I have been feeling a little down lately. When this happens to me, I tend to gain weight. I don't want to do that. I am too proud of how I look in my new jeans to spoil it by gaining weight. I won't feed these feelings. I will get out and walk instead. I will move and get through this in that way rather than just wallowing in my self-pity.
I don't control my salt. At all. I pay no attention, I just eat what I eat. I have no idea how much I consume. I assume that I am not doing too badly as I make all my own foods, I eat hardly any processed foods at all and I don't add that much salt to my food. But keeping in mind that too much salt can have a negative effect and can cause bloat which shows on the scales. I read this article. It had some interesting tips on simple ways to decrease your salt intake as well as some surprising facts about the amount of salt in some foods.
here are some of the tips:
- Eating Out: No Salt, PleaseWhen you’re out at a restaurant, the sodium in your prepared meal can be high. Most restaurants don’t indicate whether something is high in sodium or not. You have to do your own investigation.
- No MSG Please
Ask for no MSG -- mono sodium glutamate -- typically used as a flavor enhancer in a variety of foods most, notably found in Asian offerings and that style of cooking. It’s not necessarily in all foods and an added ingredient. So ask for no MSG when you are at a restaurant.
- Substitute: Salt Isn't Your Only Option
In addition to eating out less, you can control the amounts of salt you add into food when cooking. In your cupboard you have a variety of herbs that can appease your salty palate.
- Cook more with herbs. Fresh squeezed lemon or lime on food can give a lot of zest and chopped garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary –- all appeal to your salty taste without adding a lot of sodium to your diet.
- Salt is just one seasoning to make your food taste good but it shouldn’t be the one that you always reach for. Maybe try the pepper shaker instead