One thing (besides sugar and oil) you have to watch is salt. Be sure to know what your limit is daily. For example, mine is about 2,300mg a day, which is about a teaspoon. But, if you have high blood pressure, it is reduced to 1,500mg. I found this out from USDA choose my plate.
I was consuming way too much sodium and was getting wrinkles. Seriously, I was. I was drying up and felt lousy with no energy. My joints were creaking and my muscles were sore. Too much salt is not good for your bones, either. Most Americans take in over 3,400mg a day, if not even more. It’s easy to do when you eat out and buy processed and refined food.
Just cooking your own meals will cut the amount of sodium you consume. I cook virtually everything from scratch. But, I eat certain foods every single day. For example, in the morning I eat a medium sized potato I fry in a pan with onions and mushrooms. When it’s done, I add a handful of kale, arugula and spinach to the pan to cook it with the heat off. That’s not much greenery, because it shrinks down.
‘Keep an eye on how you ‘feel’ when you eat any grain, nightshade vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, nuts, seeds and beans. I pressure cook potatoes, nightshades, rice and beans to reduce their lectins. But, I don’t think you can do anything about the gluten in wheat, barley, oats and rye except to choose a grain like millet’ ~ your author
There’s also the potential problem which (gluten and lectins) may cause leaky gut in some of us. This is where you get little holes in your gut and what shouldn’t get into your bloodstream gets carried throughout your body and you experience an immune response which tends to create painful inflammation either all over your body in general or in certain places like joints.
So, what I try to do is eat certain amounts of particular foods. For example, MyPlatePlan suggests I eat…
- 2 cups of fruit (I eat berries and drink a green smoothie)
- 3 cups of veggies (I eat salads, steamed broccoli and potatoes)
- 7 ounces of grains (I have been eating bread and rice)
- 6 ounces of protein (I eat pinto beans and veggie patties on bread)
- 3 cups of dairy milk or soy milk (I drink almond milk, not dairy)
*You can get your My Plate Plan just like mine, here.
Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.