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The SALT Life

Sunday, July 10, 2016

I have had a BAD week with sodium intake. I've been over more often than not and now I have the dreaded "salt bloat". emoticon

I "KNOW" I haven't gained 5 pounds this week. I just haven't been able to break the water retention -- YET. I will. It's just a matter of keeping the sodium intake at a lower level and drinking more water to hydrate, purify, and flush my system.

This terrible heat (100+ days) emoticon and humidity leads to cravings for salty things. I had forgotten that because the last two summers in Savannah had been much milder. I remember now!

I urge all of you to closely monitor your sodium / salt intake. PLEASE, stay hydrated in this heat. Be careful -- I don't want to lose you, Spark Friends! emoticon

Wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat, keep moistened cloth with you outside, drink lots of water emoticon . Stay out of the mid-day sun! emoticon
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    I hear you! You'll get it under control again now that you're aware and ready to fix it!
    1804 days ago
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    My father, my husband, and I all need to watch our salt intake, especially my father. We add no salt to the cooking process of anything and we use Mrs Dash or other no-salt seasoning. We also tried the fake salt that has potassium in it which it actually tasted the same but I don't know health wise which is better. It's really hard for me because, like you, I love the salty snacks.
    1804 days ago
    I learned to give up the salt shaker in my early 20's and it was the best thing ever to happen to me. I don't miss salt at all. The only reason we have a salt shaker in the house is for my husband. He refuses to give it up. That is why he has to take medication for high blood pressure and I don't. The doctor constantly gets onto him. Because I explained how I cook. And I make fresh veggies with no salt and use fresh herbs and spices to flavor my food, even my beans when I cook them. I never use canned beans. I will add fresh stewed tomatoes to my beans for added flavor, as well, celery is also another good item to add to beans, soups and stews for flavoring. Any veggie that you buy canned needs to be rinsed before cooking, because of it's high sodium content. This will help reduce the sodium a little. Any smoked meat or condiment made with vinegar is very high in salt as well as the lunch meats or deli meats. All processed foods and white flour products should be cut out until you get your BP under control or sodium levels. I hope this helps.
    1804 days ago
    Hot and humid here also, but not quite as bad as they said it was suppose to be. That's a good thing. You know weather, they do like to blow things up when they can.
    1804 days ago
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    You are so right! It's very hot and humid here too, so I carry water with me.
    1804 days ago
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    Hey.. watch that sodium cause you can really mess up with that.. and yes it is very hot and before you know it you could become dehydrated.. Have you tried Ms Dash..? That is a good alternative for a salt shaker.. Keep close look at the caned goods and cold cuts cause they do have a lot of salt in them... So put the shaker down and give one of the other spices a try.. In His Love and Grace Just Me emoticon
    1804 days ago
    I have alot of problems with sodium also. I love salt.
    1804 days ago
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