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So I am about to attempt to decrease my salt intake to hopefully decrease my bp
Living in us it is so difficult to eat anything that doesn't contain sodium in it.
I was hoping you guys here can share some tips for me as well and some of your success stories to help me feel motivated to do this diet
Thank you guys
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And also just pretty much making all home cook foods with no salt?
And you can still eat a limited amount of treats and convenience foods, provided you check out the salt content and avoid the high-sodium foods. They're getting stricter all the time about labelling here in Europe, and I'm guessing it's the same stateside. But it's better all round if you can eat mainly food you've prepared yourself. That way you avoid excessive carbs and sugars too. Junk food is stuffed with sugar as well as salt - even savoury dishes.
My husband on the other hand claims to love his salt and literally piles the stuff on the side of his plate, he says he enjoys the 'crunch factor' although doesn't seem to notice that no salt is actually added to the cooking. Despite all this salt he consumes his BP remains well below the optimum 120/80. Not fair is it !!
Best to avoid takeaways and most ready meals and cook from scratch: Takeaways and ready meals are usually laden with salt.
In 1983 I did not have hypertension but in 2000 it was 210/110. Go figure.
We were told at heart rehab, 11mg a day. some item have 2000mg in them, so they are out.
Rediscoverd the fresh food section and receipes that have little or no salt, or just took the salt content out of the receipe.
A challenge at first, but after about 6 weeks your body seems to adjust as does your taste buds, then everything, I now find even cornflakes taste salty, ughhhh.
Add flavours and colours, mint leaves, parsley, corriander, chives, onions, chillies, tumeric, ginger, we are lucky where we are, we can grow tumeric and ginger, in a pot otherwise they are a weed.
If your are a bread eater, they are on of the worst, they have handfulls of salt in them, again watch the labels, salad dressing a horror for salt, I make my own from sweetened condensed milk, and vinegar and some mustard, yummmm. again check all the labels, only thing at the supermaket I have found without salt is canned tomatoes, but I don't need canned tomatoes now, have my own.
We get a real kick out of having a garden, now, we grow lettuce mixed variety, pick only the leaf, cherry tomatoes, have even been able to grow beans on a frame, being able to go out and pick a few leaves on lettuce and a couple of cherry tomatoes to make a salad lovely.
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