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Sodium Hangover

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I don't like the way I feel today, and I'm recording it so I'll remember (and avoid it next time).

There's a horrible taste in my mouth that I can't wash out.
My weight is up 1.3 pounds even though I stayed in calorie range the last two days. (New Year's Eve was out of calorie range, but not much.)
I felt more sluggish and draggy than I have in weeks.

Sounds like PMS, right? Sure, right, I'm going to voluntarily put something in my mouth that makes me feel like I have PMS.

Thanks be to God that I figured it out. I've been eating so consistently that I knew immediately the cause. Sodium. Good old salt.

Bad old salt!

When we finished Thanksgiving dinner I had put the leftover cornbread dressing in a casserole dish, mixed cut-up turkey with gravy and spread it on top. Then I froze it immediately. I figured we would enjoy it much more a few weeks later.

And we did! I sneaked a small portion for breakfast yesterday and then I had a nice bowlful for supper. I did notice it being salty, but the "comfort food" coma overcame my judgment, I guess. Looking back, I should have stopped eating and put it aside halfway through, recognizing the sodium landmine.


If it's already prepared, eat a SMALL portion. (Good thing I'm on this 12-glasses-of-water regimen, or I'd be feeling even crummier!)

Be more salt-conscious while cooking. Many recipes I do alter, and I did radically transform our menu that day, but I proceeded robot-like making the dressing and gravy!

I think the straw that broke the camel's back was . . . red-faced confession . . . I added crumbled Ritz crackers to the cornbread dressing. I haven't bought those in a year, and we never eat them any more, so . . . you guessed it, I was "not letting them go to waste." They weren't out of date, and yes, it made a delicious dressing. Well, delicious for the 5 seconds it took to glop around in my mouth and slime down my throat! Note to self: if an item has VISIBLE salt stuck to the top, NOTICE THE SALT!!!

Cleaning up my food is an ongoing journey!
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    I'm having trouble with sodium too. It's so hard since I crave it more than sugar!
    2166 days ago
    I'm having trouble with sodium too. It's so hard since I crave it more than sugar!
    2166 days ago
  • NANCY-
    WTG on your awareness!!! I think you are doing awesome by noticing what is happening. All too often there is no notice and if you do not notice there cannot be changes made. I think you are making great strides.
    2167 days ago
  • KLONG8
    I'm still so focused on my caloric intake that I tend to ignore salt and then wonder why my hands get puffy. I promise to pay more attention (and drink more water.)
    2169 days ago
    I'm with you on the salt hangover -- horrible sensation.

    Ditto fat hangover when I overdo the cheesecake/chips or whatever.

    Oh well. We only experience it because most of the time, we're not eating that way. Used to be "the norm"!!
    2169 days ago
    We live and we learn. We live some more and we learn some more and we learn to laugh at ourselves. We humans are just a do over bunch aren't we? Thank you for baring and sharing a truth, it helps all to simply tell it like it is. emoticon
    2169 days ago
    Congratulations to you for noticing how your body behaves with too much salt and doing something to change it. You're body is becoming purified. =)
    2169 days ago
    Good blog and a great point. I really liked the "confession" of using the Ritz crackers rather than let them go to waste.

    I think that is something we all need to work on. If it's not good for us - THROW IT AWAY and NEVER BUY IT AGAIN!

    Easy to say - now let's work on getting it done!


    2169 days ago
    That's certainly something for me to consider! Thank you for sharing!
    2169 days ago
    I am trying to cut back on my sodium intake as well. I'm just not sure where to start since it has been a staple of my diet for so long. I think I am going to start experimenting with herbs.
    2169 days ago
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