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    Re: Salt and Soda

    No feedback on salt, but just ditch the pop altogether. It's crap for your body. I quit drinking pop almost 10 years ago and don't miss it at all. In fact, I'm pretty digusted by it. Look no further to see why our country is obese. Ditch it....you'll feel much better.



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    Re: Salt and Soda

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatllDoCy View Post
    I have cut carbs and sugar out of my diet by quite a bit, and you are right it is difficult to eat healthy. you have to assume anything that is processed and pre-made is salty and sugary. I think it is very similar to kicking any addiction. Over time it will fade, but in the beginning make sure and congratulate yourself when you do well and don't let your body talk you into going back.
    Addiction is the right word. I swear I have the same 'high' after eating fast food as I do after a run.



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    Re: Salt and Soda

    What's soda got to do with this thread about salt and pop?



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    Re: Salt and Soda

    Diet Rite contains no sodium. But the people who are telling you to give up pop entirely are correct.



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    Re: Salt and Soda

    Do you have to give up salt completely? Are you allowed to cook with salt? Salt makes 95% of foods taste better, brightens up their flavors, is an essential ingredient in good tasting food. Watch any good chef preparing any kind of cuisine, and they season with salt regularly. Why? Because salt makes food taste better. Your wife sounds like a cruel, cruel woman.



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    Re: Salt and Soda

    I could never give up salt. I salt everything. I even salt my salads. Nothing worse than trying to enjoy a meal with a bland taste. I feel for you, buddy.

    As for the pop thing (soda? What do you live in Missouri or something?!) I've never been a big pop drinker, but had to give up caffeine and that was tough for me to do because of coffee and tea. You're in for a long road ahead of you, brother.



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    cowgirl and kcclone nailed the salt thing. Other spices will help immensely. My parents will visit and I'll make a nice meal with steak, veggies, fruit, etc and my mom will start salting the hell out of everything before trying it. Drives me insane. I'll purposely hide the salt shaker before she comes over now.

    I'm about 2 months into my kicking-the-soda-out habit. I was at 2/day for a long time. I had to replace the caffeine with tea for awhile to stand the headaches, but I'm proof you can do it. Last coke I tried tasted terrible. Never thought I'd say that



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    Re: Salt and Soda

    Pitch the pop and drink beer. Actually much healthier for you



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    Re: Salt and Soda

    The only two things I salt anymore are eggs and onion rings. My wife salts pizza and nachos. I'm surprised she doesn't salt bacon.



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    Re: Salt and Soda

    Are you giving up pop/soda because of the sugar or the caffeine? Start drinking diet pop and/or caffeine free and ween yourself down to no pop. I sill have to have 1 diet Pepsi after lunch mainly for the caffeine. Also, if you add some potassium to your diet you don't need to completely cut out sodium (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Condit...29_Article.jsp).

    On a side note (as I don't know what your 'incident' was): I started taking blood pressure meds when I was 30. I'm 45 now and just got off them by reducing sugar, wheat, dairy, fried food and most processed food (I have a few habits I can't totally kick) and eating more whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. Check out http://www.forksoverknives.com/. I don't follow their suggestions religiously but what I do follow has seemed to make a huge difference.



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    Re: Salt and Soda

    Quote Originally Posted by NickTheGreat View Post
    Pitch the pop and drink beer. Actually much healthier for you
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    Re: Salt and Soda

    Virtually everything processed or served in a restaurant has more sodium than is healthy or necessary. From the store, if the sodium content is over 35% per serving for your daily allowance, I put it back. Have learned through trial and error what is edible in restaurants. Most of this food doesn't need any extra salt. And most of the "flavor" you get from these foods is salt. Real, unprocessed food never tastes that way, but culturally Americans expect that salty taste. It truly is amazing how good food can taste when it's not masked by sodium. I only add pepper to meals now. Salt is mostly only used when I'm cooking from scratch and have control over how much goes into whatever I'm making.

    As for soda, it should be given up completely. I'm still guilty of having some, but not a lot - half a regular bottle per day. The chemicals that go into them are enough of a reason to quit. Something about the fizz that I can't quite substitute adequately, though.

    I was told by my doctor a long time ago (when I turned 30) to lower my sodium intake. It was related to high blood pressure, but I also have a minor heart issue that doesn't need to be helped along by consuming too much salty junk. When you're not used to having overly-salty processed food, it's amazing how much of a difference there is when you have something (accidentally or not) like that again. It truly tastes awful and makes you appreciate food prepared with much less or no sodium/salt at all. The trick is finding those substitutes that work for you. Sometimes you will find you have to make a trade - less salt for more sugar, or something like that. Just depends on what you're willing to give up.


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    Re: Salt and Soda

    Quote Originally Posted by Buster28 View Post
    Virtually everything processed or served in a restaurant has more sodium than is healthy or necessary. From the store, if the sodium content is over 35% per serving for your daily allowance, I put it back. Have learned through trial and error what is edible in restaurants. Most of this food doesn't need any extra salt. And most of the "flavor" you get from these foods is salt. Real, unprocessed food never tastes that way, but culturally Americans expect that salty taste. It truly is amazing how good food can taste when it's not masked by sodium. I only add pepper to meals now. Salt is mostly only used when I'm cooking from scratch and have control over how much goes into whatever I'm making.

    As for soda, it should be given up completely. I'm still guilty of having some, but not a lot - half a regular bottle per day. The chemicals that go into them are enough of a reason to quit. Something about the fizz that I can't quite substitute adequately, though.

    I was told by my doctor a long time ago (when I turned 30) to lower my sodium intake. It was related to high blood pressure, but I also have a minor heart issue that doesn't need to be helped along by consuming too much salty junk. When you're not used to having overly-salty processed food, it's amazing how much of a difference there is when you have something (accidentally or not) like that again. It truly tastes awful and makes you appreciate food prepared with much less or no sodium/salt at all. The trick is finding those substitutes that work for you. Sometimes you will find you have to make a trade - less salt for more sugar, or something like that. Just depends on what you're willing to give up.

    I drink pop, probably a lot more than I should, but...you can cheat the fizz with a Sodastream. I know people that have them and never use the syrup, they just use lemon or other fruit juices as the flavorings. I personally got some fresh mint, steeped it in boiling water, mixed it half and half with lemon juice, then add just enough simple syrup to cut the lemon bite.



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    Re: Salt and Soda

    Well, I was a salt everything kind of guy, pizza, salad, garlic bread, etc etc. She hasn't said I have to give up food made with salt, but no more adding all the extra that I usually like to. Case in point, I love potato salad. Had some for lunch without salt. Gross. My numbers have historically been good, 118 over 68, pulse 72.

    The pop was mainly because of the aspartame which is bad for you I guess? I was drinking on average about 42 oz of Pepsi Maxx a day.

    The other day though, I had kind of a 'panic attack'. Essentially I went from normal to trembling, weak, dizzy, and sweating instantly, I sweat all the way through my work clothes in about 2 minutes in fact. Hence, wife says I have to do all these various things.


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    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    Well, I was a salt everything kind of guy, pizza, salad, garlic bread, etc etc. She hasn't said I have to give up food made with salt, but no more adding all the extra that I usually like to. Case in point, I love potato salad. Had some for lunch without salt. Gross. My numbers have historically been good, 118 over 68, pulse 72.

    The pop was mainly because of the aspartame which is bad for you I guess? I was drinking on average about 42 oz of Pepsi Maxx a day.

    The other day though, I had kind of a 'panic attack'. Essentially I went from normal to trembling, weak, dizzy, and sweating instantly, I sweat all the way through my work clothes in about 2 minutes in fact. Hence, wife says I have to do all these various things.
    Salt on salad? Wut?



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