Friday, October 28, 2011

Salt Is My Enemy

Okay, so maybe it's not my "enemy". Actually, salt (Sodium) is an electrolyte that our bodies need to work properly. The problem is that it's way too easy to get too much in today's world of processed foods. Even when you're trying to be healthy, it's easy to let your salt intake get away from you.

For Example: Yesterday I made a delicious Garlic Mushroom Alfredo. (Garlic and Mushrooms from my basket, of course!) But in my attempt to cut out a lot of fat without skimping on flavor, I added some Worcestershire and a little too much chicken bouillon. It was delicious. . .but I've been trying to cut back on my sodium intake, and it was a shock to my system to suddenly have something so salty; I even felt a little queasy. And today, when I stepped on the scale for my Friday weigh in, the numbers had gone up a little.  Ugh!!!  The good news is, it's just water weight, and I know I can remedy my mistake by drinking plenty of water with a little lemon, and (fingers crossed) make it back down to my Halloween goal weight of 205 by Monday.

I do love the flavor that chicken broth gives to soup and sauces, but as I just mentioned, bouillon can be dangerous, and canned chicken broth can be just as bad with the sodium levels.  I'm considering making this homemade low-sodium chicken broth recipe I Googled. Maybe we'll get onions and carrots tomorrow.

You know, it amazes me how our bodies adjust to a healthy (or unhealthy) diet. When I was in college I lived off of Ramen Noodles, Nutrigrain Bars, and PB&J Sandwiches. (Nasty, right?) I took a nutrition class where we had to log our food intake for a week, and my sodium levels were through the roof! That was the kind of food I ate every day, and it didn't bother me. That's why I'm glad the salty garlic mushroom alfredo sauce upset my stomach a little. That means my body is adjusting. It's always nice to find the silver lining in a cloud, right?

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