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July 26, 2012 5:05 PM
Over the last year and a half I've slowly but surely got my sodium under control! I'm now under 2,500mg daily at 3000 calories a day!

What's your sodium intake daily?
July 26, 2012 5:24 PM
I try to keep between 2000 and 2500. I have high blood pressure (treated by meds) and realize so many prepared foods have the highest levels!!!! I can even taste the sodium in food. I never add salt because only fresh veggies MAY need just a little.
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July 26, 2012 5:31 PM
Last time I tested, surprisingly, mine was actually a little low.
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July 26, 2012 5:33 PM
Trying to keep it below 2300. Sugar and sodium is my worst enemy!
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July 26, 2012 5:34 PM
90% of the time under 2500 mg. I haven't used a "salt shaker" in over a year! Yay me...bigsmile
July 26, 2012 5:36 PM
I just got off blood pressure medicine a few months ago so I try very hard to regulate my sodium. Most days I'm between 2000-2500.
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July 26, 2012 5:38 PM
I reset my goal to 2000. I often go over, but I try to keep it around 2000.

And I wonder how many people actually add table salt to their food diary. I just recently started adding it, which is rare. (I have to add salt to my hard-boiled eggs.)
July 26, 2012 5:38 PM
QUOTE:

I try to keep between 2000 and 2500. I have high blood pressure (treated by meds) and realize so many prepared foods have the highest levels!!!! I can even taste the sodium in food. I never add salt because only fresh veggies MAY need just a little.


no kidding. it wasnt until i started using MFP that i realized how much salt i was chuggin jus from frozen dinners, ramen noodles and canned food. i was surprised that one pack of maruchan dried noodles has 1.6g of salt! it was very easy to go over 2.5g for the day if i ate jus one of those a day. so i started lookin at everything i had in the kitchen and it seemed the highest salt content was in canned foods no matter what it was. i read that they put alot of salt in them for various reasons from preservatives to cover the taste of the can in the food. crazy.
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July 26, 2012 5:39 PM
Most days I'm between <1000 and 2,500. IF I eat out somewhere, it can get much higher.

I went to Red Lobster for dinner the other night this week and literally watched my legs, ankles, feet and hands swell up wtihin 3 hours of eating there. The sodium count for my meal, according to MFP?? OVER 5,800!!!! No wonder I swelled up!!
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July 26, 2012 5:40 PM
I keep mine under 2000 a day. Anything over that and my wedding rings don't fit!
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July 26, 2012 5:41 PM
I try to keep my sodium intake between 1500 and 2000.
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July 26, 2012 5:43 PM
some days around 1,000 other days 1800-2000 I really don't like salty foods and don't sprinkle salt on top of my food or anything (but we do season with it sometimes)
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July 26, 2012 5:44 PM
I try to stay under my 2500, but some days I'm over (not by a ton, though)
July 26, 2012 5:46 PM
I just checked my diary for the last few days and I've stayed within my limits. (before that I wasn't tracking it and never thought about it.) BUT I didn't think about the table salt I've added. Hmmm. Gotta do better with that.
July 26, 2012 5:46 PM
probably like 3-5000. but who's counting? (not me wink )
July 26, 2012 6:11 PM
I try to keep mine between 1500-2000, the one thing that usually puts me over is cheese.... so not fair as it is healthy and I need more dairy. I don't drink much milk and I can't stand yogurt unless it is mixed into something.
July 26, 2012 6:17 PM
I checked my diary, and I am consistently under the goal MFP sets, sometimes by as much as 1000 mg. I don't track salt I use while cooking, or what I use at the table, so I know it's not totally accurate. I tend to be pretty light handed with the salt shaker, though.
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July 26, 2012 6:22 PM
Never tracked a gram of sodium over my entire weightloss... I track Protein, Carbs, Fat, and calories that is it... I always drink at least my weight divided by 2 in water... currently 250 lbs. so I drink no less than 125 oz. of water a day...
Edited by CyberEd312 On July 26, 2012 6:22 PM
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July 27, 2012 7:21 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I try to keep between 2000 and 2500. I have high blood pressure (treated by meds) and realize so many prepared foods have the highest levels!!!! I can even taste the sodium in food. I never add salt because only fresh veggies MAY need just a little.


no kidding. it wasnt until i started using MFP that i realized how much salt i was chuggin jus from frozen dinners, ramen noodles and canned food. i was surprised that one pack of maruchan dried noodles has 1.6g of salt! it was very easy to go over 2.5g for the day if i ate jus one of those a day. so i started lookin at everything i had in the kitchen and it seemed the highest salt content was in canned foods no matter what it was. i read that they put alot of salt in them for various reasons from preservatives to cover the taste of the can in the food. crazy.

Tina this has happened to me as well! I had a chicken burito from chipotle which has like 3000+ mg of sodium, my abs COMPLETELY disappeared for 48 hours until it was flushed out of my system. It's incredible how bad the stuff is for you in excessive amounts! (And how easily you can go over if you're not watchin' your processed foods!)
July 27, 2012 7:23 AM
Nice work Ed. When I first started losing weight and gettin' in shape I wasn't tracking either. When I finally did take a look at it, I noticed I was really high! Like 3-4k a day, sometimes 5k! I pushed it out though cause I was getting great results and felt sodium was nit picking, but I'm glad I got a handle on it now before I had blood pressure problems later in life!

Plus I do some high intensity exercises, and I noticed I feel better during exercise with my sodium under control. Before I could feel my whole body pulsing from the extra pressure. Lucky my heart didn't explode lol.

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