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January 14, 2008 7:07 AM
Hi all:

I got into some not so good habits over the holidays and I am having trouble breaking one.

My husband and I settle down after the busy day and evening and watch a pre-taped show around 9-10. We started eating while watching TV, salty things like popcorn or chips (a big weakness of mine) and now even though I want to not eat, I find I'm craving salt. I know that this is probably due to our excess eating of salty things for the last month or so but I need some ideas on how to get over the first few weeks to break the habit.

I've tried the "just don't do it" and I seem to be failing. Does anyone have any other tips?

Sherielf
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January 14, 2008 7:16 AM
Ever try just eating sea salt? I know it sounds gross, but I've eaten a few flakes of sea salt.

I know I'm going to catch flak for this one...happy
January 14, 2008 7:17 AM
i ate so much salty stuff over the holidays that i actually got swollen fingers(sign of water retention).i started to drink more water and it has helped a lot and the cravings have subsided.i needed to flush out all that stupid salt.and it's weird because i was always more of a "sweets" person. that's all i need-dual addictions!!!!
January 14, 2008 7:34 AM
Same here.....I wished I knew how to control those salty cravings as well. ohwell
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January 14, 2008 8:02 AM
First of all the best salt is sea salt ---- second do you sweat a lot during the day or (obviuosly) at workouts? This could be a reason...and you are not a diabetic right?
I recently had a Big fear of being diabetic for a couple of reason this being one of them....so I went to the Dr. just to make sure....


dd
January 14, 2008 8:15 AM
You should find low sodium crackers/chips.
Drink lots of water! It'll fill you up so won't eat as much.


~Joannaflowerforyou
January 16, 2008 8:26 AM
Thanks for all your suggestions and support.

I have been salt free after supper for two nights now and working on three - one day at a time.

Thanks again for all your help - you really are all "my fitness pals"!

Sherielfblushing
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January 16, 2008 11:55 AM
Of course you don't want to eat too much salt but did you know that craving saltier foods is your bodies way of letting you know your metabolism is working.
January 16, 2008 11:58 AM
I have discovered that Act II Kettle Corn popcorn has very little calories. Blows my mind but a whole bag is only about 90 calories. I have reread the label over and over again and even got someone else to read it to make sure I wasn't just being an idiot! laugh laugh It's true!

I know that all of the salt is not good because you retain water easier, but when you just need a salt fix this might help!
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January 16, 2008 2:45 PM
I like the sea salted nuts... yummy!!! And I love salt... they do the trick!!
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January 16, 2008 4:15 PM
I didn't even know they made sea salted nuts! That's a fabulous way to get that salt craving without feeling too bad about it, plus you have the protein!
January 18, 2008 12:18 PM
I had to come back on this thread to say I tried the eating a few kosher salt flakes last night when I felt the "salt" craving come and....it went away!!!!

Wahoo! Now if I can just get my DH to stop eating late at night which just puts stuff in front of me and he knows its not good for him....

Thanks again for all the suugestions!
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January 18, 2008 12:40 PM
I get salty cravings in the evening really badly!!!! I have found that eating raw veggies with sea salt helps. I just chop up some red peppers, radishes, cucumber or whatever and sprinkle on the salt before each bite. I eat as much of this as I want every night. I don't worry about my sodium intake since I seem to always have equal water retention from it (when weighing in) and I drink tons of water. I've lost over 20 lbs. so far so it can't be a bad thing to do (for me anyway). Good Luck!!happy
January 18, 2008 3:06 PM
I agree that some salt isn't bad particularly if you drink the water necessary to flush it out of your system. I eat the single serving bags of the Act II kettle Corn as well or I will have some salted almonds.
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