Salt is probably one of hardest things to reduce without noticing a flavor difference, but your taste buds definitely do adapt if you stick with it for a few weeks. Just take the shaker away and hide it so you’re not tempted while you’re making the transition. It really helps to prepare as much food as you can at home, since when you eat out, they’re going to add all that stuff. That’s a big part of why our taste buds get so out of whack. Check out some cookbooks from the library or grab some of the healthy-eating type magazines at the grocery store; as you get more comfortable in the kitchen, you discover what you like and can adapt things exactly how you want them. It doesn’t have to be every meal, but try to work in a new, healthy recipe once or twice a week at least. The more you try new stuff, the more you’ll discover that there is a giant world of “healthy” food out there.
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