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Hello everyone! My name is Beth and I just joined this team today! I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a couple years now, but get discouraged if I forget to do things for a while and then come back...just to realize that I have gained more weight.
I have tried almost every diet imaginable, been on weight loss medications on and off for 19 years. The first few years I lost over 100lbs, but after 2 more C-sections and a total hysterectomy...I cannot seem to lose more than 5-6 pounds. Very discouraging!!! I am now at my highest ever...319lbs...have a severe swelling problem (mostly only in left ankle/foot), am unable to tie my shoes due to the fat concentrated in my midsection, cannot kneel or do anything floor-based anymore, and my BP usually runs about 165/100.
I work FT on my feet all day, have three children (21, 20, and 17), the oldest two have special-needs so they require more physical and emotional care, and my elderly mother also lives with us. I do not like to cook and am on a very limited budget, so I am a fast-food junkie (hamburger, small fries, an sweet tea is a lot cheaper than grilled chicken, salad, an water)...an my mom tries to help but has no clue how to cook healthy.
But...I am becoming increasingly miserable with myself an my decreasing ability to do things with my family...so I am here to make a change! I look forward to learning a lot from everyone here and wish everyone the best!

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hello amy nice to have you on board

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Just dropped in to say hello.

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Hi Amy, I saw you had salads and wondered where the sodium was coming from. How about the dressing? Most commercial dressings have a lot of sodium. I make my own so I can control the salt. Another thing I do for convenience sake is, I'll put about 1/4 cup of commercial dressing in a 12 oz jar, and then fill the jar with balsamic vinegar. I really like it, and it's low sodium.

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Hi I'm Amy!

I joined this team at hopes of losing weight as I'm exercising a lot and keep gaining and I have stopped pop for the majority except if i go out to eat which isn't that often and I don't eat junk food. I have recently started tracking for sodium and I couldn't believe how much salt is in foods as i never add it to foods unless i have some popcorn or just a tad to eggs. So I'm gonna try to aim to get under 2,000. Yesterday I had over 4200 for sodium. Was wierd since I at mostly salad type foods yesterday, then today was over 2700. Gonna keep track and see which foods are leading to be so high. Maybe low sodium would help lose weight as I keep gaining it. I am trying to figure out what makes me keep gain and not lose since I exercise almost everyday but saturday i started an intense workout doing 6 days per week -- dvd exercise program called weider X-Factor:ST. Supposed to be 60 days, gonna follow through on this one but just for 40 min. it is a hard workout. It's every other day with 1 day off per week and then other days I don't do dvd I am supposed to do at least 20 min. of medium intensity cardio or one of the bonus dvd's that is included. I feel good doing workouts afterwords so main focus is getting to lose weight and see what foods making me gain weight.

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Decided to change my intro somewhat...
Hi, I'm Vicki and I'm 55 years old, and I'm fat! That's going to change though.
I want to lose 100 lbs but for now am working on about 25 lbs of it. I think I'll work towards mini goals to reach the ultimate goal. I have no idea if I can manage it in 2 years time or not. It could take longer. The main thing is getting it down steadily. I found out recently I have rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammation of my spine and joints along my hips and thighs. I'm also enemic. I'm taking vitamins to help with the anemia but the other I'm working towards taking care of by losing the weight and getting in a lot more exercise daily than I have been doing. Some days I can walk for 30 minutes and some days for 3 hours. It depends on the pain level I'm having at the time. I used to be much more active than I am now. I tend to be lazy when it comes to exericise. But I know once I get started I'll feel better. Anyway, I'm really hoping this team and a few others can help me stay focused and motivated to keep on track. My hubby can throw a wrench into things at the drop of a hat and it makes me just feel like "what's the use". So I'm counting on my fellow sparkers to help me.


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1/29/12 9:44 A

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Hi, I am new to this team and have only been using SP since January (this time, we used it a few years back). In tracking our food, it became horribly apparent that we consumed TOO much sodium! So we tried to find foods and options with less or no sodium. It was very disheartening that this was so hard to do. I found no salt added diced tomatoes and about did the jig right in the middle of the store aisle! Even though these tomatoes were a whole buck/can more expensive!

After the first week, my husband and I decided to remove the sodium from our trackers because it was creating so much stress and making the beginning of this process a lot more complicated. We thought, we will remove it, however make informed choices wherever we can as far as sodium intake goes. I am confident that we have done that, but as I said, we stopped tracking it.

The past two days I noticed that I thought my food tasted very salted. Once was the green beans, a different brand I had bought awhile ago. I took a bit and it was like being smacked in the mouth with a towel! My husband didn't seem to notice the saltiness though. Next was last night, it was our splurge night, so we went to Red Robin. The fries tasted like a truck load of salt had been dumped on them. Again, Bryan didn't notice this problem. I am crossing my fingers and hoping that in lowering the amounts of salt that I am using while I cook, I am actually changing my eating preferences!

Anyway, nice to meet you all and I am excited about this team! I also wanted to share this site: http://lowsodiumcooking.com/
It has a lot of recipes, but the focus is only reducing the salt or eliminating it. Low cal doesn't seem to be a priority. But with SP recipe calculator, I am thinking that I will be able to alter the low sodium recipes into low sodium & low cal.

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11/4/11 10:08 P

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I make a version of Tofu Ratatouille that I've added to so many times I think I should now just call it vegetable stew. Ratatouille is eggplant (which I eliminated because I don't like it), zucchini, onions, garlic and green peppers in tomato sauce. I saute Tofu (cubed, small cubes) in olive oil and add that. Tonight I made it and added celery and black beans, I really liked it. I think I might have put the specific recipe on the Spark Recipes. I'll check, if not I'll copy it from my cookbook.

I don't believe it, it's not in either place. So here it is from memory, and I alter proportions depending on my mood:

1 lb block of firm tofu, cubed. I slice it horizontally then cut it up into small cubes, maybe 1/2' square.
2 zucchini, about8-9"size, sliced about 1/4" thick
1 green pepper diced
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 jar NAS spaghetti sauce
1 29oz can NAS diced tomatoes
1 T. dried parsley
2 tsp dried oregano
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Saute tofu in Olive oil, turning the cubes to brown all sides. Put that in a large pot. Saute the vegetables till slightly brown, but put the garlic in at the last few seconds so it doesn't burn. Nothing tastes worse that burned garlic! Put the veggies and spices in the pot. Add the tomatoes and spaghetti sauce.Cook at a simmer, covered, for maybe 1 hour. Less if you're in a hurry. OR, put this all in the crock pot and cook all day. Serve with grated parmesan or romano cheese.

I sometimes cook a pasta and serve it over that, or just serve with toast or crackers. And, as I said, today I added sauteed celery (about a cup) and a can of black beans.

Edited by: DONNAC228 at: 11/4/2011 (22:35)
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11/3/11 11:30 P

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I make a 15 bean soup in crock-pot with low sodium vegetable broth that I buy at trader joes. Add in some frozen vegetables, and various non-salt seasoning. Comes out to 140 mg sodium and 180 calories when I ran it through the recipe builder.

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11/2/11 1:06 P

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Congrats, Donna!

A question for you all... I LOVE soup? What are your low sodium favorites or recipes?

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emoticon on your BP success.

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10/31/11 9:05 P

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I just totaled up the food for the day:

Calories 1585
Sodium 1025

Good start. I'm on my way.

Donna

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Good news with your blood pressure. I've been eating too much, and a lot of that has sodium, so my weight is up and so are my ankles. So today I'm back to tracking calories and sodium. I should never neglect tracking, I'm too easy on myself if I'm not seeing it in print!

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10/30/11 10:58 A

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Hi everyone! I am new to the lower sodium side of life. Been at it for a little over a month now. I do have some happy news to report, when I started this on Sept 27 my blood pressure was 126/81, and as of this past Thursday Oct 27th exactly one month of low sodium eating, it has come down to 110/80 !!



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welcome to the team!

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Hello, all!
I have been diagnosed hypertensive for almost 2 years now. (am 38) I was on 2 meds for it, and miserable. I managed to take off 40 lbs earlier this year, and am now only on a small dose of one. I head back to the doc mid November, and would love to chuck this one, too. However, I've slacked on my diet, and not lost anymore weight. The good news, I've kept off what I lost. So, I'm heading back into this thing full force, and I'm here for the accountability. I know that I will be watching my sodium for the rest of my life. So, I hope to be able to learn from you, and if I have anything to share, I certainly will!

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Eating out makes for a big challenge. Sometimes a restaurant will be on line, with nutrition counts for their food. I know this is true of fast food places like Mc Donalds and Burger King. I think maybe Friendlys also. My advice, cook at home. Every time I eat out I have swollen ankles the next day, so we don't go out more than once a week, usually less. Trader Joes has a frozen dinner called Mandarin Orange Chicken that only has 270mg of sodiun per serving, and it's quick and easy to prepare.You could freeze the left-overs in individual servings for later use.

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Hello, I am back on SparkPeople after reaching my goal and leaving. While I was gone, I regained some of the pounds lost and now I need to regroup and lose them again.

I desperately need to lower my salt intake so I will be here looking for new ideas and exchanging any that I might feel that will benefit other team members. My biggest obstacle is that I am a widow and live alone. So I tend to eat out more than cook.

'Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goals"

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Baba, my first impulse would be to stay away from things with labels! I know that we can't always do that, so the next thing I would do is to look on the label at the list of ingredients. If salt is not one of them, it's probably ok...look out for msg though. If salt is listed, make sure it's one of the last ingredients and then take a look at the nutrient part of the label for the sodium content. If you're a grandma like me you probably want to keep your intake around 1500mg of sodium per day. Hope this helps.

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Hi, I know I should lower my salt consumption but I find reading labels very confusing. I get almost everything but not the salt.

I need help

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Welcome Lara. Glad you found us

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Welcome to the team.

Book sounds interesting - I'll have to give it a look.

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Hi, I've only recently started using Sparkpeople and I just found this team today. I have been eating a low sodium diet since 2006. It began when I was trying to lose weight and picked up a book in Barnes and Noble called The Rice Diet Solution. Contrary to its title, it's not all about rice, but rather eating a diet low in sodium. Eating this way has helped me to lose weight as well as balance out my health issues. I try to consume between 500-1000mg. per day. I look forward to getting to know people and sharing the journey.

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Hello! So glad I found you all! I was recently diagnosed with Meniere's Disease, so I am new to the low sodium world. So glad I found you all!

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Fortunately so far, so good as far as any side effects from my BP meds. However, I would prefer not to have to worry about the interactions and how they alter how nutrients are absorbed.

I'm not sure if a completely med free solution is possible for me, but I am doing whatever I can to make that happen. Besides getting enough sleep and improving my gums (due to not mouth breathing which caused a plaque build up problem), CPAP also lowered my blood pressure. I'm gradually dropping my weight and getting back to a regular exercise program (walking, etc.). The only area where I wasn't investigating was a low sodium diet.

I don't cook all that much due to our family schedule, but I have tried a few low sodium recipes these past two weekends. I never have added salt, but my wife does from time to time. The thing about not having all the salt in each ingredient is that my serving can be low-sodium while others can salt to please.

We have found a few staples for workday lunches away from home, but it isn't easy. Between understanding where the sodium is coming from and watching portion sizes, I have been able to hit my sodium goals most days these past 2-3 weeks.

Thanks for sharing.

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Riden55, I'm a CPAP user for at least 15 years. I had problems with the nasal prongs so went to a mask, no more problems. I also have high BP , controlled by meds and diet, I've not been successful with lowering it by diet alone, some people can't. I did get off one med...I developed a reaction to lisinopril, it made my lips swell up so much I looked like Donald Duck. My BP stayed the same when I quit taking that! I take two other meds for BP. I'd love to try doing without for a week and see what happens, but my doc says I'd be inviting a stroke. I guess I'd better take her advice, I don't have time for a stroke.

Do you cook? It's so much easier keeping the sodium low if you cook from scratch. I do a barbequed pork that is low in sodium and has wonderful flavor. It's in the Spark recipies listed as Pork, barbequed, and I think I also added low sodium to the title. My husband does add salt at the table, but I don't think it needs it.

Good luck staying off the pills, they have so many side effects, I wish I didn't have to take them.

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Greetings.

Just joined this group after six months on SparkPeople to get and share tips on low sodium food choices and saw "CPAP" mentioned. I have 5+ years in and almost 20,000 hours using the machine. It has been a life changer for me. It is well worth the effort and I am fortunate that the masks haven't been a problem for me.

One of my goals is to lower my blood pressure, hopefully with little or no medication. I have resisted closely watching my sodium until recently. What a shock it was when I started entering my foods in the tracker and I saw the sodium levels. It is SO easy to go over the recommended sodium levels even when you think you are eating healthy.

I have started having success these past two weeks after I started finding some low sodium substitutes for foods I eat often.

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Starting my 3rd year of CPAP. Sure feel the difference in the AM when I say "the heck with it" and go without.

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Amy, I have sleep apnea also. I've been using a CPAP for at least 15 years. If I ever get below 200lbs I'm going to have another sleep study done to see if I can ditch the machine. I really don't mind it too much, but it is a nuisance when you travel. I was well over 300lbs when I went on it, I've lost 120lbs, but still had the apnea when I had the last study done.

As for sodium intake, I feel SO much better now that I'm keeping it in check, my ankles hardly ever swell now. Read labels!!!!! There are a fair amount of low sodium canned things. Some Goya beans are low sodium, usually I can find black, garbanzo and kidney, and there are several brands of tomatoes and tomato sauces. Dry beans are great, no sodium and cheaper than canned. I cook up the whole bag and freeze some in 1 cup portions. I make my own barbecue sauces with low sodium products. Of course there's fresh veggies, and prices are reasonable in the summer. Watch the salad dressings, they're high. I put balsamic vinegar in a pint jar and add about 1/4 cup of raspberry vinegret dressing to it.

Have you started using the nutrition page to log in your food? You can track your sodium as well as calories, carbs, whatever.

Let us know how you're doing.

Donna

Edited by: DONNAC228 at: 7/21/2011 (22:27)
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I just joined this team today. I have a breathing problem with uncontrolled sleep apnea. I was recently in the hospital and my doctors have told me I need to go on a diet and lose weight be on a low salt diet because of the adema in my legs. A doctor I had before told me I had no problem with salt and told me not to worry about it. So now I am in a situation where I have to keep my salt under 2300 mg and it is hard and I have no idea how to go about it. We are on a budget dont have much money. We have a tendency to eat alot of canned vegetables which I know has a lot of salt. Looking for suggestions to lower my salt intake. Thanks everyone. Amy


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Hi,

I just joined this site a few days ago. I have lost about 28-29 pounds on my own (exercise and watching my food) over the last year because I needed to take care of my spine health, and then continued on for the health benefits, especially since I still have many pounds to go before I'm at my ideal weight of 160.

But in the last few weeks, I've had blood pressure issues. My blood pressure rose quite a bit because of a diuretic (with caffeine) I was taking to eliminate water weight, then I also realized that both the caffeine in my morning cappuccino and some processed foods I was eating were not helping at all because of their sodium content. I was able to bring it all back to normal after five days, under my doctor's supervision, but I also have to give up caffeine cold-turkey and be very careful with the sodium content of anything I eat.

I've learned quite a bit about the role of potassium in the body lately. I just hope that I can find very good advice here on how to keep HBP at bay and take control over sodium.


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Hi, I'm Sandy

I have been challenged by higher than normal numbers with my BP this year. Saw doctor for my yearly checkup in February, and the next day I started watching my weight go down. That's a good thing!

However, the BP numbers are high and the med's have been increased. This is in addition to walking, working out, eating healthier, managing stress better. I like that I can track my sodium on SP so I'm going to keep better records. So much food I eat has loads of sodium in it.

Thanks for being here!

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Hi, I'm Donna

I'm from NH. Originally I had to get my sodium below 1500 because my bloodwork showed a low GFR. It came up on it's own. Now, however, I've been taken off Lasix because I was blacking out a lot. My weight had gone up just 3 lbs. but I have to watch the sodium closely. thanks for all the hints and tips!

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If you haven't started logging in your food on the nutrition page, check it out. It took me a while to figure it out, but eventually I got used to doing it and it takes only a few minutes now. Use fresh vegetables rather than canned, frozen is second best. As I said earlier, there are some low sodium canned tomatoes and beans. I bake my own bread so I can cut down on the salt. READ NUTRITION LABELS!!! Wylers makes sodium free chicken and beef bouillion, so does Herb-Ox.

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4/13/11 10:11 P

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Hi All. I just joined Sparkpeople today.

I am dealing with Conn's Syndrome and need to lower my salt intake to help manage this disease. I have been low carbing for the past few weeks, but eating a ton of salt. I just learned that I can help my condition by lowering my salt intake, so here I am. Not sure how I will give up all the salt, bacon, soup, etc. It is hard enough doing lowcarb. Hopefully I can figure that out a dietary way of life that I can actually live with long term.

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Welcome, Mary; There's a lot you can do to lower your salt intake. I find it easier to cook most everything from scratch, but I'm retired, so I have the time. Reading the labels on packaging is imperative! It's amazing how much different brands will vary sometimes, especially with fresh chicken.... some are infused with a lot of salt. Some brands of canned beans and vegetables have come out with lower sodium versions. Hunts and Goya to name two. It's a learning process. Good luck with your quest.

Donna

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Hello Team-mates,

I am brand new to the Team. Just recently my blood pressure has started tracking high, reaching up to 140/100. This is even when I have been eating right, exercising and losing weight, so it makes it more frustrating for me that I am doing the things I am supposed to be doing health-wise and my BP has now decided to rise into the unhealthy range. The nurse has recommended eating less salt, and I have been aiming at doing this and tracking my salt intake. I am finding tracking my actual salt intake a challenge and hope to learn how to better do this here. I also look to learn more about low-salt cooking and menu planning.

I look forward to getting to know you all better in the days and weeks ahead. And I am determined to get my BP down through diet, weight loss, and exercise!

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Hi, I have been unable to use the computer back, because I had to get it fixed.

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Every so often I find unsalted tortilla chips at Trader Joes or Whole Foods. As far as salsa and sauces and dips you can find some recipes in sparkrecipes for low sodium items like that.

Also, check out the food finds thread for some ideas.

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Hi Kimberly, welcome. It is hard to find tasty food when you're used to a lot of salt, but as you stick with it, it gets easier. I thought I'd never eat an egg or a baked potato again, I was sure I couldn't do those without salt, but I was wrong, I now PREFER them unsalted!!! It's a different flavor, to be sure, but as I said, I now prefer it. I use a lot of herbs, Mrs. Dash is a good source of salt free herbs. I love the lenon pepper for fish and vegetables. I like fresh herbs when I can get them, I grow parsley in a pot in the house all winter, and parsley,basil, oregano and mint outside in the summer.

Donna

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Hello! Just joined group today. I don't have any sodium related health issues, except in the summer my feet can swell up to the point where I can't wear shoes. I logged my normal food intake before my lifestyle change and I was consuming FIVE TIMES the recommended daily amount a human adult should have. I have been eating that way for years. I'm surprised I don't have high blood pressure or that i'm not dead. I have been having a really difficult time finding foods that I like with low sodium, (salsa, tortilla chips, sauces/dips) but I'm reading labels and learning and the most I have been over in one day is 2,000 mg which I am pretty happy with. It's been 2 months and I FEEL GREAT! But still need help. So glad I found this team.

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2/25/11 2:16 A

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Hello everyone I am just joining the team today. I have been watching my salt intake for a long time. I look forward to talking to everyone as the days go forth. Went to see my doctor and so far so good with my blood pressure check ups. Mimi09

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I've been lowering my salt intake in order to lower my blood pressure. I took last months readings into my doctor today, all normal!

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Welcome aboard! You've come to the right place. This forum was a great help for me.

There's a thread here that talks about low sodium finds. Also, go to Sparkrecipes and type in "low sodium" in keyword search box and you'll get lots of ideas there.

You are not alone here as we all battle the sodium intake in our lives.


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Hello all, I'm a week into Spark-living and decided to join a few more groups this week-end.

The calorie-logging has been going incredibly well, but my God the Sodium! 3000-4000mg a day in the stuff I'm eating that's low calorie and healthy.

So I'm glad to be here and would love to hear about your strategies and finds.




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Donna, if you like barbequed pork, check my recipe in the Spark recipes; it's called Pork, barbequed, low sodium. It's one of our favorites. I cook most meals from scratch. There are a fair number of 'no sodium added' products on the grocery shelves if you have the time to search. Francisco Rinaldi has a spaghetti sauce, there are canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and paste also. Goya has several kinds of canned beans, kidney, chickpeas and black beans. I bake my own bread and omit the salt. I just found a really tasty honey,oatmeal,whole wheat bread that I adapted and put in the spark recipes. The original recipe is there, also- it makes a great tasting loaf but it doesn't rise much, so I made it a bit lighter and it does rise.

When buying chicken be sure to check the sodium content, a lot of them have saline injected into them. I think Sara Lee does not. Same for turkeys.

Swiss cheese is lower sodium than other kinds of cheese, again check the labels, some are higher than others. Our supermarkets carry 'no sodium added' cottage cheese. I like it a lot, but it is an acquired taste, so be prepared.

Mrs Dash makes several kinds or herb mixtures without salt. I use that and fresh herbs a lot.Vinegar is low and gives a salty taste to things.Soy sauce is off the charts, even the so called low sodium kind is still high.

That's some tips. There's more for the asking.

Good luck.

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Search spark recipes and search "low sodium" and you'll get some ideas there.

You can also check "low sodium food find" thread for some ideas of types of low or zero sodium items you can find in stores.

I hope you find this team to be a great source of ideas and support.

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Hi, I'm Donna!

I should've been doing the low sodium thing a long time ago but it took a diagnosis of kidney failure for me to seriously start it.

I cleaned out my cupboards today of all the processed high sodium foods. I'm guessing I can eat fresh fruit, veggies (unprocessed)meats and uncanned fish, a little dairy and some whole grains. I guess I am just going to have to start cooking.

Any tips or tricks would be appreciated!

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Yeah a petered out a bit during the holidays too, but have been able to reignite things this week finally.

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Hi, I have also been posting here for some time, but since Thanksgiving I've been absent in mind and body. I quit logging in because I was eating everything I was baking for the holidays. My basic meals were still low sodium, but the 'goodies' were NOT. And I ate way too many. So it's a new year.

I've had a B/P problem and have been on antihypertensives for many years, maybe 20. I lost 120 lbs, but that didn't cure the problem. Of course I'm still considered obese, so maybe if I got rid of another 40 or more pounds it would come down and stay down. It is under control, but I'm still on meds. My ankles and lower legs become edematous when I'm overdoing sodium, and that affects the B/P, so it behoves me to get back on track. I'm a retired RN so have the knowledge base to do this right, and know the consequences of NOT, but that doesn't keep me compliant always. Prayer is essential to my well being, and I ask the Lords help and strength daily. I know He will see me through this if I'm obedient.

I hope for us all to be on the way and working toward to a healthier new year.

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Good to have you, and thanks for sharing.

My BP has been an issue for years, even now on meds. When my weight got down a couple years back by BP was deemed to be under control and taken off of the meds. last year I gained back half of what I lost and up went BP too and back on meds.

My doctor suggested watching my sodium intake as my ankles were puffy, so it's been an experience for me these last 6 months or so. I can tell if I get too much when I see my socks being sucked in by my ankles. Kind of what I've seen the last month or so off and on. Hopefully with the new year I can stay on track for a while. Off to a decent start thus far.

Hard to find packaged food with low sodium, but it's out there. But sometimes it's just more fun (for me) making your own.

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I love your profile picture Quorndawg. Too cute.

Anyway, I've been a member of this group for a while but I've never introduced myself, so I guess now is as good a time as any...

I'm Vali. I've had perfect blood pressure all my life, always 120/80. I was stressed out, it was 120/80. I was sick, it was 120/80. I was fat, it was 120/80. Then when I was 42 I went to a routine appointment with my neurologist (I have multiple sclerosis) and my BP was something ridiculous like 110/170! The nurse at the office told me that I was a stroke waiting to happen and I got REALLY scared.

That was 4 years ago and I think my appointment was on December 15th. On December 21st or 23rd I flew to Tucson to spend Christmas with my parents and I smoked my last cigarette on my way to the airport. When I got back home I went to see my GP and he put me on BP medication and diagnosed me with salt sensitive blood pressure. (I can feel when I've eaten too much salt and my BP has gotten high as a result.)

Since that time I haven't cooked with salt at all, but there's so darn much sodium in virtually any food you buy at the grocery that I still have some challenges keeping my BP down near 120/80. But with constant attention to food labels and a LOT more cooking at home, I'm having a little bit of an easier time with that.

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Welcome to the Lowering Salt Intake team. You will find this a great place for resources, information, and support as you journey into reducing your sodium intake. We hope you find it helpful.

Now, please tell us a little about yourself so we can get to know you.

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