I have recently developed edema. I am used to joint swelling with the Lupus but this has become pretty pronounced [and may I add - it hurts like a son of a *ahem* ::Waving - Hi God!::] We have decided that the best way to combat this is with some medication, elevating my legs and sodium reduction.
And Lupus has picked salt for me! I don't have a choice but to make it the full 40 days. [Is that cheating? Using something I have to do anyway?]
As a rule I don't season with salt in my cooking or salt table food because Pooldad [and SR, my ex] both have battled high blood pressure. Imagine my surprise at just how much salt we do actually eat in one day! I thought I was doing pretty well - but, um, nope. Normal intake per day is 2300 mg while I have been restricted to 1000 mg.
To give you an idea of what a day looks like on my new menu:
4 oz grapefruit juice [I like grapefruit, what can I say?]
1 mini plain bagel 230 mg
1/2 oz. cream cheese 50 mg
cup of unsweetened applesauce 0 mg
1 banana 0 mg
6 oz banana/strawberry yogurt 80 mg
1/2 serving low sodium soup 190 mg
1 boneless skinless chicken thigh 160 mg
2 cup steamed spinach 0 mg
1 slice low sodium [HA] whole grain bread 110 mg
[I would have had a starch but I didn't have anything to make tonight]
Jello - orange 65 mg
TOTAL SODIUM: 885 mg
TOTAL CALORIES: 835
All in all not a bad day. The sodium is on target and I am stuffed, so that is all good. The calories are too low to maintain my weight - so I have to work on that, but we need to go grocery shopping to replace a lot of the sodium rich foods in our home. I already miss saltines.
Then again this is what was on our menu a few weeks ago:
Wow! Honestly I wasn't surprised by the ham [duh!] but was thrilled the cheese sauce was so low. Who knew? Still...that dinner isn't bad if you are on a normal sodium diet - it still leaves 1390 mg for snacks, lunch and breakfast.
Hope everyone has a wonderful season. I am off to have another little talk with God. :D