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Help! Too Much Sodium!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

From Day 1, I decided to track my Sodium intake. And from Day 1 I have exceeded the suggested amount by HUNDREDS and just as often THOUSANDS!

I grew up with and enjoy very salty, flavorful food. As an adult I reduced my intake but not by enough it would seem. I'm afraid that if I reduce it more, I won't enjoy the food I've been eating which could possibly sabotage my journey. But if I don't reduce it at all, I'm not moving towards the healthy lifestyle that I am working so hard for.

Has anyone else had this issue? Are there alternatives to sodium that won't leave my food flavorless and bland? A different combination of spices perhaps? I don't want to move on to Step 2 until I get this under control.
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    Try experimenting with different herbs and spices. I don't think I've ever seen my D. put salt in anything and it tastes amazing. Bulk food stores usually has them so you can try a little at time and figure what you like! Its usually cheaper than buying a spice rack too!
    2437 days ago
    Hi Kay,

    Yes have have to be fearful of salt, you have to reduce and not have to worry about high blood pressure. Mrs Dash is a good alternative but it can be very expensive and possible "no salt" you have to experiment to find you liking and once you start to reduce you will find you don't crave it as much. Good Luck
    2437 days ago
  • CRYSTAL8488
    Ahh Sodium!! I use to cook with salt, then add more salt and eat things with tons of salt already in it. It's not an easy thing to stop. I know many people use Mrs.Dash, it has no sodium and it has a blend of seasonings in it. For me, I use Mccormick grill mates, it does contain salt but just in lower amounts. I add it to veggies and on all meats, even fish..its sooo good but without puting pure salt on the food. Defintely check out the spice isle at your grocery store, you can find a lot better things with less sodium and you won't sacrifice the taste. Best of luck to you!!

    2437 days ago
    I am very sensitive to sodium. I'm not allergic to it, but if I overdo it then I swell up and bloat and worse. So I HAVE to keep my sodium levels within a healthy range. Over time, experimenting and reading labels has shown me some really good choices.

    For instance:

    Triscuit crackers are relatively low in sodium but taste like they're not.

    Lays Classic Potato chips are the lowest in sodium chips there are, and not TOO bad on calories.

    There is a product available in the spice section of most grocery stores called "NoSalt." I believe it's potassium or something like that, and a little goes a long way, but it tricks your taste buds and sort of 'tastes' like salt. With this stuff I just make my food WITHOUT salt and then add a little of this on top.

    Also, Mrs Dash has some really good spice blends.

    Over time, by restricting your salt intake your taste buds WILL adapt to where food tastes good without all the extra salt. May not help you now, but this MIGHT help you stick with it.

    Get some freezer bags or small containers, and prepackage your snacks into serving sized containers. Plan the food and salt in to your day, keep tracking. Don't try to cut ALL your salt out now, just take it down by 500 mg increments each week. Get creative in how you do this! I have given you some options.

    Another place to watch: Salad dressings are LOADED with sodium. Find low sodium alternatives, or just switch to apple cider vinegar and a little olive oil. Olive oil has healthy fats, and the apple cider vinegar has a great twang that mixes with salads really well. There is a salad made by Ken's Steakhouse (I got it at walmart) that has very little sodium in it. It's "Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinagrette" dressing. 2 tablespoons only has 120 mg of sodium and is a pretty good choice too.

    Another one, fresh salsa added to the top of a salad in place of dressing. Walmart sells a "Sweet Onion Salsa" that has only 50 mg of sodium in 2 tbsps, and is only 5 CALORIES! it tastes wonderful, too. I have eaten salads with cottage cheese on the top, which is ALSO good in place of dressing.

    Think outside the box, don't be afraid to explore and try new things, and don't try to do everything at once. Tackle the sodium issue one step at a time, you can do this!!!
    2437 days ago
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