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Hidden Sodium, Groaning Scale

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I had Chinese for lunch on Sunday, and knew that I'd be a bit over calories for the day, but that I had room for it. I had the tiny cup of Egg Drop soup (with fried Wonton crunchies), and the Egg Roll. But, I only ate about 1/3 of the Shrimp Fried Rice and half the Imperial Chopsticks Special entree. Not having nutrition info available from the restaurant itself, it was interesting trying to find items that would approximate what I ate on the SP tracker.

When I was done piecing my meal together on the tracker, I looked at the values. HIGH in carbs & fat (expected). Enough protein. Sodium, however, was outrageous. While I expected it to be somewhat high, I had no idea that it would be nearly 3500mg for just the one meal.


3500mg. One meal.

Did you read that? 3500 mg of sodium in one meal (and I didn't even eat everything they brought me).

By the end of the day, I had topped 4000mg sodium, and I was as thirsty as if I'd spent the day in the desert. I think I drank around a gallon of water by the time I went to bed (after 9 cups on the tracker, I didn't add anymore).


Thing is...I expected to eliminate much of that water overnight and the next morning. It didn't happen quite like that. I had my normal weigh-in Monday morning, and I was one pound UP from the week before. I logged it, but figured at least part of that was likely the water retention.

Turns out, I was right, it took 2 days to de-puffify myself...2 whole days to get rid of the hidden sodium that I had ingested in about 30 min. So, just to see where I really am now, I weighed in again today and logged it.

The result? One pound lower than the week before the Chinese, so SP thinks I lost 2 pounds in the last 3 days. But it's really just one pound this last week.

What's the take-away of all this? Don't get Chinese take-away! hehehehehe
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    I don't see myself giving up Chinese altogether, especially seeing that when I want to go hang out with friends and they all want Chinese, I still want to go. But, I can make wiser choices. Steamed rice instead of fried, give someone else the soup that comes with the luncheon special, don't eat the fried wonton crunchies, save the egg roll for another day, etc.The buffet place would kill me, except they have sushi and a full salad bar. :)
    2213 days ago
    Eventually I had to just give up Chinese. I don't crave it anymore.. I WAS an addict.. which probably led to my high bloodpressure.

    We can replace it with other things.. like salads that have nuts and dried cranberries.
    2214 days ago
    LOL @ "de-puffify" I know exactly what you mean. My puffiness shows up in my face, and sometimes in my ankles (pitting edema). The morning after a sodium-laden day my whole face will look like I lost a fight with a concrete pillow. I guess the puffy lips aren't so bad emoticon , but my eyes are not so becoming with the extra fluff.
    2214 days ago
    Shoyu, Hoisin, Oyster Sauce, Hum Ha, Black Bean Paste...all add great flavor, but are LOADED with sodium. The other thing I noticed is when a place does not use MSG, they use MORE of the other sauces to compensate. Your best bet is to cook your own.
    I use reduced sodium shoyu and unseasoned rice vinegar mixed 1:1, reduced sodium broths, and liquor to help boost flavor.
    2215 days ago
    Wow, sodium will get you when you eat out. I thought I was eating a healthy lunch at McAlister--well it was until I tracked the sodium. Thanks for the infor on Chinese and sodium. emoticon
    2215 days ago
    The feed is designed to celebrate the things that show you're headed to your goal...weight GAIN isn't part of that, so I guess the feed ignores that.
    2215 days ago
    emoticon I love chinese, but the salt is crazy high. Need to figure out how to make myself and lower the salt as much as possible. My scale keeps going up so when I do start losing again it's going to be the pounds I just gained. I find it interesting that my feed shows weight loss, but not weight gain. One of those things that make you go hmmmm.
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