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Lifestyle change for Trashy…

… no pizza, bacon, pre-made soup, Chinese food (actually, no restaurants at all). No deli meat. No cheese (that one hurts), nor most salad dressings. No peanuts, sunflower seeds, nor crackers.

Yup. Low, low salt time.

This is gonna be tough.

Any advice?


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    1. trashee says:

      My major concern is a stroke. Family history. Maternal grandfather died at 48 of one. I’m almost 50.
      But he smoked and I don’t.
      Still, this has scared the crap outta me.

  1. Well, I’m on 35g of fat per day, so that realistically means: no bacon, no cheese, no pizza, no chinese food, almost no restaurant food at all, no sausage of any kind, no butter, no margarine, no pastry (dessert or otherwise), no real gravy…

    So I can empathize

    1. trashee says:

      That is really low fat. Doc isn’t worried about fat as much as the salt… gotta aim for 1300 mg/day… which isn’t much. The noodle soups that I love are 900 mg!

  2. Chris says:

    Most of that stuff isn’t food anyway. Make your own soups and salad dressings at home –much tastier and easy peasy. Switch to Yves Veggie Bacon strip (make sure it’s the strips not the round ones) if you need something baconish. Switch to goat cheeses – they’re much lower in salt and quite tasty. PC has a nice goat cream cheese. There are goat mozzas, goat cheddar, and delightful goat brie among others. Regular cheeses that are lower in salt include Brick and Swiss. Also increase your potassium intake as that’s just as important as lowering salt intake. A produce with a higher potassium count than sodium count, even if the sodium is fairly high, is still okay as the potassium will neutralize the salt effects. Good luck & good health.

    1. trashee says:

      Cool re: goat cheese! I’ve been making my own Camembert and switching to goat milk is pretty easy.
      Potassium… good to know.
      Thanks, Chris.

      1. chris says:

        And sea salt is a good substitute for regular salt. I don’t know all the chemistry involved but it doesn’t have all the harmful effects of regular table salt.

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