Can I preface this by saying that I know that I tend to go against everything that you've ever heard in the realm of health and fitness, but I just simply want to be real with you.
If you sign up with me, I will not be telling you how many milligrams of sodium to stay under. I won't restrict your sugar intake, and I won't tell you the cholesterol to stay away from.
Some numbers that you may have heard for sodium is 1500-2000mg. I've heard sugar as less than 100g all the way as low as less than 25g. I'm sure you have heard, "One egg has enough cholesterol for your entire day."
Correct me if I'm wrong, and I'm sure someone will, but the majority of the people reading this are young, vibrant, fairly healthy individuals. I don't think elderly people really read my blog. I don't think people with co-morbidities really read my blog, so it's safe to say that it's a fairly reasonable healthy bunch.
Can you ask yourself why you do these things? We lower our intake of sodium for our blood pressure. Why do we care about our blood pressure? So that we don't stroke. Do you think you are at risk for stroke? If you are someone who is on a diet program, then you are going to be eating low sodium anyway, so why restrict yourself further by holding yourself to more numbers to reach? The only time that you should be worried about this is if you tend to have higher blood pressure (like my husband) or you have a family history of high blood pressure. I know that there are other reasons as well, but speaking generally to the population here. Stop the madness. Just eat salt. You will be FINE.
Ohhhhh, you are prepping for a show? So, you have to avoid salt? No. No you don't. The more you avoid it, the more that you are going to be super sensitive to it, so just don't do it from the start. People always give me such a hard time for putting salt on things, when actually I could probably use more. My blood pressure runs about 90/60 so I need that salt!
My husband laughs at how intense I am about some things, but how chill I am about others. It's quite the oxymoron of personalities.
Can we not go into sugar? Because then we will be here all day. I just want you to watch this video and let it sink in. If you are eating a balanced intake from a macronutrient based plan, you are never going to have sugar levels that are high enough to do anything to your health. I know "if it fits your macros" is made out to be all poptarts and candy but that's not real life and if you eat nutrient dense foods along with fun foods, you'll be fine.
Lastly, I want to talk about cholesterol. I really just want to keep this surface level for the purposes of this blog. We need cholesterol, but we just like anything else, if you get too much then it can make little deposits that turn into bigger deposits that can turn into atherosclerosis. So, you want to prevent that right? Because atherosclerosis can mean a clot or stroke down the road. This is going to take A LOT of cholesterol, and if you are simply eating a balanced, healthy diet then you will be fine.
I am not telling you to put salt on all of your food, or eat high sugar, or even to not pay attention to cholesterol and to eat every egg yolk in the carton. If you are older and if you are at risk for disease states, then this is CERTAINLY something you should concern yourself with. I just think that it's complete separate from your average young girl who is trying to drop a few pounds. She doesn't need to worry about these things. I think that this can lead to the feeling of failure, missing these set goals which can lead to the feelings of wanting to quit.
Be easy on yourself a little. Take it one step at a time. Don't just go eliminating everything just because of what you've heard through the grapevine!
With love and SALT,