My new MD has me on the DASH diet http://dashdiet.org/default.asp, as of Saturday. Rather than running out and purchasing books, I have turned to my library and requested various cookbooks, a DVD set, an informational/educational DASH book. No cost to me. Additionally, I am taking another RX which often helps the rhumatologist prescribed RX work better. Luckily, I am pretty much a scratch cook, don't add a lot of salt to my cooking/foods. That said, while the few convenience foods such as the 2 sauce pouches I recently acquired (pictured above) that do enter the home are anticipated to contain high levels of sodium (640 in aforementioned), salt/sodium is hiding in a lot of foods. I am keeping a journal of everything I am consuming, sometimes guestimating the salt content, based on labels, "googling" information. I am to aim for no more than 1500 mg/day, if not less. Yesterday, I met goal, today may be close.
Brunch today: water, coffee w/ 1/2 & 1/2 and sugar; home fried (used canned in sea salt that I rinsed off)potatoes, onion, fzn peppers/onions, 1 TBSP ketchup ( a reduction for me) 1 1/2 strips of lurking cooked, crumbled bacon-all cooked in reserved bacon fat and seasoned with black pepper, Paprika; 2 fried eggs in aforementioned fat (no additional salt added but I did sprinkle with pepper), 2 slices toasted Rye with butter.
Lunch snack come mid afternoon will be organic yogurt, a banana or Clementine. Lots of water continuously taken during the day, as recommended.
I already have the goal of significantly reducing our food stores due to an impending move come Summer, now I have to carefully orchestrate the more salt ladden foods to meet an additional health goal.
More blood/urine tests and a renal scan in 2 weeks, I return to the neuphrologist in 6 weeks.