The Sodiademon is Hiding in YOUR Kitchen
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wow! I jumped on the scales this morning and they screamed! What’s up with that, I asked myself. I have spent a lot of time in The Chair grading lately, but I am getting in exercise. I’ve been sticking with a healthy breakfast. I usually combine lunch & supper into one meal. Never have been much of a grazer. I have snacked a little, but very little. I have been ACHING for Spam and Kraut, but I resist.
At first I just got plain mad. How can I gain weight with just a half piece of cake and a few potato chips spread out over 5 days? Oh and one coke. ONE. Please! Do I LOSE weight by cutting out 1 coke and a piece of cake a week from my diet? UM . . . . . NOOOOOOOOooooooo! I am just not willing to never have anything yummy to eat again, even if it means bigger britches.
Then I gotta to thinking about total caloric intake. You know, it hasn’t been bad. Indeed, it is quite often more than it is this week when I am at work. Surely something else is going on. Ah HA! Sodium is the culprit. Chips – check. Bacon – check. Eggs with table salt instead of sea salt – check. Mashed taters with table salt instead of sea salt – check. I could go on. A lot of what I have been eating was cooked by someone else, and I suspect seasoned with table salt. Add the chips, which are not low sodium. Add the Rotel, which is made with reduced fat cheese.
The hidden Sodiademon snuck into my food and attacked my body. Most of us have many dietary temptations awaiting us for the next month. It is okay to splurge if you plan for it. Thank about what might be hiding in the food. We all know that reduced fat or fat free equals increased sodium. If you use a reduced fat product in a recipe, remember not to add an extra salt for seasoning. Use sea salt when you can. Grab a glass of cranberry juice if you just have to have those chips. It will help you flush the extra sodium.
Always be on the alert for the Sodiademon! She lurks in the kitchen waiting to jump into your dishes!
(Photograph is of salt statues in the Wieliczka salt mines.)