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3/16/10 5:21 P

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emoticon I eat eggs w/out salt. Also shredded wheat & oatmeal the all natural kind that comes in a cylinder. I don't add boulion w/ salt to anything. I actually got rid of it along w/ the soy sauce. I still add a little salt to dinners but .10 teaspoon. That keeps the salt consumption @ the table to a min. I also started buying Cambels soup w/ 1/2 the sodium.

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Welcome to the team! There are a lot of wonderful posts already here on the team, so please feel free to look around and jump right in with any thoughts, questions, ideas, etc. when you are ready!

Best wishes on your journey to a better you!

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3/13/10 12:12 A

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Thanks for the welcomes and all the great hints and suggestions. I have printed off each day so I can study what I'm eating that is so salty and to see if there's a way I can make it less so, or just going to add it to the NO list if I can't.

I haven't started consciously making a lower-salt meal plan as I wanted to see what I have been putting into my body all these years. I have been surprised at some of the things that have high amounts of sodium. I had already stopped the ham, olives and dill pickles because I knew those were salty (I haven't check the amounts yet--guess I should just to know).

Anyway, I've been studying my meals for the past 2 weeks and have found several patterns that I didn't know that I had gotten into. Guess when you don't write it down you don't think about it.

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3/11/10 5:58 P

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3/11/10 1:18 A

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Welcome to the team Brenda. You'll notice after being low sodium for a while, old salty foods will taste overly salty. I discovered this while on vacation. Came home with puffy face and ankles even though I ate healthy, some of the restaurant foods were high sodium. Now my body is starting to release the "overdose" I had. You do feel much better on a low sodium diet.

Everyone here on the team is very helpful and you'll get a lot of great advice. Here's one for everybody, I picked up the "No-Salt, Lowest-Sodium Cookbook" by D. A. Gazzaniga. Great book with lots of tips, techniques, and a variety of recipes. Thanks to whomever sent me the recommendation!

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3/10/10 10:29 P

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Welcome Brenda. You'll find lots of good information here (as opposed to the info you got from that doctor!), and people who care how you're doing. Apparently you already started tracking your nutrition, and reading nutrition labels on everything you buy. Here's some things I do to stay betwen 1000 and 1500mg of sodium:
Bake from scratch using low or no sodium baking powder and eliminating the salt. I bake whole wheat bread, or half whole wheat/half white.
Buy dried beans, cook up the whole package and freeze what I don't need right away. I freeze in 2 cup portions.
Use fresh vegetables as much as possible. Frozen for second choice.
Check for low sodium canned goods. Goya has low sodium beans, Francesco Rinaldi makes a low spaghetti sauce. Hunts makes low sodium cottage cheese AND our supermarket brand does also! I was surprised at that.
Salad dressings are usually high sodium, I use a splash of balsamic vinegar for my dressing and really like it.
When making casseroles/stews I eliminate salt and flavor with onions, garlic, herbs and spices, lemon, vinegar, anything with flavor but little sodium. You and your family can add salt at the table. I have an 1/8 tsp. measuring spoon and use that to measure my sea salt. Sea salt has as much sodiun, spoon for spoon, but because the grains are big, you need less for the same flavor. And it has a saltier flavor because it comes from the sea as opposed to the mined table salt.
I haven't tried Triscuits lower sodium crackers yet but I hear they're good. I love Triscuits!
I have a very good low sodium pork recipe on the Spark Recipes, look for "Pork, barbequed", with my name attached.
There's lots more but I think I've taken up enough of your time.
Good luck with this new way of life.
Donna

Edited by: DONNAC228 at: 3/10/2010 (22:31)
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3/10/10 5:54 P

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It's so great to have you join us!!





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3/10/10 4:51 P

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Brenda, I'm 57 years old, I've been a SP member since June 2007, but due to becoming ill I didn't get into really using the site until February 2010. I have been checking out some of the various posts and topics, and finding lots of information.

The reason I am here is because during the time I was ill I was diagnosed with diastolic heart failure (added to morbid obesity, depression, acid reflux, and a couple other minor medical issues, with a recent diagnosis of pre-diabetes) and I need to drastically cut down on my sodium. My doctor only said "Throw out the salt shaker" so I thought I was doing really well not adding salt to anything. Was I ever wrong!!

For the past couple weeks I have been tracking my food. Like many of you, I was totally shocked at the amount of sodium I was getting. One day I was as high as 5,000!! I had only one day that I was under 2,000. No wonder I still retain fluid even with my Lasix!!

So, with a new doctor, and new friends here on SP, I am finally on my journey to become healthy again.





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