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3/31/13 3:12 P

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I am so glad that people are now watching salt intake. Restaurants and Fast Food places are now getting on the low-sodium band wagon too. It is about time. I went to a restaurant with my friend and got a hamburger, sans the bun , cheese and dressing and french fries with no salt and brought my own no-salt ketchup. Bev


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3/30/13 5:39 P

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I love the food tracker for helping me manage my salt intake. I am fin ding that, for the most part, I am able to keep within the guidelines as long as I don't eat out :)

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3/18/13 6:50 P

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I think most people are shocked to find out how much sodium is added to processed and fast foods. It was a wake up call for me. Having iodized salt is not a problem as long as you keep the salt within the guidelines of under 50 years of age 2400 mg and over 50 years of age 1500mg. Bev


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3/18/13 1:08 P

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I am definitely working to cut back on my salt intake. However, in Michigan where I live, our salt is iodized in order to help our thyroids work to capacity. So a little is helpful if you live where there isn't enough iodine in your diet. emoticon

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3/8/13 3:47 P

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I understand there is a correlation between salt and potassium. How much potassium are we (over 50) supposed to have? Bev


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3/8/13 4:30 A

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I've never thought about it. But from now on I'll be aware of it. Also, the excess of salt can create an imbalance of electrolytes, when there is more salt than potassium. This imbalance can produce feet cramps.

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1/27/13 4:23 P

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Sodium was my downfall. I go to WW and I was on a yoyo regime, Gain and lose and gain and lose. My leader checked my journal and said I was consuming too much sodium. I was shocked because I don't have a salt shaker in my house nor do I ever salt my food. But lo and behold she told me to buy a book that showed all the nutritional values of foods. My first day I ate and stayed within my calories and points and when I sat down and calculated my sodium. ( was told to keep it at 1500mg a day) I had consumed 4500 mg of sod. By the end of the week, I had it under control and I lost 7 lbs. That made a believer out of me. I do not eat out at fast foods and when I eat out at restaurants, I check out the restaurant online and chose the foods that have the least amt of sod. I do not open the menu and make sure I order first so I don't change my mind listening to others. As I get older, and the body changes it gets harder and harder to lose but I still watch sodium. As for the kidney stones, I was told dark sodas produce the stones faster in men. My cousin's husband was an avid dark soda drinker and he contracted the stones. I told her about not having him drink the dark sodas, and he hasn't had a problem since. There could be something to it. Bev


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1/22/13 3:19 P

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The amount of salt in processed foods is outrageous. I had a sandwich today with Hillshire deli smoked ham and I'm so thirsty, 630 mg of sodium in a serving of 2 oz, wow. I never put that and water weight gain together. Thanks for sharing - and good luck with that sharing lunch program, it's a great idea.

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1/17/13 8:31 P

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1/16/13 3:49 P

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Can't resist adding some humor to this topic:

Person #1: Someone threw sodium chloride at me!!!
Person #2: That's assault!!!

NO It is not a corny joke, it's a "salty" one...

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1/13/13 10:08 A

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I have totally escaped the school lunch trap this year. I and a groups of teachers take turns bringing food for eight. I eat delicious, varied, home-cooked food every day and only have to pack lunch once every two weeks. I LOVE it.

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My husband had to have surgery to have a kidney stone removed today (he has had to have this done before, and gets recurring stones, unfortunately). His surgeon told us to limit sodium intake to 1200 mg per day, as one measure to avoid getting the type of stones he has. None of his other doctors have mentioned this before, so it was a very interesting bit of advise. Of course there were other recommendations as well, and they won't necessarily keep him from getting kidney stones in the future, but we are taking all of the advice we can get! But wow, now that we are paying attention to sodium, the 1200 mg comes fast! Definitely pre-packaged foods are disastrous! :) Our long-term goal is definitely to watch the sodium intake!

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9/9/12 10:57 P

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I struggle with excess sodium and not enough fiber or folate. Tracking my food with SP has helped me to surface this. I was not getting nearly enough protein either, but am now making sure that I do.

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9/8/12 6:31 A

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I have trouble with getting enough fiber too. Today I added a Fiber-One snack bar and that did the trick. Maybe a fiber supplement will help.

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9/3/12 8:23 P

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i find it is sometimes hard for me to get all my calcium and fiber in, in one day as well.

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8/11/12 3:53 P

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NANCYHOME247 I agree Nancy. There is little manufactured food you can buy already processed that doesn't have added salt, and usually too much added salt.They take out too much good stuff and put in everything we don't need. And if you decide you want to use ready-made ranch dressing or something like it, you've ruined everything you are trying to do eating a healthful salad of fruits and vegges.

So what is the answer? I can handle making my own of everything I eat from fresh ingredients except artichokes. I look at a fresh artichoke and choke up. So I buy a can or jar of artichokes and rinse them. And make everything else myself. I retired last year so I have all the time in the world. Never could have done this while working.

But I COULD have eaten more fresh, raw fruits and veggies than I did when I was working.

I am very grateful for the nutrition tracker with its daily nutritional reports. I find it a bit cumbersome to make changes, but it still helps me get down to the nitty gritty of being sure I'm getting enough potassium or iron. (Iron is just about impossible for me to plan for.)

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6/28/12 9:05 P

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I agree, there's not much you can do about tracking a school lunch. Just assume the sodium levels are over the limits!

I'd like to offer the suggestion of reading ingredient labels. As a great cook, but not a HEALTHY cook, I'm very new to this label reading business! Here I thought Campbell's soups, the regular red label kind, were about as healthy a quick meal as I could find. But... one serving (less than half a can!) packs a whopping amount of sodium.

Now, I'm not sure if "sodium" or "sodium chloride" makes you retain water. It seems there's a lot of "sodium" that just naturally occurs in foods. But "sodium chloride," table salt, is that a different creature entirely?

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5/24/12 7:40 P

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I'm sure that any food that tastes like salt is salt. I've been leaving the salt out of most recipes for years and we never have a salt shaker on the table. When we taste a restaurant dish that tastes too salty we have trouble eating it.

I went to a healthy living workshop. There was a cooking demo and a presentation by a PhD chemist. The cook kept adding a pinch of salt to everything she made and one of the participants asked why. The chemist told us that as we increase our servings of green leafy veggies we need salt to balance and incorporate all of the potassium we are getting now from veggies. I completely agree that school lunches are propably loaded with salt and very lacking in veggies and not eating them is a good idea but be careful about cutting salt out completely.

If you really cut down on eating out and processed foods while at home, you may need to add a little salt sometimes.

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5/20/12 4:42 P

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I don't regularly track on the food tracker anymore, but it couldn't possibly accurately represent the horror that is school lunch. If I made "pasta primavera" at home, it would contain tomatoes in about the same quantity as this stuff contained salt, I think! emoticon

Thanks for the response.

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Congratulations on maintaining for the past year and a half!

Yep, salt will do that to you. I crave it but not as much as I used to and since I don't have blood pressure issues its not a problem for me but I do notice the fluctuations in weight after a salty meal. At least it comes off quickly with lots of water :)

Are you tracking on SPs food tracker? That can give you the sodium content of your food...you may discover more salt in your diet that you can get rid of.

Good luck!

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I've maintained for about a year and a half, and recently returned to daily weigh-ins. There I discovered that my weight is on this saw-tooth pattern. I'll steadily (effortlessly) drop half a pound or a pound a day down to my goal weight, and then in a single day pop up four or five pounds. It's not just a bad measurement, either - it'll stay with me, dropping half a pound or a pound a day for a week. So I started keeping notes trying to figure out what I'm doing just before the spikes, and I think I just figured it out.

I ate the school lunch Thursday, and it was so salty it was agonizing to choke it down. I commented to my desk mate that I was going to need a lot of water that day, and I was at the drinking fountains all afternoon. Friday morning I was up 7 pounds!!!, and this morning I had dropped just half a pound of that. So I looked back over my diary, and most of my sudden weight spikes are the day after I eat the school lunch.

So I'm going to try to avoid school lunch and other super salty foods, and really commit to eight glasses of water a day, and see if my weight stabilizes. Anybody with me?

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