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Sunday, August 30, 2009

emoticonOk so anyone that may know me on Spark knows I have been doing GREAT!
Here lately I have wanted to emoticonEVERYDAY!
So I challenged myself not to get on til my weigh in day.

The problem is when I did weigh myself there was absolutely NO CHANGE!!
I feel completely emoticon emoticonI work HARD EVERYDAY(but Sunday)
So I was reading on Spark,and I came across some articles on "Sodium".
I didnt really think that was the problem..So I start tracking my sodium emoticon emoticon emoticonYa so I'm sure you are already thinking.. The food tracker shows OFF THE WALL amounts!!
I'm wondering WHY I have never had this problem before.
And what do I do?!!?
I mean other than keep tracking it(of course).
Some other articles on the net say to drink LOTS of water to flush my system.Is this true??
You would think I would already know about this emoticon
This is where my Spark Friends come in!
PRAYING the emoticonmoves! Or else I'm throwing it out the DOOR!!
Thanks so much,and God Bless,Christina emoticon
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    Sodium goes where water goes. Drinking more water will flush out some of the sodium; but eating processed foods will increase your sodium intake.
    4275 days ago
    I was surprised by my sodium intake too and it's the first thing I look at when I work my rump off and see a zero or one lb on the scale. Of course I can tell in my legs though if I'm retaining. Sometimes you really have to pay attention to signals your body is giving you. If I see my sodium is higher on a particular day, I make sure I get in my minimum water and then some. Stuff I took for granted before I don't buy any more like soup...even the lower sodium stuff is ungodly! If I have canned veggies (or canned anything), I wash them off before heating them up to get rid of excess sodium.

    Hang in there, now that you're aware, you can keep an eye on it!
    4277 days ago

    I like to weigh myself every day for 2 reasons. One is if I see an increase at all I can immediately reassess what I am doing. Am I eating all the right things in right amounts am I exercising enough. It's just a good check for me. The other reason is if I only weigh once a week and it happens to be on a day when maybe I have some bloating or inflamation from PMS or eating a high sodium food or meal, which I do not do at home but when out or with friends this is harder to control, well if my one weigh in day a week is on a day of inflamation or bloating and I have a large increase like you did I get very discouraged so for me personally it helps me to weigh everyday. Everyone is different.

    Just to let you know Parsley is a natural diuretic and it works. You can buy some and dice or chop a bunch of it up and put it on salad or if you need to you can buy parlsey capsules at the health food store. I recomend eating it since then you get so much more out of it ,the flavor crunch, fiber, nutrients etc. but I have a friend who was having swelling problems on her last pregnancy and instead of using diuretic medication she took parsley capsules. Where she lives in Europe she could only get fresh parsley in the spring and summer.

    Keep working hard and I'm sure it will show up on the scale.

    Have a great day.

    4278 days ago
  • TINA48R
    l always wonder why they put Sodium in food anyways...
    I don't think they need too,,,I wish they would STOP-
    If people want salt in their food they can put it in there them self..
    When I bake No matter what it i, if it case's for salt I don't
    put it in,and it doesn't taste bad leaving it out...
    4278 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2244005
    I agree with DWROBERGE - there's so much sodium in prepared foods - even trying to keep track of it I constantly go over, which is why I drink lots and lots of water and look at the sodiun content of all the foods. Try to carefully watch that sodium intake. Did you lose any inches? Sometime we lose inches instead of weight which is just as good.

    Best wishes,
    4278 days ago
  • no profile photo CHOCMOM
    Don't know if you remember me posting about this during Battle #4. I had been losing 1.5 to 2 lbs per week - I actually enjoyed getting on the scale on a daily basis. Then the 4th of July came. My mother insisted on cooking ribs, despite the fact that most of us were on some sort of diet (both my sister and her husband have had lap band surgery). I was very proud of myself, I ate very little. They can't eat much, so I matched their bites and ate just a few ribs. The next day, I had gained 4.5 lbs. I was devastated. How could that be - I didn't eat that much - but, Mom used a high sodium rub on the ribs. It took two days of heavy water drinking to flush it out. But the best thing about it was what I learned from it. See in the past, I didn't weigh everyday, so I didn't always know that I had ballooned up over night. It made me more aware of my sodium in take and yes I track it on Spark. They sell over the counter "water pills" that are suppose to help flush out your system, but I don't know if they work. Now, if I know I have had a high sodium diet, I drink nothing but water the following day - no coffee, no diet sodas or tea.

    Christina - you will probably be fine tomorrow morning. This will pass, but watch your sodium intake! (Restaurant foods and frozen dinners are high in sodium.)

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    4278 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4724404
    Its ok babe. Sodium is hard to not have because its in everything so it has a longer shelf life. Think of it as the formaldehyde (did I spell that right) of foods. But, choosing low sodium items will help in the salt department. I haven't heard about the water thing flushing your system. Plus, I learned from Bob on the Biggest Loser how your body after a week or two of working hard may have lost weight but it doesn't show up on the scale its like it needs time to catch up with your progress (which I think is weird). Chin up. I bet next weigh in you'll be batting a thousand! emoticon emoticon
    4278 days ago
    So many things go into water weight gain. Time of the month, sodium, certain foods, medicines
    • Salty, highly-processed foods: Sodium causes the body to retain water, which in essence causes bloating — making you feel as big as a balloon. Avoid foods like hot dogs, which are high in both fat and sodium. Also, avoid the fast-food counter where options are usually extremely high in sodium. Avoiding any kind of salty snacks, such as pretzels and potato chips, is essential to maintaining your bikini body.

    • Gassy foods: Certain foods create more gas in your GI tract than others. This includes raw vegetables and legumes such as cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, onions and cabbage. However, many times if you cook these vegetables, they will deliver the same nutrients, but take up less room in your system leaving you feeling skinnier and ready to dress in your mini bikini.

    • Chewing gum: Many people don’t realize this, but chewing gum can cause bloating because it causes you to swallow air. All that air gets trapped in your GI tract causing pressure, bloating and belly expansion.

    • Sugar-free candies: Sugar free candies and gum often contain sorbitol. Sorbitol is a sugar substitute that acts as a laxative, which draws water into the large intestine. As little as four sticks of sorbitol-containing gum can cause bloating and abdominal pain.

    Foods to Have:

    • Fiber: For a flat belly, try increasing your fiber intake. A healthy adult wants to aim for 25-30 grams of fiber per day. Not only will fiber help you feel full for longer, but it will also increase bowel motility helping to remove waste and avoid any bloating. The best part of fiber is that because it is the non-digestible component of plant-based foods, it will make you feel full without adding calories! Consider eating high-fiber foods such as whole-wheat breads, high-fiber cereals, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

    • Water: Not drinking enough water can cause dehydration and bloating, which is why it’s so important to drink enough water. In the summer months, it’s easy and essential to increase fluids, by adding flavored, sugar-free drink flavor packets to water bottles or fresh lemons and limes to plain water. In addition, water keeps you feeling full so you don’t confuse your hunger with thirst. Aim to drink eight 8-oz glasses of water a day, or keep a water bottle with you to help you reach your water goal!

    • High-potassium foods: Eating potassium-rich foods will also help combat bloating during bikini season. Potassium counterbalances sodium — which causes water retention and bloating — and has a diuretic effect on the body. So by eating foods that are high in potassium, you can reduce bloating naturally. Foods high in potassium include bananas, papayas, kiwis, strawberries, spinach, cooked beets and broccoli.

    • Increase your vitamin B6 consumption: Vitamin B6 acts as a natural diuretic, which helps to prevent bloating. It’s important never to consume more than 100 mg per day. Foods rich in vitamin B6 include yellow fin tuna, roasted chicken breast and avocado.
    I try not to sweat the small stuff because eventually if you're body is holding onto your fat because it thinks it is in starvation mode, eventually you will lose the weight
    4278 days ago
    There is so much socium in prepared foods that you hav to keep track of it and try to find low sodium products.
    4278 days ago
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