LOW SODIUM DIET

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misscali
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   Posted 6/23/2007 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
does anyone have any tips about maintaining a low sodium diet?? i have done some research online but i was wondering if anyone has any personal tips that might help too. i want to stay on a low sodium diet not only because its better for your heart, kidneys etc but also because it should keep my moon face down!! i am on 9 mgs not and my face is still slightly puffy and i know that if i keep my salt intake to a minimum my face wont be quote so "moony" lol.

anyways my question is: does anyone know how to keep a low sodium lifestyle not only in home cooking but also when eating out? what food i should avoid etc (i am in college so i tend to eat out a lot....)

Thank you!!

ladybug44r
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   Posted 6/24/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
anything fried and you can always ask about salt in foods. Some restraunts don't use alot of salt or any because of poeple with high blood pressure.
 
Use butter that has no salt instead of margirine. Becareful though because body needs some salt to keep stones from fromong in gallballder.
 
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misscali
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   Posted 6/25/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the tips! i went out to breakfast yesterday and realized that it is soo hard to have a low sodium meal!! and food doesnt taste as good either....lol

CityGirl
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   Posted 6/25/2007 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Avoid foods in boxes, plastic wrap and bottles. Most prepared foods have tons of sodium simply for preservation. Even things like bottled salad dressings and sauces are loaded with sodium. Scratch cooking is really best and it doesnt have to be time consuming or complicated. Really just consume whole, fresh foods and learn cooking methods that infuse flavor without adding extra fat or salt. Grilling, braising, broiling and searing help infuse flavor. Herbs can add lots of flavor w/o sodium. There are many wonderful low sodium cook books out there with really tasty, inexpensive and quick recipes from scratch.

Bsime
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   Posted 6/26/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Stay away from manufactured foods and fast foods.  And don't add salt to your food. 
 
When you start reading the labels on various foods you will see some have extremely high salt content.  Cheap way of preserving food and giving it some taste.  Most fast food has high levels of salt.
 
My wife and I stopped adding salt to our food 35 years ago.  It tasted bland at first but now salt does not taste good.  We use lots of pepper and other condiments instead.
 
Bill
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
 
Meds: prednisone (7mg & tapering), 100mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
 
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
 
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misscali
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   Posted 6/26/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
what about when you are eating out? i almost feel bad asking them to cook without salt but i guess my health is more important lol...

Bsime
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   Posted 6/26/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Most franchise type restaurants use lots of salt.  And lots of people just grab the salt shaker and add more.
 
You can always ask if they can use less or none.  Family owned restaurants will comply.
 
If you avoid the obvious large amounts of salt there is no reason you can't eat out occasionally and not worry.  Those who eat manufactured and fast foods get massive amounts.  But if you limit your intake then occasional transgressions should not hurt unless you have some other medical condition.
 
Personally I try to eat sensibly most of the time and then eat "bad" foods occasionally.  Don't feel deprived that way.
 
Bill
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
 
Meds: prednisone (7mg & tapering), 100mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
 
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
 
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."  Helen Keller
 
 


misscali
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   Posted 6/27/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you so much for your insight and guidance! i think you are right about treating yourself once in a while. my mom always says "everything in moderation..."
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