A little goes a long way
Saturday, October 20, 2012
A little sodium, that is! I have an elderly friend whose caregiver daughter was out of town for a week, so another friend arranged for other friends to provide lunch and a visit to my friend Inez, as she can take care of herself for the most part, but just needs a bit of overseeing.
I was set for Friday, so I'd been preceded by the lunches of others for several days. As i checked in with my friend almost every day, Inez recounted the lunches others had shared. One came from our McAlister's Deli, another from Arby's, Kentucky Fried Chicken fixings came another time, and Japanese and pizza restaurants were visited as well. When we stopped in with our homecooked, healthy meal on Friday, my friend mentioned her feet had been swollen the night before.
Doesn't take much guesswork to figure out the cause here...it was the white stuff added abundantly to enhance the flavor of the restaurant foods! As part of our First Place 4 Health program a couple of weeks ago, we began looking at nutritional charts of local fast food places. The first we looked at was KFC, and I mentioned that their pot pie, tasty as it is, has 1970 mgs of sodium. Considering that healthy adults should LIMIT their daily intake to 2400 mgs, that doesn't leave much, and that was what her loving friend had brought for lunch!
I'm not being critical of the kindness of these friends; I appreciate it, and so did Inez. I'm just reminding my Spark-buds of the dangers of such mindless eating. A quick glance over the KFC chart showed several selections that can provide a healthy meal that is fairly low in fat, sodium and calories.
Those who eat out regularly really should be vigilant to not get excessive levels of sodium. Just takes a bit of time to do the math! (Of couse, making healthy meals at home most of the time is the best way to guarantee better-for-you eating!)