Can I just share a personal story with you, about 5 years ago I was not feeling well so I went to the doctor. To my surprise, I had a very startling diagnosis, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE!
The reason why it was such a surprise to me is because I ate pretty well, I cooked, and I ate tons of vegetables. How could my blood pressure be high? Here is the four letter answer, SALT! Although I did realize it at the time, the sodium in our food today is alarmingly high. So, even though I thought I was doing well with my diet I found out that I was wrong.
When my doctor prescribed high blood pressure medicine to make my blood pressure go down, I started to research alternatives. I went on a quest to get off the medicine and control my sodium intake with my diet. So, I don’t eat just anywhere anymore, and those premade meals that used to help me get out of the kitchen within 20 minutes became rare treats in my house. If you are like me, the big problem I faced is I wanted my food to taste great and salt helps that problem immensely, but at what cost. The amount of salt that most people use is way beyond the recommended daily allowance and it is leading to things like hypertension, heart disease, and even strokes.
Most of us, myself included eat way too much salt, even when we don’t have to. And let’s face it, salt use is both social and cultural. I know I have caught myself sprinkling salt on food that I haven’t even tasted. Are you guilty of this one too?
The overuse of salt though, is not only a bad habit, it is one that is in our power to change. So, what can we do?
When I heard about this new low sodium salt of course, I was interested so went to the event to find out more. Last Tuesday, Caroline Kline the Marketing Manager at Lo Salt hosted a small group of industry professionals, and bloggers. Her company has been working hard to help people make better choices, by providing us with an alternative to the salt we love. They have made a reduced salt option that doesn’t sacrifice flavor.
This holiday season, Lo Salt wants to partner with you by giving you an alternative to the salt you have grown to love. Thankfully, this alternative tastes the same (to most people), but has a lot less sodium.
Lo Salt knows that you don’t want to give up the tastes and flavors you grew up with, but they are interested in helping you create your recipes with a low sodium option that doesn’t make you sacrifice flavor.
Hmmmm, could this really be to good to be true?
At this outing, we had a chance to make Lo Salt, not just tell us, but show us.
I sampled several holiday favorites prepared with Lo Salt. I had gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and deviled eggs. Believe it or not, I couldn’t tell the difference. These items had great flavor, but thanks to the addition of Lo Salt, they also had a lot less sodium. Can you believe they even made muffins that were prepared with Lo Salt.
While we were there, we also had a special guest, the famous Chef Devin Alexander. She has written 8 cookbooks and she is on the show, The Biggest Loser. Devin was there to share her experiences with us, as well. Devin told us how she modified her diet in order to lose weight, she modified her favorite recipes and made healthy options that she didn’t mind eating. She was even responsible for that yummy stuffing we had, which ironically was made with Lo Salt.
As someone who loves to cook, I have found that all you have to do is want to make a change and then take the first small step to making a change.
For the last week, my family and I have been using the Lo Salt we received and no one is missing a beat. As someone who was able to lower my blood pressure by reducing salt, I know how significant one small change can be when it comes to your health. Choose to make small changes to the way you prepare your food, such as adding herbs and spices, and using Lo Salt. This small step really can make a difference, and it can help you improve your diet, and cut the amount of salt your family takes in on a daily basis.
If you are up for a challenge, try Lo Salt for 30 days and see what you think. It couldn’t hurt to cut your salt intake by 66%.
Here are just a few things that you might want to know about the product. Lo Salt comes in two varieties, Original and Iodized. Lo Salt is kosher, and is real salt so you can expect the flavor you love, without the extra sodium. Lo Salt is available at many grocery chains such as Whole Foods, Kroger, and Safeway, and many regional stores like Shop Rite. It retails for only $4.99.
Until then, commit to making a small change and see what happens.
If you want additional information about LoSalt, check out their website, and follow them on social media. Lastly, feel free to share your experience and your tips, you never know who you might help!