I’m Chris, the blogger & author behind the sites SuperdadsAlterEgo.com and HackingSalt.com. Mild-mannered husband to Wonder Woman and father of Supergirl (15) & The WonderTwins (8). I’ve spent a lifetime getting paid to play with toys. I’ve worked in Retail Management and Marketing for companies like Disney, Starlog, Toys R Us, and Build a Bear and share my life experiences and geeky passions online.
I have a new passion these days, which is a great desire to drive awareness and education about the nutrition issue of too much sodium in our diets as it relates to protecting heart health. In 2002 I caught the flu while travelling for business. Instead of leaving my body, it attacked my heart and lead to me developing Congestive Heart Failure.
As a former football player, I knew from coaches, that the best offense is a great defense. I needed to protect my weakened heart. The first step was to undergo a sleep test and get on a C-pap to cure sleep apnea. Then I increased exercise, lost over 100 pounds, and now watch my sodium intake daily.
Salt is a mineral you need, but in moderation. The USDA recommends a totally healthy person maintains 2300 mg or lower each day. That’s less than one teaspoon. The American Heart Association & Mayo Clinic recommend less than 1500 mg of sodium per day for everyone with a heart issue, high blood pressure, is over the age of 50, women, and persons of color.
The problem is about 90% of Americans consume too much salt, increasing their risk of high blood pressure. Americans consume about 3,400 mg of sodium each day, and the majority consumed is already present in foods before purchase or preparation.
High Blood Pressure has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) - About 75 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure—that's 1 in every 3 American adults. Anyone, including children, can develop high blood pressure. It greatly increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States.
Protecting Hearts - Both Big & Little
In 2002 I started on my low sodium journey. I hated the denial aspect of diets. For low sodium to work for me, it had to be a lifestyle change. I would not subject myself to a lifetime of eating bland food. I had to find a way to hack the salt from recipes without losing taste. I started with my favorite - buffalo wings. Once I perfected that recipe I knew I could do this and do it well. I wanted to share this info and launched my low sodium food blog: HackingSalt.com. The site is all about making everyday recipes heart healthy. I wasn’t about to become a short order cook, so my whole family has gone low sodium. All my recipes have to be kid approved. If they aren’t, they won’t be published. The blog has become a top resource online for the low sodium community. It is popular enough that it caught the eye of a publishing house that reached out to me to write a cookbook.
So the Easy Low Sodium Diet Plan & Cookbook was born. The book is full of education to be able to start, and stick to, a low sodium diet. There are over 100 recipes including many slow cooker recipes that a beginning cook can master easily. I’d love for you to have a chance to have this book to protect your and your family's hearts! This month, Fathers of Multiples is giving away an autographed copy to the winner.
Good Luck, and keep those hearts safe!