Total weekend domination. That’s what I tweeted (@AHealthySlice) yesterday afternoon after feeling uber accomplished and proud of myself. On Sunday, Hubbs had to work, so I decided to be super-preggo-wife and get some things done.
I laundried (it’s a word)
Ran errands (the pup needs food, too!)
Went grocery shopping (only 2 stores: Target & The Home Economist… pretty good for me)
Made whole wheat pizza dough for dinner (& used my dough hook for the first time- that thing is AWESOME!)
Cut the grass
AND wore the pup out in the process.
I even had a few minutes leftover to focus on my new health goal: sodium reduction. Luckily I have excellent blood pressure (sometime even bordering on low) and I always use that as an excuse to why I don’t need to carefully watch my sodium intake. However, too much salt still isn’t good for you, high blood pressure or not. Too much salt
- is tough on your kidneys and makes them work harder
- is a main cause of a lot of bloating and water retention
- can lead to high blood pressure
Since I became pregnant I’ve craved salt, and haven’t restricted myself. Texas Pete, salsa, jalapenos, pepperoncinis, frozen bean burgers, etc. I track my food on 411fit.com and have seen that I’m taking in close to 3000 mg each day. The recommended sodium intake for adults is less than 2300 mg; 1500 mg or less if you are over the age of 51, are African American, or if you have hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. (Facts from MyPyramid.gov).
My new focus is to keep my sodium intake between 1500-2000 mg a day. Here’s my plan:
- Be more vigilant when checking food facts.
- I also plan on recommitting to eating mostly fresh foods and avoiding canned, frozen and processed foods, which all have higher levels of sodium.
- Don’t use the salt shaker. This shouldn’t be difficult because I rarely salt my food with the shaker. Instead, I use herbs and salt-free seasonings (try Mrs. Dash)
- Watch condiments. And cheeses (like cottage!) This will be challenging for me. I love condiments. But I’ll be watching my mustards, dressings, hot sauces, etc.
Luckily my beloved goat cheese is reasonable, at 130 mg of sodium per ounce.
- Eat at home more. No matter how healthy your choice is when you’re out to eat, the sodium in one sandwich, soup or salad almost reaches your daily limit in itself.
I’m hoping by getting my sodium intake under control, I’ll be able to avoid some of the swelling that summer and pregnancy are sure to bring my way. I’ll also be downing plenty of water.
Oh, and that pizza dough I made? Hubbs couldn’t tell at all that I cut the salt in half 😉
Do you keep an eye on your sodium intake?