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Sodium Bad

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

This morning I woke up and was another pound down. I was going to log it but thought, hey, why not wait until Saturday when I do my weigh-in for the 5% Challenge? I might have lost even more by then, given that I have been working out like a fiend and eating perfectly. Then I ate Subway for lunch for a change, which included a bag of Sun Chips. I had the calories to spend and I always pick one of the low fat options when I go there. Quick and tasty, right? If I haven't mentioned it, and you aren't participating in the 5% Challenge, this week's spotlight is on sodium intake. After lunch, I logged my food and my Sodium SHOT UP to 3500 mg!!!! The max is set at 2300. My weight---also up 4 pounds within a few hours! I know my weight usually fluctuates but that is a higher fluctuation than normal. I really need to watch the salt (Duh)! I'm drinking lots of water and will be careful of that in the future. To be honest, I think this is a chronic issue for me. My lower legs and ankles get so swollen.

I love Subway. It's a "go to" meal if I don't have time to cook. I had no clue it was so high in Sodium. The chips were only ~350mg.
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  • ELLEN5354
    I retain water when I have too much sodium and boy does my scale show it. I went to a diner party and most of the food had soya sauce in it. The next day I was up 3 lbs. No one else there had that problem. The good news is I lose it in 1 or at the most 2 days . I have entered sodium in my daily nutrition tracking page . That does help me.
    2139 days ago
    WOW...sodium BAAAAD for real!!! Yes, unfortunately all of that processed food, even the veggies...get tainted once they come out of a chain restaurant...lolol. Weird, huh?? But at least you recognized the issue and can turn it all around!

    Keep on keepin' on Sister. We're getting there one day and one meal at a time...as long as the meals don't come from Subway, apparently....lololol. ;-)~~~

    love you!
    2139 days ago
    I would never have guessed it would have had that much sodium. Thanks for the heads up. I haven't been tracking sodium until this week so this is all a learning curve for me too. Sounds like we are going to be treading through some land mines!
    2139 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    It's great that you learned something new. It's crazy how much sodium is in restaurant foods. Every time I look up the nutritional info on fast-food I feel chest pains! For a natural diuretic, I add cucumber slices, some ginger slices and a bit of fresh mint to a pitcher of water. Let it steep overnight. Very tasty too!
    2139 days ago
    That is a challenge - but it is good that we are becoming more aware of it. Maybe you could search their offerings and find some healthier - low sodium choices?

    Knowledge is always a good thing.

    2140 days ago
    It is amazing how the sodium adds up in processed foods! Breads, sandwich meats, chips, sauces- they're all loaded with salt! I started making my own sauces and cut out bread and processed sandwich meats in favor of lean chicken breasts or fish fillets in a lettuce wrap.
    2140 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    That's scary, I thought Subway was a good go to for us too, maybe not. My sodium is so high anyway, that I am really watching, thanks for sharing.
    2140 days ago
    I'm afraid I'm not doing great on the sodium front either! I don't think I've had a gain from it yet, though. I'm sure yours will drop back down as fast as it came on!
    2140 days ago
    Yikes that is a lot. Often members have a good weigh in for sodium week because no water weight. I hope you flush it away.
    2140 days ago
  • SUMMER2203
    wow i had no idea!!!!! i wonder where the sodium is hiding???
    2140 days ago
    Good Luck! I love salty food too and it is a constant challenge for me also.
    2140 days ago
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