Thanks for the Chinese advice, I remember my mom used to do that years ago in "sit down" Chinese places when she was on Pritikin. I could ask, as my fave Chinese takeout place is also a sit-down place. I'm also rounding up some healthy versions of recipes for things like soy sauce so I can cook my own at home instead.
And yes, reading labels has become my newest "hobby." Shocking how much junk is in most "foods" in our stores, I'm learning to shop by only doing the perimeter, that way I don't even SEE the bad stuff, let alone have to dig through dozens of boxes and packages hoping for a product that's not totally bad for me. And I'm learning to get over my "cheaper is better" mentality and buy organics and fresh more often, it SEEMS more expensive but it really isn't if you cut out all the junk from your shopping cart and REPLACE it with healthy things.
Believe it or not, you can still have some chinese foods. Unlike Italian and some other foods, where sauces are already made up and the items cannot be altered easily. Chinese foods are an exception. They are usually made fresh to order. Just buffet's are out of the question.
When ordering chinese, let them know that you have sodium restrictions. Ask them to leave off the MSG entirely, as it is loaded with sodium. Then ask them to add no additional salt and go light on the sauces. In some places I have been able to get them to steam cook the entree and give me the sauce on the side so I can control the amount of sodium.
Places, where I have had wonderful luck with this, is our local Chinese places, plus for franchise places....P.F. Chang's and Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. The Japanese Steakhouse actually has an option of low sodium on the menu and it is super tasty!
Just let any place you go know your sodium restrictions and most, though not all, places will be willing to accomodate. Luckily, the manager out our local chinese place also has sodium restrictions, so she knows exactly how I have to have the food!
-Cindy- Member of Living Healthy with Insulin Resistance/Low GI Diet Team
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Welcome SURFKITTY. I know what you mean about trying to lower sodium. I have tons of trouble and I never have liked salt, but sodium is eveywhere, so there's lot's of label reading in your future. Good Luck...Big Al
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I was reading the High Blood Pressure team message board today and someone mentioned this group so I thought it sounded cool, and joined up. I was Dx with high blood pressure about a year ago and joined Spark People about 2 months ago, have been working on getting my sodium intake below 2000 mg/day (boy is it hard for a salt addict) but I'm slowly finding good tasty recipes and tricks I can use to lower sodium in the foods I like or finding substitutes I like. My doc took me off one of my BP meds today too, so now I'm looking to really take it seriously to get my sodium to an acceptable level so hopefully I can kick the meds completely once I lose weight and get into the exercise routine more consistently. :)
The hardest things for me so far are finding good snacks (I used to be addicted to salty snack foods) and sauces and dressings (I used to smother everything with a sauce or dressing, I'm learning not to do that anymore.) And I love Chinese food. :(
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