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DACSAC Posts: 575
5/12/10 1:34 P

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Thank You Lonna. I had fought tracking my food forever along with several other things. Said I'd never do it! Well, you know how that goes, I track food, wear a cpap mask for seeping, gave up burbon and quit smoking! Never say Never! There are a few bad habits that I said I never do, and I happy to report I held to those nevers! Have a great week & weekend...Big Al

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5/12/10 12:47 P

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I love the food tracker; I could never imagine the benefit of tracking your food everyday, but I am now a believer. What a great tool to use. By the way, it looks like you're doing great losing weight! Keep up the good work, you'll get there.

I'm Lonna and I live in northeastern Indiana.

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DACSAC Posts: 575
5/12/10 10:31 A

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Hi Lonna. Welcome to the team. Lowering salt can be a daunting task, but doable. I'm not down to the levels that my Doctor said to get too, but I have reduced salt intake by aout 50% or better on most days. I found that the food tracker has helped me a lot as far as tracking my sodium intake and learning with foods to stay away from. Good luck...Big Al

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5/11/10 9:11 P

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5/11/10 5:57 P

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5/11/10 4:52 P

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Hey, no problem, glad to help. Up on the orange menu bar is a selection "HEALTHY LIFESTYLE". If you hover your mouse over it, another blue menu will drop down. Go down to "SparkRecipes.com". Once you do a search, you'll see a lot of public cookbooks on the right side of the screen.

On that same screen, look across the green menu to the right, there's another drop down menu entitled "my Recipes". You can create a cookbook there and have SparkPeople send you recipe e-mails too. However, a lot of those are not low sodium. Some of Chef Meg's are though.

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5/11/10 4:41 P

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Hi Melissa...I guess when I said that I'd check out recipes, I realized that I honestly don't know where to find the cookbooks at! Please tell me where to look. And where do you find the time to make cookbooks, girl? They all sound wonderful and certainly useful so I'd love to give them a look!
Lonna

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5/11/10 4:32 P

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Thanks for the welcome. A nephrologist is a kidney specialist. Upon having an ultrasound, then a c-scan done last year, they detected an obstruction in the junction of my right kidney where it joins onto the uretheter. To make a long story short, it turned out that they discovered it is what they think is a birth defect, nothing needing to be done at this time. Can you believe that at 60??? I was sent to the specialist in the first place due to an elevation in my creatinine level found during a yearly blood workup. I spend from April to December finding out that I'm really just fine, I just need to watch some things to prevent any kidney or heart damage in the future due to high blood pressure, which also means much less salt in my diet. Whew...I'm so glad all that's over with. I will definitely give those recipes a look that you mentioned. There's just so much to take in on the spark site and I don't often have the time to sit and look for very long. Well, that's another thing - I REALLY need to learn to take more time for myself, I'm pretty much of a workaholic, even being at home now instead of working outside the home. I have much to work on!!

I'm Lonna and I live in northeastern Indiana.

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5/11/10 4:28 P

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Welcome to our team Lonna! This is a great team to get resources. Everyone is so knowledgeable and they've posted so many links.

I created a cookbook and entitled it Low Sodium. I add recipes to it according to my tastes. You can search the cookbooks by terms such as low sodium or low salt or even no salt. Many Sparker's have made their cookbooks public. You can add their recipes to your own cookbook. This is a GREAT way to start out your collection.

I have another cookbook that I've added higher sodium foods to. Every once in a while, I'll pull a recipe and tweak it to reduce the sodium. This works really good as well.

Glad to hear your health is better! Oh, make sure you check our message boards - LOTS of good information!

Melissa

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5/11/10 4:27 P

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A nephroligist is a Doc who specializes in the kidney and it's problems.

Hi Lonna, welcome. This is a very helpful site, stick with us, ask anything and share your successes with us. I'm rushed for time now so I won't say any more but I wanted to welcome you. I'll be back.

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5/11/10 2:29 P

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Hi Lonna. Welcome to the team. Glad that you found us.

It is crazy the way manufactures put salt into everything. For those of us who desperately need to lower our salt intake, it is never ending. You have to read labels on everything. I spent 10 minutes yesterday just reading labels on the mayo to find the lowest sodium. Of course, it has the most fat and calories, but the lowest calories was just way too much sodium for me.... (I have to keep my sodium down to about 1000 mg a day or boy do my feet ever swell up.) So just keep remembering WHY you are doing it -- FOR YOUR HEALTH.

By the way, what is a nephrologist? I have never heard the term before.

Have you had a chance to check out SparkRecipes.com?

there are some very good recipes there. Some are very high in sodium but can be tweaked to reduce that without too much effort.

We also have a forum near the bottom of the team page where members have posted some recipes. And there is a thread under the general discussion forum about adding flavour. Check them out.

If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to post. We are all here to support and encourage each other.

I wish you much success on your journey.

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5/11/10 2:08 P

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Hi everyone...my name is Lonna, I'm just shy of my 61st birthday and I've been on the SP Over 60's team since first joining sparkpeople on May 1. I found this team when going through the list of teams available and thought it would help me. I am on BP meds, and had a kidney scare a year ago, but everything is on track now and my sodium intake is good at this time but I don't drink enough water and I certainly can still use help in boosting my willpower to remember why I'm cutting down on salt intake. After many years of different doctors and meds, I am now seeing a nephrologist who has me on a great combo that is controling my blood pressure the best it has ever been (for my age) and my latest bloodwork showed my creatinine level is back where it needs to be. I'm just really struggling with drinking enough of anything! HELP!!! I'm really interested in new recipes and anything, any help that anyone has to share with me. I'm tired of going down this long road and I'm trying to lose weight and watch my salt so that hopefully, one of these days I'll be medicine free...one can always hope. I'm determined and optimistic so I'd love to hear from all of you and I'm excited to be here.

I'm Lonna and I live in northeastern Indiana.

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