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10/9/09 3:39 P

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I suppose I really need a lot of help my lunches is not healthy at all need to plan a lot better but when I do bring a healthy lunch we order out. emoticon

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10/7/09 3:26 P

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I bring apples, peaches (already cut up) with 2 Tbls yogurt and 1 tbls chopped almonds, Red grapes, Sara Lee Multi-grain (low calorie) bread, for filling I have just discovered SunKist Tuna Salad Sandwich Ready (Chunk Light). I usually have a bag of Multi-Grain Cheerios (for snacking on.)

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10/5/09 4:39 P

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Diabetic foods,, low Na too..
an apple, sugar free oatmeal packet, sugar free gelatin,fat free, low Na cottage cheese, watermelon, pears, carbwise Kroger yogurt,bananas, tossed salad,

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9/29/09 9:24 P

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Eat fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, water, very little fruit juice,processed foods, cakes, pies (processed sweets). Eat your foods in their most natural state. Example: small baked potato instead of potato salad or small baked sweet potato instead of potato pie. Whole apples instead of apple pie or stewed apples with sugar and margarine. Also plan your meals and brown bag your lunch from what you prepare at home.

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7/15/09 10:18 P

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Salads are yummy, to me. Some drained/rinsed tuna you can dump on a salad, mix w/a little lite mayo or something and have on toast or bread. A baked potato, heated up. Chicken breast from home (even though most of'em inject chicken w/sodium now, grr). Burger patties you cook at home, fix up at work. Boiled eggs..stinky tho!



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7/13/09 9:39 P

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i've found that one really important thing (for me) is to make sure i have a couple snacks with me as well as my main lunch meal at work. If i don't have something to much on mid morning and/or mid afternoon i find my feet magically take mt to the vending machines no matter how hard i try to stop them! LOL

i also have found that insuring my food storage items (lunch box, tupperware, etc) are fun and interesting helps me use them more often.

AS for what i take specifically usually fresh fruit/veggies, a sandwich (being careful what's on it - ie- reading the label), left overs (we don't even have salt in the house, we use dash) or salad. Maybe soup.

But also, what's important is being realistic. If eating one yougurt for lunch will keep you full them that's awesome! But if you know that you're feet will be walking you to the snack machines, make sure to pack something else. Even if it's a banana.

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7/13/09 7:30 P

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My peanut butter is organic and very low in sodium. I have that with a banana or on Ezekiel sprout bread. Also Greek yogurt is not very high in sodium but packs a powerful protein punch. My favorite part of my day is when I make my blueberry shake with a cup of blueberries and a cup of soymilk in my Silver Bullet. (You would have to have a blender at work for that one.) I work at home so it is easy for me to get my lunch. Low sodium, high in nutrition and very simple and delicious. I tend to eat things separately. I do not like casseroles but would rather have the ingredients separately. I eat the O organic beans because they are lower in sodium than other canned beans. I do not have a pressure cooker and cannot get beans to cook where I live I was told because of the altitude. An egg white sandwich on the sprout bread is also good and easy to make up the night before.



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7/13/09 4:58 P

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I am on the 6 Word Diet. That is I am eating every 90 minutes. I have my notebook planned out with my eating schedule, and posted on there what I will eat. Since I work tonight, that will go into the next morning. Planned from 1930- Almonds (I am a nurse) that is all I will have at that time, 2100- yogurt with raspberries, 2230-Select Harvest Light italian-style vegetable soup, 0000-popcorn (100 cal version), 0130 blueberry muffin (homemade), 0300-hormel clam choweder(1 ser. size), 0430-cantalope, 0600- banana. That is how it goes! I do a variety, low salt , high potassium.

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7/13/09 2:57 P

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I bring mixed greens (3-4 cups) from home with about .5 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, along with home-cooked beans (which I heat with mixed vegetables or broccoli), almonds, tomatoes. Sometimes, I bring a frozen dinner. I buy Helen's Foods brands: organic ingredients, low sodium for frozen foods (200-300 mg), great taste.

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7/13/09 1:39 P

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Good topic!

I have started using my bread maker more often so that I can control the salt in the recipe.
The meat slices that I used to rely on are amazingly high in salt: ham, bologna, pastrami etc.

I try to add some tuna or salmon to my lunch, often I bring a tomato with cream cheese.
I love carrots at lunch and a yogurt container!

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7/13/09 12:26 P

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Also, Ezekial makes a no sodium bread. We toast it and drizzle a tsp of olive oil on it in place of a dinner roll.

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7/13/09 12:06 P

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i usually have leftovers. all cooked with no salt and no salt added at the table

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7/13/09 11:47 A

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I agree, the DASH diet is excellent. One of my favorite lunches is almond butter and low carb jelly on high fiber bread with carrot sticks. Breads have a fair amount of sodium, but I don't cook with salt and usually don't have a problem staying below 2,000 mg. Normally I'm between 1 and 1.5 grams, but this summer has been super busy. A warning though, don't go too low. My sister consistently stayed below 1 gram and ended up in the ER getting bags of IV saline back in May. I find leftover DASH diet dinners make great lunches too. You can have fun coming up with creative solutions. I use the spark recipe books to keep track of favorites. Good luck!

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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7/13/09 11:44 A

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Haute mama

I know the impact on the sodium and yes you have to check everything it does get easier in time. I find that you have to make your food from scratch more so than pre packaged ready to eat food they are loaded with sodium. I had a heart attack in February and my sodium intake can me no more than 1500mgs. I and I use the food tracker and put the sodium in to keep track. My food consist of fresh friuts and veggies and yogurt for lunch , salads homemade soups in the winter months mostly veggies soups. I very seldom eat any sandwiches be careful of the dressings for salad low fat is not a good one it usually loaded with soodium so you see it is hard for weight lost but it is more important to be healthy for your heart and the weight will come off. I have learn not to eat much fast foods or dine out much any more .Just check your packaged foods and serving . It is not to say you have to forgo not eating it at all but for the majority of time you need and you can splurge every once in a while. Good Luck, For healthy humans they should stay in the range of 2000 mgs but believe for most people they are lucky if they don't go over 3000 . I have to keep my at 1500 it was very hard but it does get easier you just have to do a lot of substiuting for other foods and mainly cook from scratch with no salt added when it calls for it I use a variety of other spices and it tastes so much better there is no salt in my house any more, not even a shaker.



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7/13/09 11:35 A

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Hello HAUTE_MAMA. I too recently found that I have HBP and need to reduce my sodium. For lunches I usually eat fruit. Items such as a banana, apple, or mixed fruit. I found that one can of Del Monte's mixed fruit has only 35mg of sodium and to my surprise actually fills me up for several hours. It is also 3.5 servings of fruit. D.A.S.H. is a good diet if you have to lower your sodium. Here is a link you may find helpful.
www.dashdiet.org/

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7/13/09 11:10 A

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i am struggling with sodium intake and am finding everything i used to eat that i thought was "healthy" or healthier rather is LOADED in sodium. i know that isn't always the main culprit but i would like to keep it as low as possible.

so what does everyone pack or eat for lunch? i need some ideas because i am at a loss. any help would be appreciated!

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