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I'm a Salty Dog

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Salt...it's like my kryptonite. Except that I don't want to run away from it. I want to consume it in mass quantities.
Especially sunflower seeds. Oh David, how I hate you for inventing that little kernel packed inside that salty shell that I just. can't. stop. eating.
But that isn't my only point of salt overload, it seems.
In conjunction with this week's nutrition challenge, I was very careful to read the sodium content of many of my favorite foods when I did my grocery shopping at the beginning of the week. There are so many foods that contain way more sodium that I deem necessary. Waffles had 470- 470!!!!- mg of sodium. My favorite Thomas Cinnamon Swirl Bagels had 270 mg! I am now at a loss as to what to eat for breakfast now. Those are my staple breakfast items because they're fast and delicious and mostly healthy.
Another one that seriously disturbed me- sea salt! I had never paid attention to the sodium content before because I thought the point of it was to have that same taste, but without the detrimental sodium content. One serving, 1/4 tsp, has 500 mg! I am appalled.
Needless to say, this week's challenge has disturbed me and broken my heart a little.
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  • no profile photo CD9656784
    Because of my blood pressure - I strive to keep sodium at or under 1000 - the only way to do this, is to eat mostly fresh, unprocessed food - lots of fruits and veggies - If you muscle through it - you will find that you lose your taste for salt (salt is my kryponite too)
    I have a fruit smoothie for breakfast every day - and often another one later in the day - lots of apples, home made soup (no salt added tomatoes) etc.
    If you don't have high BP - and you don't feel like you retain too much water - I wouldn't sweat it ... just be mindful!
    Good Luck!
    3548 days ago
    Yeah, it broke mine too...but really, I am not going to worry about it for now...unless it becomes a problem :P
    3549 days ago
    Alas, sodium is my down-fall as well. However, unlike you--brave soul--who has taken the first few steps towards limiting the dastardly compound we love to hate or hate to love, I am not even near the pre-contemplation phase of sodium restriction.

    Bravo to you on your quest!
    3550 days ago
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