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.
Edited by: DONNAC228 at: 3/10/2010 (22:31)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. 4:13
highest weight 333lbs
starting weight 210 on 1/3/13
S.T. goal: 197 by March 31
In my dreams goal: 170
| current weight: 209.5