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12/31/09 12:00 A

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I am not sure of the complete recipe, but I know they also add cream cheese to it as well, and I think I heard them mention some mustard at one time. We don't use any wine, but I think apple juice may work, and wouldn't add any sodium........

I think I may have to experiment at home just to get the recipe right, and then I can take the recipe up to their place if they ever invite me back for another fondu (lol)

Hope you had a great Christmas. Happy New Year.

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12/28/09 10:58 P

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Yikes! Haven't they heard of using swiss cheese for the fondue...just as tasty and much lower in sodium. I sometimes make fondue for hubs, when we have an anniversary or special occasion to celebrate. He only likes the swiss anyhow, so lucked out in that area. But, it is one of the few low sodium cheeses out there, plus I do not add anything other than some black pepper and garlic to it for seasoning, along with the wine. We use apple pieces, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, and sometimes cherry tomatoes to dip into it. I will put out some rye bread or lower sodium breads that I find for hubs to have a little bread with it, but we mainly stick to veggies.

I tell people that I have to eat a certain way or I just cannot eat at their houses or come visit. I can bring a few things with me, but I do need them to be accomodating too. I notice with some people, especially relatives, that unless you speak up, they don't do anything to accomodate.

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12/27/09 7:45 P

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My neice (who still lives at home with her parents)wanted a fondue for her birthday dinner (funny how it was her mom, dad & me who did all the work)

The hardest part for me was that almost everything had sodium in it. The cheddar cheese in the fondue, the ham, the pepperoni. I ate lots of celery, mushrooms & tomatoes, etc, and only a small amount of the cheese fondue sauce - and even that had added salt in it. My neice said it needed more salt, and I was standing right there. I questioned them adding salt to the pot, and she just sait it needed it for flavour. And after she added it, I heard her say the it was amazing what a little salt would do for the taste!

My sister has MS and has to follow a gluten free mealplan, and all her family are very solicitous of that fact, maybe because a) they are around her every day, and b) they see the agony she goes through whenever she eats gluten laden foods.

On the other hand, they also know that I have problems with edema and am borderline CHF, but they seldom see my swollen ankles, and never hear my high blood preasure or sluggish circulation or headaches, so they don't make many adjustments to the food they prepare when I am at thier place for dinner - Oh they did in the beginning when I was first told by my doc to reduce my intake to 1000 mg a day, but as time went by, so too did the concern.

I have made a resolution (not a New Years one, just a plain ordinary everyday resolution) that if I cannot - for any reason - take my own meal with me, or if they cannot make it lo/so, or take something for me out of the pot before they add any salt, then I will not be going to thier house for dinner anymore.

I know they cannot buy all lo/so canned veggies, tomatoes, etc, for me, but I already find it hard enough to control the sodium in my diet without adding additional to the pot. The best thing is for me to just stay home. It may hurt my sister's feelings, but my health is important to me just as hers is to her.

Edited by: LITTLEWIND53 at: 12/27/2009 (19:50)
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12/27/09 6:47 P

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I will have to write down that sub and put on my spice cabnet. I almost never use soy sauce, but if I can sub Lee and Perrins W sauce, I'll be one happy cook.
I used to make my own beef jerky but I used Golden Dragon Hawaiin Terriaki Sauce. I haven't made it in years because of the sodium, but maybe I can borrow that sub trick and see what I come up with. Thanks for the idea.

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Thanks, Trinity, for the share on the Worcestershire sauce. I use it as a flavoring in some of the things I cook, because it is much lower in sodium, but didn't know about the soy sauce substitution. Will have to try that soon.

Sonya...thanks for the list of ideas. Sadly, here we haven't found a low sodium can of beans yet, no matter what the brand is. Everything falls at 600 mg or above for a serving, which means I could have one serving and not much else. Did find a great recipe to make my own, but unless you are having a get together or have tons of time on your hands, it is a waste of time...takes about 5 hours to make and cook. UGH! Though will definitely have to check out the McCormick seasoning blends...I dislike Mrs. Dash for the same reasons.

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12/16/09 9:32 P

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It is a hard task! But being diligent about label reading helps a lot. The local Walmart doesn't carry as many reduced-sodium products as the one in the next town, that is ridiculous.

Recent discoveries: *Mike Sells no-salt-added chips
*McCormick has some new spice blends that are salt free, and smell WAY better than Mrs Dash! I can't really tolerate that stuff.
Premium(brand) hint-of-salt have VERY low sodium, like 1/3 of the unsalted top version.
Bread and butter pickles do not have as much sodium as dill. I know, a different taste too..but hey, when you gotta have a bit of pickle..
Bush's makes several reduced sodium beans.



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12/16/09 3:05 P

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I was fixing an old favorite recipe last week that had soy sauce in it. I checked online for a substitute for soy sauce and found that 4 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce mixed with 1 tbsp of water=1/2 cup of soy sauce. I used the substitute in the recipe and we liked the taste of it even better than the old way with the soy sauce!

I need to keep working on looking for tasty alternatives! It will be so worth it!

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I can do this, as I have to do this....I am sodium sensitive thanks to an inner ear issue known as Meniere's. I usually do the cook from scratch routine, though have found some no sodium added broth with Hormel's Herbox Chicken and Beef broth and Heinz now has a no salt added ketchup, which tastes like the real thing.

Reading labels is very important. A lot of my friends and family think because I am low carb, I eat a lot of cheese and meat, but I have to go with low sodium brands and only lean no additive meats. No Hickory Farms or Swiss Colony for me! Even to do small cocktail smokies in a blanket is impossible, as the sodium count, not to mention the carb count is off limits! But, there are healthier alternatives out there, just have to read the labels and seek them out!

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Happy Wednesday to you! We have made it thru half the work week - wohooo!

The holidays are upon us and sometimes that means grabbing a diet meal, some convenience foods or holiday appetizers that we think are healthy, but while innocent in appearance, are actually loaded with Sodium! Remember sodium can prevent or slow down weight loss, cause edema and drive up blood pressures, along with other health issues!

Your challenge today is to keep your sodium in check - under 2300! That means that you need to READ LABELS and watch processed foods. This should be an easy one for everybody! Remember that "diet meals" are loaded with sodium. So are:

*Pickles and olives
*Soy Sauce
*Canned Soups
*Canned Vegetables
*Crackers & chips
*Vegetable Juices

Be vigilant when it comes to reading labels. When cooking, try adding flavors that help you avoid extra salt. Try adding:

*Fruit juice
*Fresh herbs
*Dried herbs
*Low sodium broth

YOU CAN DO THIS!

Have a great Wednesday!



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