how can i keep my calories for the day at a healthy level without maxing out my sodium each day?

I have drastically changed my diet since joining Anytime Fitness. I was having processed food and fast food quite a bit. Since joining I have incorporated fresh fruit and vegetables, fish (unbreaded) and chicken (baked or in crockpot) I have also been working out each night after work. I have counted my calories before but never worried about my sodium. I thought if I could keep my calories or carbs in range then it would all fall in line. My question is even after all of these changes, which are pretty substantial for my husband and I, my sodium is maxed out each day but I don't think I am eating enought calories. Today I have had 1363 and thats after breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and a snack. I still have 500+ calories left but my sodium is at 2315. I don't know what else to change do you have any suggestions? Am I taking in enough calories? I know if you don't eat enough your body will burn muscle to get what it needs and after all the work I've been doing I certainly don't want that. Any help with this would be great. Thank you

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I have a piece of whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter.

thinnerme 930
6 years ago

I too am having issues with the sodium so I have been label watching like a hawk. I know that anytime I have red meat it can be an issue. I think more than anything that it is the little things that add up quick that can get you. Until you can really figure it out try to up your water intake to help flush the excess sodium out of your system, that's what I am doing until I get a handle on it myself. I will post more as I figure out more with my own sodium battle! Happy

Sandy Biggs 617
6 years ago

I know someone else said this, but really watch the labels on your foods. Mine used to go over every day too. It sounds like you have made some fabulous changes and are maybe ready for even more. Try avoiding packaged foods, get as close to the real thing as you can- buy meats from a butcher- stay away from deli meats- they are very salty. I found that when I stopped buying things in bags, boxes, and cans my sodium intake went way down.

Here are some things you can eat that have little or no salt,add a yogurt in there (check labels for high sugar though), unsalted peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla, a salad with greens, veggies, and light olive oil and balsamic vinegar, you can make a smoothie with milk, fresh or frozen fruit, protein powder, yogurt. Those are some ideas for getting your calories up to where the diet tracker is suggesting without going to high in sodium.

sarahk11 32k
6 years ago

What types of food are you having for breakfast?

Courtney Murzyn 28k
6 years ago

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6/17/2011 at 12:09 AM