Salt Reduction Facebook Challenge
Salt Reduction: Retrain the Palate
TAKE THE CHALLENGE!
Salt seems to be in EVERYTHING! Sometimes we notice that it’s there, most of the time, we don’t. That’s because its hiding so deceitfully (ugh). But we are going to challenge ourselves to greatly reduce the sodium in our diets for 1-4 weeks. Here’s how and why…
The average American consumes 5,000 mg of sodium per day and some consume 15,000 – 20,000 mg. My guess is that they have NO idea they are consuming that much salt. To put it into perspective, our bodies only need 500 mg per day. Talk about overdosing! The Salt Reduction Facebook Challenge is designed to reduce the intake of sodium while also retraining the taste buds to experience the natural, delicious flavor of whole foods without being hijacked by salt.
Whether we wrestle with high blood pressure or not, sodium can be harmful. Sometimes it affects us sooner, sometimes later. Based on the Standard American Diet (SAD), 90% of Americans eventually develop high blood pressure. Thousands of deaths can be prevented each year just by bringing awareness to the effects of sodium.
- Normalize blood pressure
- Retrain the palate (taste buds)
- Weight Loss
- Improve brain and cognitive function
- Normalize blood sugar levels (due to the plant-based diet)
- Normalize cholesterol
- Improve heart conditions
- ANYTHING can happen when consuming a nutrient-rich diet so the benefits could go on forever!
We are going to make this simple by only consuming whole foods and refraining from packaged and processed foods. We will use natural herbs, spices and flavorings to “season” our food without salt. I recommend taking the challenge for all four weeks in order to retrain your taste palate. This way, your taste buds will learn to enjoy the natural flavor of whole foods.
- Eat whole foods, which are foods in their purest, most natural state. This will include fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. This is considered a plant-based, nutrient-rich diet. (Obviously refrain from any foods that you are allergic to.) Exclude items with a label because that’s the first indicator that it’s probably processed.
- DO NOT add any salt or sodium whatsoever to your whole foods. This includes iodized salt, sea salt, pink salt, Tony Chachere’s, lemon pepper (with salt added), or any type of mixes of spices. Unless they indicate the are sodium-free, they probably aren’t. I recommend non-irradiated spices to avoid radiation. Spices undergo a radiation process which is toxic to our bodies so look for salt-free USDA Organic versions.
- We’ll share recipe and meal ideas within the Facebook Group “Naturally Healthy and Reversing Health Conditions“. We will make our own salad dressings or use safer alternatives like vinegarette, liquid aminos or olive oils (sparingly).
- 1-2 days before the challenge begins, complete the Self-Evaluation to take note of your weight, blood pressure reading, and how you currently feel (level of exhaustion, energy level, etc.). Those who wish to share their before and after results will have that opportunity at the end of each week during the challenge.
- Take a multivitamin during the challenge but if possible, refrain from the synthetic vitamins from the store and use food-based vitamins like Kyäni. Purchase from your Kyäni Distributor. If you do not have a distributor, contact Keitha at keitha (@) balancemybeing.com or simply send a message through Facebook to have a distributor assigned to you or to simply learn more about Kyäni.
BEFORE THE CHALLENGE:
- Inform your doctor of your diet change and get consent
- Download and complete the Self Evaluation form (optional)
- Capture a snapshot of your blood pressure reading
- Capture a snapshot of your weight
- Capture a snapshot of the medications you are currently on
- Record your measurements: chest, waist, hips (arms and thighs optional)
- Plan your first few meals and purchase ingredients by September 2, 2017
- Be sure to accept the invitations to the challenge in our Facebook Group: Naturally Healthy and Reversing Health Conditions
- Share this challenge with friends NOW so they can also prepare!
**Consult with your doctor before changing your diet. Be cautious not to allow your blood pressure to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar if you are diabetic. Monitor your blood pressure if you have hypertension.
Be sure to read the DISCLAIMER before participating in this challenge.