Try to eat celery with your salad greens. I used mashed avocado and lemon juice for the dressing. I also toss in whatever herbs I am feeling like at the moment but usually basil is in there.
Hi, Kerryn, Glad to hear someone else is dealing with this salt issue. I should already be off salt because I am a month in on the plan. I guess I am looking for new flavors like lemon and a fruity sauce for my salads. Lemon is good with SALT! But since I am trying to avoid salt I am hoping to pick up some other combinations of fruit to make dressing out of. Does anyone have a few combinations they like? Thank you.
Make a variety of sauces instead by yourself that are salt free. That stuff can really bog you down and dehydrate you as well as adding a lot of unnecessary weight on your body.
cold turkey. see what happens. : )
Salt is not a food and addictive. It has 40% sodium. Joel Fuhrman M.D. compares sea salt to heroin with something healthy added to it. It is still heroin. Salt is very addictive.
You're doing great, Kerryn, accomplishing a bunch in just a month.
One thing that helps is to be fully informed about salt. It tends to be that much less appealing then:
Also, while this might be hard to believe right now, cravings do diminish greatly when a zero overt salt diet is maintained. It takes 2-3 weeks for strong got-have-it feelings to diminish, and it just gets easier from there. The key is to stay the course fully; any hint of extra salt will re-ignite desire something fierce. Give it your best shot, and I think you'll be surprised.
Additionally, as your taste buds re-acclimate to what real foods are supposed to taste like unadulterated, you'll find yourself becoming aware of flavors you might never have noted before. Greens and veggies that previously seemed ho-hum might start tasting positively salty. Surprising but true :)
Refrigeration has only been around for about a century. Before that salt was depended on to keep very perishible foods from going bad. No human skeletons that are over 10,000 years old have salt in them. Of course salt is biblical. They rubbed it into the wounds of Jesus to cause more pain. It causes people to eat more food which is more profitable for the food industry.
add what you want. Write down how your performance was the next day. Then the next time you 'crave' something you have a template to follow.
I eat salt now and then but stay away from it before running races so I DONT cramp. Salt makes me cramp. The body stores more water so your heavier. Good if your a wrestler.
Thank you all so much, I needed the information, resources, encouragement and sensible advice. Feel like I have received a really balanced field of helpful advice and I will keep it all in mind. Very much appreciated :)
hey. i read once that if you actually CRAVE salt, it means you are low in minerals. so maybe make your salads a little bigger or something, then see what happens. : )