Originally Posted by ClairCat
I wonder if I'm eating too much salt and olive oil and if thats effecting my weight-loss?
I'm having salt on my lettuce at lunch, salt in the veggies I cook and salt in my veggies and lettuce in the evening too. Same with the Olive Oil.
So my question is this: should I really be careful about measuring my oil and salt?
Only you can answer that question, Clair, and the only way is for you to measure. Aim for the 2 t of oil (5 grams) and if you go to 1 T (14 grams) it's no big deal. Salt's a LOT trickier, depends on how much water you're drinking, how much exercise, even the humidity. Did I say tricky? Anyway, 1200-1400 mg
a day is basic and pretty essential, especially if you're using the required sea salt. 1/2 teaspoon of sodium is 1162 mgs. If you're drinking a lot of water AND exercising a bit strenuously for 15 minutes or more, you might be flushing electrolytes, including potassium which should be 4,700 mg/day and which you need to balance the sodium. Ca and Ma are also important in the balance equation. I'm not a nutritionist so I won't take that on. But you can do some research if you're interested.
If you're not used to tracking it can be daunting unless you have a good tool.
But there are a lot of trackers out there. The one I use is Cronometer.com. It's free, like all the others it's based mainly on the USDA Nutritional Data bank, it's uncomplicated, and you go directly to the screen you want when you log in -- a big plus in my book.
If you wear rings, you might check, starting first thing in the morning, how loose or how tight they are. If you're getting too much salt, by bedtime they might be very tight. This is NOT a sure fire test, though. Hope this helps.