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I don't think it's the meat I like, I think it's the salt. Is this common?

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Created May 14, 2012 at 1:20 AM

I have always been a sugar fiend. Now, I have stopped eating sugar and grains. Now I crave salt. I am only a couple days in. Today was my FIRST completely grain/starch free day. Should indulge?

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on May 14, 2012
at 11:33 PM

ok, good. So my body isn't messing with me then. It's telling me the truth. The salt feels good and I want it.

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at 11:27 PM

A great comment. Thanks for that. I have not one but two bags of seaweed that I hadn't even thought of.

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at 11:25 PM

Hee hee hee! Right! Ah, the joys of straddling two opposing schools of thought... They devote whole lectures to this training nurses. My head is seriously spinning around, but my feet are in paleo today.

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at 11:16 PM

Right! That is what I gathered from "Your Body's Many Cries for Water." This is what I am doing--salting to taste. Thanks.

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on May 14, 2012
at 01:56 PM

The current guidelines are based on... nothing.

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at 01:55 PM

A little extra salt (and potassium) is often recommmended in the first week or two on a low carb diet. Not sure if you are doing low carb type paleo, but just cutting sugar/grains is probably putting you much lower on the carb intake scale than before. Glycogen levels drop (initially) leading to water and electrolyte loss. Some salt will need to be replaced in this scenario.

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at 10:02 AM

Make bone broth and salt it - fantasmically delicious, and FULL of minerals as well as gelatine and other nutritious stuff.

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at 08:17 AM

salted avocado is DELICIOUS. I also like it with paprika, which sounds weird but tastes awesome.

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on May 14, 2012
at 03:05 AM

Yes, good point. I am not reaching for processed crap. I am not eating at Applebees. That cup of Bragg's broth and salted avocado just now was good.

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Salting my food. But I know what is salting my food to me is waay oversalting according to current guidelines. We are supposed to get around 1500 mg or less, I believe...

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at 02:18 AM

http://chriskresser.com/shaking-up-the-salt-myth-healthy-salt-recommendations

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on May 14, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Salt to taste. A lot of us found out the hard way we actually need more salt than would be readily apparent with the current research on the paleo diet. If you exercise you'll probably need more too. Also, pay attention to how much water you drink. The more water you drink, the more salt you'll likely need.

But just start off salting to taste. You will still likely be eating less sodium than you were eating processed stuff.

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on May 14, 2012
at 11:16 PM

Right! That is what I gathered from "Your Body's Many Cries for Water." This is what I am doing--salting to taste. Thanks.

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on May 14, 2012
at 10:02 AM

One theory on salt craving is that our bodies crave the minerals in real salt but we give them stripped-down table salt, so they keep demanding more in the hopes of getting what they need. Try adding dried seaweed to your pepper grinder (just a little) and into any savoury, long-cooked dishes (this will add salt and umami), and get yourself some unprocessed sea salt or Himalayan salt or somesuch. Unless the jar specifically says unprocessed, no matter what size the grains are, it's processed. Real salt also has colour. Then salt to taste, which will vary depending on your needs.

Constant sugar may have been a coping mechanism for run-down adrenals, and healing adrenals need salt.

One last theory: perhaps your non-keto-adapted brain is trying to get you to feed it Pringles and telling you it's for the salt but it's really for the fast carbs. The carb "flu" can manifest in wild and crazy ways!

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on May 14, 2012
at 11:27 PM

A great comment. Thanks for that. I have not one but two bags of seaweed that I hadn't even thought of.

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on May 14, 2012
at 02:07 AM

If you're not emptying the salt shaker over your dinner plate, you're fine. Americans in general eat too much salt because we eat too much processed crap, not because we put in too much salt at the table. Don't go reaching for the Lays, but if you have a healthy meal planned and want to add salt to it, go ahead.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on May 14, 2012
at 08:17 AM

salted avocado is DELICIOUS. I also like it with paprika, which sounds weird but tastes awesome.

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

(383)

on May 14, 2012
at 10:02 AM

Make bone broth and salt it - fantasmically delicious, and FULL of minerals as well as gelatine and other nutritious stuff.

Ff5d6fd79983af7b92bfab38b71823fb

(290)

on May 14, 2012
at 03:05 AM

Yes, good point. I am not reaching for processed crap. I am not eating at Applebees. That cup of Bragg's broth and salted avocado just now was good.

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on May 14, 2012
at 02:03 AM

By indulge, Do you mean salting your food or over salting your food?

Ff5d6fd79983af7b92bfab38b71823fb

(290)

on May 14, 2012
at 03:03 AM

Salting my food. But I know what is salting my food to me is waay oversalting according to current guidelines. We are supposed to get around 1500 mg or less, I believe...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on May 14, 2012
at 01:56 PM

The current guidelines are based on... nothing.

Ff5d6fd79983af7b92bfab38b71823fb

(290)

on May 14, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Hee hee hee! Right! Ah, the joys of straddling two opposing schools of thought... They devote whole lectures to this training nurses. My head is seriously spinning around, but my feet are in paleo today.

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