Blitzing the Pantry for a Healthier 2011

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Blitzing the Pantry for a Healthier 2011

no salt signI have not been a person to "add" salt to my daily diet as long as I can remember.  There's a little voice in my head that has always lectured:  "They say it isn't healthy..."

Last year my mother had a heart attack, and came home from the hospital with a new sodium-restricted diet. 

The first thing I did was go through her pantry, and I invite you to do the same for a Heart-Healthy 2011.

Here's the rules for what the American Heart Association recommends: " more than 3 grams (3,000 mgs)" for normal diet and if you have health issues, your doctor may prescribe "a diet that has a ceiling of 2,000 to 2400 (2.0 - 2.4 grams)"

So let's start reading labels:

Campbell's Cream of Chicken/OR Mushroom Soup  870 mg in 1/2 cup

Hunt's Four Cheese Pasta Sauce  580 mg in 1/2 cup

Kraft FREE Thousand Island Dressing  260 in 2 Tablespoons

Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water  310 mg in 2 ounces

Generic Baked Beans  620 mg in 1/2 cup

I think you can get the general idea here.  And then, remember that most people's idea of a serving is often double what the product may list as serving size!  If you eat a whole can of tomato soup with your sandwich at lunch...well, you can see the healthy salt limit can quickly be reached.

Then, add a little table salt, or salt while cooking...

This isn't a post designed to have you changing all of your eating habits at once, as many products have natural sodium and cooking with herbs takes practice and patience.

Your best practice would be to talk with your doctor and review your own health challenges.   However, all of us, RIGHT NOW,  TODAY, can do a little pantry checking, and aim for healthier-low salt and no-salt choices for 2011.

Healthier living can be implemented in small steps, one little change at a time.

You and your families are worth it.

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Kathy Denworth
Century 21 Schwartz Realty - Islamorada, FL
Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo

Cara, in my opinion, the best way to control salt is to cook things yourself. As you pointed out convenience foods often have very high sodium content to please the palates of the masses. Cook your own stuff and you'll reduce the sodium.

Jan 06, 2011 02:27 AM #1
Deanne Olivas
Keller Williams Realty East Valley - Tempe, AZ
Your Home Matters

Cara, How very clever is your photo. You always amaze me!

Jan 06, 2011 02:57 AM #2
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Cara - I am fortunate. I have never been a huge user of salt. I always added pepper over salt.

My Dad over the last few years has had a diet to hold to because of heart conditions. His wife keeps him alive by monitoring the salt in his diet. She made me listen.

And was it timing or did you just have this picture lying around for the right moment?

Jan 06, 2011 02:12 PM #3
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Great post Cara! Just being a little more aware of your salt intake can make a big difference! Drinking more water helps flush it out of the system better as well!

Jan 06, 2011 03:43 PM #4
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Great post Cara.  When my husband had his first heart attack, we really started watching our salt intake.  It's amazing that once we cut it out, we can tell when something has a lot of salt by taste and dry mouth and bloating - a lot of side effects we're no longer used to.  Now, I cook with a lot of herbs and spices and FRESH food - never canned and very little processed food.  Sorry, but I LOVE my Triscuits®.

Jan 06, 2011 06:25 PM #5
Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
The House Sleuth

Like Ken, I'm more of a pepper guy. I'm glad after reading your stats... I obviously take in a lot more than I realize!

Jan 09, 2011 04:37 PM #6
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Great post, Cara.  We've been basically salt free for years.  I'm amazed that I now find the taste unpleasant when we eat food out that's overly salty. 

Jan 30, 2011 05:20 AM #7
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