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1/7/10 8:20 P

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thur challenge, salt was 1827 under the 2000

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1/7/10 7:30 P

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LOL....I love it! You are right, there aren't enough labeling of foods. Though the U.S. is getting tougher on sodium standards, finally...though not fully there yet!

As for my father in-law, well the old saying goes, "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink," or in this case read! Though being around me enough he is learning why I can't eat certain things. He was even suggesting restaurants for me to eat at, since his favorite is Cracker Barrel and you would think that would be safe as it is home cooking....NOT! He couldn't understand why I could not eat something like chicken fried steak, chicken and dumplings, with all those veggies. I simply told him....first of all the SALT, secondly the carbohydrates. He couldn't understand why I couldn't even have the veggies, but I explained they either come canned or are cooked pre-seasoned, where you cannot get any without all the salt and junk in it. The safest thing there for me is a grilled chicken salad with oil and vinegar dressing, remove the croutons and keep the cheese on the side and only a bite or two at that. The only other thing there is a low carb breakfast, with eggs, two pieces of whole wheat bread and turkey sausage, but that is pushing the envelope for me sodium wise. UGH....thankfully, my mother in-law is taking it all in and understanding the way I have to eat. YEAH!

Anyhow....WOW with the cold weather up there. We got hit hard with some freezing temperatures this morning, my plants got bit pretty good, despite covering them. The citrus and the fern farmers are trying to save what they can, though we are headed for another round which blows through tomorrow. We are actually looking at a wintery mix early Saturday morning. We haven't had that in a while! So in one way I look forward to it, the in the other way...the cold here is the damp cold that chills you to the bone, which I don't like. But, will deal with it. Plenty of sugar free hot cocoa, hot tea and coffee!

Try to stay warm up there!

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1/7/10 2:50 P

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One time I was looking at sodium content on line and saw a meal at some restaurant weighing in at over 10,000 mg sodium for the one meal. Turned out to be a US restaurant, so I no longer remember the name, or even what the meal was. So often meals have 4 or 5 thou each.

In Canada, food stores - and delis - like Safeway, do not have to label how much of what is in the foods they prepare. And, course, restaurants do not have to post any of it, although many do post on line.

Considering how much damage these meals can do to our bodies, I wonder why our respective governments don't require labels on ALL meals. Then people like your father in law, can see the numbers and be better informed. Of course, all the labels in the world won't help anyone who doesn't READ them. lol.

I hear it is still cold down in Forida, that the growers are having a hard time with the crops as they are all freezing. Hope you are warm enough. It was minus-22C when I left for work this morning with a windchill factor of -39. Thank goodness it is supposed to warm up (to -12) this afternoon and should be warmer still on Saturday. Yippie!

Have a nice (and warm)day!

Edited by: LITTLEWIND53 at: 1/7/2010 (14:53)
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1/7/10 12:58 P

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I can tell just how misinformed my father in-law is in regards to sodium. He and my mother in-law have high blood pressure issues and wonder why they have to be on medication. Well, for starters they eat too many carbs, which contain massive amounts of sodium in them, along with luncheon meats and cheeses which is a big no no. But, my father in-law asked me why I had to have a special no salt ketchup and why I didn't have dijon mustard in the fridge. He claims those items don't have sodium in them. I was about on the floor laughing at this point. My hubs pointed out that condiments are notorious for sodium. I told my father in-law to look at the label for a small serving of ketchup and tell me how much sodium it has, then to look at the mayo jar and informed him that dijon mustard is the worst in terms of sodium, that I can only have plain yellow mustard or honey mustard and that is it. I looked at his sandwich and told him just how many mg of sodium he was injesting, he was shocked. He thought he only had about 200 to 300 mg. He was injesting 1000 mg or more in one sitting. He had piled on sodium ladened ham, provolone cheese which is high in sodium, tons of mayo and made himself two sandwiches which the bread for both equated to 500 mg of sodium alone. I then asked, "Do you now understand why I cannot eat sandwiches?" My mother in-law answered yes, but he was like, "I think so".

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1/7/10 12:27 A

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F.Y.I. According to the experts, we only get 13 to 15 percent of our daily sodium from the Salt Shaker (some people may get more because they are heavy handed, and others much less because they don't cook or bake with sodium and never salt food at the table.

Keep reading the labels, and also remember that sodium occurs naturally in some foods that you may not be aware of. For example, did you know that celery has naturally occurring sodium? That's why it is so important to enter ALL foods into the tracker and watch out for condiments like ketchup or mustard!

For medical reasons, I must try to keep my sodium to about 1000 mg a day. Not always an easy thing to do!

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1/6/10 9:00 P

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try to keep it under 2000 everyday, it hard to do.

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Keep on trying and read those labels carefully. I know it is hard at first to get it lower, but you can do it...we all can!!!

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1/6/10 12:36 P

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emoticon I try! I use the nutrition tracker. Don't use salt at the table. Cook mostly from scratch. Read the labels on any processed foods but I usually AM OVER THE 2000 LIMIT!!!!I will keep working on it, but it is not easy! emoticon

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1/5/10 10:53 P

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Ok, we will start with an easy challenge as our first one for the new year. Today you will want to keep your sodium under 2000 mg, at a maximum, preferrably lower.

Remember to record all items in your trackers as sodas, bread, fresh veggies, etc. all have sodium in them. Try to stay away from canned soups, canned veggies, convenience items, frozen meals, etc. They are notorious for hidden sodium.

Have a wonderful and low sodium day!

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