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Old 09-02-2019, 10:21 PM
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While on a recent doctor visit the doctor recommended I watch my sodium intake. I am a 51 year old white male who is 20 pounds overweight. The weight has raised my blood pressure a little so the doctor said to watch my salt intake.

For 10 years my go to meals have been Mountaun House freeze dried meals. However, since the doctor told me to watch my sodium intake I have started to reconsider mountain house meals. I still stockpile freeze dried meals, but have to consider the sodium when hiking and camping.

I would like to hear from other members what their go to meals are for low sodium content.
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You need more minerals while exerting yourself like hiking/camping, and i doubt you constantly eat high salt. You won't like this answer but... First goal should be to actually address the reason, and if possible (if it's not because of medication), get those 20 pounds off of you at the minimum.

5 years back i was 240 pounds, now i'm at 180. Still a bit high, but i was starting to get health issues. The ones related to heavy weight aren't troubling me anymore.
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Wild Zora is not bad, I’ve had the beef stew. It’s different but I’m Cajun so I’m used to different. They are paleo meals that have been freeze dried, not your usually camping in the country chili mac but they are lower sodium than mountain house. The beef stew has 760 mg compared to mountain house beef stews 860 mg. The wild zora has more calories per serving and more protein so that’s a plus. They are not cheap but they are a healthier option. Below are images of the nutrition info on both beef stews.

Wild Zora - Mountain Beef Stew - Paleo Meals to Go (single) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NJD8HD2..._leRBDbZ0NG7V3

They have several varieties listed on amazon, just search wild zora
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Dehydrate and vacuum seal/ziploc your own meals.

Basically anything you make for dinner can be turned into trail food.
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Kev,
Save low sodium meals for when you are sitting at a desk, because you are now old enough to run out of electrolytes, when working or exercising vigorously.

When your body runs out of potassium you legs will cramp. When you run out of sodium it feels like some one pulled your plug.

Btw, I turn age 60 this year. Gatoraid is llife.
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Spices and herbs are your friend. Watch mixes and blends because a lot of these contain salt and/or sugar.

If you take a cooler and ingredients camping, you can make great low sodium meals that always taste better just because you're camping.

Get a freeze drier and make your own freeze-dried ingredients and/or meals
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My best advice:

Be able to prepare your own dehydrated ingredients that you can take out and cook while you are out in the bush. Bring your own herbs and spices. Create your own culinary favorites. Have something unique each time you are out there.

It's not too tough to have a little lightweight portable kitchen in your pack on backcountry/hiking trips and it is definitely a morale booster. OTOH, if you are camping at a base camp there really isn't an excuse to bring fresh food and ingredients to cook.
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You need more minerals while exerting yourself like hiking/camping, and i doubt you constantly eat high salt. You won't like this answer but... First goal should be to actually address the reason, and if possible (if it's not because of medication), get those 20 pounds off of you at the minimum.

5 years back i was 240 pounds, now i'm at 180. Still a bit high, but i was starting to get health issues. The ones related to heavy weight aren't troubling me anymore.
It is still a question of interest for people like me. I have to limit my sodium intake not because of weight/blood pressure but because I have Meniere's disease. Too much sodium results in severe vertigo attacks that incapacitate me. I'm supposed to limit myself to 1500 mg/day, and most prepackaged products blow through most of that or even surpass that limit in one meal.
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It is still a question of interest for people like me. I have to limit my sodium intake not because of weight/blood pressure but because I have Meniere's disease. Too much sodium results in severe vertigo attacks that incapacitate me. I'm supposed to limit myself to 1500 mg/day, and most prepackaged products blow through most of that or even surpass that limit in one meal.
Oh, i'm not saying it's the case for everyone, but if someone says their doctor says they're overweight, and need to limit their salt intake because of that, addressing the overweightness is the first step. Other things are just a patch.

So i specifically addressed Kev in that regard. Of course the low salt question is still valid, even if for people who just want to watch their salt intake, not to mention people with a disease as yourself who need to do it for medical reasons.
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It is still a question of interest for people like me. I have to limit my sodium intake not because of weight/blood pressure but because I have Meniere's disease. Too much sodium results in severe vertigo attacks that incapacitate me. I'm supposed to limit myself to 1500 mg/day, and most prepackaged products blow through most of that or even surpass that limit in one meal.
You can get chicken in foil packages with which you can make your own trail meals. I often make noodles or rice, mix in the chicken, maybe add a reconstituted dried veggy, for a nice trail meal. The chicken is the same as canned. (Which is also an option if you are at a fixed camp.)

Do you take a dietetic?
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Walk faster and sweat out the salt, drink more water and pee it off.
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Kev,
Save low sodium meals for when you are sitting at a desk, because you are now old enough to run out of electrolytes, when working or exercising vigorously.

When your body runs out of potassium you legs will cramp. When you run out of sodium it feels like some one pulled your plug.

Btw, I turn age 60 this year. Gatoraid is llife.
I was thinking the same thing...unless he's car camping, going low sodium is probably a bad idea.
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Your doctor is wrong.


you need salt (and Iodine), magnesium, potassium, etc.

The salt- High BP myth was busted years ago. No correlation.

You're welcome.

Losing weight and exercising will fix the BP.
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Your doctor is wrong.


you need salt (and Iodine), magnesium, potassium, etc.

The salt- High BP myth was busted years ago. No correlation.

You're welcome.

Losing weight and exercising will fix the BP.
Excessive salt causes body wide inflammation. and THAT has been linked to heart problems.

So, learning how much is enough, vs too much under any given situation would be the key.
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Excessive salt causes body wide inflammation. and THAT has been linked to heart problems.

So, learning how much is enough, vs too much under any given situation would be the key.
Everything in moderation. Drink too much water and it will kill you.
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"This week a meta-analysis of seven studies involving a total of 6,250 subjects in the American Journal of Hypertension found no strong evidence that cutting salt intake reduces the risk for heart attacks, strokes or death in people with normal or high blood pressure. In May European researchers publishing in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the less sodium that study subjects excreted in their urine—an excellent measure of prior consumption—the greater their risk was of dying from heart disease."

https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...e-war-on-salt/

Eating less salt actually INCREASES cardiovascular mortality rate .

You're welcome.

By the way, I think they also determined that "controlling blood pressure" also increased mortality rates.

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everything in moderation. Drink too much water and it will kill you.
exactly!


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