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11/1/09 8:58 A

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hi all. i too have been trying to watch my sodium and the ladies on here have said the right thing and gave great tips. its hard because as was said sodium is in so many foods. like cottage cheese. i love the stuff but couldnt beleive how much was in there. i cant find a low sodium type in my stores so instead of eating a half cup i only eat a quarter. better than nothing. good luck to our newest member for joining the team!

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10/31/09 1:26 P

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I'm kind of late to this discussion but I want to add to some of what's been said here. Just about every single processed food has added salt. You can find canned food that's sodium free, but it's rare and it's more expensive than other canned foods. Frozen foods have added salt, too. It's best to just assume that if a food is sold in a grocery and it looks like it might taste good....it's got added sodium. If you really want to cut your sodium you need to become a label reading fanatic and mostly eat foods that you've cooked yourself.

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10/29/09 11:31 P

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Great start! Keep it going!!!!

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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10/29/09 11:11 P

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Hey, emoticon on your walk. emoticon

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10/29/09 10:32 P

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Thank you both so much and I'll check that team out. I just for the first time in a long time walked a mile what a rush!

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LITTLEWIND53's Photo LITTLEWIND53 Posts: 15,559
10/29/09 10:14 P

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I just want to add that you should read the nutrition labels very carefully. Sodium can hide in just about anyting. Did you know that cocoa powder has sodium in it? Who knew!

Check out the team Lowering Salt Intake. There are lots of hints, tips and links for getting the salt out of the diet.

I wish you much successon this journey.

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Best wishes to you. I wish I had something to tell you, but sometimes just knowing someone is in your corner helps me. I have problems with my sodium intake as well.
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10/29/09 4:26 P

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For more info on nutrients you can go to World's Healthiest Foods whfoods.com/

There are sites that are dedicated to low salt cooking too, that I'm sure others can point you to.

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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LANTECH19446's Photo LANTECH19446 Posts: 281
10/29/09 3:59 P

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thank you so much for your prompt reply I always thought worcestershire much like soy sauce was high in sodium and tried to steer clear of it, in the future i'll do my homework more carefully, I appreciate the note on potatos as well I never realized potatos were good for potassium. this is such a learning curve to me I never even noticed my bp before but now that i'm eating more I feel the effect of the salt more.

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10/29/09 3:36 P

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You need to eat more whole foods. There are teams dedicated to "eating clean" which means eliminating processed foods. The potato, white or sweet is a good source of carbs and potassium. If you eat red meat, Worcestershire sauce is a low in sodium condiment. I like Chef Paul Prudhomme's salt-free seasonings and I use tabasco on pork and chicken. The Dash diet is excellent too. Here's a link to a Spark article www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_
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If you used canned foods, look for ones with no sodium added. 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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10/29/09 3:14 P

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Ok so I've been overweight most of my life, I used to smoke 3 packs a day i quit almost 3yrs ago I always thought I was an overeater until I realized via this site that i'm actually an undereater in any case for about three years I was a firefighter until I collapsed in a building my bp had shot up to about 196/101 and it never really came down, after several months of trying medicines it came under control but now i'm trying to lose this weight and get off the meds. My problem is I need to eat more high calorie high carb high protein foods in order to lose the weight but they also seem to be the high sodium foods and so while i'm pushing to get all my other numbers up my sodium level is double my upper requirement before dinner, I'm sure i'm not the only one who has been in this boat can someone give me some pointers?

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