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3/25/10 1:52 A

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I've had a hard time finding low sodium salsa so one of these days, I'm making my own from scratch. I love salsa!

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3/24/10 5:43 P

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My sister in-law buys no salt tortilla chips to go with her salsa. I have eaten the triscuits they are tasty.

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3/24/10 11:23 A

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Be prepared for a very different flavor in no-salt-added cottage cheese. I've been eating it for a long time, so I don't remember what I thought about it at first taste, it might be an acquired taste. You can add various herbs to flavor it to your liking, almost anything goes with it. I usually just add pepper, but sometimes I make a salad of it, adding onions, celery, tomatoes, peppers, basil,whatever is in the 'fridge, and tuna or salmon.

Our local supermarket finally started carrying low salt Triscuits, I'm SO glad. And I don't miss the salt at all. Too bad that isn't also low fat. Maybe the company will consider that if I call them. And if I call them, they might even send me some coupons! That's happened before.

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3/24/10 7:09 A

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Everybody has such great ideas. I only found the no salt cottage cheese at Whole Foods. I will have to make a trip and see if I like it. I love lowfat cottage cheese so we will have to see. What about mayonaisse?

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3/23/10 8:50 P

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I have low sodium crackers insead of bread sometimes. I mostly just eat Swiss cheese because it is lower in salt. When I do eat bread, I go with the lite wheat and just work it in to my plan. I am so used to not having salt in most things now so I can splurge with bread. I haven't thought about making my own bread. When I use corn meal for a filler like in salmon cakes I use plain cornmeal (no need to use self rising there).

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3/23/10 12:55 A

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If you keep most of your foods at the extreme low end, you can add in some cheese. I have a soft spot for aged sharp cheddar. Boar's Head has one that is pretty good and a little lower in sodium. I find I can cut it in half on most any day and add with a meal. There are my ultra low sodium days that I'll get a whole slice in. Oh, Sargento's has a colby jack sliced cheese out that is reduced sodium. I thought about checking out some of the yogurt cheese to see if the sodium is low but haven't done that yet.

I've been trying to stay away from bread but I'll admit to having 1 slice every now and then. For most days, I found a low fat, low sodium corn tortilla that I love. Two "La Burrita Corn Tortillas" (made by Reser's Fine Foods in Oregon) have 150 cals, 15mg sodium, 1.5g fat, 30 carbs (0 sugars). It's a great product that can be baked into a chip.

Under 1000 mg can be done. For the month of March, I've had 3 days over 1000mg and 3 days under 500mg. Quite good considering I just started this mid February. There are so many experienced people here with great ideas. They all helped me learn quickly!

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3/22/10 9:30 P

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I'm taking issue with Cindy emoticon , low sodium cottage cheese IS NOT YUKKY!!!!! I like it!!!!!

Also, I have a slice of bread most days for lunch. I make my own whole wheat and don't add salt, I like that, too. In the summer I don't do much baking, so I buy low sodium bread.Peanut butter comes in "no salt' versions, Trader Joes has it and the price is good.

No salt Lemon Pepper is a great condiment, I put it on vegetables and fish.

Read labels, most salad dressings are very high sodium. I use plain balsamic vinegar. It's not as strong as wine or cider vinegar. I especially like a green salad with either strawberries or orange sections in it, and splashes of balsamic vinegar.

Donna

Oatmeal is low, and shredded wheat, and both are whole grains, doubly good for you.

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3/22/10 7:27 P

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If you find you just cant live without a slice of bread every once in awhile, try making your own using whole grain flours. You can omit the salt and probably will not even notice it.

Yes, 1000 mg a day is doable, and sometimes takes a bit of work to get there. Some people actually aim for less so it is really up to the doc and the individual to determine how much sodium they aim for. Canned soups, and tomatoes, beans, veggies, all have TONS of sodium added to the canned, but if you gently rinse them, you greatly reduce the amount of sodium you consume. Even frozen veggies have added sodium but not as much as canned.

check out some of the other posts. There is so much information here. and the people are great, you'll get lots of support here.

Hope you have a nice evening.

Edited by: LITTLEWIND53 at: 3/23/2010 (21:00)
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3/22/10 6:27 P

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Welcome Kathy! Breads and cheese are no-nos. There are some low and no sodium breads out there, but remember too, that bread is a carbohydrate and turns into sugar and eventually stores as fat. I try to avoid breads at all costs, with only an occasional nibble. Cheese is also quite bad, only a few that are somewhat decent out there. Swiss cheese is one of the lowest sodium cheese out there, along with brie, camembert, there are some no salt added cottage cheeses (though taste yucky), ricotta cheese, etc. Avoid ones with the words processed in it. Even the light cheese are higher in sodium to make up for the lack of taste due to reduced fat.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to cook from scratch and read the labels. It is time consuming at first, but then gets to be second nature in no time. It can be done and you can do it!!! We all can!!!

Hope some of this helps.

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Hi thanks for the welcome. I have been poking around and getting some great information.

Littlewind I too have CHF and same thing happened. I went to hospital with chest pains and breathing problems then when I went to cardiologist he didn't see anything but my PCP has signed me up for a program at the hospital to help mentor and monitor me.
So sodium of 1000mg a day can be done. Can you tell me how and what to avoid. I love bread and cheese, this is going to be hard.

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3/22/10 2:27 P

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emoticon emoticon emoticon If you need a substitute for normal high sodium we'll help you out. There's recipes on here that are low in sodium substitute.

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3/22/10 2:19 P

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Hi Kathy. Welcome to the team. So glad you joined us.

I was told last year I had CHF but by the time I got to the test facilities, nothing showed on the test. My doc said it still presents as CHF and limited my high sodium so I aim for 1000 per day. It Can be done, and you can do it!


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Welcome Kathy, there's lots of good information here and people who can help' stick with it. Progress is sometimes slow, but well worth the effort!
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Hi I'm Kathy and I have high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. I am stuck at 300 and I believe it is the sodium I take in daily. I am glad I found this team to give me the tools and ideas I need to be successful in cutting back on sodium and getting healthy.

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