The first step you can make in your journey to becoming a healthier person is by being aware of sodium levels in your condiments. Although some condiments advertise with labels such as 'Low Fat,' or 'No Sugar,' they can still be jam-packed with excessive Sodium. Sodium, also known as Salt, is what helps produce that flavorful 'kick' in the condiment choices that you make. However, without consuming the proper amounts of water throughout the day, this Sodium content can make you retain water weight. If you've ever noticed that your weight fluctuates between 5 and 10 pounds, you can be sure that this is mostly water weight. Eliminating copious amounts of Sodium in your diet will leave you feeling better and leaner!
One rumor that you will frequently hear is that all fat is bad fat. This couldn't be any further from the truth, however. Medium Chain Triglycerides are easily broken down by our digestive system and used for energy. On the flip side, Long Chain Triglycerides are contained within the fat that is deemed bad for us. Using condiments such as Olive Oil and Organic Coconut Oil will provide numerous health benefits in the long run. Not only will you start to notice an abundance of energy, but these fats have been linked to improving brain performance and clearing mental 'fog.'
Put the ketchup bottle down, mustard is here to stay! Mustard is one of your best friends in the journey to becoming a healthier individual. Mustard has 0 calories and is very light in the sodium content. This condiment topping tastes great on just about any dish that you may find yourself having throughout your active days. Also, if you just can't seem to shake the craving for ketchup, add a little bit of the two together! This combination will taste wonderful and still have less calories than the pure-ketchup choice!
If you want to spice your meal up with tons of flavor and goodness, throw on some Salsa! Salsa is jam packed with nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy and fresh throughout the day. In conjunction with that, the vegetables contained within the Salsa are ripe with antioxidants that will help fight against free radicals. These free radicals, over an extended period of time, can lead to serious health problems like Cancer and blood related issues. Besides the health factor, Salsa tastes good on just about anything! Adding it to your eggs in the morning will give you an extra boost of energy that you crave throughout the day.
As a side note, try to avoid over-the-counter styles of Salsa. These may have ingredients and additives that we don't want to introduce into our system. Instead, make your own mixture using fresh vegetables and ingredients!
Although this is not a condiment choice, it's a tactic that you must learn to implement into your life. Reading food labels will help you start to become healthier in your life and feeling better as well. Much in the same way that you wouldn't drink random chemicals from under your counter top, you wouldn't put random food in your mouth, would you? Staying educated about what contents are making their way into your food and condiment choices will help you make better decisions in the future. As a rule of thumb, try and avoid foods and condiments with artificial coloring, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup.