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15 Tips to Eliminate Salt by Frederic Patenaude

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15 Tips to Eliminate Salt by Frederic Patenaude

Today, I want to share with you some tips on how to achieve a “no-salt diet.”

But first, let’s clarify a few points about salt.

1) Salt is not an essential nutrient. Contrary to common belief, salt is not a necessary nutrient. Two components of salt are essential to health: sodium and chloride. Both are found in natural foods in the amounts that we need.

2) We don’t need more sodium than what’s in natural foods. Sodium requirements are so low compared to the average intake that even the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) could not even establish a minimum requirement. US guidelines for RDAs (Required Daily Amounts) states that “the minimum average requirement for adults … [is]… 115 mg of Sodium…per day. In consideration of the wide variation of patterns of physical activity and climate exposure, a safe minimum intake might be set at 500 mg/day.”

3) Sea salt is NOT any better. It is still mostly composed of sodium chloride and using it in any amount will cause an electrolyte imbalance in most people, damaging your health over time. The trace minerals found in tiny amounts in sea salt are better obtained from natural foods.

4) All the tribes who lived on a no-salt diet were found to be in much better health with no hypertension with aging. Some of them ate a diet high in meat, smoked or drank alcohol. On the other hand, tribes who also lived a similar lifestyle but used salt had a high incidence of hypertension.

5) Human beings evolved on a low-sodium diet. Therefore our kidneys are adapted to conserve sodium. Salt is NOT paleo! Most humans never had any access to salt up to relatively recently in history.

6) Exceptions to the rule don’t change the rule. The fact that some people might need to add salt to their diet due to rare health problems or the use of salt exceptional athletic circumstances does not invalidate the general point that our health would be better if the vast majority of people consumed less much salt.

7) 99.4% of the population consumes more than the 1500 mg. limit of sodium set by the American Heart Association. So the argument that “many people run into health problems by not consuming enough salt” does not hold water.

8) Optimal blood pressure is under 115/75. Any improvement you can make in your blood pressure numbers will vastly improve your health outcomes!

9) Even if you consume salt and have an optimal blood pressure of under 115/75, it does not mean that you should keep consuming salt. 95-99% of people develop essential hypertension if they eat salt, as long as they live long enough. Some people develop it at 35, while others at 85.

10) Salt consumption destroys your health in other ways. It causes kidney damage, increases your odds of stomach cancer and kidney stones as well as auto-immune disease. It may cause acne and aggravate insomnia. It creates oxidative stress.

Dr. James Kenney, Ph.D., writes in “Diet, Hypertension and Salt Toxicity”:

There is growing evidence that HTN is merely a symptom of an underlying nutritional imbalance caused largely by an excessive intake of salt. Salt intake was found to correlate more closely with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), cerebrovascular disease, microproteinuria (an early sign of kidney disease), and reduced arterial compliance than BP. A recent review found that “there is clinical and experimental evidence… that salt intake directly affects hypertensive renal disease, cerebrovascular disease, and compliance of the large arteries. The close and partially independent correlation between salt intake and hypertensive target organ disease suggests dietary sodium to be a direct perpetrator of cardiovascular disease.”85 Simply put HTN is just one of many symptoms that can result from the damaging effects of chronic salt toxicity.

Are you ready to take the no-salt pledge? Here’s how to do it:

1- Stop eating foods that don’t taste good without salt

One of the best things about eliminating salt from your diet is that it will steer you in the right direction of eating. Fruits taste great without salt. It’s also not difficult to make a tasty salad without the stuff. Tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.), as well as vegetables in general, are great without it. Unprocessed grains and beans can be pretty good given the right mixture. Nuts, seeds, and avocado: excellent.

As for pasta and bread: unpalatable even with the right combo of spices. But it’s so processed anyway so why it eat?

Processed foods: they all have to go because they are loaded with salt. The same applies to restaurant foods. At the same time, you’ll eliminate 75% of the foods that make people sick.

2- Read ALL the labels

It’s surprising where you can find salt and high sodium content. My mom was fooled by “Bragg’s Liquid Aminos” because there’s “no salt added.” It packs in as much sodium as soy sauce! Salt is often sometimes added to nut butter and other healthy foods even by organic companies. It’s also almost impossible to find a protein powder without added salt. Those in the market for a good protein powder should take a look at “Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein.” It’s one of the rare brands without added salt.

3- Be patient

Depending on a few factors, it takes a few weeks to neuro-adapt to a low-sodium diet. When this happens, you’ll sometimes pinch yourself thinking that you’ve added salt to your food, because you finally start tasting the natural sodium in it!

4- Use lime or lemon juice on everything

The receptors for “salty” and “sour” on the tongue are very close to each other. One trick to make the food taste “salty” is to add some fresh lime or lemon juice to almost everything you eat!

5- Learn to use whole spices

So you’re going to leave salt behind. How do you pack more flavor into your dishes? The solution is to use high-quality, whole spice mixes! You need to grind spices before each use for maximum flavor. Do not buy those pre-made, ground spice mix. They only taste good with salt!

I have discovered spices from a Canadian company that is unparalleled. Plus, the prices are good. They have a ton of recipes on their website. Their website is: http://spicetrekkers.com

6- Use fresh herbs

Always have one or two bunches of fresh herbs on hand. I particularly like Italian parsley (leaves are flat), cilantro and basil.

7- Know about this “salty” seasoning

Potassium chloride is bitter and unappealing. But you can get a salt-replacement to get over the hump of neuro-adaptation called “Table Tasty Salt Substitute.”

It’s the “saltiest” salt replacement I have found. Some might object to the yeast extract. However it’s a good company, I haven’t seen any negative use from occasional use, and it’s a great tool in the box to have to get over the salt habit.

8- Add mangoes!

When you remove salt, you sometimes have to add a bit of sweetness. Otherwise, some dishes, such as salads, can taste too bland. Diced mangoes will be your friend! You can almost add them to everything, but I particularly like them in salads.

9- Make avocados your friend

Avocados pack a lot of flavor and nutrition. You can add diced or mashed avocado to many dishes to instantly transform them from “okay” to “wow!”

10- Enjoy balsamic vinegar

Go and get some gourmet balsamic vinegar. A few drops do change everything! I don’t particularly like the fruit vinegars that are recommended by some health experts. Balsamic is the time-tested classic.

11- Use nutritional yeast

Nutritional yeast can also add a lot of flavor to some dishes.

12- Get your favorite condiments without salt

It’s amazing what you can find on Amazon. I could not find mustard or hot sauce without salt anywhere until I looked on Amazon. Here are a few good finds:

Organic Mustard.
Tomato Sauce.
No-BPA beans (You can find this brand in most health food stores, but if you live in the US, it’s a good buy on Amazon)
Hot Sauce.

13- Do many of the above, at the same time

Food will taste great if you combine my tips all at the same time. Make a salad and add mangoes, diced avocado, balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs, nutritional yeast and a bit of spice and I guarantee that you won’t miss the salt! The same goes for other dishes. Cook a lentil stews, add in freshly ground spices such as the Berberé Mix from “Épices de Cru,” lime juice and chopped cilantro and you’ll call me to say it was the best meal you’ve had in a while!

14- Go all the way

“Reducing salt” does not work. Health agencies have been encouraging the public to “reduce salt” for decades, and it has not worked. When you eat salt, you crave salt. It’s as simple as that. When you get rid of it entirely, your taste buds adapt, and you reap the rewards.

Any drop in blood pressure results in improved health until you’re down to at 115/75 and perhaps even 110/70. This is well documented scientifically.

Author Andrew Perlot, who has an excellent YouTube channel, did an experiment where he added only one-quarter of a teaspoon of salt to his diet for a year. He documented the results in his video.

What’s interesting about Andrew’s experiment is that he was still below the lowest recommended intake of 1500 mg. of sodium a day. Like I’ve said before, only 0.6% of the population eats that little sodium.

Just by adding about 500 mg. of extra sodium a day, he significantly raised his blood pressure.

15- Be Patient (Again)

One problem with a lot of the research done on sodium restriction is that they focus only on the short-term effect of going from a high-salt intake to a moderate salt intake.

According to Dr. James Kenney, Ph. D., author of a fascinating paper or salt toxicity:

Unfortunately, the long-term effects of a low-salt diet have received little attention. After an initial drop in BP, which can be fairly large in some individuals, the decline in BP often continues for many months or years, provided the salt restriction is maintained. For example, one group of researchers found that BP was still trending downwards after two years on a diet with about 70 mEq (1600 mg of sodium).84 Given that the BP raising effects of excessive dietary salt take many years to develop it is surprising that most clinicians expect to see the full impact of a low-salt diet within just a few weeks. In my clinical experience, it may take as long as 5 to 7 years to see the full BP lowering impact of a low-salt diet.

Conclusion

I hope I have convinced some of you to try ditching the salt habit. There’s more to cover about this topic, but I think I have given you a few good ideas to get rid of the salt in your diet starting today.

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Garden-In-A-Can from Back To The Roots – Timeline Photos from Seed to Plant

Garden-In-A-Can from Back To The Roots: Ready To Grow Products http://www.backtotheroots.com

Here are photos showing the progress of growing the organic basil and organic cilantro from seed to plant.

I planted the seeds in the cans on 7/17/15 and the day number indicated in the photos is from the day started.

You can also watch my review of the products on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Day 4 - 7/21/15  Organic Basil - starting to see little shoots

Day 4 – 7/21/15
Organic Basil – starting to see little shoots

Day 4 - 7/21/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro - nothing yet from the cilantro

Day 4 – 7/21/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro – nothing yet from the cilantro

Day 6 - 7/23/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro - no cilantro showing yet!

Day 6 – 7/23/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro – no cilantro showing yet!

Day 9 - 7/26/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 9 – 7/26/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 9 - 7/26/15 #2 Organic Basil and Cilantro - do you see the little cilantro shoot?

Day 9 – 7/26/15 #2
Organic Basil and Cilantro – do you see the little cilantro shoot?

Day 9 - 7/26/15 Organic Cilantro - see the small little shoot to the right with the seed pod on top

Day 9 – 7/26/15
Organic Cilantro – see the small little shoot to the right with the seed pod on top

Day 12 - 7/29/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 12 – 7/29/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 12 - 7/29/15 Organic Cilantro - see more shoots!

Day 12 – 7/29/15
Organic Cilantro – see more shoots!

Day 12 - 7/29/15 Organic Basil

Day 12 – 7/29/15
Organic Basil

Day 14 - 7/31/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 14 – 7/31/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 14 - 7/31/15 Organic Cilantro - yey! More shoots!

Day 14 – 7/31/15
Organic Cilantro – yey! More shoots!

Day 14 - 7/31/15 Organic Basil

Day 14 – 7/31/15
Organic Basil

Day 16 - 8/02/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 16 – 8/02/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 16 - 8/02/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 16 – 8/02/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 16 - 8/02/15 Organic Basil

Day 16 – 8/02/15
Organic Basil

Day 18 - 8/04/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 18 – 8/04/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 18 - 8/04/15 Organic Basil

Day 18 – 8/04/15
Organic Basil

Day 18 - 8/04/15 Organic Cilantro - you can start seeing a weed growing on the left side of the can

Day 18 – 8/04/15
Organic Cilantro – you can start seeing a weed growing on the left side of the can

Day 21 - 8/07/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 21 – 8/07/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 21 - 8/07/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 21 – 8/07/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 21 - 8/07/15 Organic Basil

Day 21 – 8/07/15
Organic Basil

Day 24 - 8/10/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 24 – 8/10/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 24 - 8/10/15 Organic Basil

Day 24 – 8/10/15
Organic Basil

Day 24 - 8/10/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 24 – 8/10/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 30 - 8/16/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 30 – 8/16/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 30 - 8/16/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 30 – 8/16/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 30 - 8/16/15 Organic Basil

Day 30 – 8/16/15
Organic Basil

Day 33 - 8/19/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 33 – 8/19/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 33 - 8/19/15 Organic Basil

Day 33 – 8/19/15
Organic Basil

Day 33 - 8/19/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 33 – 8/19/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 37 - 8/23/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 37 – 8/23/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 37 - 8/23/15 Organic Basil

Day 37 – 8/23/15
Organic Basil

Day 37 - 8/23/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 37 – 8/23/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 41 - 8/27/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 41 – 8/27/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 41 - 8/27/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 41 – 8/27/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 41 - 8/27/15 Organic Basil

Day 41 – 8/27/15
Organic Basil

Day 44 - 8/30/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 44 – 8/30/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 44 - 8/30/15 Organic Basil

Day 44 – 8/30/15
Organic Basil

Day 44 - 8/30/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 44 – 8/30/15
Organic Cilantro

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Company Review: Food on Purpose – Organic Raw Vegan Snacks Part 1

Food on Purpose – Organic Raw Vegan Snacks Part 1 in business since 2007

I was doing a search on Amazon.com (now they get a free “plug” from me and I do shop there and love the site, but they really don’t need me to help market them, as they are doing very well, on their own:-) for companies that sell raw food products for me to review. I found this company and did my own search and found their website. I liked what I saw there and decided to contact the company, myself. I heard back from the owner and he was gracious enough to send me samples of all their products. Thank you GK for your generosity and for sharing with me the abundance and also the heartfelt connection and energy that permeates from you (as funny/weird as this may sound, there is energetics in the foods we consume and I can most certainly sense the loving intention put into these products when I consumed them). First I am reviewing the savory snacks and later on I will follow up with the sweet ones. I will also be sharing with you the “RVG (Rawsome Vegan Gal) Rating” to let you know which ones I liked the best (I liked them all, they are all yummy and there is simply an order of which is #1, #2 and so on).

The company, Food On Purpose, has a motto, “Intentional Choices, Powerful Foods.” Your choices matter, including the food you eat. On the back of the packaging, they not only have the nutritional information, but also great words of wisdom. Make sure when you buy these products that you read what it says and get inspired! I also like the bright colored packaging and each one is a different color. All the products are USDA certified organic, dairy free, gluten-free, raw, vegan and nutrient dense.

From an email, GK (National Sales Manager) says: We sprout many of our raws before we use them. That is time consuming but healthy. We are a small company but work hard to make the best small batched, raw, vegan, gluten free organic snacks that we possibly can. Enjoy!

Now, I will talk about each product individually. Here I am reviewing the savory raw snacks.

Nutty Nori Chips
This is a great snack and is very light, crunchy and high in minerals. The nut mixture on each cut piece of nori is the right flavor and consistency (made with brazil nuts, maca root, garlic, etc). They are addictive, in a good way and I could eat the whole bag in one sitting. The only constructive criticism I have, it that the nut mixture does not stick well to the nori and maybe need to add some other ingredient that will help it to stay attached.

Organic Raw Flax Seed Crackers – 4 varieties
I like the way the crackers are shaped in a long rectangle and they are all thin (except for one of them) and great for dipping, on hummus or guacamole. Lots of great fresh ingredients are used in the products including garlic, onion, cilantro, parsley, etc (each variety has some or all of these ingredients in them).

Garlic Flaxies
I am not the “biggest fan” of garlic, per se, but I did not get the overpowering garlic taste to these crackers. They are crunchy, tasty and love the sun-dried tomatoes and fresh cilantro,that is in there – you can actually see the long pieces of the stem in there.

Santa Fe Flaxies
These crackers are a little spicy (from the jalapeños) for me and still have a nice flavor and made me cough a little because I do not use spicy chili peppers in my food consumption (I also never grew up with hot and spicy food, so my palate is not adjusted to it).

Savory Sunflower Sprouts Flaxies
These crackers are thicker because they are other seeds in there, including black sesame, pumpkin and sunflower, besides flax, which is the main ingredient. There is also fresh sunflower sprouts, parsley, cilantro and basil. This is a very flavorful cracker.

Green Chili Raw Flaxies
Even though there are green chilies used in these crackers, I did not find these to be too spicy/strong flavor for me. They have a good flavor and use sun-dried tomatoes, fresh onion, garlic and cilantro.

The RVG Rating

Now for my rating of all the products I reviewed.
#1 Overall is the Nutty Nori Chips – in one word – Yummy!
For the 4 varieties of Flax Crackers:
# 1 is Savory Sunflower Seed – mostly for the combination of seeds and not being very spicy
# 2 is Green Chili – the chili did not overpower the flavor and again, not spicy for me
# 3 is Garlic – I am not a huge garlic fan, but this was nice and had a balanced flavor
# 4 is Santa Fe – because of the jalapenos, was a bit spicier for me, but not to the point where I could not eat them

I liked everything I tried overall and some more then others depending on the flavor/seasonings. Everybody’s palate has an affinity for different tastes and I simply give my honest opinions here as to the products I sampled.

To find out more about these great products and the company, go to http://www.foodonpurpose.com
I also have a link on the right hand column of this page as you scroll down to the title Blogroll.

Check out my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal for a video review of these products and for many more product reviews, healthy living topics and recipe ideas.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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FYI: Monkey See_______

FYI: FOR YOUR INFORMATION

My perspectives on various topics

that are health related


Topic: Monkey See ________

Thursday March 09, 2010

I like monkeys because I was born the Chinese Year of the Monkey. I will not tell you which one because then you will know my age, but age doesn’t really matter to me because it is only a number and I don’t connect with that, truthfully. I am in line with telling my mind what is so, and so it is! As it turns out (I will get to my fill in shortly), the human species is closest in DNA to the Bonobo Ape (which isn’t a monkey, but is in the same genus (?) perhaps. They tend to eat lots greens and wrap a banana in the leaf. Greens are fine to eat with fruit because they are not part of the vegetable kingdom, they are actually in their own category. The sugar in the fruit helps balance the strong mineral taste of the greens. Also make sure you rotate your greens daily because they are alkaloids in them that is naturally occurring so that the plant can continue to propagate. If you eat the same greens every day, then you body will build up the poison. I say rotate as many days out as you can (I can do it, myself for 7 days by eating parsley, cilantro, romaine, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, iceburg lettuce and spinach). Now back to my fill in the blank, the usual one is, “monkey do,” and i would say, “and will do anything you tell him/her not to do.” OK! You wonder why I wrote this, I guess? Have you ever seen anyone with a pet monkey and do they usually follow your lead? No! They are mostly doing their own thing, in their own time and in their own way. Not that there is anything wrong with that, unless they are ransacking your place of residence (a monkey needs to have its own space completely so they can do as they please, all of the time!). I would say that most monkeys (the young and younger ones, for sure) are playful, happy and do as they please and are definitely like most children. That is why when you see a monkey at the zoo (I am not a fan of caged animals in any setting, but that is another subject) they are roaming around and swinging from tree to tree and playing with each other. Children haven’t as yet perfected the idea of swinging from a tree, but some do have tree houses. The point I am making, is that it is ok to do what you want in life, especially if you can play and have fun. Just because you are of a certain age doesn’t make you stop wanting to do that. Most people conform to the structure of society and don’t want to look out-of-place by being silly or funny. That is why people get O-L-D. They forget that the best years of life were when we did things that we wanted to and had the greatest time ever. As long as you are not hurting anyone or yourself, for that matter, go out there and laugh till it hurts, skip down the street with a funny hat on, wear clothes that are bright and vibrant and don’t match because who cares! YOU ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME!

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