A prestigious business in search of a new CFO tapered its candidates down to two persons of interest. Still undecided, the owner of the business took the candidates out to dinner at a lovely restaurant. Both candidates dressed appropriately. Each asked the perfect questions, creating wonderful and thoughtful conversations. Each of the candidates were compassionate and also passionate about life and the company’s core values. The owner was betwixt as to which one he should hire, that is, until the main course arrived.
One candidate waited until the host picked up his fork to begin eating. She tasted the food. Delighted that the chef had seasoned the dish perfectly, she continued to eat.
The other candidate also waited for the host to pick up his fork, but before this candidate tasted her food, she salted it.
In that moment the owner decided to hit the candidate that tasted the food before she had salted the food.
I remember this story from when I first began interviewing for jobs at 20 years old, fresh out of college. I can’t ever remember being wined and dined to get a job position, but I always understood the concept that you must first test or try what you are doing, before you make a judgment. (cont. below)
(Below is a hypnosis meditation designed to help release anything, including weight.)
With that being said, I have been one who consistently salted my food, usually after I tasted it. I never seemed to get enough salt. In fact, as a chef understanding the need for proper seasoning, spice, and herbs, I always insisted that I had to have a certain amount of salt in my food to taste the spice.
By 50 I was having heart problems, even though I am a health fanatic. I chalked it up to all of my family having heart conditions. Doctors asked if I ate too much salt, but I never considered my usage of salt to be on overkill. That is, I never considered my salt intake until I got married to a man who doesn’t salt his food at all, and who would consistently look at me like I had killed my food ever time I put salt on it (even though, most of the time I was the one who seasoned the food we were eating).
After much discussion about it, I decided I would go salt free for a month and see what happens. Everything tasted completely bland and flavorless to me. It was as if I was just eating for sustenance and nothing else. Interestingly enough, though, four great things happened in that difficult month:
- I ate about half the food I normally eat;
- I lost weight;
- my arthritic condition lessened considerably; and
- I was able to wean off of 3/4 of my heart medication.
All of this came from limiting salt intake.
After the first month, I decided that I would add a bit of salt back into my diet. I chose pink Himalayan salt and kosher rock salt with Iodine for the two types of salt I would use. Also, I added Bragg’s liquid aminos, coconut aminos, and some low sodium soy sauce or tamari to some of my food, especially of the Asian variety.
I initially noticed that the amount of salt I needed was minimal to none. I had truly gotten used to tasting the true taste of food and spice. However, I would get a very good idea of the amount of salt that I stopped when I would go out to dinner. I consistently would get bloated and often would eat way too much.
I’ve always have known that sugars are addictive, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that for me, salt was way more addictive. I can understand now why I could sit down to watch television and eat and entire bowl of potato chips, popcorn, or any other salty food. Eating salt, just makes you want to eat more salt.
One other thing I noticed on this endeavor was that I should never eat any food when I am:
- watching television;
- sitting at my computer; or
- doing anything that requires my full attention.
I hope this helps you.