Hey everyone, my name is Martha and I have been challenged with a super low sodium diet since June of 2011 when I was hospitalized for diastolic congestive heart failure. I had 50+ pounds of excess fluid in my tissues. Well since then I have been hospitalized 2 more times for between 50 and 80 pounds of excess fluid. Right now I just barely missed another trip to the hospital. Another over 80 pounds of excess fluid. So scary when you can't get it to go and the doctors don't know what to do. Well finally my doctor made a change and it has made a huge difference. I have lost 29.8 pounds in the last 4 days.I am so thankful and encouraged but man it is hard on the body too. So all that to say I am so thankful to have found a place where I can find encouragement and encourage others in this journey. looking forward to getting to know you all.
Hi, I'm Bonnie. I'm not new to SP, but began lowering my sodium intake in Feb. when my BP was high and a bit erratic. I also had bad swelling in my feet and ankles. Since then I've dropped about 30 pounds, and managed to get rid of most of the swelling in my feet and legs. But in May I developed an angina condition due to a spasming artery in my heart. It is being controlled for now with meds, but it has given me even more reason to watch the sodium closely.
I love the spark recipe site and the calculator which I've used a lot to redo the recipes my family loves the most. And I figured this would be a great team to join for more ideas. Looking forward to getting to know you all better.
Bonnie With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow. Proverbs 3:5-6 (CEV)
Hi! My husband and I have separate sparkpages, but he is skiforever89. We have two children age 2 and 5. I am a cardiovascular nurse and we changed a low sodium diet about a year ago. We just want to be healthy and live long lives. We follow the advice of Dr. Fuhrman in the books Eat to Live and Eat for Health and use sodium substitutes in our cooking.
Hi my name is Penny and I am 47 years old with a 23 year old son and a 15 year old son.. I was just diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure... Not a good week for me.. I have cut my sodium WAY down thanks to my wonderful husband who is willing to make this journey with me.. I do love me some mexican food, but I feel like I can never eat it again,..Having a bit of a pity party for myself,, but Im sure that will pass once I get this mess under control. My mom died at age 42 of heart disease, so that kinda weighs on my mind.. Thinking better thoughts though...
Wendy I too love soup, but am avoiding it as well...low sodium chicken broth works in a pinch, with carrots, potatoes and cabbage.. I wish you all the best...
Hi everybody, My name is Wendy. I had a heart attack in 2006 and have been staying under 1500 mg of sodium since then. I have three stents and would like to think that's all I'll ever have....I joined a support group for my weight in Oct of last year because my cardiologist kept at me to drop some weight. I was at 153 pounds and I'm 5'4". Well, with their help I have lost 27 pounds and I feel wonderful. I'm always looking for new things to eat that are low in sodium as I am " sodium sensitive". I was told not to use salt substitutes so I avoid soup like the plague. I look forward to talking to all of you and sharing thoughts and ideas.
current weight: 134.3
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My name is Mike, I inherited most of the family's bad medical genes. I'm 56 and have been fighting a bum heart for 28 year now, sometimes sucessfully other times allowing myself to get complacent. Last month I had a full blown episode of heart failure, which if I hadn't gone to the ER the day before would have probaby killed me. If you've never experience it, you don't want to, if your doctor told you to restrict your sodium do so religiously. I've had 5 heart attacks and none of them were as scary as the heart failure. So now I'm trying to cut my sodium everywhere I can. I was conscienent of it before, but never tracked it closely or research alternatives to food I like because I'd gotten away with it for so long. No more! I live in New Mexico and am retired from the US Air Force Master Sergeant. Married and we have two child-dogs and one grand-dog. All of three of our 2-legged children are out on their own. I'm a stay at home hubbie, I prefer kept man. I try to keep the house clean and I do almost all of our cooking. I like to veggie garden, and at some point want to build a green house. Other interest are reading (historically based novels and history), some woodworking (something I'm very much a novice at), target shooting and reloading my own ammunition.
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I'm Annie. I was diagnosed with heart disease over 8 years ago. I've been struggling with my weight ever since then and have always struggled with eating less salt. I was recently named a co-captain of this team and I'm hoping to help each one of you with your goals while I learn from each of you. If you ever need someone to reach out to please add me as a SparkBuddy or send me an email
Hello, looking for new recipes/ low sodium foods to cook @ home. My hubby just was diagnosed with high blood pressure and we're lowering the sodium down- by a lot. Any suggestions on websites is appreciated.
Sunshine, Cleveland OH
current weight: 188.4
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my significient other had a acute mi 2 weeks ago - he had a stent inserted within 2 hrs after his attack - looking for recipes low sodium to cook for him - any hot wings that can be backed using boneless chicken
I am a heart failure patient since late 2002. I am in my late 30s, have low blood pressure, need to lose weight and I am anemic (family trait). I have decided to do more of my own cooking this year, so this site helps me in my goal. Plus I enjoy cooking....sometimes.
Hi, i just recently joined this thread because I am trying to be supportive to my dad, who now has to follow a low sodium diet. I was surprised at how difficult it is to find low sodium recipes. I am an endurance athlete and have follow a strict healthy diet, but a lot of the foods I eat still have a higher sodium intake. So this leaves me stumped as to how to help people when this change is medically necessary. I find it bizarre that there isn't more recipes and things out there.
current weight: 148.0
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Hi All. I am working on losing the toughest ten pounds and have found that reducing my sodium has had a very positive effect on my cholesterol stats, etc. I am fifty years old and even a little weight loss takes a big effort. I like to cook and find eating much more interesting when I am trying new recipes and cooking for my family. I look forward to getting to know this team and keeping things fresh! That is me in the middle of my college age daughters and I am hoping to keep setting a good example of healthy choices, so they have good life skills in caring for themselves as well.
Pounds lost: 5.5
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Hi, I'm Bob from Cape Cod. I reached my goal weight a few months ago and am on maintenance. I have been eating chicken/pork, beans veggies and rice for over a year now and got my BP down to "normal" also but I need a change. I have been poring over various recipes but have found few that are "healthy" and low sodium. I am not a vegetarian although I eat a lot of veggies. I could sure use some help in learning some tasty main courses that are healthy AND low in sodium.
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