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I am having the same problem with sodium and I guess Im just more aware of it since tracking my meals. Tho one big change since joining is eating frozen meals from Smart Ones. Healthy Choice is somewhat better but still cooking fresh foods is the best. So now I have about 5 Smart Ones dinners in my freezer that have about 700 mg of sodium in them Im almost afraid to eat them. Maybe I can eat them on a day when my sodium was otherwise low. At the moment, Ive had a temporary spike in my BP due to yesterday's meals (my sodium was 3000 after eating lunch at Subway and having a Smart One for dinner). I guess that guy Jerod (sp?) from Subway doesnt have HBP heh? Monday I will go shopping for 'real' food and not buy anymore frozen dinners. Like Rick said, I dont salt anything so I know its all from packaged foods. Ive planned my meals thru dinner and my sodium is only 1100 today so that's pretty good. Glad to find other people with the same problem and find answers together on eating healthy without the salt.
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Hi Jstar87 I have the same problem,I am losing weight but my sodium in take is still high...and I dont add salt either ...
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Rick u are right, so many of the low sodium soups are tasteless.
I like to eat thinks that a quick and easy to throw together but I found that even low sodium foods were putting me over.
I got the Mrs Dash, southwest chipotle seasoning.
I cook up some extra lean beef or ground turkey and put in enough Mrs Dash to make it spicy.
I also started cooking dry beans. I cook the entire package and split it up in ziploc bags. I put 1 1/2 c cooked beans in each ziploc and that equals a can of beans.
I'll but some beans, ground beef, grilled onion and bell pepper, mushrooms and sometimes I will put it in a tortilla (if I can find a tortilla lower in sodium) Corn tortillas are lower in sodium and they are good with this.
all packaged foods do put us way over. When I first started tracking my sodium I thought I would never get it down but now I notice I have to add some sodium things. I will usually choose salad dressing as my sodium thing.
I will post a typical day of what I eat tomorrow on my blog.
I will be honest. I had to change my frame of mind and my overall goal changed when I was told I had HBP. Getting my BP down was far more important then salt.
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I am 40 and never before have I "planned" meals for myself - I have always eaten what was easy and convenient whenever I got hungry. This is how I have gained so much weight.
But it is also, I am finding, a large part of my blood pressure problem because of all the sodium in my convenient foods. I too have never been one to use a salt shaker - but I am finding that my sodium intake has probably been over 5000mg/day for most of my adult life.
I have discovered several lower-sodium alternatives popping up lately. Campbell's has reduced and low sodium soups. If you get the "low", be prepared to spice it up with something else because most of them seem flavorless compared to the sodium-rich traditional kinds!
Low-sodium Mushroom soup comes to mind... with low sodium crackers, it's like eating wallpaper paste. (Thought I would throw that in there in case I sounded like a Campbells employee or something... LOL)
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Isbell is right... as you read packages you may be shocked! I thought I did okay with watching sodium until I started logging my food here. It's something I really need to work on more. Another reason to eat fresh foods as much as possible.
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If you use a lot of prepackaged foods (ie, hamberger helper, top ramen) you will almost always go over your intake levels, however you can use half the seasoning packet that will save you some as well. A good rule to go by is that anything packaged to last longer than a week on the shelf is probaly high in sodium.
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I have really been trying to watch all my parameters on my foods, but even if I keep everything else in my recommended range, it seems my sodium is still too high.
How do I lower the sodium intake? I don't add salt to anything.
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