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04/17/2013 09:48 am ET Updated Jun 17, 2013

It Only Takes Two Days to Kick Salt

Two days. That's all it took.

When I was at the spa in Australia, the chefs did not use any salt in their food, so for two days I was salt free. At first, I balked. Soup without salt can be a very sad thing at first. But a funny thing happened. By the end of the two days I had recalibrated my tastebuds and suddenly, I didn't need salt.

Leaving the spa was a challenge. But in Australia I ate well and avoided putting salt on anything. Then I came back to the States. Suddenly, my favorite restaurant was too salty!

I've always been a salt lover, and have used salt liberally in my cooking. But it's increasingly clear there are lots of health reasons why we should all cut back on salt. From high blood pressure to risk of stroke to just the fact that it makes you feel bloated, there are good reasons to cut back.

This blog is to assure you that it's possible. And all it takes is two days.

Try it!

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