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Craving Salt

joannabananajoannabanana Raw Newbie

I'm trying to eliminate salt from my diet and it's been really difficult. I started using kelp granules instead so I could ween myself off of the sea salt. It's just not working!!

I eat so much fruit and I figured that it would dampen my salt cravings, but it only makes me want it more. Are there any salty tasting veggies/greens that can help me with this?


  • germin8germin8 Raw Master

    Usually a craving is due to lack of mineral(s).

    You are probably missing minerals that could be provided in sea salt. I'm not sure what kelp provides.

    Green smoothies helped my sweet-tooth craving, and it will probably help for salt-craving.

    Have you always had salt cravings or is this more recent news?

    BTW, how are your allergies? This question may not apply, but I knew someone that ate lots of bananas (mineral: potassium) and developed allergies... so she added sea salt to her diet and her allergies went away. I'm guessing that helped balance the minerals.

  • joannabananajoannabanana Raw Newbie

    germin, i've had salt cravings ever since i stopped using it (last week). i didn't even think i'd be lacking minerals. that's interesting. my allergies are gone ever since i became raw, but i think i'll watch for when i crave salt and after what foods.

    lulushka, good idea. i started using celery in my smoothies, but haven't put it in my salads yet.

  • LilEarthMuffinLilEarthMuffin Raw Newbie

    When i was getting myself off of salt i would mince up celery and put in in whatever i was eating. Or I would use other fresh herbs which now i love even more!


  • troublesjustabubbletroublesjustabubble Raw Newbie

    hmm, I like having a small amount of sea salt in my diet. I enjoy the minerals and the flavor. I only use it when I make pates(VERY rare) but if I crave salt that's what I do and I don't have the craving for a long time. A craving sometimes means you really need something.

  • I understood from the book of the boutenkos that when you grave something healthy you probably really need it so it's better to eat it. I like to it sea weed because its' salty taste. i like dulse and it helps me.

  • germin8germin8 Raw Master

    macadamia, as long as that craving is not for donuts or something like that *hehe* But seriously... I agree with what you 'said'.

  • LilEarthMuffinLilEarthMuffin Raw Newbie

    I have never tried dulse - i know it is a type of seaweed but what does it taste like? is it very expensive to purchase? thanks :)

  • ras-saadonras-saadon Raw Newbie

    joannabanana, spinach juice is also extremely salty, I find it even more saltier then celery, with the spinach I tried to drink it pure a few times but couldn't due to the salt tastes sticking in my mouth for hours.

  • joannabananajoannabanana Raw Newbie

    ras, i actually just had a spinach-banana smoothie for breakfast. it's so delicious and has a salty taste.

    the only time i use salt is when i make guacamole. the kelp granules arent' the same. what do you guys add to yours? i usually do lemon juice, garlic, sea salt, and cumin.

    i have tried dulse and it's interesting haha i'm not a big fan of seaweeds

  • troublesjustabubbletroublesjustabubble Raw Newbie

    My guac has avocado, tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, salt, cumin, garlic and sometimes I dash of cayenne!

  • SuasoriaSuasoria Raw Newbie

    I'm interested in why you'd want to eliminate salt altogether. A little Celtic sea salt or Himalayan pink salt adds a lot of needed minerals.

  • ambiguousambiguous Raw Newbie

    Consider the fact that most mammals will travel miles to get to a salt lick . . . then do what you think is right. Chard is also pretty salty.

  • miss soufflemiss souffle Raw Newbie

    oh i loove guacamole. i was thinking of making some because its been awhile and adding avocardo, green bell pepper, lime juice, himalian salt , garlic and a herb!

    hmph ive read a book on salt, a big book and its history and i've also read about people who dont actually think its nessercery.... i think if ur craving it then have some but kind of ween yourself off it and maybe the cravings will become less and less..

  • LilEarthMuffinLilEarthMuffin Raw Newbie

    see personally im really confused on the whole salt/no salt issue.

    ive read posts on here that suggest that all salts/peppers/herbs are toxic and should be elimnated. it ends up leaving me confused. are dried herbs not okay to consume? could someone possibly clarify this? thanks : )


  • emtpdmomemtpdmom Raw Newbie

    Mikfizzle, I can only tell you what I do, and am quite comfortable with. My first preference is always herbs picked fresh from my container herb garden. I also dry some of my own herbs. If I don't have what I need in the garden, I try to buy fresh organic. If all else fails, and I really want to use the flavor, I resort to store bought dried herbs . . . organic if available. For me, the big picture (fresh, organic when available, veggies and fruits) is much more important than worrying over minute details. Herbs are a tiny percentage of what I eat, so I don't get too up tight about them.

    As for salt, I personally use very little. When I do, it's always Himalayan. But this has been an evolving process.

    Please remember that most of what we say on here is based on personal experience, preference and opinion. I don't mean to diminish what anyone has said. I just think it's important to remember that very few of us are professionals . . . and even the professionals disagree. We offer comments. It is up to each reader to decide if the comments are relevant for him or her.

  • I notice my craving for salt changes with my mood. Does anyone else notice this or know the reason why?

    I just ate almost an entire bag of dulse in one sitting. I ended a seven year relationship a couple of days ago, so obviously I've been better. I have munched on dulse a bit before, but never an entire bag. is this really bad for me? I suppose it is better than chocolate cake or a bag of doritos, but it can't be good. Why is my body craving all this salt?

    Also, I don't use salt in food. Celery usually tastes too salty for me. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • LilEarthMuffinLilEarthMuffin Raw Newbie

    just though that I would add i just read somewhere that if you dice celery really fine, then sprinkle with lemon juice and dehydrate it becomes hard and you can grind it into a powder. it sounds pretty cool and i would love to try it but alas i have no dehydrator


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