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Hello from California's Mother Lode

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Two Stents Worth

Hello from California's Mother Lode

Hello to All,

     I've been a member of several forums over the years, most recently an alternate energy site and a gold refining forum; however, since last December, which was punctuated by my having a heart attack, my focus has been on trying to survive on a diet that is painfully low in sodium, fats, cholesterol, and all the other things that one tends to take for granted in their younger years but add an element to food that we all refer to as flavor.

     Noting that an average slice of bread contains anywhere from 225 to 265 mg salt (my limit is 1450 mg per day)it idn't take higher mathematics to determine that one tuna sandwich could very well get me woefully close to my daily limit of sodium. A subsequent archaeological dig yielded my  1992 model year Hitachi bread maker (not a hoarder, I like to think of myself as a "storer") and I have been producing remarkably mediocre low/no sodium bread ever since.

     I stumbled upon this site during a desperate search for recipes and techniques that will allow me to produce a product(s) that will be flavorful and possess another attribute that I have been longing for --- texture. All that was required was the reading of a couple of posts here to realize that "The Fresh Loaf" forum is truly another Mother Lode, this one not of gold, but of knowledge ----- interchangeable in my mind's eye.

     That said, with a lot of reading and a little help, I've no doubt that I'll be successful in my endeavor to hone my skills sufficiently to produce much more palatable bread products. I also hope that I'll be able to contribute as well as benefit as I become a more active participant.

Friendly Regards,

Two Stents Worth

    

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aytab

Welcome. I used to live in Angels Camp and worked in Arnold, are you near that area?  I would have your doctor check you for hypersensitvity to salt. Only about 10% of the population has an adverse blood pressure reaction to sodium, so you might be cutting out the salt for no reason. I once asked my doctor why they tell everyone with blood pressure issues to limit sodium when 90% of the population has no adverse BP reaction to sodium and she wouldn't answer me. So, like I said I would have your doctor check and see if you truly need to cut sodium from your diet. 

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Two Stents Worth

Nice to hear from you aytab, I was checking out a whole wheat recipe when I thought "what the heck, give the forum a check." The "engineering types", with whom I have generally rubbed electronic elbows, are usually a bit stand offish and it sometimes requires 2 to 3 or more postings to generate a response. It's nice to hear from someone this quickly, let alone  a former neighbor.

I used to play golf at Forest Meadows which you used to pass by on your trek to work in Arnold. I live in the Rail Road Flat/Glencoe area and, in as much as I have been a transient visitor since 1960 (the Frog Jump was always a big attraction as a kid), I  have enjoyed full time residency since 1978. I'm guessing that someone coined the term "small world" for a reason, you almost hit the nail on the head.

You're not the first to question the sodium issue, but after having a heart attack one generally doesn't question the cardiologist, notwithstanding the fact that, as kids at the Frog Jump and elsewhere during the summers, we were "encouraged" to take salt pills every day at lunch. If you think about it though, just a few years back I also would have had open heart bypass surgery in Dec. rather than some angioplasty and stent implantation, so I guess that I can't complain about dietary modifications; however, I will ask my Doc about making some changes because with a low sodium, low fat diet one has few options open sans poultry, vegetables, and carbs. I've never been much of a grazer, so that leaves poultry and carbs and a gain of 15 lbs in 5 months --- something has got to change soon, I refuse to buy new clothes and thing are beginning to get snug.

Anyway aytab, it's nice to hear from you and I'll be looking forward to exchanging ideas soon.

Regards From Calaveras County, District 2 (Arnold is now in possesion of nearly 2/3 of our snow removal equipment, but who's counting?) --- Two Stents Worth 

 

 

 

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aytab

I technically lived in Altaville basically right behind where Mrs. B's Frosty used to be before the bi-pass took out Mrs. B's. I can imagine that your choice of foods has been quite restricted. To me the funny part is they want you to eat a low fat high carb diet but the high carbs pack on the weight and then they say you shouldn't gain weight because the extra weight increases your chances of another heart attack.

This website is the best for getting advice and learning from others. Dig through the archives there is a ton of information there. I am envious that you still live in God's country and I am stuck back down here in the big city. When we come back up to visit we will have to get together and do some baking.

 

Aytab 

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aytab

And one more thing, go and have a glass at Ironstone for me and remember "Napa makes auto parts, Calaveras makes wine".