Sodium ????

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I have been doing well in all the categories at Spark save sodium. I don't get it why is everything so packed with Salt. How bad is it really ?

This is me this week...

Sodium, Na: 500 - 2,300 -


Yes tonight I really sucked "Taco Bell" and I thought I was doing good.
Still under 2000 calories, though the salt is hard to shake. I have not gone under the max at all, save two days ago though that was more salad and a single serving of meat.
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  • WINNIE1978
    The only way that we've been able to lower our sodium into the proper range is to stop eating out almost completely. Restaurant food is LOADED with sodium. We also buy almost anything we can in the "no salt added" variety... for example canned green beans. The Green Giant brand had 400mg of sodium for just 1/2 a cup of green beans... our grocery store brand has a "no salt added" can though that has no sodium. Huge difference!
    2977 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    Sodium is a really tough thing, even stuff like touted as super healthy... celery for instance... has really pretty high levels.
    2977 days ago
    Consuming too much sodium can be a serious problem if you have high blood pressure or other heart related problems. Like Xphoenix said, a certain amount of sodium in a necessary nutrient for our bodies to function properly. The important thing is to find balance in the amount you consume everyday. This will help your blood pressure and any issues with fluid retention that you have. I eat out at fast food places upon occasion and I really have to watch my sodium for the rest of the day after eating nearly my daily intake in one food item.

    Some things that I do at home to cut down on sodium:
    1. Make my own mixtures of spices (like taco seasoning) rather than buying premixed seasonings.
    2. Buy dry beans and cook up a bunch in crock pot and freeze in cup servings for later use.
    3. Skip frozen meals at much as possible.
    4. Don't buy pre-seasoned meats. They have a ton of sodium in them.
    5. Make own soups instead of heating from a can.
    6. Use fresh or frozen veggies instead of canned ones.
    2977 days ago
    Well babe, sodium is one of those essential nutrients that your body needs to balance fluids in your body, deal with your muscle functions, and properly work your nerves (in a good way... lol). If I have too much sodium, I hold water really bad, swell a bit, and it can increase your blood pressure. Too much sodium on a daily basis can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, etc... so... watch it!

    Sodium is a super popular preservative, so.. its packed in EVERYTHING. Especially condiments.

    What day was it that you got the Charlie Horses? Maybe that low sodium day? You need at least some, just watch it. Read labels! Know what you are putting into your body :) You are doing great. Love it when you ask questions! XO
    2977 days ago
  • REDSHOES2011
    Don't be hard on yourself, most of our food has salt in it naturally.. Just try to avoid that reflex of grabbing the salt shaker.. I make my food from the base up, I use other stuff like garlic, chili and herbs to give food its bang..
    My family complains constantly the food needs salt.. I said, the salt shaker in on the table boys.. I am making food for me too, and I retain fluids if there is salt in the dish.. They all three grab whatever, it is funny to watch them lol..
    2977 days ago
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