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6/21/14 1:26 P

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I truly have no barriers to success; only me!!!

I fell in love with Sparkpeople the week before Thanksgiving in 2006, while I have made some progress, I didn't hold myself accountable to daily goals. It was reading the motivators stories that really got me going again! All of my patients that tried SP after I suggested it to them, met their goals!! Makes me a little silly, right?

I know sodium is not my friend in my quest to better health. I average 2800mg daily. So I have room for improvement!!

I am here to do this slowly, surely and safely; and that's what I told all of my patients that are off their medicines now or able to significantly reduce that burden on their bodies and budgets!



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5/30/14 6:10 P

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Hi! I'm Mariann. I've been on sparkpeople for about a year and a half and have lost 50 pounds (another 30 to go!). Last week I was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease -- after a TERRIBLE spell of dizziness and vomiting. My ENT has been tracking my hearing loss for about a year and has suspected Meniere's. Now it's confirmed. And I need to learn a new way of eating. I'm looking forward to your help and support. THANKS.

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5/23/14 10:17 A

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Hi everyone my name is Diane, I am married and have two grown daughters, one son-in-law, and a bouncy grandson. I have been on blood pressure medications since our first child was born and they have increased. It is time for me to do better healthwise. . I have been trying for many years to regulate my weight and food intake. There has been ups and downs with that. I am on so many BP meds that I could open my own pharmacy :-D.

I believe that much of the problem stems from my sodium intake also. So I am glad that I have found this team.

My doctor says that if I lose some of this weight that he would be able to reduce the number of pills that I take. My ultimate goal is to be med-free. I need to have a team like this to encourage me and inspire me to do what is best for my health.

I truly do look forward to our chats.




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Diane from NC

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3/31/14 10:07 P

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Spark home page will help you get information for calories, minerals, salt in take, etc. Each day that you track your food, you will see below how these calories, sodium, cholesterol are recorded daily. Good luck and God Bless

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3/23/14 11:23 A

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Hi and welcome, You are right that these forums will be of help. I was restricted to 1400mg almost a year ago and know how hard it is to get started. Lists of low sodium foods are hard to find and consist mostly of generalities -but they are a good start. Just enter low sodium food list into your search engine and you will find lots of ads. I like to cook so went almost exclusively for low sodium recipes and there are some really good web sites. Will make you a list in another message. I finally wanted to know the mgs in foods in the grocery store and didn't feel like wandering around reading labels to discover salt content. I found a little book on line - Amazon perhaps - LOW SODIUM FOODS by Bobbie Mostyn. The most helpful thing I have discovered so far is the DASH diet cookbook. I haven't seen the most recent one but in the first of the two editions recipes. if I am correct here, (afraid ti leave the computer - it lost the first reply I was writing to you the minute I turned my head!) the recipes in this book keep 149mg or less per portion. I'll be back - my kitchen is calling - I'm preserving fresh herbs today - glad you came - hope I can help - check out my Spark page so you will know where I am coming from if you wish -
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3/23/14 2:49 A

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Hi everyone, I had Acute Congestive Heart Failure last October, and since then have had a sodium restriction of up to 2000 mg daily. This has been very hard for me to adhere to.
I am a 64 year old woman, married with two grown daughters, the youngest, a trauma survivor, and disabled, lives with me and my husband and I am her caregiver for 59 hours a month, not much money, but every little bit helps.
Does anyone know of any list of foods, like calories, that lists sodium in different foods? I think that this group is a Godsend for me right now. I have lost over 100 pounds, went from 316 to 214' but then back up to the 230's and then back and forth within the 234-237 range. I want to start losing weight again but my body apparently has other ideas.
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3/9/14 11:55 A

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Hi All - I'm new at this low sodium business and can use all the help I can get. I'm 78 and diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Can't begin to tell you what a change this is making in my formerly active life, but am sure you have experienced like changes. A hip and a breathing problem keeps me confined to a wheelchair so even the bed exercises I used to do are getting fewer and fewer in number. And the foods - I have been stunned to find all the sodium in all my favorite foods and frozen dinners - all gone now but issues remain - I have been on a blood thinner for a year or more so foods rich in vitamin k are very limited - that includes all of my favorite greens. Often I used to have a salad for my evening meal - now I'm doing one heck of a lot of research. Hope I'll have something to share with you on occasion (you are surely way ahead of me in this task) and that you might have suggestions for me - Be well, Meri

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2/20/14 2:13 P

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hi
Returning back to the Spark world !!!
Saw this group and decided to give it a go!!!
Salt is in everything we eat...... so to become more aware of what i,m eating and what is in what i,m eating is my goal!!!


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1/7/14 2:57 P

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Newbies! Browsing the forum you'll find links and advice that will be helpful. The hardest part for me reducing sodium was the need to make a lot of things from scratch that I used to buy. Look over the post in this section titled Salt by Wayne and check topics in other of this team's forums. Also check the Heart Healthy and Healthy Hearts teams. Sodium and other nutrients can be added to the food tracker too. Some nutritionists advise throwing out the salt shaker, don't even keep it in the house. Maybe that will work for you, Linda :-)

Good luck on your journeys to better health! Feel free to post questions or message them.

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1/7/14 9:08 A

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I'm Linda, and I'm a salt addict! Seriously, I have major cardio-vascular problems so am learning to choose foods and cook differently but it is so hard. I have cooked with salt-laden convenience foods for over 50 years and really need help to change that, So glad I found this team because your suggestions are awesome.

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11/27/13 12:31 A

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Hi everyone, I'm Anita and I'm new to the team. I'm trying to get off my BP meds and have lost 27 pounds so far. The loss has lowered my BP but I am still requiring meds. I understand that a heart healthy diet is 2 grams of sodium or less a day. I don't add salt to much of anything but I'm finding that even with my limitationof processed foods I'm still going over 2 grams! WOW is this hard. I welcome your thoughts/ suggestions. I'm 37 and it's completely ridiculous to need BP meds at my age (in my opinion). I'm otherwise healthy so this is just stupid but it is motivating me to lose the 50 extra pounds I've gained over the last 12 years working nights.

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11/26/13 10:45 A

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Welcome to the team Kelly. Sorry to hear about your heart problems though. Hope you are doing ok now.

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11/23/13 1:20 A

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Hi. I've got heart failure, and I do my best to aim for under 1800 mg of sodium a day. I used to aim for 1500 mg, but after an episode of anesthesia-caused low blood pressure a year ago, I found I need to eat a bit more than that to keep my blood pressure high enough not to feel lightheaded.

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11/18/13 4:27 P

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Hi Deb,

Very glad to have you on our team, and hope you find some ideas and suggestions here that will help you cut down on salt.

I think soup is one of the biggest problems because we've become accustomed to very salty flavor in soup. You will find, though, that once you stop eating so much salt, your taste will change, and foods with high salt will start to taste nasty.

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11/16/13 5:52 P

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I am so glad to have found this team. I have changed my eating habits, and have been losing weight good since I started on Sept 9th. I track all my food and am eating healthier. But, sodium is the hardest one to stay lower on for me. I do rinse canned foods when I use them. I am on blood pressure meds, and I am struggling to keep my sodium intake under 1500. Any suggestions and low sodium soup recipes especially, would greatly be appreciated.

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Welcome to you other newbies and good luck on your journeys.
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9/13/13 2:56 P

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My name is Krissy, I am 23 and married, no kids. I have been on blood pressure medications since last December. I have been on low-sodium for about a month, and have already gone down from 4 to 3 pills a day. I am hoping with weight loss, and better diet, I will be medication-free someday!




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7/5/13 9:28 A

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I shop at Wal-mart so I will start looking for low sodium products. I have high blood pressure and really have to watch my sodium intake. It seems like it does not take much to make my ankles to swell up like a balloon. I got the salt out of the house but there is so much hidden in many things that I cook.

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6/30/13 8:46 P

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emoticon IRONBESS. I joined the team too because I have medical conditions that make me have to really watch my sodium level. I hear you that its hard. They have a thread on low sodium products and I have decided to check out Walmart as they seem to carry a lot of low sodum etc products. I have found a few myself at other stores but there seems to be a concentration at Walmart.

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6/28/13 6:52 P

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I've been on SP for about 6 weeks. I have cardiomyopathy (a fancy word for heart failure) and am very sensitive to sodium. I like the taste of foods without salt so not salting things is not a problem. The biggest challenges for me are finding things besides salads to eat when dining out and taking time to make everything from scratch because it seems salt is in practically everything prepared that you buy, even things you wouldn't expect.

After a quick peek through this team forum, I learned about lower sodium baking powder so thought I'd join and see what else I can learn. Hopefully I'll be able to give back to you too.
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6/22/13 7:56 P

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Hi my nickname is Kacey. I've been with SP for several months now and I am tracking okay on everything but sodium intake. I have discovered many new low salt products I never knew about from reading your Low Sodium Finds thread and decided I should join to see if I can find out more to help me.
I have type 2 Diabetes and Osteo Arthritis as well as being an amputee of the lower left leg and so mobility impaired. And my DH has HBP so sodium is something we have to watch. I am learning to cook a lot of my own versions of favorites I used to buy processed and I've found out that my expections of what is a good sodium goal is unrealistic (I was aiming for 0 intake) and also that I didn't know what the various terms meant. So thanks for the good start and I hope to be able to learn more and contribute at some point as well.

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6/21/13 9:54 A

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I have recently joined Spark and just figured out how to join this team. I have high blood pressure and it is very important that I decrease my sodium intake. The problem is I love my salt. So I had to throw the salt out. Which is great. But i still keep having a lot of sodium intake from hidden items that I would never have believed like for example bisquick mix. So this is an area I need to work on and the other is to stay away from fast food.

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I have been with SparkPeople since 2006 when I learned I had Diabetes. I have been on everyday since January 2013. I learned about this team today from SparkCoach. I take meds to control my cholesterol and blood pressure. I was a big user of the salt shaker, I had to taste it. Now I don't have any salt in a shaker, only pepper and Mrs. Dash. I have Kosher salt (lower in sodium than regular or sea salt) in a small dish with an 1/8th teaspoon and I use it sometimes in my cooking. My problem is all the foods that have so much sodium in them. My limit is 1,500 mg a day per my diabetic team I saw in 2006. My problem is getting enough calories and not go over my sodium limit. I will keep updating on threads that apply to me. emoticon

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6/7/13 4:27 P

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Welcome aboard, and yes, it can be an eye opener when you see that the "Healthy Choice" foods (and similar brands) are anything but healthy when it comes to sodium.

Go to http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/ and enter "low sodium" in the search box and you will find many recipe ideas. Also, use the recipe calculator to get the NI on the recipes you currently have.

Some good ideas are in the low sodium food find thread as well.

Good luck and feel free to ask any question you may have

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6/2/13 11:05 A

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Hi All,
I'm Sheila and I'm helping my sister who has high blood pressure and congestive heart disease implement a low-sodium diet...and i also want to try it too! I never really paid much attention to low-sodium before and after a few days of searching in the grocery store, I am sort of getting a "lesson by fire" on how much sodium there is in things and how badly i have been missing the mark on my daily allowance all these years!

I look forward to seeing your good tips and being motivated by your successes!

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5/18/13 3:36 P

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Opps, like what I wrote wasn't long enough, I forgot to add that I did add Sodium and Potassium to my tracker. They both work hand in hand for weight loss. Bev


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Hi Everyone, my name is Bev and I am so happy to have found this team. I am a former WW member and I was getting discouraged by my yoyo weight loss and my leader recommended that I journal for a week and bring it in for her to see. Duh, but I was caught and had to journal, not my favorite thing to do. I journaled for a week and brought it in and she immediately told me I was eating too much salt. I told her I didn't have a salt shaker in my house and had never used salt (my mother never had it in the house, so I was not brought up with salt, or so I thought). She recommended I journal for the following week and keep my sodium (because I was over 50) to 1500 mg a day. Figured that would be a piece of cake. HA. I went to Barnes and Noble and got a little book that had all the nutrients for all the foods including sodium. Well the first day, I journaled and was within my WW points but when I took out the little book (my new bible) I found I had consumed 4500 mg of sodium. I was in shock, by the end of the week I had it down to 1400-1600 mg of sodium and when I weighed in, I had lost 7 lbs. I now check every darn label and I agree with Lin on everything she wrote. I am now a "poster child" for low sodium foods. I am a bread eater, I know shame on me. But I found Sara Lee bread that for a single slice of bread is 45 Cal and 85 mg of sodium. I can still get my bread fix and keep my sodium down. For 2 slices 90 cal and 160 mg of sodium. I buy nothing packaged and when I go out I bring my "no salt" ketchup. my friends laugh at me, but I do what I have to do. I just quit WW and only doing SP and I am really getting motivated to lose the weight. So this team is just what I needed. Bev emoticon


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3/30/13 8:49 P

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JBailey - you asked for any easy suggestions/help re cutting back on salt. I have been told to pretty much shop only in the outer aisle of the grocery store (fruits and vegs, meat, dairy, frozen vegs, etc.) This avoids the aisles with the pre-packaged, or canned goods. Do not salt your food while cooking or at the table. I was told no processed foods (canned soups and vegs, lunch meats, bacon, ham, jerky!, pre-made meals, etc.) The pre-made meals, even the "diet" ones, are very high in salt. Usually the lite meals are lighter in fat and to make up for the cutback, they add extra salt to enhance the flavour. Soups now have lots of options for lower salt but they are still very high and one cup could be 1/4 of your daily amount. Watch out for your salads at lunch as well - salad dressings are quite high in sodium. There are lots of recipes out there for reduced salt ones though. Also, if you add croutons, and/or cheese, the salt level soars. I have better luck staying within my 1500 mg a day limit by having either 1/2 a sandwich on bread or a sandwich on a dinner roll (not a kaiser size), raw veggies, and some fruit. The salt level is usually only as high as that of the bread and the filling in the sandwich. To avoid processed deli meats, I cook a roast or a chicken or pork tenderloin once a week and use that for sandwich meat. Watch it when yiu buy meat and do not buy "seasoned" meats - they are heavily salted. Having said all that, I'm no expert and every day I have to juggle what I'm going to eat to try and keep within my limits. If you are tracking your nutrition on here, add sodium to the nutrient to be tracked (the daily amount will show at the bottom of the screen as there is no room to add more to the side of the meal charts.) Not all the foods in the bank of foods indicate the salt intake but many do. Good luck!

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Hi: I'm Lin from Peterborough, ON. I have Dilated Cardiomyopathy with Congestive Heart Failure and a Mitral Valve Leak. I am on 3 diuretics daily (5-6 when in CHF) and my goal for my sodium intake is under 1500 mg per day. My nurse practitioner wants it below 1200 but I don't think I can do that. My Heart Clinic wants it below 1500 mg.

An earlier message from Carolyn mentioned that she can't take diuretics because of their low blood pressure. I'm curious as to what the 2 have to do with each other? My norm is around 110/70 but it's not unusual for it to be 80/50 and recently when I had pneumonia it went as low as 60/45. The diuretics, when I have to take more than 3 a day, affect my kidneys but there's been no mention of them affecting my BP. Do you have more information?

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Hi, I'm Carolyn, and I was just diagnosed with Meniere's Disease. Usually you do a low-sodium diet and a diuretic, but my blood pressure is too low to tolerate the diuretic, so I am just going to do the low sodium diet. I've never paid attention to how much sodium is in my food (due to my low BP!), so this is definitely going to be a whole new education for me! I am supposed to stay below 1,600 mg. daily and am nervous about it!

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I gave up the salt shaker when I was nineteen (now 63). I have low blood pressure and do well. My husband is on dialysis. I must track sodium, phosphorus, potassium in addition to carbs, fat, and protein. I spend time in planning meals and in tracking everything prior to shopping and/or cooking the meals. It really pays off. He is doing well.

I am on my way to better health!


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Hi Everyone! My name is Tasha. I need to lose 100lbs. I usually give up but I am staying motivated. I have Depression, Sciatica, PTSD, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS. I want to lose weight for my health and to ovulate. I take 9 pills in morning and before bed. I am 29 years old. Someday I want children. I walk to Leslie Sansone videos, ride stationary bike for 20 mins and do weights. When its nice outside I walk outside with my dog.

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Hi everyone! I'm Sue from Tucson, AZ and have been keeping my salt intake to about 1000 for about a year. I feel better now then when I ate all salty things, can taste food better, too. My main problem is with sweet and salty foods, if I eat them I get off track and just keep eating. I try to stay away from popcorn, it seems to trigger my abuse of salt and sweets. Hope to learn new tricks in keeping with the program and lose a few pounds in the process.

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I'm Donna from New Hampshire.....I had been doing good keeping my sodium down but stumbled badly and I'm now trying to return to salt free living. It is hard though.

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If you are trying to cut down on salt intake, have you read the label on jerky? It's loaded with sodium. Not a good choice if you're at all serious about it.

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Hi everyone: I'm Norma Jean. I'm new to Spark. As I'm getting accumulated to the website, I wondered up this team. I have high blood pressure and need to reduce my salt. I have many questions to pose to the team but at a later time.

Just wanted to introduce myself. Met my first goal from this team yesterday, but my lips still taste salty. This didn't happen in the past even when I used unlimited of salt. Why is this happening? Does anyone know?

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My Dr in Alaska took me off of the Lasik (20 mg) because it is hard on the kidneys.
I've had to change how I eat & eliminated eating out. I did it slowly but surely! I use to think when I swelled up that I needed more Lasiks.
Truth was it was me not cutting back on eating out -pizza, french fries,etc...and I was eating processed foods that have all of one's daily limit in one serving. Canned soups-bad! Now I make my own broth & soup.
Don't use salt substitutes that claim to be "no salt" or "Nu salt"- if they are white in color they are likely potassium chloride which is just as bad for you as salt.
Ask Hubby's Dr how to lower fluid levels when he says he eats what you cook. emoticon


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Thank you for the nice reply & helpful advise! Bless you for taking such good care of your DH & yourself!! emoticon
I also have heart disease & had a quadruple bypass 11/08. My DH had a heart attack & passed 11/07.
It's good that you are also taking care of yourself. I didn't know I had heart disease until I had a heart attack & had to have surgery, I'm also diabetic & have been overweight for 15 years, and also when I was pregnant with my four older children.My last two I really watched my health & weight.
Doctors kept telling me to cut back on sodium- I thought that meant don't salt your food & lay off the potato chips! I'm now learning to use herbs & spices for flavoring .Olive oil in place of margarine & butter(salted ones), lemon & limes to flavor rice & vegetables. Baking soda, as well as ketchup, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, salad dressings, pickles, relishes & chili sauces all contain sodium. If I can;t find a lower sodium version I make my own or do without.
I also use salsa for flavoring things up & I put Mrs Dash in the salt shaker because I like the feel of the salt shaker in my hand- it works, A nurse told me to do that! Maybe that would help your Hubby's craving for the salt shaker too.
emoticon on your weight loss & being proactive by rinsing the sodium from the foods that you can. Did you know you are reducing the sodium amount by 60% or more? emoticon Leaching vegetables is helping me reduce sodium & potassium.
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Salt has been so much of our lives, it is hard to try to live without the stuff. I am learning to use spices and seasoning to make recipes that have been in my head for years. As I stated before I have never used salt in preparation but some things just require some more flavor. I am learning to use salt subtitutes, (even carry them in my purse). I say I am learning because too much or too litle and the taste is either bland or way too salty. I am used to using a certain amount of canned vegetable so I pour them into the collander and rinse , rinse, rinse. That doesn't get rid of all the sodium but it does reduce until I have used up my stock, in order to buy "no sodium " stuff and then I will have to learn all over again. Actually I am losing weight along with this and I am checking my BP so I do not get too low. Remember I am doing this for a husband with conjestive heart diease. Good luck to you Debbie

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Hi! My name is Debbie. I am learning how to lower my sodium intake because I'm having issues with my kidneys. I'm in stage 3 kidney disease. The Dr says don't worry until you are in stage 4-dialysis or stage 5-kidney transplant. I am being proactive while I still can.
Canned foods & frozen foods are loaded with sodium, so I'm learning to make soups & dishes that are low-sodium & healthier.
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Hi all I am new here, not new to Sparkpeople. My husband has conjestive Heart diease and must keep his sodium level at 2000 mg per day. Now I have never used salt in cooking so that is not the problem, but he is not happy that he can not add salt at the table. It is not difficult to find recipes that say they are low in sodium but they do not list the sodium content. How in the world do you keep track of the sodium if you do not know how much sodium is there? Any suggestions would be most welcome. He is on 40 mg of Lasix a day and any less he swells up like a balloon. Now I am supposed to reduce his sodium content also, when he likes to eat out. not that I am such a bad cook but he gets the sodium he desires by eating out. It is a catch 22 problem. I am also eating the same diet that he is so it is not like I am pouring on the salt in front of him. If his fluid levels arise and the Dr asks him about the salt , he looks at me and says I eat what she fixes. DUH

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Looks like you are starting on the right track, and thinking about the right things. After a few days you might have seen a weight loss due to a fluid drop. Please do make sure to drink enough water.
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Hi - In the past 2 weeks I have cut out alcohol, stayed within my calories, fat, carbs & protein targets, and exercised, but I fear that my weight loss is stalling out due to my sodium intake.
I eat a SmartOnes or Healthy Choice frozen meal most weekdays for lunch and we get take-out a lot for dinner (always lower calories choices... but I fear the sodium is probably still pretty high).
I have never tried to cut down my sodium intake and I joined this team to try and teach myself how. I',m going to start by trying to make a salad for lunch at least twice a week in place of my frozen meal - and to cut down my beef jerky snacking... and maybe watch it on the soup.
Any other easy suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi I am here to get support on lowering my blood pressure and I realize that salt is one of my biggest problems. I went to a health screening yesterday and my BP was really high, I thought the nurse was thinking about calling an ambulance. I have been having headaches, I've been fatigue and have had some blurred vision. I haven't been to the doctor about it yet but I will be calling tomorrow. But in the meantime I will work on my salt intake and work harder at losing weight. So I look forward to get advice and help from this team!!

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Hi, I'm Laura. Salt is a bugaboo for me, and so hard to avoid!

Ran across this group today and thought it might be helpful. :)



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Wow.. I love that you guys are looking out for your family.. and your future. No better time than now. When I was younger I really didn't know how salt could become a problem.

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I joined this group because I'm getting more interested in taking preventative steps towards my salt intake due to my family history seeing I'm only 25. I also joined for my family who already have HBP and the like but don't know much about healthy eating.

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Hi all. I've been on Sparkpeople on and off since 2007 and I'm trying to get more active again. I'm on this group actually for my mom. She has really debilitating Meniere's disease and has to really watch her salt intake. I thought maybe this group would be good for her and will probably try to show it to her this weekend. But I figured it would be good for me too so I can be more aware and not tempt her with high salt foods like cheese and also to help her come up with tasty new ideas so that she isn't always bored with her food. It's so nice to know that there are others on a very low salt diet and that you have new ideas for foods that we've never found or thought of.
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Welcome Lisa. Yes.. the labels reveal it all. Pretty much avoiding canned foods and going with fresh or frozen vegetables. Soups I make from recipes here and start with the no sodium broths.

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Years ago (1969, in fact) I lived in northern Indiana. My youngest daughter was born in Bluffton (south of Fort Wayne) when my husband was in training for his new job. Then the job moved us over to the western side of the state for more training, and we were living about half way between Valparaiso and LaPorte. We met many lovely people in the short time we were there.

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Hello All!

My name is Lisa, I love in Northwest Indiana, not too far from Chicago.

I am losing weight mostly through healthy diet, but I have found my sodium is way over almost every day.

Low cal soups, snacks... have so much soium in it.

I am going to try to get this under control because I am sure I am retaining water because of it.
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I have struggled with weight for many years. I eat a pretty healthy diet (I thought) and have for over 9 years. I do not eat sugar or white flour, and I lost 75 pounds about 7 years ago. I'm starting to gain some back, so here I am at Sparkpeople.

I'm not new to sp, but I am brand new to this team. Although I struggle with weight, and have tracked my food and read labels for many years, I have never had problems with blood pressure. In fact it's always been low, even when I weighed 200 pounds, and I have never kept track of my salt intake, in fact I never gave it a thought. Yesterday, I had my annual physical, and my bp was much higher than ever before. My doctor and I were both shocked. She suggested I monitor the salt intake and we'll test again.

So I have spent the past few hours examining my salt intake. When I looked at my nutrition tracks for the past few days, Iím very low on sodium. Well under 1000 g per day. Then I decided to add the non or very low calorie condiments I do not track, and do use a lot. Shocker! Mustard = 165 per tbs. Iím sure I use a couple of tbs a day. I dip my brussels sprouts in them and I eat a ton of BS. I use a chicken wing sauce that has only 5 calories a tbs, but 390 sodium g. I eat at least a couple of these a day. Yikes!. I use it with veggies or in my beans or in anything that needs flavor. The kicker was the spaghetti sauce which is only 35 calories a half cup (which I do track, but not for sodium). It has 590 grams of sodium! What an eye opener.

So when I looked at my final report for what I had planned for today, the total was 1580. When I took away the mustard, wing sauce, and marinara, it went to less than 500.

Iím so glad I found this team. I loved the thread on low sodium prepared foods.


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I have about 95 lbs to lose to reach my goal but am working on 5 lbs at a time. It sounds like losing 5 lbs is a lot more manageable than saying I need to lose 95 lbs. I lose weight very slowly and I yo-yo a lot, but I really want this weight off.
I've tried a number of different plans but I think for me it's a matter of cutting calories but making the most of what calories I do allow myself. So I'm trying to eat more fresh produce and fruits, and limiting all the junk foods. I do eat meat but am working to cut out a good portion of that and limit it to mainly fish and chicken.
My exercise is sporatic at the best. I'll go days and not do much then for a week or two go crazy with activities that are considered exercise. I need to get more into a regular routine of daily exercise that I enjoy doing.




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Nice introduction Cathy. Blood pressure can be controlled through cutting sodium way down. My doctor put me on 300 mg/day - which was difficult but a great goal. It worked.. in conjunction with exercising. My bp went down enough so she didn't need to perscribe medication. I do need to keep an eye on it though. Read through here for the members ideas.

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Good morning. I'm Cathy and I have high blood pressure. I also need some moral support.

My husband and I celebrate 38 years of marriage today. We have four grown children and ten grandchildren. Our oldest and her husband lives in Indiana with there three children. Our second child and his wife live Illinois in the same town that we do (Rockford). Our third son lives in Texas with his second wife with her four children. His two children live in our town and are at our house every week-end and two to three times from Monday to Friday night. Our youngest son lives in our home.

I have one dog that is a Jack Russell, Boston Terrier, and Chow mix. Right now she is saving my sanity since this last Sunday my oldest dog (20 years) died. I also have a cat.

I work two jobs. Monday through Friday I take care of two little toddlers anywhere from 6am to 6pm. The other job I am on call 24(7).







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Rejoined, new username...

I was a member of sparkpeople ( and leader of this team once) a couple times under different user names but since menopause, my thinking gets all screwed up and I let emotions get the best of me. So I end up dropping teams or leaving sparkpeople completely. But I'm back to stay this time, no matter what til I lose this weight. ******************UPDATED 10-27-2012********************
Ok, I had these big plans and guess I'm trying to do too much all at once. So here's an update on what I will be working towards now and hope with everything I have in me, I can stick with.
I went back to weighing and will weigh once a week instead of daily, starting tomorrow. After 30 years of weighing daily; going cold turkey just isn't going to work for me. So it'll be once a week for now.
I plan to do a modified low carb plan. That means I will basically be giving up 98% of the junk carbs but allowing the veggie and fruit carbs that most low carb plans frown on. For now I'm going to allow myself the 150 grams of carbs a day maximum but work to keep it lower.
In the past this would have me so frustrated I'd say to H*** with it and leave sparkpeople. That's not happening this time. I'm determined, come h*** or high water, I'm going to stick it out and do my best each day to eat in moderation of whatever I do eat and get in 30 minutes of some form of exercise and over time maybe add a little more. There will be days when I'm very active and then there will be days where I do good to get in the 30 minutes. It is what it is. All I can do is what I can each day.
I know this is a process but it looks like I could find something that would "click" for me and not be so friggin' hard.
But I'm not leaving and each day I'll do the very best I can.



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Hello all. I just joined this team. I was shocked of my sodium intake when I began tracking it in my nutrition tracked. So far it has been a struggle to keep under 2000.

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Thanks MOM2GO for the welcome. I take high blood pressure meds and I try to keep my sodium intake around 1500mg a day, so far twice this week I went over 1500. Since joining SparkPeople my health has improved significantly.

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Welcome Roz, I am fairly new here also. Dr. put me on 2000 mg a day, and 1200 calories. I was doing real good about keeping track of it in a journal, but this last week I have gotten lax. Need to get serious again.

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Hi my name is Roz and pleased to join your Team: Lowering Salt Intake. My sodium intake for today 9/26/2012 is: 1,183. I joined SparkPeople one year ago and have shed 72 lbs, lowered cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Welcome Patti,my doctor gave me a diet of 2000 mg a day. I think it depends on the individual. I am 81 and going strong. :) I do have HBP and take medicine, but my ankles and right leg were swelling so she put me on the low sodium diet from the Cleveland Clinic.

It has helped, and I have lost weight also, I know it is water weight, but that is fine as my ankle and leg are down to normal now.

Good luck, and jump right in and ask any questions that you might seek.

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Hi. My name is Patti and I have been with Spark for 10 years. I recently had my blood pressure checked and it was a little high and I need to cut back on my salt intake. I have been doing an okay day but was not sure what the normal intake of salt daily was until I googled and found out tha tis at 1500 mgs a day. I would like to be lower than that a day. Hopeing that this team will help me get there.

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Thanks for the welcome, it means a lot. Looking forward to this new way of eating.



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Good evening, I am a newbie. I live in Florida. Lost my DH May 1st of this year. Have one wonderful, caring, supportive Son, 2 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren. Oh yes, I am 81 years young.

I have been doctoring a swollen right leg, Doctor ordered a sonogram, to real out blood clot. I was put on a low sodium diet today (2000 mg). They gave me some instructions and a list of foods and how much sodium there is in them. I will be looking at labels in the grocery store. I take HBP medicine, and was trying to watch my salt, and never cooked with it. DH loved his salt, and he didn't have HBP. It is going to be interesting to see how this goes. I also have to wear a compression hose on the one leg, and elevate it 3 times a day above my heart.

I was excited to find a Forum on here about living on a low salt diet.

Maybe I will lose those 10-15 pounds that I would like to get rid of. I know it would be better healthwise.

Didn't mean to write a newsletter, please visit my Spark page and get to know me.



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8/6/12 5:55 P

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emoticon Ellen.

You listed a lot of products I like too. I am a big fan of Quorn (hence 1/2 of my sparkname). I avoid cooking with oil, instead using a ceramic non-stick pan and a little water.

Recently made some hash brown potatoes that way, mixing in a little low sodium vegetable bullion to the water. Came out really good.

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8/5/12 6:52 P

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I cannot remember if I introduced myself to the team or not so i will do it now.

My name is Ellen and I live in the South in UK. I am diabetic, but now off all medication. My cholesterol and blood pressure are very good! I am striving to keep my sodium under the maximum ceiling! I need some salt as I do quite a lot of walking and some small bits of sprinting.
I cook a lot of my meals from scratch. I try and have vegetarian food often. I eat beans lentils and pulses of all sorts, always salt free except for the baked beans which are tinned lower salt and sugar. I love raw edamame salad, soya mince, quorn products and wholemeal grains and bread. I make my own multi-grain muesli and sometimes my own wholemeal bread.
I have EVOO often as it has no salt, but just 1tsp sometimes on my bread. I cook with rice bran oil which has no cholesterol when I stir fry. I use unsalted butter whenever I can.
I use Quark which is high protein low fat and sodium,
When I cook meat, I never add salt.

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7/29/12 4:47 P

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72 years old and keeping my blood pressure in check with a low sodium diet.

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7/11/12 2:44 P

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First of all, emoticon to the team!

I'm of the belief that need for protein is inflated a bit (source: China Study, Forks over Knives, and works by Dr. John Mc Dougall). Still even as a vegetarian I seem to get ample protein even by Sparkpeople numbers.

My protein comes from:

* Beans and other legumes; edamame
* Unsalted or lightly salted nuts or nut butters (limit to 1 serving per day)
* Protein bars (from soy protein), and I look for those like NuGo Organic that have less than 100 calories
* Whole grain brown rice and pasta contain ample protein, and are 0 sodium when prepared yourself (not packaged precooked)

Carbs are easy. Carbs get bad press. The simple (refined) carbs give them all a bad name. Stick with whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables. If you do this you should be able to get ample carbs into your daily plan as well.

Avoiding sodium - I make my own dishes, make big batches and create my own "health choice" type meals for the week. When I make it, I know what's in it.

You won't be able to avoid all fats, and you shouldn't. Do avoid the refined fats. I cook with water or vegetable soup stock instead of oils. I don't buy into the "healthy fat" theory, e.g. evoo or vegetable oils. These are nothing but 100% fat and are empty calories IMHO. 1 gram of fat = 9 calories, whereas 1 gram of protein or carbs = 4 calories. So I want more "bang" for my calorie "bucks." I find I get enough fat naturally from the foods I eat. But that's just me.

What I find is that I get enough protein and carbs, and even though I get all my protein and carbs I need I do come up short of the alleged minimum calorie intake. I feel full, fine, and energized, so it works. I go by the guidelines of those that I cited earlier.

Hope this helps.

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Hi I'm Heather I am 35 and have a blended family. I have been on BP meds for 4 years and started retaining fluid my doctor suggested monday that I lower my sodium . So here I am day 3. I am staying below 1500mg no problem but I'm lacking in protein and carbs.

Just curious how you all stay under your max calories fat ect. and hit all the desired food groups any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks in advance


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Thanks Vicki!

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Welcome to the team. So glad to have you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi, I'm Jae, and I'm a 56 yr old woman who is working for better health. I am single after a long-ago divorce, and have 2 adult children, and am on the road to losing weight and lowering my blood pressure meds after a long relapse. During that time, I ate a lot of salty food and donuts and other empty foods to make me feel better emotionally, but they did NOT make me feel better physically. My BP spiked, and I had to increase my meds.

I hope to reach my goal weight this year. I've cut down on the fatty foods and salty snack foods, and I am watching my salt intake. It would be fantastic if I ended the year with low or NO blood pressure meds! But even if that happened, I would need to watch my sodium intake for the rest of my life. A small price to pay for being healthier.

Jae

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7/2/12 5:49 P

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Welcome to the team. Glad to have you here. To be honest, It's hard to stay low sodium if you eat a lot of meats or processed foods. I'm a carb junkie ( the bad kind), and I would normally have over 2000 grams of sodium daily. Since starting the Daniel Fast, I'm staying under 140 grams sodium and under 10 grams fat. My carbs are pretty high but it's the good carbs, not the bad ones. I'm eating all kinds of veggies and fruits. I did add beans to the plan so I'd be getting in protein. In the Daniel Diet, beans and lean meats, plus grains are allowed. Not in the detox. I felt I needed to add the beans to get in the needed protein and fiber.

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New here. I joined and almost unjoined but was guided to this team for low-sodium.

I am 43, about 100 lbs overweight, and have high blood pressure. My doctor has requested that I go on a low-sodium diet, keeping up with calories and fat grams as well. Most of what I can find is dealing with calorie, fat, and carbs, and finding the low sodium recipes has been a challenge so far for me in SP.

Anyway, I am a baker and an accountant (I know, very unusual combination), and I really want to better my health so that I can do the things that I have planned for my future and to be around for my husband.

I have been keeping myself on a less than 1800 calorie, less than 2300 mg sodium, and less than 50 g fat diet for a week now, and I feel pretty good so far. Today was my first day drinking 8 cups of water. I have to add the crystal light flavoring to it in order to accomplish that feat though.



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Welcome to you both. So glad to have you a part of the team. emoticon emoticon

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Hi! I am married with 5 children, all on with families of their own. I have 14 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grand Children. My husband and I live in Missouri, we moved here a little over 2 years ago. All of our children live in other states, so, we are here by ourselves. I enjoy walking, cooking, reading and being by myself. When I found the lowering salt intake, I thought this was what I needed, it is. Since restricting my salt and sugars, I have lowered my blood pressure to a low normal, I exercise daily and watch everything I eat. I have not completely left out any food from my diet, just restricted it. Since joining SparkPeople in January, I have lost 70 pounds, feel great and am looking forward to losing more weight. My goal is to weigh 160 by the time I turn 65, which is next fall. I will do it! emoticon

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Hi I am a 32 year old mother of 3 boys. I have been married nearly 10 years. My health and my upcoming wedding anniversary are my inspirations to lose weight. I have 2 dogs and a cat. Live out in Virginia in a very country part. I am from Hawaii so no matter what I still have to adjust to certain things. My favorite things to do are spending time with my family,reading,being in the water no matter if it is the beach or a pool I love it! I also enjoy exercising,yoga,and meditation. The meditation has worked wonders for me. My husband and I both need to watch our salt and combat our expanding waist lines lol. He is resistant but he does not cook so he is learning to like my low salt cooking as am I. I am the heaviest now that I have ever been. I am here to lose weight and get my blood pressure under control. I am also looking forward to making new friends here!

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Lets try to keep it all in one area so it's easier to find.
I'll re-introduce myself for all the newbies...

I'm 55, soon to be 56 and I have been married 16 years to a wonderful guy. I've got about 60 lbs I'm working towards losing but it has no time table. I'm not dieting, I'm living, and learning to make the heathiest choices I can when it comes to treating my body well.


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