Is a Life Without Salt Worth Living? My 30 Day Challenge

//Is a Life Without Salt Worth Living? My 30 Day Challenge

 

Its been one week since starting my No sugar No salt 30 Day Challenge and its been hard. Really hard. If you’ve been reading this blog you know that I’m no stranger to cleanses and food challenges. I’ve gone without flour, yeast, fermented food and dairy, I’ve chugged castor oil with ginger (along with a plethora of god-awful tasting things), and I did my whole engagement party gluten-free (not to mention a vegan wedding cake). So, when I say this is the hardest challenge to date, I mean business.

You can take away my sugar, but you can’t take my dignity!

What I’ve realized is that I don’t really care about not having sugar (honey, maple, agave etc). Don’t get me wrong, I love sweets but I can muster a month without them. I miss honey in my herbal tea but its no biggie. I remember when I did a candida cleanse long ago that cutting out sugar was much much more difficult but this time around I hardly miss it. I can’t tell if its because I’m healthier now or if its because in comparison to my no salt rule, its easy peasy lemon squeezey. Because not having salt is the worst.

Living the salt-free life

Is life worth living without salt? This has rang through my head everyday…multiple times per day. Actually, Ben is tired of hearing me moan about it.
“Yes, dear but this was your own choice.”
“You don’t understand my plight!”
Eye roll.
Its just that with every salt-free meal we eat, I’m upset and…almost angry to the blandness I’m subjected to. So why am I doing this? Self torture? A lesson in discipline? No. I’m trying to reset my taste for salt. Whether I’m using himalayan salt or tamari, I’m very liberal with my salt use and I know that it does not help with my skin dehydration of my winter water retention. Sigh.

Tips for going salt-free

I dream of vinegrettes

I dream of vinegrettes

So how have I been coping? Well, not great. We’ve just been over the constant whining, which is not a good color on me. But I found a few things quite helpful.

1. Ramping up other flavors: I roasted a bunch of garlic, which I sprinkle on my food. Its crunch and provide that burst of flavor I need. Along with this, we have been making a lot of curries from scratch with a heavy dose of ginger and cumin. I also bought some fresh lemongrass to bring more aromatics to my cooking. With as much of these distractions, I just about get by.

2. God give me sour: After sweet and salty, the next best thing is sour. Its almost salty. I’m loving lemon and lime juice on my food, not to mention vinegar in my salad dressing. Just a touch! Man oh man, a little apple cider vinegar on my salad is a real treat and I don’t think I have ever savoured tossed greens like this ever before.

Well, wish me luck! I will keep you updated on my peril…ahem, I mean progress. And if you have any more tips to help me get through this, please comment away. For my sake.

2018-09-19T21:20:42-04:00 By |Diet|0 Comments

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  1. Vaishali November 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Good Luck Kristine!! I am thinking of following your footsteps and doing it.

  2. kristen November 20, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you Vaishali! Tell me how your process goes? Mine has been quite hard!

  3. Sean Terrance October 31, 2016 at 5:22 am - Reply

    I don’t know if this challenge is still going on. If its ok, I guess I’ll just introduce myself and commit to the challenge. I am a 47 yr old individual resently able to get my weight down to 193 lbs from 210 lbs I was doing periods of fasting and exercising stairs between a 100 and 150 flights of stairs 4 times a week; along with, one and a half hours of rowing 2 times a week. A bit of weights. My goal is getting down to 184 lbs by the end of the yr. So thank you, and as of today Oct31/16 I will commit to eliminating salt and sugar from my diet for 30 days. From Oct31/16 until Nov30/16. Hope to get back within the next week to tell you how I’m progressing. Thank you very much for this support , S.T.

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