The Good: A New Salad Bowl The Bad: Beyond Sugar Shock

Today’s calories: 1671
Exercise: None

For years, I’ve resisted eating salads.

It’s kind of been a strange thing. Ever since I first read about green smoothies and started making/drinking them, I’ve consumed a lot of greens in liquid form, but rarely ate greens.

In fact, I have drunk tons of spinach, but had never actually chewed it.

So, when I thought of salads, I could only see myself eating romaine lettuce (the only leafy green I liked) along with various other things you’d typically put in a salad. My thinking was, if I was only going to use romaine lettuce, I was going to get tired of salads really fast. It was better to stick with smoothies.

A few days ago, I ordered takeout. I wanted to try something I typically wouldn’t order and I wanted something healthy. I went for a BBQ chicken salad. The salad was made from spring mix (which included spinach). I ate it, and, to my surprise, I liked it. Spinach is quite good!

This salad inspired me to buy a huge salad bowl (my first) so I can have huge salads for dinner. Last night I had my first. It was awesome. It consisted of a ton of spring mix, about 6oz of grilled chicken, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and a sprinkle of goat cheese.

I know I should be making my own dressing. Eventually, I’ll do that. For now, I’m using this really tasty Tarragon Dijon Organic Vinaigrette.

While it’s low in calories, it’s quite high in sodium.

Speaking of sodium…

HayHouse has a new Web site for book reviewers. The deal is, if you agree to post a review of their books, they’ll send you a free copy to review. I signed up and chose Beyond Sugar Shock.

Wow. That book was really awful. There’s nothing I hate more than book that is filled with the usual recipes, grocery lists, and blank pages for notes. Pages were devoted to marketing the author’s Web site and other HayHouse books. The meat of the book was a six-week plan to stop eating sugar. Even those pages were filled with not a lot of high quality, useful information.

And whose idea was it to put images of cupcakes on a book about eliminating sugar?

Within the book was The Sugar Shock Quiz. It included such questions as:

If someone broke into my home, she or he would find candy wrappers hidden behind sofa cushions, a box of cookies stuffed into my closet, or crumbs hanging on my sweaters and shirts.

If I had to choose between a night noshing on freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or a romantic evening out with my partner, the Sweet White Stuff would win hands down.

God knows I’ve eaten my fair share of sugar, but I’ve never felt like I was truly addicted. I can’t recall if I’ve ever come across anyone who was that far gone with an addiction to sugar to the point where they would have to write a letter of apology to their family and friends for their behavior thanks to their sugar addiction (as the author has the reader do).

However, after I was done reading the quiz (whose questions seemed completely ridiculous to me while I was reading them), it dawned on me that I come really close to being that fanatical about salt.

While I don’t actually sprinkle salt on my food, a lot of the foods I crave are really high in sodium. And while I can wrap my brain around not eating salt-ladened potato chips or French fries, it’s frustrating to discover the organic vinaigrette I mentioned earlier is also jacked up with sodium.

Sometimes this weight loss endeavor is so mentally exhausting. There’s a lot of emotional stuff, physical stuff, and nutritional stuff to be aware of. I suppose the hope is that once change is made, like once I decrease the amount of sodium I take in, it will become a part of my life and not something I’ll have to put so much thought into anymore.

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6 Responses to The Good: A New Salad Bowl The Bad: Beyond Sugar Shock

  1. Heather June 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    I’m glad to see you are back to posting! Salads are great since you can make so many different variations depending on your mood. I am really proud of you for making all these changes! Keep it up!
    Take care!

    • Wendy June 25, 2012 at 3:16 am #

      Heather! Thanks for checking up on me! I was thinking, have you thought about going to BlogHer? I’d bet you’d have a fabulous time. In case you don’t see this reply, I’m going to send an e-mail to encourage you to go.

  2. Nanette N. June 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Good to hear you’re enjoying some new food! :) It’s nice to be surprised. Speaking of surprises, so many premade dressings have corn syrup. But there are a lot that are made out of the good stuff too.

    I’ll be calling you soon… on my nights or weekends. :)

    • Wendy June 25, 2012 at 3:18 am #

      Hey! Call anytime! After I read your comment, I checked the dressing for corn syrup. Turns out they use agave. Thankfully, agave is better, but still, anything in a bottle isn’t good in the long run. If you have some favorite dressing recipes, let me know. I trust your impeccable taste. :)

  3. Peebee June 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    So you’re not addicted to sugar, but might be addicted to salt. So is that a reason to trash the whole book? It’s like saying: I’m not addicted to alcohol or cocaine, so I don’t like books that talk about alcoholism or substance abuse.

    Some of us have had serious binging behavior brought on by sugar, or have had major mood swings that impact our behavior and our relationships. Salt doesn’t have the same endocrinal impact.

    • Wendy June 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      I’m not “trashing” the book because of it’s theme. I’m trashing it because out of 300 pages literally half of it was useless filler information. The book more like an advertisement for the author’s services as well as other HayHouse products. I’m thankful the book made me look at myself and what my weaknesses are, but as far as content goes, there are far better books out there than this one.

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