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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! :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MISHBLEZ 5/27/2012 11:55AM

    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!

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/27/2012 8:35AM

    I'm with you on loving salt. I try to use more garlic and onion powder, or real, as seasoning and buy no salt.

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RIDLEYRIDER 5/27/2012 8:12AM

  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!

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GOLFGMA 5/27/2012 7:59AM

    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

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LAURANCE 5/27/2012 7:11AM

  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.

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