Monday, June 29, 2009
Yep, I'm in stage 3 and it's a required assignment that I've been putting off for the two whole weeks that it's been staring me in the face. BLOG ABOUT A TROUBLE GOAL. At first I was thinking... well, I don't really have a consistent trouble spot... hahaha.
I looked into my reports and something I've just not been able to get a handle on consistently is sodium. I know it's technically an extra and maybe I shouldn't be so hard on myself, but it's my goal and it's important to me to meet it. I keep spiking like crazy, especially on weekends.
I have been giving it some thought lately and there are a few different reasons why this goal is super tough for me. First, I was raised in the home of a salt addict. Nothing was salty enough. I grew up on it and it's been part of my cooking regime. Not so tasty... well, just add salt! I've gotten much better at this since and have almost nixed salt. I do enjoy some steak spice on my roasted potatoes though.
Another reason this is tough, is because it's not causing me immediate health concerns. I know that it will in the future, that's why I'm tracking it, but because its not staring me in the face, taunting me, I figure it's a bit more ignorable. Sometimes I get quite vigilant against sodium and make sure to plan every meal in order to not over consume... but it gets so darn tiring.
One of the other things that really is hard for me is that since I'm cutting back on all the other treats, salty food cravings have been at an all time high. It's all I can do sometimes to put down that bag of tortillas! Not to mention salsa which is also loaded! These seemingly healthy snack foods are just saturated in salt.... waaaahhhh!!!
The last hard part about this for me is that I'm living abroad where "regular" great snacks are hard enough to find and the local cuisine, while being completely delicious, is all pickled. I am lucky to get a bag of plain tortillas and I savor them completely, but there is no such thing as "low salt" here, especially for imported food.
Ok... now that it's all out there, I see that these are just excuses. They keep me from realizing the truth and meeting my problem head on. Sure these circumstances make things more difficult, but it's just like someone who doesn't want to get up to exercise. That part I've got figured out and it's easy for me now. I've even been unsympathetic when people tell me flat out that they don't want to exercise because they're too lazy. I mean, it's the same difference. I don't want to cut back on salty food because it's delicious. I sound like a complete baby! Wow... that's just it. Hmmm... this blogging your troubles really does work! I just had a nutritional epiphany! Weird! Well definitely going to be much more sympathetic when hearing about others' trouble spots.