Flavor can be added to foods using herbs and spices, but many times we forget this. Do you find yourself using the same seasonings all the time? Adding different seasonings to foods can be easy and tasty! Using more herbs and spices allows for a way to enhance the flavor of food while using less salt and can be very helpful for someone trying to decrease their sodium intake.
These are just a few herbs and spices to consider for flavoring your food. Continue reading Ways You Can Spice Up a Dish to Improve Flavor
Decreasing sodium is a major overhaul. I still remember the countless faces that I made when trying to eat lower sodium foods and that was nearly 35 years ago. Never realizing how hard this would be, I thought just get foods marked lower sodium. Wrong! They were awful! When I began my venture with eating less sodium, I was putting salt on fruit and eating canned veggies and soups, along with prepared popcorn and sausage, biscuits and lunch meats. Taking a diet like that and thinking it would be easy was a huge mistake. It was hard making those adjustments. Suddenly my food didn’t have any flavor. I would make air popped popcorn and try to sneak in seasoned salt to give it something to make it taste good. The popcorn didn’t taste bad without added seasoning, it just didn’t taste. At all. Gradually I got to where I am today. It took some determination and making mistakes. Continue reading The Challenge of Decreasing Sodium- My Personal Struggle
Too much salt can leave a person with several complaints that are not always recognized as being from excessive salt intake. You may notice:
A bloated abdomen
Swollen feet and hands; shoes that normally fit very well are too tight
You may not be able to remove your rings or make a tight fist with your hands
You’re in a brain fog unable to think clearly
Pushing your thumb onto your arm or leg can leave an indentation that doesn’t go away quickly when you remove your thumb.
When exercising, your breathing changes. Deep breaths are not easy and nose breathing doesn’t feel as though it has provided sufficient oxygen.
You feel sluggish causing your pace to slow.
If you experience any of these, take a moment to think about the foods you have been eating. You may notice that you didn’t add any salt to your food, so you wonder how you could have eaten too much. Unfortunately, salt is already in many foods and you just don’t realize it. Because of this, overeating sodium can be very easy to do. If you don’t have any heart related issues you may not feel a need to make a change with the salt you are eating, but if you notice any of these signs or symptoms, you may benefit from noticing where your salt comes from.
An easy place to start is to simply look at a food label of the foods you are eating. Using the recommendation of 2300mg a day, you can check the product for serving size and sodium content. Most prepared foods will have high amounts. Lunch meats, bread with seasonings added and soups are some of the main contributors. This is a starting place. Once you discover your culprit, then you can try alternatives. Be kind to yourself and start with a small change to ease into the flavor change so that your taste buds can adjust to the flavor changes.
You made your resolution to lose weight once and for all in 2018 and that can change quickly as a hectic schedule seems to take over your life and logical thinking. Sometimes the immediate thought, is that you just can’t do this, well that is not the case at all. Many times, the issue is that you just set yourself up to do way too much. Success with weight loss, can begin with small changes, not dieting. Diets don’t work. Think how many times you have tried the dieting route in the past and yet, here you are starting over. You may have lost it, but then regained the weight that was lost, plus a few more pounds. The beauty of small changes is that they are subtle and help you succeed in making changes so that the weight stays off.
These are tips that can help you reduce calories and be successful. See which ones can help you out: Continue reading Ten Tips for Weight Loss Success in 2018!
This can be a very fun time of year and it can also be filled with stress causing our immune systems to weaken which can cause us to become sick. I used to think that this is because it was cold and flu season. But I have learned that there is more to us getting sick, than that. During this time of year, we have many more things that can cause stress. Continue reading Coping with Stress this Holiday Season!
Sometimes, when I am eating, my meal gets noticed and I am asked if I am vegan. My reply, “No, I am not even vegetarian”. What? A confused look always follows. I don’t do this to confuse anyone, I am just stating a fact and one that could use some clarification. Continue reading Vegan, Vegetarian and Plant Based Eating
Water can be dressed up several different ways to change the flavor and to be cool and refreshing. This clear beverage can help you stay hydrated and it doesn’t supply calories. With more than half of our body weight coming from water, we have to have it for optimal health. If we are not having enough liquid throughout the day, we can feel hot and tired. Continue reading Different Ways to Flavor Water
As I go walking along one of my normal paths, I am passed by folks I have not seen before. They may be dressed in what I recognize as new workout clothing as well as a nice looking brand new pair of shoes! I used to think that I would be seeing more of them, but then one day, I realized that I would not see them again. Sometimes I think that maybe they changed the time or the route they were walking/running. Since I walk several routes and have been for years, I have concluded that they have not continued with the activity. This is not the first time this has happened, nor will it be the last. Continue reading How to Find Tranquility Using an Activity that You Enjoy
Eating healthy fats and limiting foods that are high in saturated fats is a way that we can have a healthier heart and decrease our chances of getting heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women so knowing these foods can be beneficial. Continue reading Know the Foods to Eat for a Healthier Heart
Beans can cause gas, but there are things you can do to help decrease this with a few tips. When I discuss eating beans with clients, the response that I get is that they don’t eat beans because of all the gas they can cause. Continue reading Ways To Decrease the Gas From Beans!