The Emotional Side of Comfort Food: Salty Comfort — Part 2

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Having trouble controlling your over-indulgence in comfort foods? We all know from experience that comfort food seems to soothe the soul especially when we feel lonely or anxious. Trying keeping a comfort food journal. Studies show that just writing about comfort food can reduce feelings of loneliness.

If you crave salty comfort foods, take some time to educate yourself about the different types of salt in your salty snacks. Not all salt is created equal. Some natural salts can supply essential trace minerals that have unique flavors and some have slightly lower levels of sodium then common table salt.  Table salts are refined salts  and can damage your taste buds.

Unfortunately, most of the salty snacks we buy are full of refined and very unhealthy types of salt and/or potassium. The refined salt and potassium in many salty snacks can be addictive and ruin your taste buds causing you to crave more product and add more salt to all your foods.  Many packaged foods often have more sodium than anyone should eat in one day.  Use a sodium tracker list to help you limit your sodium intake to an limit of  1500-1725 mg a day which equals about 3/4 of a teaspoon.

Do you know if your sea salt has been exposed to environmental pollution? Even if your sea salt is organic and comes from pristine water, there are other reasons to use different kinds of salt in your diet and to eliminate others. Are you still using iodized table salt? Stop. Potassium iodine is hazardous because it is synthesized, destroys electrolytes and can cause fluid retention.  Fish, dairy, eggs and seaweed all contain iodine in a natural state.  If you are unable to eat these foods, consider a kelp supplement rather than using iodized salt.

For those of you who crave salty foods and for those of you who are looking to reduce sugar in your diet, here is a recipe. Don’t microwave because there are several studies which show how microwave cooking can deplete certain vitamins. Use a small saucepan and gently simmer with filtered or spring water.

Savory Oatmeal Breakfast or Snack

  • Organic Unsweetened Oatmeal (cooked to a consistency that you like.)
  • Do not add salt to the water.
  • If you like garlic or want to consume it for health reasons, add a teaspoon of finely chopped organic garlic during the cooking process.
  • Just before your oatmeal is ready, reduce to very low heat, add a couple of pinches of coriander powder and organic turmeric powder. If you are trying to relieve inflammation, you can add more turmeric.

Use any or all of the following ingredients as toppings:

  • Flax, chia, or poppy seeds
  • Black or cayenne pepper
  • Sprinkle lightly with RealSalt or Himalayan Pink salt
  • Drizzle with cold pressed organic olive oil or even make a mixture with omega oils such as flax or sesame.  Udo makes a good Omega blend.
  • If you are not on a cholesterol restricted diet, you can opt for a bit of unsalted, organic butter or coconut oil
  • Add a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast. The sweetest one is made by KAL

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