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Low sodium choices

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by rayrat, May 25, 2018.

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  1. rayrat

    rayrat Low-Roller

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    Hi,
    I was recently put on a low sodium restriction by my cardiologist. We have a Vegas trip scheduled in August. Staying at the Orleans. I am concerned about what and where to eat!
    Scary! Any suggestions are welcome.
    Thanks!
    Ray
     
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    Eating out and avoiding sodium can be very challenging. I suggest you google the foods that are high in sodium. Be sure to ask your server for help choosing an entree and see if the kitchen can prepare your meal without adding any salt. Watch out for soups, sauces, salsa, and salad dressings.

    My dad had to be on a low sodium diet and my mom carried some salt-free seasoning (like Mrs Dash) in her purse for him to put on food at restaurants.
     
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    Thanks Sonya!
    Yeah, it’s a new world out there and learning new things about food daily.
    It’s amazing how much salt is added to processed food.
    I guess the clam chowder at Big Al’s is out.
    I look forward to many conversations with servers
     
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    Servers at most restaurants are pretty good about helping you find the right thing to order. I've done a lot of weird elimination diets to work on health issues and low-sodium was a hard one, because it's in almost everything. Even ordering a salad isn't always a solution, because they often add things like processed meats, cheese, salty dressings, croutons, etc. Fast food is always a problem. Soups are generally terrible. Sauces are bad too. You can often order an entree with sauce on the side, or without the sauce at all, but it makes the food a little boring, IMO. You can do the old diet trick of dipping your fork into dressing or sauces and then take a bite of the food. Gives you a little flavor without adding all the salt.

    Are you working with a nutritionist? I love mine! She keeps me sane and helps me not to focus on the foods I can't eat, but instead focus on finding new things I enjoy that I can eat.
     
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    Also if you happen to be doing chain type restaurants many of them have the nutrition facts online so you can research before you go. Also very helpful to use a tracker app so you know how you're doing through the day.
     
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    I was going to suggest that chains can be good for this reason.

    Also, maybe stock up on some fruit for the room that is low sodium. And remember that soda has a little bit in it!
     
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    Sushi. Skip the soy.
     
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    the rice can have a lot of sodium.
     
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    Sashimi.

    Rice around here isn't like that.
     
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    Thanks for the good advice. Fruit is always a good standby. Eggs are pretty safe as long as salt isn’t usedin preparation. I’m hoping an Ellis Island steak can be done!
     
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    I would imagine EI "seasons" the hell out of the horsemeat. ;)
     
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    So, lemme axe y'all sumpin:

    Diets. Foods to avoid. Do y'all religiously adhere to that standard? The reason I ask is, I know what I'm s'posed to avoid - but a few days in Vegas off the proverbial wagon - is how I roll. I've got forty some odd other weeks to color inside the lines, but it's just impossible for me to say nay on vacay. I guess it is my opinion that if a cocktail is gonna kill me, you know where the trust documents are.:nono:

    Y'alls take?
     
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