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Oct. 18, 2013 1:05 pm 
Updated: Jul. 7, 2014 5:23 pm
I was recently told that I have High Blood Pressure, which according to some reading I have done, is more common in African Americans.  I cannot control the hereditary component (several members of my family have High Blood Pressure) but I can do something about the dietary part.  This however is not going to be easy and to be honest, I am not looking forward to reshaping the way I think about food.  
I am a salt lover.  There.  I said it.  It is out there in the world and I cannot take it back.  I am not ashamed to say that I reach for the salt before tasting my food.  I add it to most everything because I believe it enhances the flavor of food.  And I know that I am right because it is a component that is in most processed foods.  Salt is added to enhance what flavor is left over after the food item has been pulverized and reconstituted into a chicken nugget or ready to serve meat lump.
But, I have to eliminate it from my diet.  
So I am on a quest to find flavorful foods, that satisfy my cravings without leaving me yearning for the good old salt shaker.
Some think that foods have to be less than delicious in order to be good for you (I'm talking to you, my dear wife) but I think it can be good tasting and good for you.  So I want to find out if salt free cooking works for my family.
Oh, did I mention that I need to lose about 30 lbs. too?  That is a gripe for another time.
 
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Oct. 18, 2013 4:45 pm
Malcolm... good for you! I must admit that I am a salt -a- holic also! I'm in my 50's and thought salt was necessary to put any bite of food into my mouth! I salted Pizzza for goodness sake! Cut the salt... and ....Voila My Friend Ten pounds gone....Good luck and there is life after salt!
 
redly 
Oct. 18, 2013 5:27 pm
Here's the thing that I noticed when I was told I had high blood pressure. Once I cut back on salt my palate became much more sensitive to it. My guy brought me some KFC for a treat and I could only eat part of it because it was sooo salty. Morton makes a Lite Salt that my Dad uses bcause he has high blood pressure too. He's very fond of garlic pepper as a sub. Once you look around you will start finding spice mixtures that you like as subs,
 
redly 
Oct. 18, 2013 5:38 pm
One more thing, sugar (or Splenda) is a flavor enhancer just a tsp. or two for a pot of sauce.
 
Oct. 18, 2013 6:21 pm
Redly is on the money with the splenda!
 
Oct. 18, 2013 6:43 pm
I have been following the DASH diet for 5 weeks to lower my BP. At first it was difficult because it is shocking at the sodium in unlikely food items, bread etc. I was never a salter while cooking or at the table, unfortunately I have a hereditary component as well. I did find a company called Mr. Spice that sells excellent salt free sauces and marinades. I am finding fresh herbs help, as well as sodium free Herb Ox for sauces or flavour enhancement. Good luck!
 
Oct. 18, 2013 8:05 pm
I have been in therapy for high blood pressure, too. It was out of control regardless of diet. Not eating salt and getting the cholesterol way down were a big improvement. Eliminating prepared food and fast food took it down some more. The biggest improvement came about with a diet of largely vegetables and 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. I monitor my blood pressure twice daily just to record the occasional spikes that continue to happen.
 
Oct. 19, 2013 7:48 am
In place of salt, try using different herbs. I love oregano, rosemary, thyme, and basil. Pepper is good, too. I have never been a salt person (except on French fries) so it's always been a mystery to me why people use so much salt. I also have heard (and my son-in-law attests to it) that drinking soda, especially diet, makes one crave more salt. I don't drink sodas very often (maybe 1 can a month at best)so this could be why I'm not a salt person. Good luck to you!
 
Oct. 21, 2013 6:33 pm
What kind of salt do you use? You can use Celtic Sea Salt, or even seaweed, it is salty + super nutritious.
 
Lilcat 
Oct. 22, 2013 7:47 am
Hang in there malcomx2. I went on a low salt diet (
 
marcel 
Oct. 23, 2013 10:51 am
I use CalorieCount.com, specifically to monitor my sodium intake. It is an excellent resource for tracking your meals, weight, activity. It lists the sodium in everything you plug in. I also had to take Caffienne out of my diet....specifically regular coffee. You would be surprised at the results! Drink more water, exercise (walk)and you will feel amazing! It's easier said then done but I did it and feel so much better! No more water weight and bloating!
 
marcel 
Oct. 23, 2013 10:53 am
Yes, and limit the soda too!
 
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Jul. 7, 2014 5:23 pm
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