Monday, February 9, 2009

Beating the Bloat... Kind of...

Right around this time of the month I really feel bloated (if you know what I mean). I hate seeing water weight on the scale, but I know that it's almost inevitable! I read this article today from Jillian Michaels that they send me via email and thought I would share it with you. She right when she says that their is sodium in EVERYTHING! Even diet soda has sodium! I found that I really like Mrs. Dash seasonings and marinades - I just used the Mesquite Grill marinade tonight for dinner! Yum!

Beat the Bloat

You know sodium best as table salt, but salt and sodium are hidden in all kinds of products, including packaged foods, fast foods, frozen foods, canned foods, and condiments, to name a few.

When you eat sodium, the excess sodium is deposited just beneath the skin where it attracts water, which is retained in your cells. This makes you look puffy and feel bloated.

You don't have to make yourself crazy over this, because there is sodium in everything! But here are a few tips:

Read labels to check the sodium content of what you're eating.
Replace processed foods with fresh.
Avoid prepackaged and canned foods.
Be wary of salt-laden condiments and use very little soy sauce, mustard, and table salt.

Go easy on dairy, and avoid processed meat (hot dogs, jerky, bologna, corned beef), anything pickled (pickles, capers, sauerkraut), relish, ketchup, and butter.

Here are some sodium-free substitutes you can use instead: Here are some sodium-free substitutes you can use instead: garlic, lemon, olive oil, vinegar, pepper, basil, cayenne, chili powder, cilantro, cumin, curry, dill, garlic powder, ginger, lemon, lime, mint, onion powder, oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme.

Michaels, 2009


Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

So glad to see the sodium substitutes are all natural. It drives me crazy when fitness experts tell you to stay away from a certain food and then offer something "fake" as an alternative (i.e. Splenda instead of sugar).

Just ordered Jillian Micheal's book. Looking forward to digging in when it gets here!


JnL4God said...

Thanks for the reminder, We sink back into those salty bad habits so easy and I love salt.
Hey have you decided what guidelines we will do? do I need to do a post yet to start it. Keep me posted. :) Weighed in 6/10 of a pound less this week Yahoo. Slow but steady.