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    May 05, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    Ok, I have trying to eat very healthy and I have...but I my problem is that I eat a lot of salt. For example--Dinner consists of steamed vegetables with brown rice ....DOUSED in soy sauce lol. I also drink diet 7UP. I love salt...so IDK. Any suggestions are welcome.
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    May 05, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    Willpower. If you want something bad enough you'll go through any lengths to change it.
    Take small steps: cut back the amount of soy sauce, cut back a can of 7up a day, try water instead, ect, ect

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step! Good luck!
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    May 05, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    jdukay24 said Ok, I have trying to eat very healthy and I have...but I my problem is that I eat a lot of salt. For example--Dinner consists of steamed vegetables with brown rice ....DOUSED in soy sauce lol.[...] I love salt...so IDK. Any suggestions are welcome.


    Add the soy sauce after cooking to the serving on the plate to maintain its' maximum flavor. Otherwise (adding it while the food is cooking) the flavor will be absorbed and you won't taste it but all that salt will be excessive.
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    May 05, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    Josh1992 saidWillpower. If you want something bad enough you'll go through any lengths to change it.
    Or like the old saying goes: Abs taste better than any food. icon_cool.gif
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    May 05, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    Begin your withdrawal. It's that simple.
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    May 05, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    When my dad was having a lot of heart problems, I asked his cardiologist what would be the single most important thing he'd recommend to keep a heart healthy. He said, "throw your salt shaker in the trash." I didn't throw it in the trash, but I almost never add salt to anything since that day. I've learned to add flavor and spices to take the place of salt.
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    May 05, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    Do you know that you are salt sensitive? Most people are not and do not gain any advantage from reducing their salt intake.

    That said, avoid processing foods and when you do consume salt, let it be what you add on your own, once the food is cooked. A home salt shaker will dispense much less salt than relying on canned sauces, frozen meals, etc.
  • LJay

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    May 05, 2012 4:32 AM GMT
    Yes. Cook without it and add at the table, sparingly.

    Try kosher salt in a little dish at the table. Pinch a few grains. Cleaner tasting that iodized salt, which really does taste of metal.

    Consider looking at a place like Penzey's Spices online for salt-free seasonings. There are a lot of them and the taste can be great.

    The reason this may all be worthwhile is that whether you are sensitive to salt or not, we are inundated with salt just like we are with sugar. It's just self defense.
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    May 05, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    I have a huge salt problem too. I was diagnosed with hypertension so I've stopped using it, and my blood pressure has lowered significantly. I've noticed that I am able to appreciate the flavour and taste that comes with food instead of dousing it in sodium.

    Mind you, I need to put it on eggs. icon_razz.gif
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    May 05, 2012 5:14 AM GMT

    You do need some sodium.

    Here:
    http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09354.html
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    May 05, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    You do need some sodium.

    Here:
    http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09354.html
    You should look at the sodium content of soy sauce. It's fucking outrageous, but it's so awesome! icon_lol.gif

    And if someone is trying to cut, excess sodium is evil.
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    May 05, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    Josh1992 saidWillpower. If you want something bad enough you'll go through any lengths to change it.
    Take small steps: cut back the amount of soy sauce, cut back a can of 7up a day, try water instead, ect, ect

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step! Good luck!


    I agree. Start by cutting back, and eventually you'll get to the point where you've cut down completely. I used to drink a can of diet coke a day. I started cutting down to once every two days, then once a week, and now I have one maybe once a month, and I don't miss it.
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    May 05, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    JPtheBITCH saidUnless you have blood pressure problems, why worry about it? This is one of those health myths that drives me berserk.

    I actually have problems with low blood pressure, so salt isn't an issue for me at all.


    Ditto. I have the opposite problem. I don't like salt that much, except on certain foods, and I'm constantly having to dump it on everything.
  • MikemikeMike

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    May 05, 2012 6:03 AM GMT
    How is your blood pressure- Mine is usually 116/65 pulse 55-58 resting

    I try not to add salt and I hate soy sauce, but if you like it and your pressure is normal ask your Dr's advice no RJicon_idea.gif
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    May 05, 2012 6:03 AM GMT
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    May 05, 2012 7:38 AM GMT
    Studinprogress said
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    IKR? I thought this thread was about SALT! icon_confused.gif
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    May 05, 2012 9:20 AM GMT
    i used to be the same as you. i used to use a ton of salt and put more on top once i was done cooking. whenever i made a stir fry, out came the soya sauce as well. that was until i went to a doctor and he said my blood pressure was higher than normal.

    that's when i decided to cut out all extra salt from my diet. he also said that most spices have enough salt in them when you add it to the food. so whenever i cook, i don't add any salt at all to my food, just add some spices. with stir fries i still had some soya sauce, about 1 tablespoon.

    the funny thing is now if someone adds salt to the food they have cooked, i find it too salty, and my sister always adds more salt to her food when i have cooked it lol
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    May 05, 2012 9:44 AM GMT
    Hold it ..... big problem here.... have you had your sodium levels checked.... do you sweat it out... as in 5 hours on a bike in 90 degree weather. If your body isn't using it you're eating to much. If it is you may be ok.

    When i was in my 20's the doctor told me i was salt deficit.... and wanted me to take salt tablets... i just ate more. Living at home my parents had cut back on salt which you should do when you get older or less active. If you're not sure it's better to eat everything in moderation. Drinking pop is eating healthy??? Hope that helps.
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    May 05, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    drink more water and less crap soft drinks and shit like that....

    in fact, u should always just drink water...nothing else...except when you're out drinking alcohol with ur friends, than it's ok to drink something else other than water. . .

    and soy sauce is terribly salty and bad for u.... there's soy sauce substitutes that are not nearly as salty, yet it tastes just as good.

    Last thing u wanna do is get all fat and high-blood pressurey
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    May 05, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
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  • Lincsbear

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    May 05, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    Make the decision to to do so, then do it!

    Have you tried the low sodium 'salts' available as a first step to reducing your intake?
  • Webster666

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    May 05, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    My grandma salted and sugared everything, and lived to be 96 years old.
  • mybud

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    May 05, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    Dude...when I overdo anything I start measuring...Next time take your measuring spoons out measure your usage....Use that as a base line to cut back...All the best
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    May 05, 2012 7:08 PM GMT
    There's nothing intrinsically wrong with salt... except that it bloats you and makes you look chubby with water weight. The old studies linking sodium to blood pressure are increasingly coming under scrutiny lately.

    Do you have some reason to be alarmed by your salt intake?
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    May 05, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI'd say kick the soy sauce and just watch the salt. Don't eliminate it. And get rid of all sodas. Regardless if they are diet that stuff is garbage for your body.

    You can have salt but be sure to get enough POTASSIUM in your diet in order to keep the proper fluid balance. People who have issues with sodium typically do because their potassium levels are not adequate. Fruits like prunes, avocados and bananas are high in potassium.

    Also drinking plenty of water will help to flush away the bloat.


    Thid was one of the hardest things to kick, for me.