cant live without my salt - salt substitute

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RedE4Change

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Posted: 18 Oct 2013, 11:43
Ok, so people have been advising to watch my sodium intake. I know I know!!!!

So I need suggestions? Right now i use the Hymalasian pink salt or Sea Salt. I use mrs. Dash to cook with on my meat.

But what else can I use to season my cooked vegis and other items istead of salt.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 18 Oct 2013, 12:10
Just to let you know sea salt has the same amount of sodium as regular salt. I would just advise going cold turkey. Get rid of the salt - it will take about 2 weeks to get used to. use garlic powder, onion powder, oregano (not garlic salt or onion salt). Just buy seasonings that do not contain salt. I put garlic and oregano on just about everything. You just have to do it.
mummydee

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Posted: 18 Oct 2013, 12:21
stay away, or at least read the labels of all processed foods you eat.

Salt is hidden in so many things it's crazy. I don't eat processed foods at all and still manage to hit 1000 mgs a day naturally. But I do eat seaweed and lots from the sea.

and when the label says 50% less salt. Don't fall for it. there was 400 x more in the first place so now there's just 200 x what you need.

The less you use salt, the less you will need it for taste. Soon the veggies will shine on their own.
bugzbetty

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Posted: 19 Oct 2013, 04:47
Stock your spice cabinet and just start adding things like thyme,cumin,cayenne, garlic or lemon juice instead of salt. If the recipe calls for salt and pepper to taste, just add more pepper. Most recipes call for too much salt, so use half or less. I do the same with sugar.
kingkeld

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Posted: 20 Oct 2013, 07:45
The flavor that salt adds to your food is simply a matter of habit. Cut down salt severely, and you will soon just get used to it. Give it a few weeks. It's a LOT easier than putting a lot of effort into replacing it with something else.
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mummydee

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Posted: 20 Oct 2013, 13:59
kingkeld wrote:
It's a LOT easier than putting a lot of effort into replacing it with something else.


Do you really think it takes alot of effort to find a different spice than salt?

I now use a cajun spice mixture on just about everything and am also learning to use turmeric in more than just indian curries.

I completely agree about going cold turkey with the salt but i don't find adding in different spices difficult at all.

kingkeld

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Posted: 20 Oct 2013, 15:25
I don't think it takes ANY effort. But I know from experience - from my weight loss classes that I teach, for one - that MANY find it difficult. It understood that OP can find it difficult too.
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, and living healthy. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier!
mummydee

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Posted: 20 Oct 2013, 16:36
RedE4Change wrote:

But what else can I use to season my cooked veggies and other items instead of salt.


I buy a blend called 'cajun spice', i use it on everything, meats, eggs, veggies, just make sure that it doesn't have msg in it.

a little grind of fresh pepper also is great on fresh veggies. sometimes i use lemon pepper.



Sunshine6442

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Posted: 22 Oct 2013, 05:26
Salt addiction may cause food cravings...If you crave sweets, it could be a sign that you consume too much salt.

Cumin revs weight loss, so substitute cumin for salt.

If pounds aren't coming off salt is sabotaging your effort to lose weight. Try to eat 1,000MG of salt or less per day and see the pounds start coming off once again

Eating too much salt boosts the production insulin, the hormone that tells the body to store fat. The more insulin you have, the more fat is stored and the more weight you gain.

People with salt deficency crave Chinese food. Salt craving can be caused by sodium depletion through sweating and living in a warm climate with excessive heat. Your body tries to improve your insulin sensitivity by making you get more salt: sodium chloride (table salt) enhances insulin response to carbohydrates. This is why many people crave salty foods after eating a large carb-rich meal.

In fact, a diet high in salt content can not only affect your blood pressure (see below), but is typically associated with weight gain.
HoBoMD

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Posted: 22 Oct 2013, 08:02
All of the advice is great about how to watch that sodium intake - sodium is an electrolyte that we need to function (important to heart function!!), so make sure that you are getting an adequate amount of sodium. Avoiding processed foods (aka the easy stuff - frozen meals, soups, pickles) will make a big difference. In regards to Sunshine's post, sometimes cravings do mean that you're missing some essential element. If you aren't taking a multiple vitamin, I would suggest starting - just a general one. Most Americans (in general - not everyone) don't eat enough variety of foods to get all of those vitamins and minerals.
Kizziecat

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Posted: 02 Nov 2013, 10:59
Our bodies need salt. If you do not eat any processed food then you will not be getting to much salt. So dont worry about it
I use pink salt as its very tasty and much better for you than other salt.
NO VEG

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Posted: 07 Nov 2013, 08:32
I now have chronic kidney failure related to high blood pressure which is related to sodium. I felt I had done this to myself. After studying I learned that just eating out a lot is an even bigger problem than my added table salt. Just by eating at home and salting lighter my kidney function has gone up 13%! My next step will be to stop added salt as well, but just know if you eat out there is more of a high sodium problem than just your occasional canned goods. So for me it was the best place to start change. Good luck. Hang in there. Just never stop tryingSmile
JustADreamer

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Posted: 07 Nov 2013, 09:39
Many times we add salt to foods because we taste the food, it needs a little something, so we just go with salt. As you cut back on your salt, you will start tasting different nuances in food. Many times some fresh lemon juice or vinegar will add that kick that you are looking for.
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Posted: 07 Nov 2013, 18:55
I put pepper in pretty much everything, The only time i add salt is if i don't have stock for soup. Then it's pinch of salt, 3 of garlic powder and a heap of mixed spice, plus extra pepper. Because pepper is awesome (but only fresh cracked, the powered stuff doesn't taste like squat).
Sunshine6442

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Posted: 08 Nov 2013, 08:09
There is a lot of salt in bread and cheese and breakfast cereals
Some brands of corn flakes have up to 266 mg of sodium per cup.
Some brands of raisin bran have up to 342 mg of sodium per cup.

Puffed rice and puffed wheat are sodium free. Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs 70 Calories for 1 cup and NO SODIUM.

One cup of vegetable juice cocktail 653 mg of sodium

Some Canned veggies, canned soups, spaghetti sauce, potato chips, cheese puffs, pretzels, ketchup, relish, anchovies, capers, headache or heartburn medicines can contain sodium carbonate or bicarbonate.

French Fries and fast foods are high in sodium, fat, and calories.


Basil a natural sweet tasting leaf which is high in Vitamin A and magnesium. This simple spice helps prevent cholesterol buildup and promotes saliva that helps our bodies digest foods better.
Popular in: Spaghetti sauces, soups, stews, salads, scrambled eggs, pizza, pasta, roasted or grilled veggies, meatloaf and any basic tomato based recipes. Add a sprinkle on mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and olive oil.

Bay Leaf acts as an anti-bacterial and is rich in vitamin A, magnesium and vitamin C. Bay leaf helps produce insulin and assists in preventing blood sugar spikes. It is known to have anti-fungal properties.
Popular in: Soups, sauces, pot roast, added to the liquid when steaming shell fish

Cayenne Pepper a ground hot red pepper that helps prevent inflammation. May aid in weight loss, reduces cholesterol and triglycerides. A powerhouse in benefits to the heart and helps in the distribution of all nutrients in the body. An amazing spice with so many benefits that I could talk for days about this spice. Add Cayenne to your daily diet.
Popular in: Egg dishes, fish dishes, on beans, pasta, potatoes, as a tea

Cinnamon one of the oldest spices in the world helps to regulate blood sugar. Cinnamon is believe to stop the growth of Candida Albicans that feed on sugar which promotes harmful yeast in your body. Adding cinnamon to high carb foods can reduce a rise in high sugar.
Various Uses: Sprinkling on Cereals, rice, veggies, puddings and coffee

Cloves Cloves are the perfect balance between sour and sweet. The oils in the clove can be effective in treating fungal infections and indigestion. Do not consume in large quantities, or people with blood disorders, kidney or breathing disorders.
Popular in: Seasoning on meats such as ham, pork, baked fruits, sweet potatoes.

Curry Curry Powder is a blend of many spices and originated in India. Curry is beneficial to the brain function, memory and fighting some cancers such as breast, prostrate and colon cancer. Some studies show it may be able to stabilize pancreatic cancer. A study done in Singapore revealed that those who consume curry did well in memory tests. May be a sign this could help or delay Alzheimer's disease.

Curry is good for you...Turmeric, curry's main ingredient is recognized by its yellow color. A member of the ginger family, turmeric has long been associated with its healing properties.
turmeric, is the spice that gives curry anti-inflammatory properties. Curry ingredient fights skin cancer and helps cognition...Alzheimer's. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends turmeric for inflammatory conditions and says it contains more than 24 compounds that fight inflammation in the body. The University of Maryland Medical Center and the NIH say evidence has shown turmeric might lower levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol. This can prevent the buildup of plaque in the artery walls, known as atherosclerosis.

Curry shrimp, is largely made of turmeric combined with other spices such as coriander and fenugreek...this might be a good choice too...or a lean lamb skewer
Popular in: Puddings, soups, to add flavor to Chicken.

Oregano Protects cells because of antioxidant properties and is a good source of beneficial fiber. This herb can help reduce cholesterol and aid in digestion. It is also beneficial in helping our immune system stay in good working order as it inhibits bacterial growth.
Popular in: Soups, stew, tomato sauces, pizza, sauted mushrooms and onions

Parsley Flakes Parsley is a well- Known as a breath freshener is a major contributer to your overall health. High in vitamin C, iron, and magnesium it is an assistant to your metabolism. Because it helps neutralizes free radicals this little tree may help prevent cancer cells from spreading. People that already have gall bladder and kidney problems should not eat parsley.

Popular in: Sauces, soups, salads, or alone to freshen the breath

Paprika is a source of magnesium and potassium. Beneficial in the production of saliva and digestion, lowers the risk of cancer and depression and the overall feeling of lethargy.
Popular in: Fish entrees, reduces inflammation

Garlic A clove a day keeps disease at bay. Garlic destroys abnormal cells and strengthens the immune system. Lowers cholesterol and keeps candida albicans from spreading. Just 1 clove per day stimulates enzymes that can reduce tumor size and lower b lood pressure as well.

Not only is garlic a delicious flavor enhancer in food, but it contains allicin, an antioxidant that has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Try sautéing lean protein and veggies with garlic — it may improve your heart health!

Rosemary This spice promotes energy by boosting circulation and aids in speeding up digestion. Rosemary can also reduce inflammation.
Popular in: Eggs, egg whites, stews, roasted meats, pork fish, lamb

There are many herbs and spice including cinnamon, cayenne pepper, mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage that have beneficial anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger, tumeric, garlic, and cardamom also have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Some herbs and spices can be as effective as medication in quieting the body's inflammatory response.

Certain foods and spices are known for their blood sugar balancing properties, and can be used to prevent raised blood sugar and to lower blood sugar
foods that stabilize blood sugar are cheese, egg yolks, berries
Foods that are rich in fiber help reduce blood sugar surges.



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