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Jumble Jowls
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PostWed Aug 03, 2022 3:44 pm 
I have very high blood pressure.  Can't have much salt.

Can anyone recommend low sodium backpacker meals?   I'd love to have Mountain House, but it's a salt bomb.   My cardiologist would have a heart attack if he saw me eating them.

I'm talking about add boiling water and wait, dehydrated meals.  I carry a soda can alcohol stove, or white gas in winter.

Suggestions?

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PostWed Aug 03, 2022 5:16 pm 
I also have to limit my sodium intake.


IME any sort of commercially prepared foods have two days worth of sodium intake in a single meal.

One solution is to cook and dehydrate your own meals using the methods suggested by this excellent website.

https://trailcooking.com/trail-cooking-101/freezer-bag-cooking-101/

Also IME I find I can tolerate more sodium intake when I'm exercising and sweating a lot during the day.

E.g. I recently did a 75 mile bike ride on a warm day and drank 5 liters of water and other drinks during the ride.   My measured BP was 30 points lower in the evening than the prior evening on a day with more typical activities.   I have an automated BP cuff at home.


Of course it is wise to experiment with your body's BP response to various amounts of exercise and sodium intake while close to medical services.

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PostThu Aug 04, 2022 2:01 am 
Backpackingchef.com has many great meals you can make yourself.  This is what I do, but I add lots of salt because I think salt is vital to stay fit when working hard and sweating a lot.

The relationship between salt and blood pressure in apparently not clear cut:  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317099

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PostThu Aug 04, 2022 5:10 am 
Bernardo wrote:
The relationship between salt and blood pressure in apparently not clear cut: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317099

I think there is individual variability , i.e. some people are sodium sensitive and others are not.  IME: After I indulge in a something like an Italian Submarine sandwich there is a significant rise in my blood pressure after the meal has been digested and absorbed.  If I then keep my intake low and drink a lot of water and pee a lot my blood pressure drops down in a couple days.   Vigorous exercise where I sweat alot reduces it fairly quickly.  I use an automated blood pressure cuff that connects to my phone so I (and my doctor) can review.

YMMV

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PostThu Aug 04, 2022 8:34 am 
I like Wild Zora meals as they are pretty clean and not sodium bombs.  They usually come in around 600-700 mg per serving.

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PostThu Aug 04, 2022 9:36 am 
trailcooking.com

I just looked at Craigslist for "dehydrator" and there's no deals today - wrong time of year - but I've seen them on CL anywhere from FREE to dirt cheap ($20-$30 bucks) for NICE units.

dehydrate your own.
cheap.
easy.
and you control the sodium content.

WAY easier than what you'd think: https://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8006458

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PostThu Aug 04, 2022 11:18 am 
Thanks for the info Randito.  It's interesting.  Good news is that there are options.

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PostThu Aug 04, 2022 2:26 pm 
Another thing you could do is use fractional parts of packaged meals (like Moutain House) as a "base" to provide flavorings for other from-home ingredients that you'd bring and cook yourself, like instant rice, your preferred protein, etc.  But that might be more complication than you'd prefer. But somewhat less work than doing your own dehydrating.

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PostThu Aug 04, 2022 3:31 pm 
I often make my own with fairly easy to get ingredients:
  • Quick oats, dried strawberries, walnut pieces, coconut powder.
  • Parboiled rice or couscous, curry powder, raisins, nuts, beef jerky (or maybe omit the jerky if it's too salty).
And I put them in shallow reusable ziploc type bags that can handle hot water and normal spoon length.

There's powered seasoning packets from Asian groceries, they're not low sodium, but you can then control how much you use, and they're are a lot of delicious flavorings, like Kikkoman's, that would otherwise require a well stocked kitchen to make.

I also use this website's recipes sometimes for inspiration:
https://outdooreats.com/

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PostSat Aug 06, 2022 10:55 am 
There are a few GoodToGo meals that have lower sodium, also in the 600-700 mg range - pad thai, pasta marinara, 3 bean chili

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