January 6, 2012

Low-So January Week 1: Chelsea Travels

Meet some of your best low-sodium friends. They are plastic containers. And they’ll help you take low-sodium meals wherever you roam.

It’s just one trick of many that make low-sodium eating and traveling and dinner party-going possible. And our low-sodium hero, Chelsea, already picked up on the idea during her first week of low-sodium living. She’s so smart.

But enough from me. Let’s hear about it from her….

(And if I got paid to write this blog, I’d surely be worried about my job right about now. This girl’s got skills)


Greetings from week one of Low-So January!

Thanks to SodiumGirl’s guidance, going low-so has been a breeze. The key is making like a boy scout and being prepared.

My foray into sodium-free living began at the tailend of an NYE weekend away from home. In anticipation of this tricky timing, I stocked up on fresh produce, future-meal ingredients and low/no-sodium snacks right before my depature. There’s nothing like coming home to an empty fridge to trigger a speed dial to your favorite Chinese take-out spot (I speak from experience, people), so avoiding those pitfalls was my focus for Week 1.

Knowing that I would start low-so living on the road, I packed lots of low-so snacks with the help of SG’s guide to Highfalutin and High Flying. Traveling with these goodies made the skies extra-friendly (and watching Friday Night Lights and Coach Taylor on iTunes didn’t hurt, either).

Arriving home to a kitchen stocked with everything necessary to make the first low-so dinner of the month also improved my quality of life immeasurably. No one wants to be at the grocery store at 8pm on January 2nd, friends. No one. I whipped up SG’s Salt-Free Corn and Brussels Pasta to take in the Fiesta Bowl with fellow Cardinal fans and unlike the game’s outcome, it was a winner. I also increased the recipe’s recommended quantities and, BOOM- there’s lunch (and 1/2 of dinner) for Day Two. (Note: once you try this recipe, the caps lock will make more sense.)

While I’m only eight meals (and countless snacks) into this month-long adventure, I have been surprised by how many things actually are near or totally sans sodium, at least when prepared without salt. Pasta, eggs, creme fraiche, a porter house: all allowed in a lowso lifestyle.

The next few nights will prove to be a big test: I’m going out to dinner and brandishing my new Sodium Begone Card. Stay tuned to hear how low-so living on the town goes. Porter houses of the world, consider yourselves forewarned


Christy January 11, 2012 at 7:02 am

Love this! Such a great idea and Chelsea – YOU ARE A TRUE FRIEND (all caps). Only someone w/ love in there heart would agree to such a proposal. Wishing you a month of happy surprises and self-discovery. Best of luck!

Christy January 11, 2012 at 7:03 am



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