Saturday, September 06, 2008

Mr. Fixit is on the mend, and another dietary excursion

Our dearest Mr. Fixit is home after a ten-day stay in the hospital. The longest any of us has ever been away from home...God is good and Mr. Fixit is much better than he has been since earlier this summer.

For reasons relating to his recent illness, he has been prescribed a low-sodium diet. Mama Squirrel, while happy to accommodate, hears a tiny inner groan saying "Oh no, not another different food code." (Regular Treehouse visitors will know that this year already we've been through experiments with high protein/no sugar and gluten-free foods.)

Happily, we've found a couple of low-sodium cookbooks at the library that not only sound like they have food we could manage to cook and eat, they also encourage the use of bread machines (yes, we can do that!). If you've never looked at low-sodium diets and think of them mainly in terms of table salt, that may sound surprising. But if you're on a 2000 mg a day of sodium and a slice of commercial bread has about 200 mg, there goes a tenth of your allowance just on a piece of bread. If you can find or make lower-sodium baked goods, then you have that much more to use on more interesting things.

Works like frugality, doesn't it?

If any of you have great websites or books to recommend, I'd be happy to hear your comments.


Jacqueline said...

Glad to hear Mr. Fixit is doing better. Being praying for you guys. I feel for you having to work on diets again.

At Home on the Rock... said...

Glad Mr. Fixit is feeling better. Thinking about all of you.

Katie said...

I'm glad to hear that Mr. Fixit is home and doing well. I don't have any websites or recipes, but if I come across some, I will forward them on to you.

Birdie said...

I'm so glad to read that your Mr. Fixit is doing better! I've done the low-sodium thing. As I recall, we actually enjoyed most of the foods, and the restriction weren't too bad. I'll be praying it all goes well for you and that your hubby continues to feel better.

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Look online or in your library for cookbooks by Joanna Lund. She passed away a couple of years ago however she wrote some good cookbooks that are suitable for people with diabetes and watching their sodium and cholesterol.
They are simple, easy to put together recipes for salads, main dishes, desserts and drinks.

Hope your dh continues to get along ok!

Mama Squirrel said...

Thanks for the book suggestion! Looks like our library does have several books by Joanna Lund, so I'll check them out.