Part of my treatment is that I eat a low sodium diet. I’m limited to 2,000mg or less daily. Harder than it looks… trust me. Going out to eat is nearly impossible but every now and then it has to happen. To give you an example here is a day at home.

Breakfast

english muffin 160mg, egg 80mg, slice of cheddar 180mg, coffee with milk 60mg

480mg

Lunch

sodium free bread 0mg, 4oz turkey 110mg, lettuce* 0mg, 1tsp mustard 45mg, yogurt 80mg

235mg

Snack

skinny pop 85mg

85mg

Dinner

chicken breast 4oz 75mg, fresh green beans* 0mg, mashed potatoes* unsalted butter and no added salt (0mg)

75mg

Wine

2 glasses red wine 14mg

14mg

*these fruits and veggies do have some natural sodium but it so low it doesn’t really make a difference in my diet unless I’m eating HUGE amounts

Total 886mg when at home!

Out and about can be harder.  Here are some of my favorite fast food stop for low sodium options.

http://www.noodles.com/nutrition/

Noodles and Company has a whole separate section of their nutrition information dedicated to low sodium
Noodles and Company has a whole separate section of their nutrition information dedicated to low sodium

I have two kiddos so McDonalds just happens every now and then.

Check the difference between hamburger and cheeseburger! 200mg! Stick with the hamburger!
Check the difference between hamburger and cheeseburger! 200mg! Stick with the hamburger!
Who doesn't love french fries! These totals are as McDonalds makes them - a little SECRET... ask for them without salt and they will make you a fresh hot batch with no salt added. This takes the sodium down!
Who doesn’t love french fries! These totals are as McDonalds makes them – a little SECRET… ask for them without salt and they will make you a fresh hot batch with no salt added. This takes the sodium down!

One of my go to healthy choices when I’m out is fish tacos but here is the catch!

197g of flour tortilla has 900+mg of sodium! The same 197g of corn tortillas has only 10.5mg of sodium!!!
197g of flour tortilla has 900+mg of sodium! The same 197g of corn tortillas has only 10.5mg of sodium!!!

I was at one of my favorite restaurant here in the KC area. I asked our waiter if I could have corn tortilla’s instead of flour. He asked, “Are you gluten free?”. I said, “No but I watch my sodium very carefully and corn tortillas instead of flour make a huge difference.” He understood, got me corn tortillas and asked about every single thing that would come on my tacos to make sure that they were ok for me. I was so pleased. When I alter food in restaurants I usually feel like a pain in the butt and that someone will spit in my food for being so difficult. He totally embraced my concerns and hooked me up! So for that I’d like to say, “Thank you, waiter!”

Courage, dear heart. ~C.S. Lewis

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