Please Don’t Pass the Salt!

This is Month 10 (10? Can you believe it!) of my made-up Sparkle Plan. What’s the Sparkle Plan? Check out the first post here.

We all have our taste preferences. Mine happens to lean – like Leaning Tower of Pisa-lean – toward salt. When confronted, I will always pick chips over ice cream, popcorn over chocolate, Cheese Nips over, well, anything.

My favorite pizza is with extra cheese and anchovies.

I like bread and cheese and wine and SALT!

See where I’m going? Yeah, my body figured out I was on a downward salt spiral and so did my doctor.

Kerri Carpenter

My Mermaid Avatar is clearly on a no-salt diet!


But kind of in a more serious way. Like a “you’re actually sick and swollen” kind of way. So I have been put on a low-to-no salt diet.

The plus side to this heinous act against nature is that I’ve dropped four pounds in a week. The negative side… Very. Long. List. Alas, I know I can do this and I’ll come out healthy, sparkly, and salt-free on the other side. Even if I’m a little cranky-pants in the meantime.

While I’m pondering killing anyone with so much as a speck of salt on their food, I thought I would give you an update on the Month 9 Goal of saying one nice thing about myself. I liked this goal! It’s fun to complement yourself and once you get started, it’s kinda hard to stop. Here are some examples of nice things about me from the last month:

I’m having an amazing hair day.

I look really cute in my Steelers outfit.

Damn, I’m a great writer.

My eye makeup is outstanding today.

I’m like the best cook ever!

Join me in the comments. Do you prefer sweet or salty? (And anyone with low-salt recipes, please share!!!)

*I am not a doctor. Obviously, since I’ve eaten so much salt that a real doctor had to intervene. Mmmmm, salt… Hence, always consult your own physician before embarking on any fitness or eating plan.


16 thoughts on “Please Don’t Pass the Salt!

    1. You know I love ANY Buffy quote, Denny-Mermaid!!! Also, my love for salt is comparable to a vampire’s thirst for blood. 😉

    1. Have you ever dipped Wendy’s french fries into a frosty? I highly recommend! 😉

  1. Salt. Salt. SALT! Yeah, my answer is salt. 🙂
    My mom’s whole side of the family are saltaholics. When we eat at a restaurant, all of us have to snatch salt shakers from nearby tables so we don’t have to keep passing the salt around. I salt everything. I quit salting pizza about twenty years ago, but every once in a while I’ll catch myself. Just last week I had lunch by myself at Uno’s, and I was reading Mrs. Piggle Wiggle for my daughter’s third grade book club (for which I volunteered, of course), and I salted my pizza without even thinking. Habits are hard to break. lol.
    I feel your pain about giving it up or even cutting back on salt intake. I think I’d have a nervous breakdown without it. Good news: My husband is a doctor, and he says I don’t have to ever cut back since my blood pressure is so low I’m borderline dead. haha.
    Good luck, Kerri. I can only imagine how cranky pants I’d be in your position.

  2. I am a recovering salt-a-holic. There’s no why that it is this hard for drunks and crackheads. NO WAY ! However, my salt addiction came to a screeching halt with a 3 day hospital stay. You don’t want that, so drop the salt and back away. No, run !

    1. Oh no, Tee Cee!!!! I hope you are okay. You will be happy to know that I just bought a low salt cookbook. I’m on it! 😉

  3. Use the no-salt stuff. It is potassium chloride and well help your body get the sodium/potassium ratio rebalanced. It might not taste quite like regular salt, but better than none

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Southerndreamer!!! I’ll have to run to the store for that! 😉

  4. *I am not a doctor. Obviously, since I’ve eaten so much salt that a real doctor had to intervene. Mmmmm, salt… Hence, always consult your own physician before embarking on any fitness or eating plan.

    You’ve done it again, Sweet One. Driven me crazy with laughter.

    Since my family routinely ask me not to cook for them anymore (due to the fact that I don’t use any salt which apparently makes food taste flavorless), I can only say that I’m proud of you for listening to your doctor and giving it up. I wonder if giving up salt is like giving up sugar? I did that about four months ago and once I got past two weeks of no sugar, I didn’t crave it anymore. Please report on this as pertains to salt. Thanks, Hero, you sparkly, salt-free thing, you. 😉

    1. You know, Hero – I’ve heard that it takes a good 2-3 weeks for you to get used to the no-salt thing. But I’m sure you will be hearing from me before then. 😉

  5. Mmm, salt… But wait! Mmm, sweet… There’s so much to savor, Kerri Mermaid, I can’t choose. Personally, I’m aiming for moderation. That’s the ticket! Best wishes for new, sparkly, salt-free recipes!

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