Watching sodium is very hard as so many items have lots of sodium, bottled pasta sauce, bottled salad dressing, breads, canned soups, etc. So yes, you almost have to go as whole food as you can. But I would say take it slow. IE read labels at the grocery store and switch to lower sodium brands on most foods while you are trying to find recipes that you can do on your own. Also depends on what you have time to do too.
3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes 4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6 10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6 12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes 4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)
You don't have a spark page (or at least one that is public) so I can't tell what other teams you are one.
check out the team "Managing Diabetes Group" There are some great members there and at least 2 of them that I know of who have renal problems. There is also at least one team regarding renal issues (sorry I don't know the name of the team but if you want to email me I can give you the name of the members so you can email them for the name)
Spark has a lot of help and supprt for all kinds of interests and medical conditions. There are lots of articles to read. If you have not already done so, look for the Diabetes program.
Best wishes as you travel this journey to a healthier you....
The best advice I've gotten about "all of the above" issues is to eat whole foods ( i.e, foods that are found as is in nature like meat and fish and vegetables), and avoid packaged goods as much as possible. This approach automatically lowers salt, refined sugar, and weird additives. Once you get this down, you'll probably feel better and be able to work on other, more specific issues.
Good Luck- You have definitely come to the right place. Check out Chef Meg's recipes on Sparkpeople. Also, you might find some help on other sites if you google Clean Eating.
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