Decrease your salt intake
Cutting down on the amount of salt you consume is important, not only for your waistline but for your organs too. Decreasing your salt intake can help you to:
● Manage your blood pressure: This is especially important if you have been diagnosed with hypertension.
● Keep your heart happy: Decreasing the amount of salt and sodium you consume will help your heart function optimally.
● Lose weight: If you’re looking to lose some weight, or shape up for summer, reducing the amount of salt, sugar, and sodium you consume will help.
Read those labels
Eating a well-balanced diet that’s mainly composed of fresh food is essential. But, life is significantly busy for all of us, and our modern-day reliance on processed foods has increased over the past few decades. Nowadays, it’s easier to pick up a quick meal on the way home, than it is to spend an hour cooking dinner after a busy day at the office. It’s not always possible to avoid consuming processed foods, but we can all try our best! We recommend:
- Reading every label, very carefully: If there’s an ingredient listed that you can’t identify or recognise, rather put the product back. Similarly, check the salt and sodium content as listed on the label.
- Cut back on the takeout: Take-away food should be a treat, and not part of your daily eating. Keep that for a Friday evening treat! If you’re battling to find time to cook balanced meals, invest in a slow cooker, or sign up for one of the healthier meal delivery services. Alternatively, find out about the meal delivery services that send you ingredients and recipes, once a week. There are several service providers like this in South Africa, each of them aiming to offer you and your family delicious, and relatively healthy, meal options.
Upgrade your spice cupboard
Once you’re in the kitchen, however, you might find it difficult to replace salt in your cooking. Flavourful herbs and spices can, however, make all the difference! We recommend:
- Checking out our top five nice spices, that are important sources of vitamins and minerals, and not just flavour! Spices like cinnamon, paprika, and cilantro, can add a different kick to your meals, and some even help your body move towards better health.
- Adjusting your grocery shopping routine, so that you’re able to cut back on salt and sodium.
- Start experimenting! Getting a little adventurous with your cooking and meal choices will open up a whole new world of tastes and flavours, for your whole family to enjoy.
LifeDoc Can Help
If you’re considering a change in diet, book an appointment with your family doctor, or dietitian as soon as possible. Make that appointment, and take your notes using LifeDoc™. You can also note any possible symptoms and experiences using LifeDoc™. LifeDoc ™ can help. LifeDoc ™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, remember medical appointments, and securely stores your personal medical history. Stay up to date with LifeDoc™ on Facebook and Twitter.