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Giving up is hard to do

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Salt, my secret obsession. I could eat it right out of the salt shaker. Actually I do. Now the doctor and the blood pressure cuff are telling me to lay off the salt, not just cut back but give it up entirely.

Chips, ramen noodles, fries, popcorn, dill pickles, peanuts...these are a few of my favorite things. For most of these things I can come up with a low fat alternative that satisfies, but they all need SALT.

Last night I was actually successful at dinner. I made spicy marinara and grilled portabellas over pasta. No salt added. It was delish. But the urge to "shake" was hard to resist. And how many recipes can I actually eat without salt? My success is doubtful at this moment, especially since I totally failed at lunch today. Who can resist ramen with a poached egg and Sriracha?

Of course the swollen legs and inability to wear cute shoes is a big incentive, but taste, that's a powerful force. And don't tell me Mrs. Dash is a great substitute. She's nothing but a poser in the worst sense of the word. It's a fine balance between my enjoyment of food and my need to be healthy. Most times in my life, the food wins out.

Like I've said before, I don't want to end up like my dad, eating myself into long term decline in health. But for a foodie, the adjustment is not going to be easy.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DJSHIP46 10/26/2013 8:51PM

    I wish you MUCH luck on your quest!

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CRAFTSFAN1 10/26/2013 6:35PM

    Tell me about it. I had to stop cold turkey due to the high blood pressure.
I had to get into the kitchen to prepare my meals without salt, from scratch.

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EXOTEC 10/26/2013 4:08PM

    I crave salt, too. I don't use table salt though - it's been stripped of so many necessary minerals... I use mined salt. I like Himalayan, although the Celtic is fine too. Mined salts - not evaporated sea salts.

I'm okay with salt, since I'm also restricted-carb. That makes you metabolize sodium differently; in fact I have to supplement potassium since it tends to get dumped in the same process.

I really don't have much trouble with sweets - sure, I like them, in moderation (and not the intensely sweet things), but I could go without sugars a lot more easily than I could give up salt!

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ICEDEMETER 10/26/2013 3:45PM

    I happened by your blog and had to laugh at the fact that we each, apparently, have our polar opposites! You see, I'm another foodie who finds the idea of life without enjoyment of food to be intolerable. I'm coming at it from the other side, though, since I loathe salt (to me, it hides the flavours of everything else) and have had my doc insist that I start adding it to everything... and I find that it takes a lot of work so that I can taste anything besides the salt!

I am in absolute agreement that Mrs. Dash is awful, but seriously - how many and how much fresh spices do you use besides the salt? Do you like a lot of "heat" to your food, or more of a fresh taste, or something more dark and nutty? There are spices that will do all of that, and more. Quite seriously, once you start getting used to mixing up the spices to get the flavours that you want, your taste buds will change and you won't miss the salt any more.

Strong thoughts, and remember to have fun with the spices --- I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised at just how great food can be even without the salt!

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HEALTHY4ME 10/26/2013 2:45PM

    Salt doesn't interest me, but SUGAR is everywhere and I am so addicted......... hard to get rid of it but I have and will again.

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