Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper


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I believe that it is ok... I remember that in reading thru ISWF, that you should alternate salt with iodine and sea salt, and I am sure that pepper is ok as well. We are not eating processed foods, so our sodium levels will naturally drop, so a bit of salt added to your food at the table is fine. Just don't salt while cooking though--the salt 'flavor' can cook out and wait till you are using any bone broth to salt it then--that there is a culinary tip, not in ISWF.

If I am wrong, I am sure the mods will be by to correct me :)

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Yum, love Pink Himalayan Salt!

Speaking of salt, I have not gotten into full blown Whole30 yet but this week I've had zero Grains or Legumes...Sugar and Dairy already have been an item very limited in my routine but I'm always craving something salty (and crunchy)...what could my body be telling me as it's transitioning more into Paleo?

I've been eating rather clean for years now. Maybe the most processed food I had kept in my diet on a regular basis were Organic Tortilla Chips (did organic really help, probably not...) but man were they salty crunch goodness (except how I started to feel).

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  • 2 weeks later...

Salt is good. Pepper is good. Spices are goooood.

The end.

Hi Sorry, I am kind of interested in the "salt is good" part. I don't personally have a problem with eating salt as I hve very low blood pressure and the docs advise salting my food to help keep it up. However, I am coming at this Whole30 thing after having read, absorbed, digested and lived by Loren Cordain's Paleo diet and salt is a strict no with that. Even down to washing canned tuna to remove any salt, and all products like ham, bacon etc were out (because they have salt and lots of fat).

I'm just pretty confused about all these different so called "paleo" approaches to things, everyone seems to pick and choose their own bits.

What is the argument for salt? Is there any science to back it up? How come every paleo book I read has different allowed/not allowed foods?

I'm personally (after 1 month total elimination diet including some vegetables, fruits, eggs etc, 6 months on Loren Cordain's version and 5 days with Whole30) thinking I am going to ignore the lot and just eat whatever whole foods I consider ok because there is so much conflicting stuff I just have to make my own call. I am intending to eat "paleo" for the rest of my life as an alternative to Methotrexate for psoriatic arthritis and arthritis and so a sensible selection of food i cant stick to is the most important.

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Laura,

I know it can be confusing to hear different "experts" all recommending different things. It's best not to even think about whether what you're eating is "technically paleo" or not, because frankly there is no one definition. We like to think about it this way: are the foods you're eating making you more or less healthy? This is where the Whole30 comes in.

As for salt, the vast majority (75%) of salt Americans consume are found in processed foods - which you eliminate as part of just about any healthy eating plan, including the Whole30. There are many benefits of having a healthy salt/potassium balance in the body, including water retention, cellular energy exchange, and a healthy iodine balance. (Iodized salt is often our only source of iodine in the diet - and having enough iodine is critical to many body functions, including thyroid support.)

So if we've stripped out most of the added sodium from processed foods, and some salt is necessary and healthy, we can all feel free to shake some salt in our recipes and our foods, using a mix of sea salt and iodized table salt. In the presence of a healthy, anti-inflammmatory diet, this amount of added salt will not detract from health - and, again, some salt is necessary for optimal metabolism.

Hope that helps,

Melissa

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How much is too much salt on Whole 30?

I have found that I am using more salt now than I ever have before to season my food. I understand that it is has been eliminated in other places because I am not eating processed foods. But, I still feel as thought I am using a lot.

What are some good alternatives to seasoning w/out salt? (i.e. I have used salt on hard boiled eggs, avocado, kale chips to name a few.)

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How much is too much salt on Whole 30?

I have found that I am using more salt now than I ever have before to season my food. I understand that it is has been eliminated in other places because I am not eating processed foods. But, I still feel as thought I am using a lot.

What are some good alternatives to seasoning w/out salt? (i.e. I have used salt on hard boiled eggs, avocado, kale chips to name a few.)

I like how my doc words it. Don't saturate your food in salt but just enough to zing your tongue is not bad for your health.

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