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VIMVIGOR Posts: 7,942
8/24/11 12:03 A

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8/23/11 9:08 P

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JULIE1933's Photo JULIE1933 Posts: 18
8/22/11 2:56 P

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Welcome to the group. I'm rather new, too. Hope to learn something
that will help me with my cardio problems. You are wise to get started
with better health before it's too late. Keeping track of what you eat
will help you lose the right way. Good luck!

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AZURE-SKY Posts: 1,509
8/22/11 12:01 P

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Welcome, You're smart to be proactive before you start having problems.

Do you keep track of your sodium? You can do that on the nutrition tracker. I don't have high blood pressure but if I eat too much salt, my ankles and fingers swell up & gain weight.

You probably know this already, the RDA for sodium for healthy people has been lowered to 2300 mg per day, about 1 teaspoon. For people with health issues, it's even lower - 1500 mg per day.

On the nutrition tracker, click on Change Nutrition Goals at the bottom of the page. Then search for sodium. You can enter the range you want to be in and save it. Then, whenever you enter food in your tracker, your sodium intake will show up at the bottom of the screen with the other nutrients.

Good luck!

"It's never too late to be who you might have been."
George Eliot

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity."
Amelia Earhart

"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight."
Helen Keller


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8/22/11 6:49 A

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Hello everyone. First, let me just say that although I do not have any heart issues, thank the good Lord above, my Daddy did. He passed away from a massive heart attack in March of 2010. Soooooo, I am here to learn and hopefully prevent any possible issues. I do have high blood pressure, but have it under control with medication. I have to be very careful anout medications though too, as I donated a kidney 2 years ago.

My biggest concern is the blood pressure and I would love to find other ways of controlling it without additional medications. I started sparkpeople, to get down to 130 lbs again and to be aware of what I am putting into my body to teach myself to subconsciously make better choices for eating as well as consciously.

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