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Hi JH21164 -- Salt doesn't affect everyone the same way in terms of their blood pressure, but it certainly is something that we all tend to get way more of than our bodies actually need.
Here are a couple of SparkPeople articles that may be helpful to you:
Shakin' It Up With The Skinny On Salt
Enhance the Flavor of Your Food
Improve Taste without Calories, Fat or Sodium
Sandy (Michigan Upper Peninsula) -- Say "Ya!" to da U.P, eh?
best advice is read labels.
i have not gained a pound in over a year.
i gave up sugar and grain products and lost 44 pounds at age 61.
my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 by walking 15000 steps a day and has not gained a pound back either in over a year
The main thing I can suggest is prepare your lunch the night before. Make salads using extra virgin olive oil and vinegar for the salad dressing. Make up sandwiches. Make a stir fry with lots of veggies and brown rice. I am not one for frozen dinners because of the sodium content. I am not working now but when I was working I made up my lunches the night before. Also if any left overs from supper you can have that for lunch.
I'm a newbie and I'm trying to watch my sodium closely-- my doctor has told me that I'm on the very high end of normal for BP and I should monitor my diet. I know that processed foods are high in sodium but only now that I've joined this site have I realized how high!
I occasionally had Lean Pockets for a quick and easy lunch on busy days. I couldn't believe the amount of sodium in them! I am looking for an alternative, quick substitute on busy days...any thoughts?
Also wondering where people try to cap their sodium intake. I've been following the site's reccomendations for me but wasn't sure if I should limit even further...different health sites seem to have conflicting info!
Thanks so much-- looking forward to hearing from you!
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