way, so we'll see what happens. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:16:04 EST Monday, Oct.19th Do you ever feel like what you do to try to be healthier is never enough? <BR> ************************** <BR> I feel that way ALL the time. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:59:49 EST Sunday, Oct. 18th Is there anyone here on spark people you kind of look to as inspirational? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> For me it has to be Beth Donovan ( ~INDYGIRL). She has come so far and nothing stops her. Sun, 18 Oct 2015 14:41:41 EST Sat., Oct.17th If you had to change one thing in your weight loss journey, what would it be and why? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**** <BR> For me, if I could do it without a lot of arguing from Bob, I'd do a very strict low carb plan because I have a real weakness for carbs and I know the less of them I eat, the better off I am, weight wise. Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:28:03 EST FRIDAY, OCT. 16TH Is there a sports team you like above all others? <BR> ************************* <BR> I've always been a Cubs fan. Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:50:54 EST Wed. 14th & Thurs. 15th What is one thing you've done in the past that you wish you had never done? <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> There are plenty of things I probably shouldn't have done but I'm going to say nothing because my past is what has made me the strong minded woman I am today. Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:13:29 EST Tuesday, Oct. 13th What is your all time favorite breakfast? <BR> ************************************** <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:41:15 EST Monday, Oct. 12th Are you a milk drinker? <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> I love it but have to drink lactoise free as I'm allergic to most dairy products. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:08:30 EST Sunday, Oct. 11th Who plans the meals in your home? <BR> ************ <BR> I will ask Bob what he wants for supper for the next day then plan the meal around it. Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:12:17 EST Sat., Oct. 10th How often do you eat dessert? <BR> *************** <BR> Bob has gotten to where he wants a fudgecycle after dinner just about every night, but I usually only have one a couple times a week. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:43:33 EST FRIDAY, OCT. 9TH Do you like to shop in secondhand stores ? <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> I like to when I can because sometimes you can come across some real bargains. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 16:59:32 EST THURSDAY, OCT. 8TH Do you think the minimum wage should be $15.00 an hour ? <BR> ****************** <BR> I do since the cost of living keeps going up, up, up. People can't live on $5.00 an hour anymore; not unless they still live at home and have no bills to pay. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:55:27 EST WED., OCT. 7TH Do you tuck your shirt in or let it hang loose? <BR> ******************* <BR> I let mine hang loose. I prefer tunics to cover my butt area. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 16:36:10 EST Tuesday, Oct. 6th What part of the nutrition tracker do you feel is most important for you? <BR> ************************ <BR> For me, it's counting the grams sodium as I retain fluid so badly. Next would be the calories. I try to stay between 1300-1500 calories a day. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 16:45:12 EST Monday, Oct. 5th How old were you when you married your current spouse? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************** <BR> I was 39 years old. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:58:30 EST Newbie from Virginia! Hey everyone! I joined SP a few days ago. I need to lose about 50lbs after being hospitalized due to a severe bp spike. I've been on meds the last month and my bp seems to be doing okay as of now. Over the last month I've last about 7lbs by eating better and being more active. My problem is salt. I LOVE it! I think I get it from my mother. We salt everything. We dip our veggies in blobs of salt, sprinkle salt on our potato chips. I would often eat the salt out of the bottom of pretzel bags. ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 06:53:59 EST Sunday, Oct. 4th Do you get up during the night for bathroom breaks? <BR> ****************************** <BR> I get up at least 2 times a night. Sometimes even more than that. Sun, 4 Oct 2015 16:41:00 EST Sat., Oct. 3rd What is the one thing you've learned since starting your weight loss journey? <BR> ****************************************<BR>***************** <BR> <BR> For me, I've learned to have patience because I'm not going to lose it overnight, and things don't always go as planned. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 17:51:10 EST low sodium stirfry options? I enjoy my vegetables best in a stir fry. I usually use reduced sodium soy sauce or low sodium veggie broth. I am having trouble with going over the sodium recommendations. Does anyone stir fry with an lower sodium liquids? Sat, 3 Oct 2015 00:43:11 EST Friday, Oct. 2nd When was the last time you hugged someone "just because"? <BR> ************************************** <BR> I'm always hugging hubby but the other day a friend stopped by to check up on us and I gave her a big hug. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 18:04:39 EST Thursday, Oct. 1st Do you think the USA is ready for a woman President? <BR> ******************************* <BR> <BR> I really don't think so. At least not the ones that are in the running right now Thu, 1 Oct 2015 17:16:00 EST Wed., Sept. 30th Does your town allow trick or treating on Halloween? <BR> ********************* <BR> Ours does but only until around 8:30pm. We don't get but around 25 kids to our area though <BR> But the fire stations have Halloween get togethers for the kids. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:03:47 EST Tuesday, Sept. 29th Which do you prefer: coffee or tea in the mornings? <BR> ********************************* <BR> Coffee for me, to be sure. I'll drink herbal tea at night or iced tea during the day but I have to have my 2-3 cups coffee when I first get up. It used to be 2-3 POTS of coffee, so I've cut way back on it. <img src=""> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:27:27 EST Monday, Sept. 28th How often to you remember to say thank you in a day? <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> I'm always saying thank you for something thru-out the day. I was raised to be very polite. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:55:29 EST Sunday, Sept. 27th Who is your favorite musical group? <BR> ********************** <BR> I have a number of them but my favorite would have to be the Oakridge Boys. Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:09:08 EST Sat., Sept. 26th When you were a kid, what was your favorite outdoor activity? <BR> ************************ <BR> I loved to ride my bike. That was my big thing to do. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:16:14 EST Friday, Sept. 25th Do you celebrate Halloween? <BR> ****************** <BR> We do support the kids around our neighborhood with a few suckers. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:46:20 EST Thursday, Sept. 24th If you had to pick one diet book as your favorite ( NOT counting spark people books), what book would you pick and why? <BR> ************************* <BR> I actually have 2. One is: "When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair" by Geneen Roth and the other one is: "Trust God, and Buy Broccoli" by Gerri Helms. <BR> Both follow more into intuitive eating and listening to your inner self. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:11:24 EST WED., SEPT. 23RD When you think of the Fall season, what do you enjoy most about it? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******* <BR> I love the slightly cooler temperatures and the changing colors on the trees. You don't see it as much in Florida as you do other states but you can still see small changes. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:10:08 EST Tuesday, Sept. 22nd When you think about actors and actresses and their sizes, who would you most like to have a body like? <BR> ****************************** <BR> <BR> For me, it'd be Marg Helgenberger , who plays Catherine on CSI. She's not all skin and bones but has a nice shape and looks like a woman should look (HEALTHY). Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:31:07 EST Monday, Sept. 21st If you were an animal ( not human), what would you be? <BR> ******************************* <BR> I think I'd want to be a cat. I could do my own thing and noone would expect otherwise. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:51:50 EST Sunday, Sept. 20th If it only took one day for you to learn something and do it well, what would it be, and why? <BR> ********************************* <BR> I would take flying lessons to overcome my fear of flying. Sun, 20 Sep 2015 16:36:56 EST Sat., Sept. 19th What is your biggest trouble spot body wise? <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be my stomach. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 17:00:38 EST Friday, Sept. 18th <BR> What is your favorite junk food? <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be Dorito's with bean dip. I rarely get it but once in awhile I'll get a craving for it. <BR> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 17:08:57 EST Thursday, Sept. 17th When you put on weight, do you gain all over or do you tend to have specific trouble spots? <BR> **************************************** <BR> <BR> I gain all over but tend to show it first in my stomach unless it's fluid retention. Then it shows more in my hands and ankles. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:59:24 EST Wed., Sept. 16th Where could you improve your chances to do more to reach your goals? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************** <BR> By being more careful over my food choices when grocery shopping and meal planning. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:52:57 EST Tuesday, Sept. 15th When you were in high school, what after school activities were you involved in? <BR> ************************************ <BR> <BR> I was in the high school chorus and in the 4-H Club. I also was on the volleyball team. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:07:30 EST Monday, Sept. 14th When eating out, what's your favorite restaurant to go to? <BR> ******************************** <BR> I really like Golden Corral. It gives a variety to choose from and the prices are reasonable. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:45:26 EST Sunday, Sept. 13th Do you have a Presidential candidate you really like? <BR> ********************************** <BR> I'm for Marc Rubio all the way. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 14:50:38 EST Sat., Sept. 12th If you could live anywhere, were would you live? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******* <BR> I've loved Florida all my life so I'm satisfied living right in this state. I might would go a little further South but still stay in Florida. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 16:50:33 EST Friday, Sept. 11th How many hours daily do you spend watching TV? <BR> ****************************************<BR>* <BR> I'd say generally for me it's about 4 hours in the evening unless it's something Bob is watching I don't like, then I'll read while he's watching his shows. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:39:48 EST Thursday, Sept. 10th Do you like spicy foods? <BR> ****************** <BR> I do but they don't like me since I have GERD. Have to be very careful about spices. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:34:32 EST Wed., Sept. 9th Do you like regular books or do you prefer e-books or those you can download? <BR> ************************************* <BR> I much prefer a regular book as I like to hold it in my hand and turn the pages. I get lost in a good book. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 17:58:44 EST Tuesday, Sept. 8th Do you pay all your bills thru bank bill pay, auto transfer, by check, cash, or a little of all? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> Most of ours are paid thru the bank thru either bill pay or automatic transfer, but there's a couple we pay by regular check and one we pay cash. I do as much thru the bank as possible so I don't have to worry about it. Tue, 8 Sep 2015 16:48:36 EST Monday, Sept.7th When you think of being healthy, what does it mean to you? <BR> ********************************** <BR> For me it would mean being at a size where I could do things much more easily and not have to worry about pills for blood pressure or daily pain meds. It would mean being comfortable in my own skin. Mon, 7 Sep 2015 14:32:27 EST Sunday, Sept. 6th Do you prefer showers or baths? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> I prefer baths cause I love a bubble bath but I'm getting to the point where it's difficult for me to get down into the tub and out of it. I'm afraid of falling. So I'm probably going to have to switch to showers in the very near future. Sun, 6 Sep 2015 16:43:27 EST Sat., Sept. 5th How long does a meal take you most days? <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> I try to make each meal last at least 20 minutes but some days it's quicker, depending on what we're eating. Sat, 5 Sep 2015 09:24:40 EST Friday, Sept. 4th What is the one piece of exercise equipment you couldn't do without? <BR> ****************************************<BR>** <BR> I'd have to say my recumbent bike (indoor). I can exercise no matter what the weather is like outside. Fri, 4 Sep 2015 16:50:06 EST Thursday, Sept. 4th If you could be just one age FOREVER, what age would you want to be and why? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************* <BR> <BR> For me, I think I'd want to be 38 years old. I'd be considered an adult, and when I was 38, I was in awesome shape, and would love to look like that again. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 16:30:46 EST Wed., Sept. 2nd Do you try to celebrate your birthday in a big way, or do you try to just ignore it and hope others do too? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********* <BR> <BR> I try ever year to make a big deal out of mine and Bob's birthdays. It doesn't always work out, but not from lack of trying. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 18:44:53 EST Tuesday, Sept. 1st What is one thing you're going to do in Sept. to help reach your goal? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************ <BR> I'm going to continue my no soda streak and I'm going to push myself to have nothing to eat after 8pm. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:17:51 EST Monday, Aug. 31st If you could spend just one hour with someone living or dead, who would it be? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************************** <BR> It would be my best friend Virginia. She died a few years ago and I still miss her terribly. She was my biggest cheer leader over my weight loss struggles and was also like a second mother and big sister all wrapped up in one person. To know <img src=""> her... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:38:51 EST Sunday, Aug. 30th When you go clothes shopping do you shop for bargains or do you just buy for what makes you feel and look good, regardless of the price? <BR> ****************************************<BR>** <BR> In the past it would have been what makes me feel good regardless of the price, but since Bob's health issues and how tight money has become, I try to shop for bargains whenever possible. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:16:08 EST Sat., Aug. 29th Who is your favorite exercise guru? <BR> ******************* <BR> I love Richard Simmons. He has so much energy but makes it fun. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:57:08 EST Friday, Aug. 28th What is your biggest meal of the day? <BR> ******************************* <BR> <BR> Normally mine is supper but I think I'm going to start switching it up and make lunch the biggest meal. That <BR> way I won't feel so overstuffed at bedtime. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:46:46 EST Thursday, Aug. 27th What kind of vehicle do you drive? <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> We have a 2014 Santa Fe Sport SUV Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:27:34 EST Wed., Aug. 26th Do you prefer cold weather or hot weather? <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> I moved to Florida because I can't stand the cold. But these days I can't seem to tolerate the very hot temperatures. I guess I prefer it more around October & November down here when it's in the low to mid 70's during the day and low 60's at night. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:06:40 EST Tuesday, Aug. 25th How often do you go to the doctor? <BR> ************************************ <BR> I try not to have to go but once a year to get my BP prescription renewed. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:26:32 EST Monday, Aug. 24th What's your favorite season? <BR> ****************** <BR> Mine used to be Summer but these days I like Autumn better. Not quite as hot. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:22:29 EST Sunday, Aug. 23rd On an average, how much weight are you trying to lose monthly? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************* <BR> I'd like to lose 8 lbs a month but if I can manage 4 lbs a month I feel I'm doing good. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:43:47 EST Sat., Aug. 22nd Do you ever get the afternoon slumps where you feel like you're dragging? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************* <BR> <BR> I get this way every afternoon around 3pm if I'm just sitting around. If I'm busy doing something, it doesn't bother me. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:37:17 EST Friday, Aug. 21st What nutrients do you count in your food plan? <BR> ********************************* <BR> I mainly just try to watch my calories and sodium. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:54:21 EST Thursday, Aug. 20th What's your favorite dessert? <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> Normally I'd say something like peach cobbler, but these days I'm much more inclined to have different cheeses and crackers. I know both aren't great sodium wise but I love cheeses of all kinds and feel it's healthier than a sweet would be. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:05:14 EST Wednesday, August 19th Who is your favorite actor or actress? <BR> ************************* <BR> I really like Mark Harmon ( NCIS) Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:29:53 EST Aug. 14th, Friday What's the last piece of clothing you bought for yourself? <BR> **************************************** <BR> <BR> I bought 4 new sleeveless tops. All my current size since I haven't dropped <BR> enough weight for a smaller size, but they look nice on me. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:03:53 EST AUG. 11TH,12TH, & 13TH Boy, I'm behind in my QOTD. Sorry about that. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite holiday? <BR> ******************************** <BR> Mine used to be my birthday or Christmas, but now I think it's New Years Day. New year, new beginnings. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:39:38 EST Monday, Aug. 10th What is your favorite restaurant? <BR> ******************** <BR> I love Golden Correl. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:16:38 EST Sunday, Aug.9th How old were you when you had your first boy/girl kiss? <BR> ************************************** <BR> <BR> I was 9 years old and a 13 year old neighbor's boy kissed me. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:16:56 EST Sat., Aug. 8 What non scale victory are you looking forward to reaching in the next 4 months? <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************** <BR> I'd love to see a drop of 5 inches from my waist by Jan. 1-2016 Sat, 8 Aug 2015 16:38:43 EST Friday, Aug. 7th Do you like card games? <BR> ********** <BR> I like to play solitaire and gin rummy. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 17:36:51 EST Thursday, Aug. 6th Do you feel losing weight will make <BR> everything better for you? <BR> ************************* <BR> I think it'll help as far as making <BR> things a little easier for me, energy wise, but <BR> it won't cure everything. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 16:37:16 EST Wednesday, Aug. 5th Do you think you'd make as much progress in your weight loss goals if you weren't a member of sparkpeople? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************ <BR> I love the motivation I get from the website and the awesome friends I have here, but to be honest, sometimes I feel I'd do better with my personal goals if I went it alone. Coming to the site daily tends to keep me thinking about "diets" and constantly thinking about weight, etc. On my own I don't think about it as much... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 16:47:23 EST Tuesday, Aug. 4th How healthy is your food pantry? <BR> *********************** <BR> <BR> Mine could be a lot better. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:42:40 EST Monday, Aug. 3rd When you were younger and weren't worried about growing old, <BR> what was the one thing you swore you'd never let happen when you got old? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************** <BR> I swore I'd never get to the point where I needed others help. That I'd stay <BR> slim and active and be able to care for myself. But now that I am older <BR> I find myself not able to do as much as I'd thought I'd be able to do and I certainly <BR> didn't stay slim and activ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:42:40 EST Ignore 2150 today but I intend to get it lower tomorrow. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 16:42:27 EST Sunday Aug. 2nd What is the one thing you plan to do in August to help you reach your goals? <BR> ****************************************<BR>*************************** <BR> I'm going to push myself the rest of this month to stay below 2000 grams of sodium each day. This tends to be hard for me so I think it's something I really need to work on. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 16:38:51 EST New to this group - Dr. put on new diet Went to the Dr. today and she reduced my sodium to 1500mg - it is going to be so hard because sodium is such a sneaky nutrient! Looking for support and advice and helpful hints. I have about 100lbs to lose as well so maybe lowering my sodium will help. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:43:10 EST LOW SODIUM RESOURCES COOKS.COM = Just type "low sodium" in the search box. . .so many good recipes Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:38:25 EST just watch if you sit back and watch you will probably notice most people salt thier food before they even taste it, its a habbit or a put out a small bowl of salt and do it by the pinch, counting 150 mg for every one......yikes Sun, 25 May 2014 15:37:25 EST New to Sodium tracking Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was recently told to limit my sodium to 2000 mg a day. Since I had a scare, I've been really serious about learning about sodium since its in just about everything. So, I remembered that Spark People has the best support community around and here I am. <BR> <BR> A bit about me. First of all my user name.. its from an old anecdote that someone told me long ago. It doesn't mean that I am obsessed with bacon. It reminds me to be committed. <BR> <BR> Since I was activ... Sun, 18 May 2014 09:12:27 EST tracking sodium the tracker seems to do pretty good tracking sodium in known foods, like canned goods, frozen foods and fast food. how can i keep track of my salt intake in my home made items or when i salt something at the table. can i manually add amounts? Wed, 7 May 2014 16:24:44 EST new salt guidelines out April 2, 2014 Anybody see the evening news about new salt guidelines out today? The WebMD article I saw said the following: "The safest range? Between 2,645 and 4,945 mg of salt a day, the study authors said. And most of the world's populations consume that amount, according to background information in the study. " Article at:<BR>20140402/cdc-salt-guidelines-too-low-f<BR>or-good-health-study-suggests I haven't been told to cut my salt, but there is so much salt in... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:05:26 EST did you see the news today ? salt might be alright . they said that they found that salt may not be the culprit that first thought it was . I said ... really , now what are you going to say we can now eat without guilty feelings . I do not think i am going to eat more salt . i do not want to go back to salt . i do not care what they say . told my hubby that with the news changing everything all the time just wait and soon a statement that you can agree upon will come out and then you can say . i knew that .coffee eggs me... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:48:08 EST Found a new (to m anyway website today <BR> Give Benson's Gourmet a try. Not only do they have recipes but provide a place to get no salt seasonings. My only complaint is that they do not give nutritionals for the recipes. Meri Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:45:31 EST Looking for help to reduce salt and lower BP Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for ideas to eat healthy and keep the sodium intake low to lower my Blood Pressure. Any and all advice is appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 09:57:32 EST doctor oz program today has about salt . this morning on doctor oz show He talked about salt and how it attacks the tummy and allows cancer cells to grow . they are on again this afternoon . watch it is really a lot of information . i think i am going to watch again and see what i missed . He also talked about f fighting disease with food . imagine you can eat to make your body healthy . take food instead of pill to help heal your body and it ills . soon we can say take a salad and no pill today . learning more and more every day . ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 12:24:11 EST Sodium Surprises What foods have you found that are surprisingly HIGH in sodium? <BR> <BR> I made a cup of fat free, sugar free cocoa today and was shocked to see that this 25-calorie treat that I am used to having during the winter months has 140 mg of sodium per cup! For that amount of sodium, I could eat a sizable bowl of potato chips! (Of course they'd have a lot more calories than the cocoa!) I would not have expected to find so much sodium in my cocoa...glad I read the label! Tue, 3 Dec 2013 22:35:55 EST What Foods are Naturally High in Sodium? When foods have labels, I can identify sodium sources easily, but what foods that don't carry labels (fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, etc.) might contribute sodium? Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:23:57 EST Low Sodium Salad Dressing (Brands and/or Recipes)? Any suggestions for low sodium salad dressing? I am horrified looking at the sodium content of the kinds that I own and the ones I have seen in the grocery store. I am sensing that it will be necessary to make my own. Who has a great recipe? Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:35:19 EST Thanksgiving recipes This is my first Thanksgiving as a low sodium eater - so I've started gathering some recipes. Here is my evolving list - feel free to add your favorites to it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>odium-thanksgiving-recipe-roundup/ </link> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:56:48 EST Low salt diet / looking for inspiration! I am on a low salt diet to help minimize symptoms of Ménière's disease. I was diagnosed about 10 years ago and had a 5 year period of remission before the symptoms came back earlier this year. Salt and stress seem to be my biggest triggers. I try to keep my daily intake around 1500mg (each meal around 300-400 plus snacks). Also I have recently started taking a weekly yoga class and it makes me feel great! <BR> <BR> I am new to SP and look forward to learning about all the features. <BR> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:25:56 EST Transformation is a Constant I finally get it...I'm important and I need to take care of myself for me. I recently (3 months ago) up rooted my life and move 900 miles away from "home." I cut myself from negativity and dread in exchange for happiness and peace within myself. I went from eating fast food 2-3 times a day, sodas daily, no exercise; to an organic mostly vegetarian lifestyle and working out 5-6 days a week. I feel great about myself now, I feel I can continue to move forward in this journey of a health lif... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:46:03 EST Today's SP Article "11 Healthy Comfort Foods" I read the article and looked up the recipes. One in particular was very high in sodium, I put a comment at the end of the article and also put the following comment on the Community Message Boards under Nutrition: <BR> <BR> I left the following message at the end of the article "11 Healthy Comfort Foods:" <BR> <BR> The Black Bean Chili has 1,258.5 mg of sodium in one serving. <BR> <BR> In Canada, the recommended daily consumption is between 1500-2300 (danger level) and if <BR> ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:11:55 EST Salt Hi my name is wayne. I'm 69 and I am single. the salt I get is from processed food Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:53:43 EST Low Sodium Bread??? My mom has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. The heart doc said throw away the salt shaker. She has been doing amazingly well. We've been doing a lot of research on the internet for low sodium products and we've found a lot of things at local stores. We can't seem to find a low sodium bread anywhere. Sara Lee, Pepperidge Farm, and Weight Watchers are supposed to have low sodium breads, but where can you buy them? We are in Minnesota, the Twin Cities southeast suburbs. I ho... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:36:45 EST No salt cook and low sodium recipes <BR> 28 low sodium recipes <BR> <link><BR>ecipes/low-sodium-recipes/low-sodium-r<BR>ecipes_ss1.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Interesting article about a "no-salt cooking guru" <BR> <link><BR>ssure/lower-blood-pressure/no-salt-pio<BR>neer_1.html </link> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:49:30 EST Who loves corn on the cob! umm with salt? I LOVE corn on the cob but find it hard to eat without salt. Today I had it with Old Bay seasoning but that is so high in sodium so not the solution I need. <BR> <BR> Anyone else deal with this? Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:44:24 EST Any low sodium salsa out there? I was shocked when I saw how much sodium is in La Victoria Thick n Chunky Medium. I suppose anything with tomato should be suspect, but 210 mg sodium in 2 tbsp?! If you know of any mainstream brands that are low sodium, I'd like to hear about them. I could make my own but don't want to if I don't have to. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:29:00 EST New (well, sort of new) Hi, I joined a while back but wandered off track for quite a while. A little over a week ago I decided to get serious about getting healthy and came back to SparkPeople. I hadn't paid much attention to my sodium intake in the past, but the daily nutrition feedback made me realize that I was unaware of how much hidden sodium I was getting in my diet. Today I made what I thought was a very healthy batch of whole wheat pancakes. And they were healthy in all the categories except sodium. When I s... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:23:39 EST Still around In case you are wondering. Hadn't stopped by for a while; haven't even logged in to sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Hopefully an employee wellness contest we are doing at work will jump start me into getting back on plan Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:00:25 EST Hi from South Mississippi :D I'm not new the the restricted sodium diet but sticking to it is hard. My name is Janet and you can find my complete story on my page if you're interested in checking it out. I've got to get back into the habit of watching my sodium intake, not that I have high bp but being a dialysis's a must. I've gotten a bit lax in it though because the type of dialysis I do has less restrictions on the diet so I don't think about it until it's too late and my body has retained too much flui... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:34:51 EST Daily Sodium Check-in, 2013 Just noticed that the other daily sodium check-in said it was for 2012! <BR> Sun 1/13 ... 981 <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:40:00 EST do you track your potassium I 've read that the potassium level is important in controlling bhp. But, many labels do not track potassium. It's frustrating. Sat, 1 Dec 2012 11:17:07 EST Sabrina Blevins Hi just getting serious about weight lose I'm 300lbs . I just gave up on pop and started drinking geen tea <BR> want to try to lose the weight before concidering weight loss surgery. I just need more enery and motovaction <BR> to exercise more and eat less. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:56:44 EST In great need of a co-leader And it continues: Find out my sister has an aggressive type of cancer last week. This week, I find out my mother has a tumor on her kidney that is bleeding, blood is thin, and the procedure she had on Wednesday doesn't seem to be working, and it is still bleeding, and has been transferred to ICU. Her holiday dinner yesterday was ice chips. Life clock seems to be ticking down for her. <BR> <BR> Aye-yi-yi ... <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> It would really be helpful if someone could step up ... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:36:47 EST Have been away for a bit Tough couple of months, with my wife getting to spend 9 days in intensive care with blood clots in her intestines, which in the aftermath cause her to have to give up her day care business as she could not lift kids for quite a while. But she was fortunate to get a FT job quite quickly right around the time she was cleared to work, and just as the rest of our $$$ was about dried up. So she is getting better and better, and things seem to be stabilizing. <BR> <BR> Being the stress eater tha... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 23:08:43 EST ONE WEEK CHALLENGE: NOV. 4-11 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>250</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 2 lbs <BR> 2) Do something outside each day for at least 30 minutes <BR> 3) Exercise for 30 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************** <BR> <BR> My ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 17:13:30 EST BBQ Chicken Question Okay - we bought plates from a local church for a fundraiser. BBQ chicken. Any notion on how much sodium still get's through to the meat? I ate 4.5 oz of chicken, threw away the skin, but now I'm concerned I blew my sodium for today. I know it was much less than with the skin on. And of course, I don't have to eat the leftovers, if taking the skin off is still bad. I'm looking for some experienced folks here to lend some advice. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much, <BR> Pam Sun, 4 Nov 2012 16:47:52 EST Hi from South Texas Diagnosed with high blood pressure this week and put on medication. So, here I am. I've been a SP member for a long time. I've had success, too. But, this time it's different. My health is at stake. So, trying to get serious. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting everyone! Sun, 4 Nov 2012 16:44:47 EST Weigh In and/or Measurements Tell us how you are doing. Have you lost weight, gained? What about inches? How are you measuring your success/ <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************** <BR> <BR> I decided that for my own piece of mind, I won't be using the scale anymore. If I can get Bob to agree, I'll stick it in the yard sale we're having the 16th and 17th. But I flatly won't be using it again. He says he wants to use it but he maybe gets on i... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 16:08:59 EST Hi! New To The Team! Hello everyone. I am joining the team as I was just in the ER last night with a blood pressure reading of 198/120. I don't wish to get into details about it all, but needless to say I am changing my diet up greatly. So here I am! Just wanted to say hello and please add me as a friend if you like. My page is private so plz send me a message and I will add you back! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:55:43 EST 3 SIMPLE TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR DIET...SIMPLE <link><BR>2/10/3-simple-tips-for-keeping-your-di<BR>et-simple/ </link> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:04:43 EST One Week Challenge: Oct. 28-Nov. 3 <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>250</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Pick which challenge you want to do from the list below then at the end of the challenge, tell us how you did. <BR> 1) Lose 2 lbs <BR> 2) Do something outside each day for at least 30 minutes <BR> 3) Exercise for 30 minutes every day <BR> 4) Huddle each day <BR> 5) Pick Your Own Challenge <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************** <BR> <BR> I'l... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:36:02 EST QOTD: SUNDAY, OCT. 28TH Of the two diets ( South Beach or Mediterranean), which one do you feel is the healthiest? Would you try either one? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************************ <BR> I've been trying to stick with a modified low carb but I've heard SB allows a little more variety. But MD pushes olive oil which is supposed to be the healthiest oil to use. I think it pretty much comes down to calories and portion control , no matter what pl... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:36:44 EST Determined to get started and get healthy I have been visiting Spark People since April 2012 and kept putting off the inevitable. Now I know I really have to do something for myself and with Spark People I can get the support and help needed. <BR> I'm still trying to work my way round the site and understand it - even with the help of the tutorials. I love the meal plans but I also love the recipes, so I will be mixing them up. Although I wish my chosen recipes could be added to my meal plan and grocery list for the week. <BR> Wish m... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:51:57 EST Hello - I'm new to this way of eating Hello - I'm Lori, and I'm new to this forum as of today. I was diagnosed with Meniere's last month and I'm discovering that I feel much better if I follow my doctor's orders and cut down to between 1,000 to 1,500 mg daily. I've only been able to do that this past week though, and I am having a tough time not getting discouraged the amount of time it's taking to be able to eat the low sodium way. I am a long-time Weight Watcher's member too, and I like to cook, but at least I could eat out eve... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:44:38 EST Kicking the salt habit Hi! I'm Yvonne, <BR> <BR> Due to having High Blood Pressure, I'm trying to cut back on my salt intake. It's not easy, but I learning to cook with herbs/seasonings , making healthy snacks that don't contain a lot of salt or sugar. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 18:32:05 EST Hi from Northern CA My name is Jan, I live on the coast of Northern CA, I have Hypertension, have had it for years, it has started to create some other problems, like Chronic Kidney Disease. My kidney doctor also treats hypertension and has gotten my numbers down to almost normal, he told me to try the DASH diet so that I would cut way back on the sodium. <BR> I started that diet today and did real well, hope I can keep it up. <BR> I found this team and hope it helps me stay on the right track. <em>213</em> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:26:09 EST My first indicator that my body is tired of this!! Hi!! I’m Ro. I started gaining weight right after high school. I weighed 125lbs when I graduated, a year later I weighed 160lbs. My lifestyle changed and I was nowhere near as active. I deluded myself for another 180lbs into believing that I had time to work on my weight later, I had issues to deal with first. It was easy to do this because in a family that runs rampant with Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, hypertension, hypertriglyceremia; I had none of these problems. My blood pressure was ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:40:37 EST Soup for a Western Washington summer It was a typical Western Washington summer yesterday. Started in the upper 50s and didn't get much above 60. Not going to complain too loudly - much preferred to some of the intense heat experienced by the rest of the country. <BR> <BR> So I decided to throw together a soup. Kind of a "clean out the pantry and freezer" kind of a soup. So I pulled out the crock-pot and put in: <BR> <BR> - 4 cup carton of Trader Joes low sodium tomato and basil soup (wished I had 2 of these) <BR> - 6 ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:46:44 EST On my own again (sigh) <link><BR>if </link> <BR> <BR> I'll continue to try to keep up on posts and other things when I can. Could always use some help with a creative mind for putting together challenges, etc. Let me know if interested Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:47:07 EST QOTD: SATURDAY JULY 7th What steps are you taking to reach your healthy goals? <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************** <BR> For me, it's not so much my weight as it is my over all fitness. I don't think my weight would be so much of an issue if I were more active. I'm working towards getting in more exercise to tone and strengthen and maybe over time that'll improve my weight too. Right now I just want to be as healthy as I can be, regardless of the issues I have with my weight. Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:27:36 EST QOTD: Friday What do you consider to be the perfect size for you? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************** <BR> For me, it'd be a healthy size 14. Fri, 6 Jul 2012 17:18:03 EST QOTD: Thursday When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Be honest here... <BR> ****************************************<BR>********************************** <BR> <BR> I see an overweight woman, that needs a hair cut that flatters. A woman with good features that need more attention. I rarely wear make-up or anything like that and I know I'd look and feel better if I did. I haven't bought any new clothes in a good while and most of what I have need to be thrown away . So a shopping trip is in order SO... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 10:40:55 EST QOTD: 4TH OF JULY Did you fix a special meal for the 4th?, and if so what did you fix? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************** <BR> <BR> We didn't go anywhere special so I just made homemade fish cakes and hash brown patties ( baked) for our supper. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 17:12:41 EST QOTD: TUESDAY With tomorrow being the 4th of July, will you be doing anything special to celebrate? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************** <BR> <BR> For us, it'll be just another day other than we'll put the flag out. We can watch fireworks the neighbors put out and Bob did his grilling yesterday. Tue, 3 Jul 2012 18:42:16 EST QOTD: Monday What drinks besides water do you have daily? <BR> ****************************************<BR>************* <BR> <BR> I have 2 cups of coffee in the morning, then I switch to diet "to go" drinks like Crystal Lite. And I average about 90 oz of water a day. Occassionally I'll buy a caffeine free diet cola, if out shopping. If we go out for breakfast somewhere I'll usually get a small glass of orange juice to go with the meal. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:31:41 EST Overtraining: When pushing hard is harmful Overtraining: When pushing hard is harmful <BR> <BR> With so much emphasis placed on increasing physical activity, we hear very little about overtraining. For competitive athletes and some recreational athletes, however, overtraining can be a serious problem. <BR> <BR> The definition of overtraining is personal. It is the point at which an athlete is training so hard and for so many hours that recovery does not occur with usual periods of rest. Athletic performance demands a balance of extr... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 09:59:11 EST Make plants the main attraction Make plants the main attraction <BR> <BR> A substantial amount of research shows that people who eat a plant-based diet — mainly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes — live longer and enjoy better health than people whose diets consist mainly of animal-based foods like meat. <BR> <BR> Many cultures developed their cuisines around plant foods out of necessity. Traditionally, animal protein was expensive, so limited quantities were available. Mediterranean, Latin American, and Asian ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 09:48:19 EST QOTD: Sat. & Sun. Sorry, I forgot yesterdays question so I'll do a 2 part question today. <BR> <BR> How long have you been trying to watch your sodium levels, and what number do you try to stay under? <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************ <BR> I started watching my sodium more closely after hubby developed CHF and had to cut his sodium down drastically. The cardioligist told him no more than 2000 grams a day and to lose weight to work to stay u... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:37:28 EST Salt-Free Daily Chatter Lets talk about our day and what's happening. <BR> Tomorrow will be our bill paying and grocery day so I'll be on my feet for hours again. I'm going to make sure I wear my pedometer. Last shopping day I got in over 20,000 steps. <BR> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:07:08 EST 10% Weight Loss Challenge July 4th- December 31st Let's renew our efforts to lose 10% of our weight from July 4th til the last day of 2012. Start 2013 on a much healthier note. Who is wanting to join in? <BR> Just cut and paste the templet below, then edit each week: <BR> <BR> July 4th Starting Weight: <em>192</em> <BR> 10% to Lose: <BR> Goal Weight to be: <BR> <BR> Week 1: <BR> Week 2: <BR> Week 3: <BR> Week 4: <BR> Week 5: <BR> Week 6: <BR> Week 7: <BR> Week 8: <BR> Week 9: <BR> Week 10: <BR> Week 11: <BR> Week 12: <BR> Week 13: <BR> We... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:06:38 EST QOTD: Friday June 28th What's the one salty snack you have trouble staying away from? <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************** <BR> <BR> For me, it's Doritos Nacho Cheese Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:55:21 EST Your Favorite Low Sodium Recipe(s) Hi I am fairly new to this low salt thing and would love some ideas. Thanks! Sun, 24 Jun 2012 14:38:44 EST Simply Jane I'm the heaviest I've ever been in my life and it's time I get back to a weight I know will be healthier for me. I'm working towards getting down to 185 lbs. I won't be thin but I'll be much healthier than I am now. <BR> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:44:59 EST Could there be a reason that one craves salt? Hi there: <BR> I'm starting to worry about my salt cravings and am wondering if there could be some deficiency that brings them on. (I'm sorry if you may have discussed this previously.) <BR> I don't use a salt shaker, but am continuously looking for the salties. <BR> You can put a yummy, creamy sweet dessert in front of me, and I'll be saying, Where's the potato chips? Or the salty nuts? Or the smoked salmon? Or the herring? Or the cheese? <BR> I'm sure this is an issue for many of you who ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 07:55:02 EST Hello I am sort of new to this i found this site in March. I quit smoking (i have been a smoker since a teenager) and i gained 30 lbs. I used chantex (it really works) but it caused cardiac disrhtymias. So after discovering this site, i started tracking what i eat and recording my exercise. so far i have only lost 5 lbs in 2 months. i am starting to get discouraged. i found the blogs and started reading them. Very encouraging. i just cant figure out why im not loosing the weight. i know, keep at it. Fri, 8 Jun 2012 17:37:36 EST The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? The 5 reasons people exercise — what's yours? <BR> <BR> People exercise for one of five reasons: for work, for health, for recreation, for competition, or for their appearance. <BR> <BR> The amount of exercise you need depends on your reasons for exercising, on your starting point, and on how quickly you want to achieve your goals. And the type of exercise you choose depends on your personal abilities and preferences, on your schedule, and on the facilities at your disposal. <BR> <BR> 1. E... Mon, 28 May 2012 09:23:49 EST Spices Anyone know some good salt replacement spices? For people with Diabetes as well? Fri, 25 May 2012 00:34:10 EST jfspeary over 60 looking for other spark in same age group to support each other Mon, 21 May 2012 14:03:22 EST Hello, LSI team! Starting my second full week here at SparkPeople, and really liking the site so far. I've been able to hit all the other nutrition ranges I'm measuring, but sodium intake is terrible. I've had two 4,000+mg days in just one week! <BR> <BR> I don't have a doctor yelling at me about sodium yet, and I think I want to keep it that way. I'm only on a stay-inside-the-numbers diet as far as I'm concerned. I don't care what I eat as long as I like it and stay inside the ranges. Eat less, exercise mor... Sun, 20 May 2012 02:10:58 EST Hi. I'm new... My doctor just put me on a low sodium diet for Meinere's disease. This is all new to me, but I'm hoping to get some good tips from this group. <BR> <BR> TIA. <em>213</em> Thu, 17 May 2012 22:37:32 EST Brettswife4life Just found out about this site,by hearing a testimonial on you tube... Very hopeful and exited...Motivation and prayers welcomed Tue, 15 May 2012 14:18:03 EST MISSING SALT WENT OUT AND ATE YESTERDAY, CHINESE. WATCHED EVERYONE DUMP SALT ON FOOD. THE FOOD WAS SALTY ENOUGH. THE ONLY THING I HAVE REALIZED THAT NEEDED SALT, WERE MASHED POTATOES. WITH NO SALT AND NO BUTTER, THEY ARE YUCK. I DID DUMP A BUNCH OF PEPPER ON THEM TO CHANGE THEIR COLOR. Mon, 14 May 2012 13:41:21 EST Getting Started Yesterday, I ate my first meal with no salt. I only used pepper, and I have to tell you on the mashed potatoes, I didn't even use butter. I know it will take some getting used to. I've told myself I can do it. Fri, 11 May 2012 14:55:32 EST Finally Starting Have a long way to go...but am really motivating myself. My husband just retired from 22 years in the Army, moved across the country, got a new job, bought a new house and finally joined a local gym to really focus on me. Fri, 11 May 2012 11:15:48 EST Intoduction Hello Everyone! My name is Shelinda & I am glad to be a part of SparkPeople. I joined because I realize that everything God gave me I want to do my best to put & keep it in order and one of them is my body. I am aware that if I stay committed to taking care of it that I will be taking care of "many" area's of my life. Don't want to bore anyone but I am grateful for a Website as SparkPeople to help make our Journey easier, exciting & manageable. I look forward to meeting some of you & sharing ... Thu, 10 May 2012 17:06:07 EST Hey All! My name is Sara and I am 21 years old. My current weight is 160 and my goal weight is 135. I want to cut salt out of my diet as much as I can because salt retains water and not to mention it isn't the healthiest thing for your body. <BR> <BR> I wanted to join a few groups here because I do not have many people in my real life that I can talk to about my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> I want to wish everyone luck on their journey and hope to hear from some of you! <BR> <BR> Sara Thu, 10 May 2012 11:35:26 EST Hi! New to the team! Hi my name is Ellen and I live in UK! <BR> I have not added salt to my vegetables for years now, but add low salt stock cubes to my casseroles and gravy sometimes. I use a lot of herbs, but would love to find new ways to lower my salt intake. I eat low salt or salt free beans wherever possible. My daughter says I am wrong not to cook with salt in vegetables, but my DH and I like the flavour of veggies without. We are both diabetic and he has high blood pressure, so I think low salt is importa... Thu, 10 May 2012 10:13:49 EST My name is Irene and I want to ly ose weight. losing weight is not a easy. Keeping it off is harder. I need help and supprot Tue, 8 May 2012 17:26:19 EST What is a low sodium crunchy snack ? I would like to find something fairly low in calories and low in sodium to have with my coffee for a snack ! ANY IDEAS ? <em>303</em> Tue, 8 May 2012 11:01:14 EST c.lewan beating the odds? Being overweight caused me a lot of problems with my life, lately - lack of self confidence, deepening depression, an already problem. Every day is a challenge and I am desperate to lose this weight caused by two of my medications and a sudden out of whack thyroid. I need everyone's help. Mon, 7 May 2012 22:54:22 EST c.lewan beating the odds? Being overweight caused me a lot of problems with my life, lately - lack of self confidence, deepening depression, an already problem. Every day is a challenge and I am desperate to lose this weight caused by two of my medications and a sudden out of whack thyroid. I need everyone's help. Mon, 7 May 2012 22:54:21 EST I NEED HELP ! I just started watching my sodium ! Bought a seasoning at a health food store that is called no salt ! It has all kinds of spices pepper garlic ect and i bought a new salt shaker just for that ! I miss putting the salt on foods but can live with it but i love cottage cheese and eat 1/2 cup for dinner EVERY NIGHT ! I did put my seasoning on it instead of salt . I know it is high in salt but won't give it up because most of my salt intake comes from the salt shaker . Also when i am really hungr... Sun, 6 May 2012 07:59:30 EST Florida /Rejoined <em>213</em> Thought I'd better introduce myself, for those that don't know me. <BR> I'm Vicki and I live in Florida. <BR> I'm working towards making the healthiest choices I can when it comes to taking care of myself. <BR> I want to make exercise a top priority as I have a couple of health issues that exercise would improve. Also it would definately give me more energy. <BR> I am basically trying to keep all my nutritional numbers within a set goal I think will work for me. It's not stric... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:17:13 EST Cinnamon and Honey Cinnamon and Honey <BR> Whoever thought? Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call 'turning to sugar'. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will "crystallize". When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy naturally. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microw... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:58:16 EST Hello my name is Angie Berndt On May 25th I start my banded journey. My Lap-Band surgery will be done in Cincinnati OH 4 hours from my home (long story as to why I didn't just go to the location an hour away from my home) ..My Surgeons name is Dr Brad Watkins From UC Weight loss. On May 11th I start my fun 14 day liquid diet..This has been a long time coming with my insurance (UH) they requested a six month supervised diet my last one is on May 1st.. Time is moving very quick and I'm so ready!!!! Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:03:12 EST Hello, I'm Tonya. A lot of people kept telling me about Spark People. I think I tried it once a few years back and never really gave it a chance. I've been hearing a lot of good things about it though and am told some of the recipes are awesome. So I decided to give it a REAL try. I also decided to give my weight-loss a REAL try. That started Sept. 2011 at 160 pounds. I've currently lost 21.8, weighing-in at 138.2 and I've 18.2 left to lose to reach my goal weight of 120. Since November I've been taking a HIIT... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 03:48:33 EST Lady2310 I am obese according to the bmi chart. I have no self control, I get stressed and that is all it takes. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:46:02 EST Hi there, I'm hoping to be a loser too&#128515; I have never joined an online weight losing website that I could hold any interest in. I'm hoping this will be my final and successful last try. I have about 75 pounds to lose and I know it is not going to be easy, but encouragement and commitment will keep me on track. I really need a buddy who will hold me accountable for my journey. I cannot do this alone. Please be my buddy and let's lose together! Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:28:02 EST Trying To Be More Active Hello my name is Sonia. My goal are to lose about 67lbs. I am trying my best to stay very motivated to work out more. I have join sparkpeople to hopeful get a lot of information on healthy foods choices etc. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:11:50 EST I made a choice Hello Spark World, <BR> <BR> I have finally made the choice to live life to its fullest and take advantage of my ability to loose weight. I have been heavy my entire adult life and now I want to know what it is like to be able to live life to it's fullest. Don't get me wrong, I am living now but when I think about how I can make it better it excites me. Wish me the best as I finally begin this new journey! <BR> <BR> Tracie Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:23:11 EST hello Hello. I'm new to all of this and thought I would give it a try. I haven't always been big my whole life so i know i can get smaller I've done it before but this time it seems impossible to lose any weight. My husband don't always help but I know its self control. So please bare wit me as I write posts because I am new to all of this. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 09:11:50 EST hello my name is leyvy Hello, I am new to this program I am trying to lose weight im glad i found this site it looks like it can really help me. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 16:59:46 EST Day 1 of a New Life Style Today I started tracking my daily nutrition on the Spark People website. I want to work toward loosing 100 pounds over the next 8-12 months. I am hoping that daily tracking will help keep me motivated to reach this goal. I have been a yo-yo dieter over the past 12-15 years. I am anxious to start some walking for exercise. I usually can do well with the eating part but really struggle to get motivated to exercise. I am hoping that the message boards will give me inspiration to do what I ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 00:17:33 EST Hi Sparkpeople I'm lUCIE AN 43 YRS OLD. HAD BACK SURGERY LAST YR. IN jULY AN I HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE & CHLOSTER.i NEED HELP ON EATING GOOD AN EASY EXCERISE TO HELP ME LOSE MY WEIGHT AS FAST AS I CAN.WOULD LOV ANYONE'S HELP OR COMMENTS FOR ME..THANKS:) Mon, 2 Apr 2012 15:21:28 EST Back again! Hi everyone. I am back on sparkpeople. I used to have an account but for some reason I could not access it anymore. I decided to try weight loss on my own, but after a few months of struggling and gaining some weight back, I decided to join once again to help me succeed in my goals, and overcome challenges. The motivation on this site is absolutly amazing, and just what I need. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 15:36:43 EST I'm new here Hello my name is Rho and I am new to this site, feel free to help me navigate my way to a healthier life:) Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:07:28 EST New 'Kid' In Town Hello all! I'm on my third week of exercise! I've lost 10 pounds recently and I finally found a workout buddy! I'm excited to chat with you all and share in our success! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:52:55 EST Getting back on track In 2007 I made a goal to lose 50 lbs in 50 weeks for my 50th birthday. I lost 60 and felt great. Continued to lose in 2008 for a total of 80 lbs. I maintained my weight while getting fit, working out at the gym 4-5 times a week. In 2009 I was downsized after a 20 year career. I was down, stressed, angry and depressed for over 18 months. I slowly have been gaining weight. Now with 20 lbs up I need to shake up my metabolism and get this weight off. Have been back to the gym and watching my foo... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:36:52 EST hi Hi my names kim Campbell. i had weightloss surgery 6 years ago and since i got married last year i have managed to gain 20 lbs so not happy and trying to lose weight. again. im a college student who turned 40 last week lol. i do have a daughter she is grown and in college herself. if there is anything else you want to know feel free to send me a message Sun, 18 Mar 2012 10:19:28 EST Newbie Hello everyone <BR> Looking to do this again. I now know That I am ready to do this Sat, 17 Mar 2012 19:14:41 EST well here we are again :) I am thankful for all that Vicki did and sad to see her leave. <BR> <BR> Renewing again a call for anyone willing to step up to be co-leader. Fortunately I am on another roll having discovered the Droid operating system and how well it works. You'll have forgive any spelling issues as I seem to be all thumbs when it comes to typing on this thing. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's always helpful on teams to have at least 2-3 leaders. Two or more heads are better than one. <BR> <BR> If you are inter... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:07:19 EST LEAVING SP I'm leaving sparkpeople and won't be coming back. There's too much going on here and my heart just isn't in it. <BR> If you'd like to keep in touch, my email is: <BR> Hope you reach your goals. I've enjoyed getting to know you. <BR> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:05:08 EST QOTD: NEW QUESTION DAILY What food plan do you prefer doing: low carb, low fat, WW, South Beach, etc? What works or doesn't work for you? <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********** <BR> <BR> I keep trying different things. I have done low carb in the past and it worked well for me but this time round it doesn't so I've just started a low fat plan and I'll see if I have any better luck with it. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:33:55 EST Is there low sodium without salt substitutes? I have finally decided to try to kick, or significantly reduce my salt habit, however, some of my meds forbid the use of salt substitutes. Since I'm a new joiner to this team, I'm asking for some suggestions! Thanks! Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:10:58 EST Daily Sodium Check-in 2012 Thought it would be a good idea to start this anew and see if we can track our sodium and post daily. I know for myself it was good to put it out - the good and the bad,including my hideous 2688 I had yesterday. When I did track my food and post daily it helped me really look at what I was eating, looking at labels, get creative with recipes to get my sodium low and keep it low. And daily tracking of my nutrition has always been my #1 tool of success when I consistently track. <BR> <BR> Fo... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:43:13 EST Another Team Newbie I was so excited to come across your team. I have a large amount of weight to lose - close to 200 pounds. Started with Spark People in January and am thrilled over all the resources available. Feeling stronger daily and am ready to claim victory this time. Have lost 43 pounds so far and have a long way to go, but it has finally clicked that I can't just diet - I need a permanent lifestyle change. I am feeling pretty good about staying in my target ranges for protein, carbs, fat and calo... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:56:15 EST March 16th- Sept.16 10% Weight Loss Challenge Here we'll work to lose 10% of our weight between March 16th and Sept. 16th. Just cut and past the templet below. Starting weight is what you weigh on March 16th. First week weigh in will be March 23rd. I will post a reminder each week. <BR> <BR> Starting weight: <BR> Goal to lose: <BR> Actual Weight Lost: <BR> <BR> Week 1: <BR> Week 2: <BR> Week 3: <BR> Week 4: <BR> Week 5: <BR> Week 6: <BR> Week 7: <BR> Week 8: <BR> Week 9: <BR> Week 10: <BR> Week 11: <BR> Week 12: <BR> Week 13: <BR> We... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 09:32:36 EST week 1 .... to loose 25 kg hey Guyzzzz , this is my 1st week to loose my target weight of 25 kg. I tried lots of time, but alwayz failed. This time for sure i m gonna stay committed. So on my 1st week I am 78 kg & to stay committed I am gonna include green tea for 2 cups daily & start walking as much as I can do. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 12:31:40 EST Renewed call for a co-leader It would REEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY be helpful to this team to have a co-leader (or 2). The more the merrier. <BR> <BR> Even if I can achieve a goal of popping in daily and sharing more, one thing I lack (other than time) is the creativity to come up with unique challenges to keep us all focused on getting to and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and to reduce our sodium use and keep the intake low and, in my case, get off these BP pills. <BR> <BR> Anyway, if you are interested in helping to lead th... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 00:46:59 EST Oy! Didn't realize it had been 60 days. Again Thank you JXNCHICORY for the wake-up call. Sorry for the inactivity. <BR> <BR> Been a bit swamped. Happens when I have days where I work until 9, go to bed, and wake up early the next morning to hop onto the bus, working while I commute. <BR> <BR> Most of my sparking has been just enough to keep a log-in to spin the wheel streak going and to answer 3 trivia questions. Only missed 1 question this year, and somehow missed one day. But have recently discovered the ease of navigating the we... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 00:36:08 EST REALLY, REALLY TRYING THIS TIME! just joined and hoping that if I can stay away from my vices"so I will not need the surgery I am considering "the sleeve"! I have never really lost weight just kept increasing over the is the time to think about the future and my children! I'm wishing anyone reading good luck as well! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:42:05 EST I need help I start a diet and it lasts about two weeks then I give up. I need help. I can't afford weight watchers or a gym. I need to lose 170 pounds. I have 5 kids and I want to live. I work third shift. My kids are ages 2 TO 20. I don't talk to anyone about my weight because its rally sad that I let myself get to this point. I'm a single mom and I should set a better example for my kids. Especially my daughters. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 06:13:09 EST trying to change I am a 24 year old wife and mother. I have let myself get out of shape the past three years and am just on here to get support from others who are in the same boat. I have been chubby all my life but it has really gotten out of hand. I have never been above 200 in my entire life and it has taken me getting tired of looking the way I do to change. I'm doing this for myself now and also so my child wont grow up and see her mom is fat and think its okay because its not. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:00:32 EST Good Evening Everyone My name is Amy. I am a 24 year old mother and wife. I am hoping to get back in shape and create a healthy lifestyle. I look forward to socializing and going this journey with you all. I am sure that since I am on here :) this is a given, but still I'd like to say that I am always here if you need encouragement or just a chat. Ciao for now Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:13:26 EST hello :) Hello my name is Kiosio Fields. I'm 24 years old with two children age 4 to 5 I decided to join sparkpeople because I'm ready to loose weight and live a healthy lifestyle not only for myself but for my children. I'M 5ft2in weighing 259lbs. I want to loose 75lbs if not more. I have always been an over weight person all through my childhood and as I got older my weight was like a yoyo. Two years ago I was diagnosed with graves disease ( hyper thyroid ) I weighed in at 250lbs amd dropped down to... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 02:47:50 EST My Name is Rochelle Hi everyone! <BR> After some very, very scary bloodwork, pitting edema, and heart tests I've realized that I am dire need of a diet change if I'm going to be around to witness the lives of my twins and loving husband. I will be going through old posts trying to find a new gameplan for life, so any help would be greatly appreciated! Fri, 10 Feb 2012 08:06:42 EST my name is dawn i am new to this site so any info anyone has please feel free and share it with me on how this site works.. really havent figures it all out yet....feel free to add me as a friend, i dont even know how to add any suggestions and info would help me...:) Wed, 8 Feb 2012 15:44:52 EST my name is dawn i am new to this site so any info anyone has please feel free and share it with me on how this site works.. really havent figures it all out yet....feel free to add me as a friend, i dont even know how to add any suggestions and info would help me...:) Wed, 8 Feb 2012 15:44:52 EST Hello Everyone My name is Kachills,I 'm 27 years old from Nigeria.I was born fat!I grow up fat!....I 'n still fat.U guys need to understand that for a country that encourages plumpness,being considered fat is a very big deal.I wasn't too popular at school;no wait! I was popular at school(the fat girl!).I sort of stumbled to this site and I decided to try it,My plan is to walk off the weight, which I v already started(Every inch of of legs hurts after my walk)Maybe later I ll add skipping and situps.... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 03:01:37 EST Trying Something Old/New Hi all! I am just starting this today. I've been a part of another website for tracking fitness and weight loss, but my support system crashed during the holidays and never picked back up again. I'm really excited about SparkPeople because even if I don't get a great support base, I have a points system to help keep me motivated. I love fitness tracking available here, also. The fact that you can create your own strength training workout or work with one of their's is wonderful. I feel enc... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 16:15:36 EST Making A Serious Change Hello! <BR> How's Everyone <BR> <BR> I've been away from Sparkpeople for a while due to illness, better now. Just have to make some serious changes regarding my eating habits / overall health. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>140</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 19:20:02 EST Hi! Hi my name is Nicole. I am new to this site, I am currently training at Goodlife and my training said that this was a great site for motivation and healthy recipes, so I thought I would check it out! I am looking for some motivation as well as I do have a lot of weight to lose. I am excited to get started :D Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:42:39 EST Hi My Name is Wanda I am a 40 year old mother of one who has had a weight problem most of my life. I have tried every diet out there with little or no results. I am on the treadmill 1 hour a day for the last week and I have lost 4 pounds but I have alot more to lose. I need to be motivated, hope I can get some help here, good luck to us all!!!!! Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:11:21 EST Glad to join the SparkPeople community! Hi everyone! I just joined SparkPeople and am really excited! I have always been fairly consistent about exercise, but have gotten sort of complacent lately (I call it sleep jogging now)! I'd like to shake up my fitness routine with more intensity , maybe something like jump roping or tennis. <BR> <BR> On the nutrition side, I have the diet of a high school kid (but not the metabolism), so I really need to improve my diet habits. Along the way I would like to lose a few pesky pounds th... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:58:13 EST Hope everyone had a great holiday Didn't track but pretty sure my sodium intake was higher than I'd like. But was a good day with the family and looking forward to getting back on track. <BR> <BR> May 2012 be a great and low sodium year for us all. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 01:30:17 EST Arthritis and Back Medications with Sodium I take a medication called Diclofenac Sodium, which is the generic for Voltaren. It's an NSAID which does help a lot, BUT, there is the sodium in it. When I keep my dose low, twice a day, I'm ok on it, but if my back acts up badly and I have to go to 3 doses a day I really retain water. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have back and/or arthritis problems and have a suggestion about a decent med that won't cause water retention? I relocated and haven't found a new back doc to ask the question. ... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 10:20:29 EST Salt Shaker off the table Hello! <BR> <BR> I no longer shake salt on my food while or after cooking. I flavor food with only herbs, spices, and lemon and lime juices that I have at home, And of course Mrs Dash salt free blends. I'm working hard on living a healthy lifestyle and reaching my goal. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>267</em> Tue, 6 Dec 2011 14:12:58 EST Holiday Recipes It gets difficult sometimes to watch the sodium levels during the holiday season (I know it is for me anyway). <BR> <BR> While we don't want to deprive ourselves of enjoying some of our favorite holiday dishes, but there may be some lower sodium options or low sodium versions. <BR> <BR> If you have a favorite holiday recipe that is a lower sodium option that you are willing to share, use this thread to share it, or run it through the recipe builder on Sparkrecipes <link>recipes.sparkpeople... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 12:15:19 EST Looking for Poultry/Meats with the Least Sodium Hello all: I've been reading meat labels a lot more lately, and I've noticed that meats have a lot of sodium plus other ingredients injected into them. I'm not talking tenders and stuff like that which I automatically assume does, but chicken thighs, breasts, whole chicken, beef, pork, etc. They inject sodium and chemicals into everything these days. Does anyone know which brands use the least sodium? Fri, 2 Dec 2011 07:23:49 EST New Here! Hello all! I'm fairly new to Spark and am trying to cut down on my sodium. The older I get, the easier it gets to retain water. I do 99% of my own cooking from scratch, but have noticed even natural foods have sodium, not to mention what I sprinkle on my food. So I decided a team would be the best way to get ideas on low sodium. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose weight, pre-diabetic, hypothyroid and have sleep apnea. Fri, 2 Dec 2011 07:18:08 EST Salt Addict No More Hi My name is Yvonne and I'm new to the team. When I learned from my doctor that I had high blood pressure three years ago, I started lowering my salt intake by replacing my salt shaker with Mrs. Dash and McCormick salt free blends and other herbs and spices. It works for me. <em>30</em> Thu, 3 Nov 2011 20:06:30 EST A dilemna with Stonemill Essentials I was a little low on money and had to shop at Aldi. I bought the Stonemill Essentials Garlic Powder and the Stonemill Essentials Onion Powder for 99 cents each. I didn't really look but was told the powder was better than the salt. However since I am restricted to sodium I'm having to watch that. The harm has been done. There is no nutritional information on the bottle at all, and Stonemill does not have a website. It's Aldi's brand but there is nothing on the NI for either of these pr... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 12:34:04 EST Hello Glad I found this team. I've been trying to limit my sodium to 1500 mg a day because it's better for my overall health, including my joints not swelling on me, but haven't been very successful. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:55:57 EST water intake I have been drinking over 120 ounces of water a day for since I was 18. You know the old saying. If God made anything better, He keft it for himself. Sun, 21 Aug 2011 11:45:02 EST kathleen just to let everyone know that i'm getting a new treadmill this next week. <BR> <BR> kahtleen <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <em>231</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 05:24:09 EST Greetings from Florida Hello... <BR> two days ago i was rushed to the ER room with a horrible headache come to find out that my blood pressure was extremely high! I went to my personal doctor and he basically told me that I need to Stop the salt in take completely or lower it as much as possible. <BR> I thought i was a horrible migraine but boy was I wrong. Rude awaken for me. <BR> So now I am on my journey to loosing weight as well as lowering my sodium intake. <BR> Wish me Luck! Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:10:06 EST water pills do water pills make you gain weight because i'm currently taking them to try and lower my ankles are swollen so i don't know if that is so good or not. <BR> <BR> kathleen <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 05:31:51 EST Getting enough calories I am struggling with getting enough calories on days I hit my low salt intake. I can keep my sodium down but when I do I am also not consuming a lot calorie dense foods. I try to utilize almonds and avocado to give my calories a boost without adding sodium. But I could use some other ideas. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:34:03 EST Hi :) Aloha :) <BR> I am 35, mom of 7, and battling high blood pressure and obesity. I strive to keep my salt around 1000mg a day. The sad thing is that I I had no idea how much salt I used to eat. I disliked the taste of salt and rarely ever added it to my food. But I NEVER thought about the salt in pre-made foods. Ever.... <BR> <BR> It has been a learning process for sure. <BR> <BR> :) Fri, 24 Jun 2011 00:48:23 EST kathleen i had posted awhile back that i would set a goal for 60 minutes of exercise every day but so far i haven't been able to do that so i'm going to try and do it for 10 minutes every day instead. i have been in depression and that isn't any fun. i finnaly got some meds. changed and that should help. it seems like every time i set a goal to quit smoking i end up in depression for smoe reason. so i'm here instead typing on the computer. it's only 3:00 am here in ca. and this is something that i can... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 06:36:55 EST Oops Popped in and out of here off and on and I guess I hadn't posted. Got into an inactive streak, and trying to get back on plan. Too much stress eating as I work to finish my MBA (2.5 weeks to go!) So when I opened the group I got the "leader hadn't posted in 60 days" alert. Sorry about that. <BR> <BR> Would love to have another be a co-leader if anyone is interested. Sparkmail me or respond here if interested. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 14:00:30 EST Get Rid of Salt Shaker Hello, My name is Vonni and I have High Blood Pressure. Because of this I've been watching my salt intake by getting rid of my salt shaker and replacing it with herbs / spice shakers. Taking care of my health one day at a time. Mon, 9 May 2011 18:58:16 EST Lower Sodium Salad Dressings I have been on the look out for lower sodium salad dressings. Yeah, I know I could make my own, but sometimes I'm lazy. It's ridiculous how much hidden salt is in salad dressing! Here are my two best finds so far: <BR> <BR> Bolthouse Farms Olive Oil Vinagrette: Raspberry Merlot: 30 cal, 50 mg sod. per 2 T. serving <BR> Island Grove Roasted Vidalia Onion Dressing & Marinade: 35 cal, 55 mg. sod. per 1 fl. oz. serv. <BR> <BR> Elaine Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:55:13 EST my name is kathleen i'm currently using less that a thousand mg. of salt per day. so if i eat something for lunch then i have to watch what i eat for dinner. i currently watching how much salt is in everything on the market from bread to butter all has salt in them. i've had swollen ankles now for over two years now and trust me it isn't any fun. <BR> <BR> kathleen Mon, 18 Apr 2011 03:28:02 EST Introducing myself Hi. I'm Elaine. I have been a Spark member since last summer but quit being active since the Thanks giving/Christmas holidays and gained back some of the weight I've lost. So now it is finally time to get serious again and use the tools I know work. <BR> <BR> I am new to the Lowering Salt Team. I joined because I am trying to lower my weight and borderline High Blood Pressure so I don't end up on medication. When I was active on Spark before my weight, BMI and blood pressure were gradually d... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 20:32:24 EST LOWERING SODIUM IN CANNED SOUP Hello Team! <BR> <BR> I have found a great way to lower sodium in (most) canned <BR> <BR> soups. <BR> <BR> I LOVE Progresso Minestrone soup, but the sodium is so <BR> <BR> high, so now I pour the contents into a colander and rinse <BR> <BR> it off then put it in a soup bowl and add tap water! I don't <BR> <BR> know how much sodium I get rid of, but I know its a lot. <BR> <BR> I hope you all find this a great idea as well. <BR> <BR> Pam <BR> <BR> It's <BR> <em>56</em> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:35:01 EST Sodium in bread I have been on a mission to discover a low sodium, soft, sandwich quality bread, that, when you read the ingredients list, it does not sound like a chemistry experiment. I like bread. I like it a lot and I want to have it with out having being limited to one slice or the Ezekiel bread (highly nutritious, but a texture I do not enjoy) <BR> <BR> I have been experimenting with recipes and have discovered that most of the breads can be made with 1/2 tsp of salt in a 1lb loaf. Obviously these are... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 22:56:52 EST February Challenge - Brain Teasers This month we'll exercise the mind. <BR> <BR> Spark goodie for those that can solve these. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What can you hold without ever touching or using your hands? <BR> <BR> 2. When can you add two to eleven and get one as the correct answer? <BR> <BR> 3. Which is faster, hot or cold? <BR> <BR> 4. Can you guess the next three letters in the following series and why? <BR> C Y G T N T L I T F....... <BR> <BR> 5. First I threw away the outside and cooked the inside, t... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 11:04:44 EST Is it just me or is anyone else finding it weird that the sparkmail reminders about chain letters has turned into a chain letter of its own? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to assume that at least one of your groups sent you a sparkmail stating don't send chain mail messages. <BR> <BR> If you haven't received such a sparkmail: don't send chain letters. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:00:46 EST Working on Sodium reduction in WV Hi I'm Randy. <BR> <BR> I've been with SP for over 3 years now. I've had some successes and some set-backs. <BR> <BR> Two summers ago I ended up in Atrial Fib and diagnosed with Heart Failure. I've had high BP for several years. Some of those years I wasn't so good about trying to control it, even with prescribed medications. <BR> <BR> My cardiologist would like me to eat under 1000mg of sodium per day. I'm fighting just to keep it between 1-2gm. <BR> <BR> When first diagnosed and was rec... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:13:47 EST Hi! I am new to this team. Hello. I am new to this team and even though I started a profile on Sparkpeople less a year ago, I hadn't done anything with it until a week ago. <BR> I recently found out that I have high blood pressure and was put on medication. I am having a horrible time keeping my salt intake down. I understand dieting and eating fewer calories and such, but lowering the salt intake is all new to me. I am just starting to learn just how much salt is in the foods that I have been eating. I am hoping that ... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 14:45:39 EST Introduce yourself here. Welcome to the Lowering Salt Intake team. You will find this a great place for resources, information, and support as you journey into reducing your sodium intake. We hope you find it helpful. <BR> <BR> Now, please tell us a little about yourself so we can get to know you. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 11:01:07 EST New Years Resolutions What are you going to do (or continue to do) as we get through this holiday season and enter the new year? <BR> <BR> For me: <BR> <BR> 1. A rededication to logging all of my food and exercise <BR> 2. Not exceeding 2000 mg of sodium, though ideally my target will remain 1500 or less per day <BR> 3. Cholesterol less than 100 per day. <BR> 4. Take public transit to work 3 times per week - which has been my target this year <BR> 5. Not exceed maximum fat and calories each day Fri, 17 Dec 2010 12:26:29 EST Holidays Tough season, as always. <BR> <BR> The high-calorie, high-fat, and high-sodium foods seem to appear more and more as we approach Christmas. And it gets harder and harder to say no. <BR> <BR> How are you all doing this season to enjoy some of the goodies of the season while staying on plan? Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:07:01 EST What are your plans for a low sodium Thanksgiving? Me - I don't eat turkey, but have to cook it since we're hosting the dinner and DW doesn't know how to cook it. <BR> <BR> Making a pasta/cheese dish that will be higher in sodium than I'd like, but will be my main dish. Fresh green salad on the side. Whole Foods has no salt added kettle chips and blue tortilla chips and I'll likely have those on hand, as well as a vegetable and fruit tray. Gin/tonic is also 0 sodium. <BR> <BR> Other meals planning near 0 sodium meals, so I hope to at l... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:47:37 EST Low Sodium when you dont feel like cooking What do people do when they are too tired to cook? I would like to find some quick meals that dont require a lot of work. I hate that i cant eat frozen foods or take out once in awhile. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:19:08 EST water pills Does anyone have trouble with water pills making them dizzy? Sun, 7 Nov 2010 01:39:41 EST What about bread? I eat a lot of bread, but hate that there is a lot of sodium in it. I usually have at least 3 slices of regular sandwich bread a day, but sometimes that can take a toll on my daily sodium allowance. The only bread I know of that is low in sodium (less than 100mg) is Ezekiel bread. <BR> <BR> My question is, what do you guys do about bread? Do you know of any low-sodium breads? Wed, 3 Nov 2010 12:27:19 EST November Nutrition Challenge - Eating rainbows It is said that eating different colors of food can help to ensure you are getting all the proper nutrients. So the challenge is to eat as much or all of the colors of the rainbow as you can. <BR> <BR> This link will talk about it and give you some ideas of foods from each color group: <link><BR>arlyshow/health/main515724.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> I'm going out on a limb and say that the Black Cherry Mikes Hard Lemonade that I am drinking now does not ... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 18:09:51 EST Ideas for challenges As I joined to be a co-leader, I suddenly went from co-leader to sole leader, which is OK, except it couldn't have hit at a worse time in terms of available time and in the midst of a "healthy lifestyle slump." <BR> <BR> The tradition is to have challenges each month, and obviously I missed October. <BR> <BR> I'd like some input: What kind of challenges would you suggest as we head toward November? Thu, 14 Oct 2010 01:14:44 EST Hypokalemia Hi, I'm Kathryn, and I'm joining this team with my husband in mind. Now I could definitely use to lower my salt intake, I LOVE salt and use way too much of it on my own food, but I have to cook low sodium for my husband. He has hypokalemia with periodic paralysis, so basically his potassium levels drop or hide in his body (he is on potassium supplements daily) and if he eats too much salt it affects his potassium levels and his body starts going into temporary paralysis. It is actually rea... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 00:56:43 EST New to this team! Hello! I'm new to this team, but I've been Sparking for almost three years now. I try to not get more than 1500 mgs of sodium per day. When I do salt my food I only use sea salt or Himilayan Crystal salt. <BR> Also, if anyone is interested, you are more than welcome to join my Clean Eating & Recipes team. The link is below in my signature. <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 6 Oct 2010 14:16:07 EST Ways to Cut Sodium.. <BR> SparkPeople article "Easy Ways to Cut Sodium Intake" <BR> thought some of you would like to read this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=625 </link> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 21:37:24 EST I love spark I am finding myself having a hard time controlling my sodium intake. I do great on calories but I crave SALT with everything. So my blood pressure is horrible. Any suggestions on what I can use as a substitue would be great. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 22:47:20 EST Campbell's Select Harvest Light Soup So I found a low calorie soup that I truly enjoy! It has 80 calories per 1 cup. But includes 480mg in sodium. I ate all the chicken and vegetables that were included in the can, but discharged the broth. <BR> <BR> My question is...what portion of the 480mg of sodium was in the broth and what was in the vegetables and chicken. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:23:11 EST New To This Group I was reading the High Blood Pressure team message board today and someone mentioned this group so I thought it sounded cool, and joined up. I was Dx with high blood pressure about a year ago and joined Spark People about 2 months ago, have been working on getting my sodium intake below 2000 mg/day (boy is it hard for a salt addict) but I'm slowly finding good tasty recipes and tricks I can use to lower sodium in the foods I like or finding substitutes I like. My doc took me off one of my BP ... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 01:30:42 EST Did You Know?..... I am trying out a new topic here to see what everyone thinks. There are some suprising factoids about food, that might shock you. Some will pertain to sodium in general and others just about everyday foods. <BR> <BR> Came across this article, will include hyperlink. It is too big to copy and past, but is short enough to make for a good read. <BR> <BR> The article is called, "6 Salads that are worse than a Whopper!" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>alads-worse-... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:35:23 EST Daily Sodium Check-In - Keeping it Low! Decided to create a new topic and put a sticky to it, so it stays at the top of the discussion area. We have about two or more discussions going on daily sodium levels, so please use this one from now on, that way everyone is posting in the same location is easier to follow. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Sodium level for 08-10-10, not good at all, though also can't taste anything since I am sick, so I know I am hitting the 2000 area easily, though trying to get it back under control! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:21:22 EST Important refresher! Hey everyone - found this today and even tho you may all be familiar with these items, it's always good to review foods that are better for those of us who need lower sodium products in our lifestyle. Hope that you can copy and paste to look at this! <BR> <BR><BR>ils.php?isid=2142 Mon, 2 Aug 2010 07:36:40 EST Taking on role as co-leader Answered the call - first time as a team leader. This board has been a great help as I'm still transitioning to the low sodium ways. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can be as much of a help to others as you have been to me. Thu, 29 Jul 2010 22:00:41 EST Wow...did you read this today? Could not believe the amount of sodium in these salads that so many people think are "healthy"!! Just wanted to 'share and make aware' if you haven't had the time to read this yet. <BR> <BR><BR>food_on_the_run_wendys_new_salad_sensa<BR>tions Thu, 22 Jul 2010 11:32:20 EST Introduction to team Morning name is Lonna and I have actually signed up for this team before, but I was in such denial of my need to lose the salt and I now know that I need to get serious about this. My BP is now doing very well (with meds) but I need to lose weight and cut down on salt. I have been reading many of the posts and I did see where Cindy recommended a pocket-sized info sheet on low sodium foods-both purchased and restaurant- but I don't know where to get that. Also, exactly what do... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 10:16:14 EST Hi! New to the "Lowering Salt Intake" team! Hi! <BR> <BR> I started my spark journey last year where I lost 20 lbs and was on my way to my goal weight. But life threw a few hurdles in the way and I stopped. <BR> I started back in June and have been doing very well on tracking my food intake. But I have noticed that my sodium intake is extremely high. <BR> <BR> I am excited to be apart of this team. I really need the support. I am looking forward to meeting some new friends. <BR> <BR> First goal is to get down to the maximum... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 11:37:43 EST Bounce into Fall Challenge - Ends September 30 Ok, third quarter of the year is upon us, so a new challenge. Please feel free to use this area to list any medium to long term goals you would like. This can be for weightloss, just eating better, exercising more or whatever. <BR> <BR> For myself....I would like to do the following over the next three months: <BR> <BR> 1- Exercise more, with all the doctor's appointments and such for my mom, I am only getting walking in and no strength, so would like to increase my strength training and ... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 12:26:11 EST Daily Challenge 07-02-10 - Cardio time Today's challenge is to do 15 to 30 minutes of cardio activity. It does the heart good. <BR> <BR> For myself, I will be doing a lot of walking and lifting today with errand running. That plus will probably do some dancing to music with my son. He loves to dance. Fri, 2 Jul 2010 12:21:01 EST Daily Challenge - 06-30-10 - Strengthen Your Core Today's challenge is to select three to four core exercises, either from Sparkpeople or ones you typically do on your own, and work hard to strengthen your core. Please feel free to share them with the group. <BR> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 14:35:05 EST New to team but not to sparkpeople Hi - I have been on spark people a little over a year. Had a doctor appointment and my BP was still high and my socks left a big impression on my ankles. Doctor increased my hydroclora-something-or-other which she said should also aid in water retention. I am wearing my "overseas travel socks" to work today to see if that helps as well. <BR> <BR> My goal before was just to not go above the 2300 sodium, but need to rethink that one. Thought I was doing well with that, but time to downsize... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 12:17:11 EST Daily Challenge 06-28 & 29-10 Personal Challenge Sorry this challenge is a bit late today, so will make it a two day one, as a result. <BR> <BR> The challenge for today and tomorrow is to find areas that need improvement, whether it be with dieting, exercise, or just something you need to do at home in your personal life and focus on getting things done. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to share what you are working on. <BR> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:35:05 EST Weekend Challenge 06-26 thru 27 - Keep Active This weekend's challenge is just to stay active / keep busy. Please feel free to post how you are keeping active as this can sometimes give other members new ideas on things to do and try. Remember to have some fun! <BR> <BR> As for myself, on Friday I mowed our entire yard and the front half of a neighbors yard (as a good deed), along with weed whacking both of them and then ran some errands to three different stores with tons of walking. Saturday, mowed the back half of neighbors yard, ... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 19:02:03 EST Daily Challenge - 06-24-10 - Keep Sodium in Check Today's challenge is to keep your sodium levels in check. Too much sodium in a diet can increase blood pressure, slow down weight loss and retain excess water (i.e. bloating). Try to keep sodium under 2000 mg today or at least at the recommended ADA levels of 2300 mg per day. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 24 Jun 2010 11:31:37 EST Daily Challenge 06-23-10 - Work Your Lower Body Today's challenge is to work your lower body. Please select three or four exercises, either here on Sparkpeople or some of your own and work that lower body. <BR> <BR> For myself: <BR> <BR> 1 - Squats <BR> 2 - Standing Abduction <BR> 3 - Standing Adduction <BR> 4 - Calf Raises Wed, 23 Jun 2010 11:31:42 EST Daily Challenge 06-21-10 - Work Those Arms Hello Team! Sorry I missed Friday and this weekend for challenges, but it was crazy around here. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to select three or four strength training exercises for your arms. It can be from the Sparkpeople selection or from some of your own exercises. <BR> <BR> Please share with everyone what you will be doing. <BR> <BR> For myself: <BR> <BR> 1 - Closed Arm Wall Push-ups <BR> 2 - Lateral Raises <BR> 3 - Tricep Dips <BR> 4 - Not sure yet... <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:40:53 EST Daily Challenge 06-17-10 - Colorful Plates Today's challenge is to color your plate with as many fruits and veggies as is possible. Remember, many veggies and fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidents, etc. Especially, green leafy ones. Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:20:11 EST Daily Challenge 06-16-10 - Staying Hydrated Today's challenge is to make sure you stay hydrated and drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water. Summer is almost here and in some area's the heat index is well above the 100 degree mark. Be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day and particularly after any activity. Wed, 16 Jun 2010 09:34:59 EST Daily Challenge - 06-15-10 - Keep Active Today's challenge is to keep active. Find an activity you love doing, can be cardio, strength training or just something fun that keeps you moving, just enjoy yourself. Please share with the group your activity, how long you did this activity and how much fun you had. <BR> <BR> Staying active keeps the mind and body healthy! Mon, 14 Jun 2010 18:32:09 EST HI, new from Nashville Hi everyone. I am excited to be apart of your team. I have worked really hard to get to my goal weight. However, I have gained 4 lbs in 2 weeks and I believe it is because of my sodium intake. I really need the support. I am looking forward to meeting some new friends. Thanks in advance for any help, April Tue, 25 May 2010 14:32:38 EST Challenge 05-14-10 - Cardio - your choice Today's challenge is to pick what ever cardio activity you like and do at least a minimum of 10 minutes of cardio, preferably 20 to 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> Please share with everyone what your choice and times were. <BR> <BR> Have a cardio filled, energized Friday! Thu, 13 May 2010 22:39:38 EST Challenge 05-13-10 - Color Your Plate Sorry the challenges have been absent for a while, but hoping to slowly get them back to a regular basis. May not be daily right now, but will shoot for that soon. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to color your plate with as many veggies and fruits as you can. It is designed to encourage one to eat more fruits and veggies and then share with everyone what colors you had today! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful and colorful Thursday! Wed, 12 May 2010 22:59:37 EST