Originally posted January 4, 2014
The last post explained how I came to battle my traditional eating habits. The main lessons are in using foods as close to natural as possible, no preservatives, no over-processing, and no artificial colors or flavors. No easy thing when I started. There are many more options now. Oh, and no white foods.
A few things I learned about this process. First, don’t try to stock up on things. I was accustomed to buying things we liked in bulk whenever they were on sale. They don’t keep as long now but the taste is worth it. And guess what? We have never been without food to eat. Next, prep time is a little longer but you know what you’re eating. Then, read labels and reread. Keep up with the current catch words. The companies change the wording sometime so make sure you know what is in the food you will put in your body.
My next step was to read, read, read everything I could find in hard copy or online. This gives you tons of information to wade through. Some things will pop out at you as truths or falsehoods. Talk to others that have made or are making these changes. People are at all different levels of this life-changing experience. So listen and read and make your decisions. Don’t try to do it all at one time – baby steps. Our changes have been made over years. One of my favorite things to do is make bread. This takes some trial and error to figure out how to work with whole grain flours but so very worth it.
Now, we have reached my current challenge of limited sodium intake. Most days are fine. Occasionally there are things that still don’t taste right without salt. Another difficulty for me is that cheeses are high in sodium and I really liked cheese. Thanks to the American Heart Association and people who have been facing this a long time I have slowly developed a taste for less salt.
The most important thing I have learned is to experiment with spices and herbs. The combination of Rosemary, Thyme, and Basil is a good replacement for me. They season most things without me missing salt. One word of caution here, too, to read the labels of the spices and herbs. Some of them that I would never have suspected contain salt.
Check out this blog http://www.sodiumgirl.com for some great recipes and advice. She is delightful to read. I have already mentioned them, but check out http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ to find information on cooking, eating out and more. One more I recently found at http://thedailydish.us and http://www.momcentral.com. This young women stopped eating sodium when she was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease.
Try it. You’ll like it. You will be pleasantly surprised at how good it is to enjoy the actually flavor of the food.
Best wishes for your journey.