Cut back on salt!

Salt is a primary dietary culprit for water weight gain.  It also contributes to strokes, hypertension, and cardiovascular problems.  Many processed and packaged foods contain high amounts of salt.  There is salt in canned foods, frozen foods, as well as sauces. Salt can be disguised as: sodium anything, including MSG.

When cooking and a receipe asks for salt do not cook with it.  I use a rule called no double dipping.  Only add salt when actually eating the meal, but not when cooking or the other way around.

There are 2000 mg of sodium in a teaspoon of salt.  The American Heart Association recommends limiting your sodium intake to less than 2,000 milligrams per day.  If you are having a salt craving, that is your signal that your body’s is attempting to balance excessive sugar or alcohol in the diet.

Here is a tip, trying adding other spices, any spices to top your food.  Use garlic, cilantro, cayenne, ginger, mustard, cinnamon, cloves, dill, etc.  This will rev up your metabolism.I started with my morning eggs, add parsley or basil and it’s delicious! Explore your spice cabinet, and try and substitue your salt habit!

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