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9/10/10 5:04 P

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In regards to the salad post....I agree, the best salads are those at home. I have so many people that don't understand why I have trouble eating out, their answer is, "Why not just get a salad?!" I tell them to look up the nutirional content of the salad versus a plated item and they are shocked to find out the sodium count is nearly double. Though you can ask a restuarant to prepare your salad a specific way or do a salad buffett where you control what goes on it.

When I ask for a salad made up at a sit down restaurant, I usually ask them to leave off the cheese, croutons, and just provide a plain grilled chicken breast with no seasoning whatsoever and of course the lettuce and any fresh veggies that go on it. I also ask for the dressing on the side. Usually oil and vinegar is the safest, followed with a few vinegrettes and ranch, not the diet but the regular.

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9/10/10 5:00 P

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Here's a little tip that my mom learned from Weight Watchers a long time ago. To reduce the sodium, fat, carbs, etc. in a hamburger, ask the resturant for two bottom buns, there is less bread in them then in the top portions. If you have to have a condiment, mustard and mayo are lower in salt than ketchup. Also, for drinks, lemonade, tea and water are all good.

I did find a soda pop, acutally diet soda from the discount store Aldi, has only 10 mg of sodium per can. If I drink soda now, I usually have one of them, versus the name brand counterpart which has 65 mg of sodium per can.

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9/9/10 3:43 P

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Although I used to love to do it, I don't cook anymore either - probably the result of an empty nest and being involved in so many activities.
You're definitely on the mark about the condiments! And then there is the sodium contained in the bun! If I go through a drive through, I sometimes do order a small burger, but with only lettuce and extra tomato. Then I eat it on only 1/2 of the bun. And there's lots of sodium in soda pop, so I always ask for water to drink.
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8/25/10 6:33 P

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Here is an article on finding healthier foods through the drive thru. "9 Fast Food Finds" Though of course you will want to take into account salt found in Mayo, Ketchup and pickles.

www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/fa
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8/13/10 8:38 P

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I don't cook. I know I should, but I just don't. (Well okay, I can cook in my crock pot, but that's as far as that goes...) Recently I've been buying veggies for salads and the the dressings I find that have the lowest sodium contents. We've really been loving making our own salads at home, which is good since so many of the salads you can get when you're out contain so doggone much sodium.

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8/13/10 1:12 P

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That's why it is important to be informed. Prior to going out to eat anywhere, including fast food....I will look at the nutrition information. Sometimes what is passed of as a healthy alternative is actually worse than getting a burger and a side salad with dressing on the side or oil and vinegar!

It is not just the salads that are bad, but other healthy options too. It pays to know what various items contain in the forms of sodium, fat, carbs, or whatever your needs are.

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8/11/10 9:00 P

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I hope the same thing...but I'm not expecting much. I really loved the new Wendy's apple pecan salad...until I found out how much sodium was in it. Just boggls the mind sometimes....

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8/11/10 3:53 P

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I fell into the trap thinking salads were healthier, boy was I wrong...AGAIN.

It is really shocking and very well hidden. If a person could taste the sodium that was in the salad,but you don't.

I'm hoping that eventually restaurants will start making items that are healthier and lower in sodium rather than just making it look like they are. I'm hoping that as people realize the hidden fats, calories, salt are not good for you, they will stop frequenting those places. Maybe a lack of customers would make them re-vamp their menus...or is that wishful thinking.

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8/11/10 12:35 P

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I am trying out a new topic here to see what everyone thinks. There are some suprising factoids about food, that might shock you. Some will pertain to sodium in general and others just about everyday foods.

Came across this article, will include hyperlink. It is too big to copy and past, but is short enough to make for a good read.

The article is called, "6 Salads that are worse than a Whopper!"

health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/6-s
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ads-worse-whopper


Please feel free to share your thoughts.

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