Over the last couple of months, I've been trying to change some of my bad dietary and exercise habits. I've been doing it largely because it makes sense, but mostly because I need to lose about 50 lbs. I'm not going whole hog here and quitting everything bad cold turkey and taking up everything good overnight. That never makes sense and rarely, if ever, sticks. I've started with simple and obvious things and am working my way up the food and exercise chain.
For example, about two months ago, I gave up Dr. Pepper. Decided I no longer needed the caffeine, which was affecting my sleep. Before I gave it up, though, I was consuming 4 - 8 cans per day. I started drinking more water--up to 64 oz. a day--and, if I wanted a soda, I went with something like Orange Crush or Squirt. I've also limited myself to one can or less per day. In the last eight weeks, I've had maybe 24 cans of soda total. The result? I've lost 10 lbs just by eliminating unnecessary calories.
Another thing I've started doing is walking more. I've started combining it with my photography--something I really enjoy doing, with my walking--something I really need to be doing. The result has been an increase in stamina, less aches and pains, and some damn cool pictures. The other day, I walked from National Airport to Memorial Bridge and back. That's a good four miles!
Finally, I've been trying to reduce or even eliminate salt from my diet. I love salty foods. A lot. But I know over time they're going to do more harm than good. I've found several products that are low sodium or no salt and frankly, they're just as tasty, if not tastier, than the overly salted versions.
Among the low/no-salt products I've switched to, the best no-salt product ever is a lovely little item called True Lemon. Did you know that lemon is a good substitute for salt? It stimulates the taste buds in a manner similar to salt without deadening the flavors of foods and it's better for you. True Lemon is crystallized lemon concentrate that comes in a shaker bottle. You can find it in the spice aisle. A sprinkle of this stuff in lieu of salt and you're good to go. It also comes in True Lime and True Orange. If you're trying to cut back on salt or looking for a good salt substitute, check this stuff out. It's really good!
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