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2/8/08 9:50 P

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I spent a day watching my sodium. Still went over but not by much, under 100. But because I was concentrating so much on that I was way under on my calories. So, I'm not going to worry about it as much. I'll just watch the processed foods intake and be sure to drink plenty of water.

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2/7/08 11:02 A

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i'm always over too, but as long as it isn't causing me any problems i don't worry *too* much about it. i just try to exercise and get enough water.

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2/6/08 2:40 P

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yeah, sodium used to be a big problem for me b/c of all the prepackaged stuff (canned, frozen, etc.) when you eat a variety of fruits and veggies plus tofu (saute with olive oil and garlic cloves for flavor) it is easy to cut out sodium. Now I don't even come close to sodium for the day...but usually one can of soup or one frozen meal will just about do it...so be careful!

As for beans and stomach issues, I still have that problem and have been eating lots of fiber, beans, raw veggies and fruit for years now...just really sensitive I guess!

One quick, low sodium vegan option is Luna Bars. I eat at least one a day for snack or breakfast and usually have 3-4. They are overly processed but low on sodium and fortified with vitamins. I wish I could cook every weekend and freeze, refrigerate, bring my own foods, but I'm generally at school/work for 12 hours a day so these bars are the best I can do!

I should clarify that Luna Bars are vegan in as much as they don't contain dairy products. they may have white sugar, honey, etc that are technically NOT vegan. Also, they all say they may contain trace amounts of milk.

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2/6/08 12:21 P

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I like the idea of doing my own burgers and freezing them. I'm going to do that. I did notice too that I'm not eating much if hardly anything on the veggie and fruit side, so I'm going to the store today and stock up on that and then also do like Will does and limit the processed foods.

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2/6/08 8:31 A

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You can pretty easily make your own veg'n burgers. I like to do lots of cooking on either Sat or Sun and then refrigerate/freeze it for the upcoming week or so. You could make some protein-rich burgers from scratch without all the sodium (or other questionable/processed ingredients). Some of my favorites are in the cookbook "How It All Vegan". I also have a recipe (you can find them on my SparkPage) for Veg'n Meatloaf. Instead of making it in a loaf, you can form it into patties and bake it and then freeze the patties for later use. Just a thought!

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2/6/08 7:30 A

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I eat processed foods, but limit how much I eat. I only have it 2-3 meals per week. Besides that, I restrict my food intake to purely fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seads - and I season with herbs and spices and use very little salt. I do sometimes snack on soy chips, but I look for the kind that is lightly salted. I love hummus, and I usually get the organic kind or make my own.

These are steps I take to keep the intake of salt and sodium down.

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2/5/08 10:42 P

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I stopped eating processed foods like bocaburgers and now I am only getting 600-800 mgs of sodium per day. The tofu I use has very little sodium. I make all my beans from dried beans, no canned.


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2/5/08 7:38 P

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I kind of had a feeling it was the processed veggie burgers. Just like the tv dinners I quit eating over 10 years ago. I may try that making my own veggie broth thing. emoticon As far as the fiber intake it's between 25-35 a day. Give or take a few. So, probably should up that a bit.

I haven't been eating a lot of veggies lately, or even salads. Fruit yeah. I think starting tomorrow I'm going to thaw out the bean soup I have in the freezer for lunches, maybe make a mock tuna sandwhich (?) (that isn't liquidy because I forgot to drain the chickpeas) and have a nice salad as well with tons of water, stay away from anything processed or high in sodium, or else just have it at one meal, but in limits, and see how I do. That should work. I hope.

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2/5/08 7:17 P

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Oh I am so with ya. I am almost ALWAYS over on sodium... :0(
I try to eat more fruits and veggies to bring it down, then avoid soups and anything process with high sodium. It's hard sometimes though!

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2/5/08 6:11 P

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Processed veggie burgers DEFINITELY have a ton of sodium in them. If you really like having a sort of veggie patty, then I'd suggest trying to make some of them yourself with beans or tofu or brown rice and that sort of thing. Search the net for recipes for veggie burgers and I'm sure you'll find tons.

How much fiber do you currently get on average? If you gradually build up your fiber intake, your system will handle it better and that means you should be able to consume beans and other fiber-heavy foods more often with less problems.

For veggie broths, try to keep your eyes out for low-sodium varieties, (and remember, veggie broth is available in liquid form and in bullion cubes or bullion powder, so check those options as well). If you can't find something you're satisfied with in the store, I've heard of many people making their own veggie broth by clearing out their veggie drawer at the end of the week and throwing all the veggies with some spices and garlic/onion, etc, into a large pot and boiling it for a long time to make their own broth. They then take the homemade broth and freeze it into ice cube trays and then bag the frozen cubes and keep in the freezer and then throw into soups and that sort of thing when needed.

But definitely cut back on the amount of processed foods you eat - frozen veggie burgers, frozen entrees (like Amy's meals - good, but still have sodium), faux veggie cheeses, etc. That should help knock your sodium intake down quite a bit.

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2/5/08 5:36 P

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I never had to worry about sodium intake when I ate meat. I very rarely ever put any extra salt on my foods, and if I do it's always sea salt. However, now I find my sodium intake well over the 2300 max for the day. I'm pretty sure it's a lot of the processed boca burgers and like that I eat (i like them and their quick and easy to make). How else can I get protein if I cut back on them and I don't always like eggs? I know I could do lentils and more beans, but sometimes my wonderful stomach and system don't handle beans well (i.e. anyone got a book or magazine, i'll be busy). What about the broths to make stuff like seitan? I know I can use water, but it's just so much more flavorable to use the veggie broths, etc.

I've been wondering for months how I can eat relatively healthy and drink my allotted water for the day and still have my feet look huge.

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