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Old 05-30-2014, 05:17 PM   #16
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I usually omit salt from just about anything I'm making from scratch (except bread, but I rarely make bread). I feel that most natural foods taste fine without added salt. The only thing I add salt to is steak (and I don't eat a lot of steak). I cannot, however, stand most canned goods that are canned "no salt added" or "lower sodium." If I buy canned beans, they get a good rinsing before I use them. I'm okay with no salt added tomatoes (Trader Joe's has a good one). But I really like canned green beans and that is one thing I cannot buy low sodium. Yuck.

I remember my parents buying some salt substitute years ago and remember how horrible it tasted. I'd prefer foods without anything to foods with that stuff on it. I'll look into AlsoSalt. Give it a try. Can't hurt.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:06 AM   #17
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I've been bopping around a bit, but the trend is down. My weigh-in this morning was 140.0. Although my current goal weight is just one pound lower than that, I would like to build up a bit of a buffer for vacation and later again for the holidays.
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Old 05-31-2014, 10:18 AM   #18
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I bought some seasonings from flavor gods. Found them on instagram. Low but not zero sodium and very flavorful. Naturally made and delicious. Use them on everything. www.flavorgod.com
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Old 05-31-2014, 10:36 AM   #19
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I use a lot of spice blends from Penzey's Spices - they have a lot without salt and they really fill in a lot of flavor gaps for me. I was a HEAVY salt over eater for years.

I'm flirting with 150 - never gone over 150.7, no lower than 147.5 in weeks. I need to get better. I've gotten stronger on my last weight workout plan (on it since 1/8), but no other changes other than bigger and clothes actually fit worse than when I started. I'm also stressed out all the time. My goal for summer is to lower the stress, and focus on cardio and yoga.
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Old 05-31-2014, 11:10 AM   #20
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Ditto on the Penzey's. Their free samples have turned me on to a lot of blends that I wouldn't have considered, left to my own devices. We have a Penzey's store about an hour away, but they make the mail order so easy we usually just go that route.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:08 PM   #21
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I never heard of FlavorGods - I may order too!

I reached my goal on Feb 21 - of 150. And in March and April I lost a few pounds and on May 1st I weighed 144. Now the last of the month the same! During the month I ranged from 143-147. The 147 was the day after Chinese. So I maybe found my number of calories to maintain. I have been eating around 2100 - but that is with exercising about 6 days a week. I mean it varied quite a bit (just checked MFP and looked at the range). It was anywhere from 1500-2500 but usually around 2100.

I really like this 144! I think my goal is now 144, but then I guess if I want to stay there I have to go a little lower for traveling, etc. But I don't want to go lower, haha, just stay right here! My travel time starts on June 11. I am going to be frustrated with not having my scale with me. I go to my mom's for a few days and she probably has a scale. Then when I go to my DDs rental apt in Monterey, not sure.

Anyway, I am learning a lot from all of you about how maintaining is never ending! Thanks for all the tips and sharing your struggles and successes!

When people have been asking me about my weight loss I tell them I haven't reached my goal. My goal is to keep it off! I want to be one of that tiny percentage of people who keeps it off! They look at me with a glazed look, like "why did I ask her anything!?" Oh well, I have to keep professing it aloud and to myself so that it will be.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:24 PM   #22
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Another fan of Penzey's Spices here. DW buys dozens of blends in addition to the basics. (Some spices, e.g. cumin, are much cheaper in bulk from an Indian market.)

A basic meal around here is grilled skinless chicken breasts. With different spices, it takes months to repeat.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:36 PM   #23
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I'd go crazy with Penzy's or Flavor Gods. Really. I have to tell myself that my huge collection is fine, just fine. I'll replace as they get old. There's another company, I can't remember the name right now, that at one time I started an order...and hundreds of dollars later I deleted the whole thing.

Tonight's meal--halved acorn squash with Trader Joe's Basamati Rice cooked in low sodium chicken broth and shredded rotisserie chicken. A second squash will be saved for lunches next week.
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Old 06-01-2014, 08:48 PM   #24
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I'm sitting on my patio with my visiting friend, each of us immersed in our phone or laptop, tired after a day in the city. We had very late lunch (or was it early dinner?) at Great NY Noodletown, the Chinese restaurant where people go after drinking till nearly 2 AM. Tell me I will be okay after eating steamed flounder and rice noodles with veggies and taking tastes from my friend's plate of beef and hand-made rough noodles, and after not doing cardio but walking around for hours. I know I will be okay.

Afterward, some Jack fruit and rambutan on the patio that we bought from the street vendors on Canal. I wish I'd bought dragon fruit and lychees, too.
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:07 PM   #25
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I'm not liking MyFitnessPal's view on my potassium intake...I had a banana, white beans, spaghetti squash--all of which are GOOD sources of potassium. I'm to have 4,700 mgs a day. It says I got less than 1000.

Does anyone have a good source of potassium online? (Like MFP or others where I can log food.) I know their database isn't right. And I dislike that potassium is NOT listed on food labels. ((sigh))
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:09 PM   #26
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That banana alone should have given you just under 500 mg potassium.
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Old 06-01-2014, 10:13 PM   #27
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Allison, putting on my doctor hat for a moment, I want to reassure you that it's virtually impossible to be potassium deficient. Only if you take certain anti-hypertensive medications that cause the kidneys to "waste" potassium (specifically, diuretics like hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide and bumetanide) are you in danger of low potassium. This is because your kidneys actively reabsorb potassium to keep serum levels in a tight range (3.5-5 mEq/L). And, for the record, my medical textbooks as well as the Mayo Clinic Online state that adequate intake of potassium is 40-60 mEq/day (1600-2400 mg). If you're still not satisfied, go to http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supp...n/drg-20070753 and you will see just how trivial it is to get 2000 mg or more, even if you are limiting calories.

Now, limiting sodium is a much more difficult challenge. But even here, only "salt sensitive" people need to keep it below 2 gm/day. You can figure out if you're one of those people by doing a "sodium challenge" - when you get up in the morning, before eating, drink at least 16 ounces of plain water. Wait 30-45 minutes and take your blood pressure. That is your baseline. Then, ingest ~1 gm of table salt (in the clinic we use salt tablets; at home, I think that's a bit less than a 1/4 teaspoon). Wait an hour, don't drink or eat anything, stay calm and inactive, then take your blood pressure again. Most people have < 10 mmHg change in the top number (systolic). If you're "salt sensitive," your BP will increase by 15 points or more. If you're in the large non-sensitive group, you really don't need to severely limit dietary salt (it's never good to eat a bunch of processed food with tons of added salt and god-knows-what-else).

Ok; I'm done. I'll take down the medical shingle and go back to regular programming.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:09 AM   #28
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Thank you for posting this, Andrea.
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Andrea.... Another doc question for you perhaps? Allison also posted recently that her doc told her not to take calcium supplements as they're linked to heart disease. My online research (mayo clinic) said there's only a risk if you take straight calcium, not calcium coupled with vitamin d. I take supplements with d per my doc as I have osteopenia. Do you know much about it?
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:01 AM   #30
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Thanks Andrea. I am trying to limit my sodium as well. I am not buying the frozen entrees for lunch that we normally eat during the week. I really never salt anything, except steak and we rarely eat steak. But I'm sure there is a lot of salt in other foods.

I think I have a calorie counting book that has more values than just calories. I'll have to look for it this afternoon. That may be helpful.
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