Low Sodium, Low Carbs, A New Diet…Oh My!

Before I begin, let me remind you that I am 98 pounds soaking wet. I have had 4 children by c-section and 2 tubaligations and still I am 98 pounds. I am a vegetarian and I do not eat much at all. I say this because I would like to let you know that we are on yet another diet in my house. Why oh why do I have to subject myself to these diets? I could use a little more exercise, but diet? This is a lot of work for a skinny girl!
We are already low sodium because of B’s medical issues. I have this under control and this is a good thing, I hate salt anyway but the label reading at the beginning of this life change was a bitch to say the least. I’ve never had to watch labels. But now it is old hat so it’s all good. Then, about a week ago my husband tells me that his ever-increasing waistline is not acceptable to him at the ripe old age of 32 and he wants to do something about it. So being the expert that I am, I Googled it. Cut carbs, hands down! I explain my “professional” findings to him, and he’s in, even started an exercise program that evening. He is a gung-ho kind of guy! All or nothing! No bread, no sugar, no fried foods, no fast food…this was going to be hard, but the overly-salt-everything-king had made it through the sodium switch, so we got this!
Day one did not go so well. Texts started coming through at about 1:00 pm. “I’m starving”, “I’m not going to make it through the day”, “I feel sick”, “I’m so hungry I could die”, and “Let’s hope I can stay awake on the drive home and not wreck and die”. Yes, this was a little dramatic I thought, and I know he was kidding at some level, but this all or nothing thing was not working for sure! So, of course, as any professional would do, I went back to Google. Apparently, brown is better than white. No white bread, no white rice, no white flour so I decided to head to the grocery store! My usual one-hour shopping excursion turned into a two-hour ordeal. Apparently, low sodium conflicts heavily with low carb. You can buy baked crackers with 0 carbs but they are loaded with sodium, you can buy no salt added beans but they are loaded with carbs. Look at the labels yourself, it was rough, but the babies and I got through our shopping ordeal and came home with $80 worth of groceries that would accommodate all of these new dietary needs. So we are day 3 on this diet and he doesn’t come home pale, he is still exercising, I’m working my ass off, but he’s happy. The things we do for love!
Tonight, after cleaning all morning, showering, getting ready (damn my hair looked good today), going to the dollar store (I loves me some dollar store), then going grocery shopping, I got home late so I whipped up some tilapia, brown rice, and green beans. I fixed their ever so bland looking plates and set them all up at the table where they feasted like kings (and a little bug princess). Then I heated a four-cheese hot pocket in the microwave for myself! I was very sensitive not to sit at the table with them though, that would just be rude, so I ate by myself in front of the TV! So I’m really hoping this diet works quickly, he drops these few extra pounds, and the exercise regime sticks. I don’t know how much longer I can handle this diet! I’ve decided a low-carb diet is not for sissies and I’ve decided that I am, in fact, a sissy! Wish me luck!
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About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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