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6/28/08 12:10 P

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I found this site on a SP ad. I'm definitely bookmarking it!

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6/24/08 10:07 P

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I didn't monitor my sodium intake, among other things, when I was at a wedding/reception Sunday and when I was at the Orlando airport for a 3 hour layover yesterday. As a result, I was up a whopping 8 lbs. today. We shall see how fast it comes off with me resuming my close watch and my routine. When I initially started closely monitoring my sodium intake, keeping it within recommended range, I lost 8 lbs. in 5 days. It can be a pretty HUGE factor.


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6/24/08 4:34 P

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Sodium has been a big problem of mine too - and now I wonder if that has anything to do with the lack of loss I'm having. I workout and workout, but seeing few results. Maybe I'm retaining a lot of water??? Now I have another reason to pay attention! Thanks for bringing this up.

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6/18/08 10:26 P

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Another probable no-brainer but brown rice has no sodium. I can't speak for white rice but I assume it's the same.


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6/17/08 9:43 A

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Oatmeal has NO SODIUM. I didn't realize that until this morning though I suppose it should have been a no-brainer.


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6/15/08 2:04 A

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Nuts are a great suggestion! I eat unsalted almonds and I know what you mean about it being difficult not to over-indulge. I have to count out the serving size then put away the container. I need to make an effort to find some other unsalted nuts to make for some variety.

Being focused on staying within the recommeded range for sodium intake each day makes it easier not to eat "bad foods." I am now checking labels for sodium as well as the calories, fat, and carbs. I think I may be a bit obsessed with the whole sodium thing but hopefully it's not a bad thing.

My husband found some Mayfield Fat-Free Fudge Bars that didn't have overly much sodium or the other stuff. I haven't tried them yet but I will let you know how they are. Was looking for a treat to have when needed that I wouldn't have to feel guilty about.


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CAROLISCIOUS
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6/12/08 10:58 P

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Nuts...with no salt...are a good way to add calories and good fats. I just have to be careful...I love them so much it's very easy to over-indulge.

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6/12/08 8:22 P

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While closely monitoring sodium intake, it has been challenging to get enough calories to meet my minimum requirement. I need to master this balance and quickly if I want to keep working out at the level I have been doing. I only ate a little over 1200 cal. yesterday but burned ~700 cal. working out. I think it messed me up in my workout today. The problem is that the higher calorie foods are typically the ones loaded with sodium. Any tips or advice anyone?


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SUZANNA333
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6/10/08 9:21 P

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That's really interesting about your spells with salt Lanne. I wonder if I'll get like that if I stick to closely monitoring my sodium intake for a significant period of time. Granted I need to stick with it forever.

Well I fortunately did not gain weight from yesterday's lunch, at least not so far.

I figure the very easiest way to keep sodium intake down is to primarily only eat natural foods. I guess that was a no-brainer.

I'm glad that others are interested in this topic also. If anyone know of any appealing low-sodium foods out there, please let me know! emoticon


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6/10/08 3:51 P

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i have spells with salt in general. most the time i am ok, but every now and then i just crave it, so much that my eldest has suggested the family buys me a salt lick now and then.
it isnt often, but i can take a tsp of salt and just eat it
then i am ok, and dont crave it for a long time.
been this way as long as i can remember.... so changing isnt so much an option.


I should keep my words soft and sweet, in case i have to eat them.



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6/10/08 1:21 P

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My problem with water retention has more to do with not drinking enough water each day. Your body tends to hang on to it when you don't drink enough! I do that during the school year because of limited access to the bathroom. I'm trying to be better now.

Still, I went grocery shopping yesterday and thought about sodium as I chose things - and I did end up with a lot of fruit!



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6/9/08 11:32 P

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I think with attributing my major weight loss this past weekend (FIVE POUNDS!) to monitoring my sodium intake that I am starting to obsess maybe a bit too much. I totally freaked when my co-workers and I went out to lunch at Cactus Flower after touring Gulf Coast Kids House. I got the Mexican Salad (no dressing)which I felt was very difficult to track and I couldn't stop thinking about how much sodium must be loaded into the chicken, beans, rice, etc. I drank 20 cups of water today in an attempt to wash it out. We'll see what happens on the scale tomorrow...


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CAROLISCIOUS
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6/9/08 9:26 P

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Thanks for the info...I try to stay below 2300 mg...but I salt my foods smetimes and that doesn't get counted in my tracker.

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6/8/08 9:59 P

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I really try to watch my sodium intake also. It is very hard finding foods that are low in sodium. I was shopping today and spent a lot of time in the frozen food section trying to find some low sodium, low calorie entrees. Since the movers will be in the house packing this week, I wanted something easy to fix. So far all I have found that is low sodium is like you said: most fruits and vegetables.

Here is a link to a website from the American Heart Association on eating foods lower in sodium.
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=552

"Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you."
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SUZANNA333
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Does anyone else try to closely monitor sodium intake in order to control water retention? I have been closely monitoring it the past few days and have benefited with pounds lost but it is very frustrating and difficult. I was wondering if anyone has found some good low-sodium foods that are filling. All I have figured out so far are fruits and vegetables for the most part.


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