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 They weren't out of date, and yes, it made a delicious dressing.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!