I might be getting the hang of it.

Friday, January 29, 2010

I've started to take stock of what I've eaten. I noticed a lot of overages in fat, sodium, and calories. Calories are the easiest for me to track, so (except for one day of bad, bad decisions) I am doing better at staying within my limits. Fat and sodium, not so much. I can kind of control my fat intake, but sodium is REALLY hard for me. I've been trying harder the last few days, and found that it's like if I can keep one in control, I forget about the other.

Today, however, I did really well in everything except sodium. I am going to blame the sodium thing on the reason I hold water at the end of every month. emoticon But today, I played around with my end-of-day food choices before I ate, and I got EVERYTHING else within limits! It took a lot of finagling, but I feel damned good about it. I'm going to see if I can't plan my meals a little sooner instead of bunching it all into the end of the day. I hate planning meals, but I want to try again. I'm so excited to do things right!

Any ideas on how to lower my sodium intake since I haven't exactly learned to cook yet? I don't salt my food (probably because it's so high in sodium, I don't need to, ha!). Actually, any ideas on cooking low-sodium dishes would be helpful, too. I'm excited to keep straightening my path, and this is really going to help. I don't have high blood pressure yet, and hopefully (now that I care), I never will!
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  • Z_ILL_A
    Evil salt - I agree. Cooking could be fun, I suppose. But it's definitely going to prove helpful in watching levels. Now I'm excited! I like the tomato sauce idea - thanks! My grandma gave me a recipe for salt-free multi-seasoning mix. Gotta go find it... I'll post it when I do.
    4049 days ago
  • TX_3XDAD
    Wow, that's one heck of an accomplishment. With all the dials and gauges and graphs and knobs, I'm always over or under, like some kind of freaking woven basket.

    I actually hadn't thought about trying to get all the #s within the green zone.

    The sodium part tweaks my interest every day, because I'm trying to find ways to lower it. One thing that's REALLY helped has been cooking my own food. I can have a sodium level that's actually low for the day.

    Unfortunately every freaking canned or processed food is filled with not just salt, but also with evil salt chemical thingies. (Yeah, I know the real names...) For me it's been a case of finding every SOURCE for salt and finding a lower sodium version. Dried beans instead of canned. Ground chili pepper instead of tabasco-type (and salt loaded) sauces. Making tomato sauce from tomatoes instead of canned or jarred sources.

    Anyway... Good luck!
    4049 days ago
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