Over the last few days with all the fun we have been having with food, the Cinnabon, the Chinese take out, the trifle and pie, the mashed potatoes, what I really started to notice was how I was waking up with a really dry throat and needing more water than usual to quench my thirst. I realized that the one thing that I started to do with the ingestion with all of these baked goods and processed foods was that I have been eating a lot more salt than what I usually eat.
My grandmother was one of those that would use the salt shaker for everything. As she got older she would complain that food had no taste and she started to increase her use of the salt shaker. She also loved drinking margaritas (salted rim, salted drink mix). I have inherited a number of her salt shakers, little dancing frog and Mickey mouse, but the truth is they are just on display in the China cabinet. The only time they get put out on the dinner table is when we have friends over, but even then I forget.
When I watch that chef Ramsey continually says ‘more salt! more salt! Where is the seasoning?!’ I think to myself “I just don’t think I would be able to make it as a chef.” It makes me shutter to think how much salt gets put in my food when I go to a restaurant. I used to clamber to go out to a restaurant every single time my mom would suggest that we need to go shopping, I would continually push, “lets go out for lunch!”.
The one thing that I really notice now that I am on this new plan is that as I have been emotionally focussing on what I want to be eating and working on researching and creating the meals that fit my new profile, I have just naturally changed my focus from wanting to eat out to being very happy to eat in. Don’t get me wrong, the Cinnabon was scrumptious. But I found the Chinese food to actually be bland. I was surprised to find the only thing on my plate that I actually enjoyed were the egg rolls; because of the sugared plum sauce.
I found myself hungry the moment I woke up each morning this week, because of the increase in carbohydrates, parched because of the increase in salt, and sluggish too.
Sodium or salt is an electrolyte that your body needs, and your body only needs 500mg of it everyday. Salt is in everything that we eat. 77% or our sodium intake comes from food processing, 12% is naturally from all of the different foods that we normally eat that are not processed, 6% is added to our food by us, by using either the salt shaker or sauces, condiments, and seasonings, 5% is added during cooking.
When I cook I actually don’t add salt, I use herbs, spices, lemon/lime and I am very particular in regards to the cooking sauces looking for carbohydrates as they have a tendency to be a hidden source of carbohydrate intake and they can also be a hidden source of salt intake as well. Salt is good for you, but too much (like anything else) is bad for you. Something else to pay attention to on that food label.
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