Hi, I'm Michelle and I'm a Salt-aholic

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I've always been tempted more by the savory than sweet but until I started tracking the contents of what I eat I had no idea my sodium intake was as high as it is....and the foods I've been tracking are 'me behaving myself'; not my normal standard fare!

What's a salt-aholic to do? I've consulted a few websites for low-sodium eating and it looks like there are a few decent substitutes out there for some of my favorites...peanut butter, cheese, potato chips; just to name a few!

Sparks has been VERY eye-opening for me. I've thought of myself as a 'healthy eater' because I don't go nuts with sweets and sugars! I've always known I have the potential to go nuts with high fats and high sodium junk but had no idea just how nuts I've been going!

This is going to be tricky...but I'm a girl who loves a challenge! I'm hoping if I find enough healthy alternatives to the foods I love (that taste good, because I'd rather eat nothing than something that isn't good) and I give my body a nice long break from the daily sodium assault I may break this habit altogether and not love those foods as much!

I said hoping....I'm forever hopeful! :)
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    I wonder why there isn't a low sodium section in the Sparks Recipe collection? It seems a lot of us struggle with this demon! :) Thanks for reminding me about pretzels...I love them but never buy them!
    2099 days ago
    I'm with you on loving salt. I try to use more garlic and onion powder, or real, as seasoning and buy no salt.
    2099 days ago
    I much prefer the salty crunchy to the sweet, and it is still not good for us. It is something I deal with by eating only unsalted chips, nuts, and pretzels, when I want the 'crunch' thing. It all helps!
    2099 days ago
    I have the problem of going over on sodium more than any other thing. Seems anytime I "eat out" I will be over on sodium for the day, or, if I eat any type soup even the lower sodium ones I'm over. I haven't found a salt substitute that didn't burn my taste buds, so, I like you , would rather do without. emoticon
    2099 days ago
    I, too, like salty things. And I may decide to keep a couple of salty things in my diet, as long as it's a moderate amount.

    It's that hidden sodium that's the problem. I need to read labels carefully and watch for sodium added to packaged foods. There's a lot of sodium tucked away in canned foods and prepared foods. Since these foods don't taste salty, it's easy to not notice just how much sodium is there.
    2100 days ago
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