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Welcome, you're on the road to a healthier lifestyle, and it's do-able. I thought I would never eat eggs without salt, but I was wrong. Now I PREFER them without! Also, I thought the same about potatoes, and now I hardly ever put salt on them, just occasionally on mashed.
I also do beans from the dried, it's so easy! You can freeze what you're not going to use . I freeze them in 1 cup portions. And I bake my own bread with about 1/4 the salt in the recipe. It's tasty, heartier,and a lot cheaper than bought.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13
highest weight 333lbs
Weight on 1/3/14 220.5
Short term goal 195
In my dreams goal: 170
Hi! The easiest way I found to cut back on salt was to give up soda. There is a lot of salt in that. I also have stopped using canned goods. Rinsing beans helps but now I just make them from dried beans and I now that the salt is lower. I don't add salt to food while cooking. I do have a salt shaker on the table and every now and then indulge in a bit. Actually I don't have a salt shaker, I keep my salt in a container and I can literally take a pinch every now and then.
For some reason the hardest thing I find to eat without salt are eggs. I splurge. That little bit tastes so good.
Just saw my doctor yesterday. I've lost a lot of weight and my blood pressure was low. He said if I keep it down for another 3-6 months he will either decrease or stop my medications.
May nGod bless your positive efforts
I agree with QUORNDAWG
In GOD We Trust Choose To Lose
"If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
-General George S Patton, U.S.Army, 1912 Olympian
Welcome to the team. So glad to have you join us.
Lots of great resources and support here. I learned a lot when I joined the team. Check out some of the threads - lots of good info there.
What helped me was when I started tracking sodium in my food and nutrition tracker. I really got me into strategizing and planning, as well as paying closer attention to food labels.
Feel free to post questions. There are a lot of members here who can help.
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Leader of Lowering Salt Intake Team
I was so excited to come across your team. I have a large amount of weight to lose - close to 200 pounds. Started with Spark People in January and am thrilled over all the resources available. Feeling stronger daily and am ready to claim victory this time. Have lost 43 pounds so far and have a long way to go, but it has finally clicked that I can't just diet - I need a permanent lifestyle change. I am feeling pretty good about staying in my target ranges for protein, carbs, fat and calories but have never in my life tracked sodium. It is essential that I do this because .i have been diagnosed with lymph edema, which is a pooling and retention of my lymph fluids so any additional fluid retention is a very bad thing for me. Really struggling with keeping the sodium under control and am appalled at the amount of sodium in almost everything. Hoping to learn any helpful tips from any of you who are winning this battle.
Every day is another chance to get it right.