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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.

Strategies:

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 They weren't out of date, and yes, it made a delicious dressing.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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SENKYOUSHI 1/6/2012 5:33AM

    I'm having trouble with sodium too. It's so hard since I crave it more than sugar!

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SENKYOUSHI 1/6/2012 5:32AM

    I'm having trouble with sodium too. It's so hard since I crave it more than sugar!

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NANCY- 1/5/2012 8:00AM

    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.
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KLONG8 1/4/2012 1:07AM

    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.)

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WATERMELLEN 1/3/2012 8:33PM

    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"!!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 1/3/2012 8:25PM

    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

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STRNGNGRNDED 1/3/2012 7:27PM

    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. =)

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ID_VANDAL 1/3/2012 2:20PM

    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!

Later,

VandalR>
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PRINCESSALICA 1/3/2012 9:54AM

    That's certainly something for me to consider! Thank you for sharing!

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NATARSHAD 1/3/2012 9:34AM

    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.

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