Friday, March 11, 2011

Shirting the Issues

This week has been an incredibly busy one for me. I've been wrapped up in life. Little things like neighborhood association meetings, going-away parties, and meetings with social workers have dominated my days. Blogging has taken a backseat, so I apologize over my bad blogger ways. 

 This outfit is begging for a necklace, I just haven't found the perfect one yet.
Dress: Anthropologie Shirt the Issue Dress
Sweater: Express
Belt: Anthropologie soft bow belt
 Tights: Hue
Shoes: Decree
Bracelets: Gifts from Mother and Grandmother

I have recently been the recipient of bad news.  I have high blood pressure. I'm not even 30 and I have a slightly serious health problem. So to combat this I have to start eating less salt (boo, hiss) and exercising more (or at all). I've decided to embrace this new lifestyle starting today (I just ran out of my movie style popcorn so it's ok to start). This is actually going to be quite difficult for me. Not the exercise part, I'm excited to have a motivating factor on that front. It's the salt reduction that isn't appealing to me. I love salt. It's one of my main food groups. I eat tons of pickles. A pickle and cheese sandwich equals happiness. Olives are also a love of mine. Kalamata olives are a staple. I often eat them for snacks. What am I going to do in a salt free world? I don't even know how to go about this. Do any of you have any delicious low sodium snacks?


  1. Yay! Your new dress is so pretty! I love the bow belt! Cool braclets too.

    My go-to snack is almonds and raisins. I also really like some type of healthy cereal with almond milk as a quick snack. Good luck! Hopefully it is mild enough so that you can easily get it under control with diet/exercise.

  2. That dress is really cute. I like the print.

  3. Oh dear! I am also a salt lover (olives + pickles = yummy), so I sympathize. Perhaps you will find that it's worth it?...if this new way of life ends up making you feel amazing. I certainly hope that is the case.

    Cute outfit!

  4. Such a pretty outfit, I adore the bow belt and your bracelet.
    Sorry to hear about the bad news, I feel your pain as I cannot live w.out salt. It's a good thing you found out about this now. My mom's arteries were all clogged up when she was 40 and my dear cuzzie died of heart attack at age 35, so it's not to be taken lightly. I'm not saying that you are taking it lightly, I'm just saying this 'coz I care, so please don't hate me.
    Salt is sooooooo hard for me to give up too. sugar and salt. I love snacking on cranberries and nuts (i think that is low sodium).
    and I second Jelliebeanie, maybe this new way of life will make you feel amazing.
    p/s I read your comment and you don't have to read my book. The fact that you're reading my tiny blog is already supporting me plenty. So thanks Steph =)

  5. Hi! I Love your outfit!!! & I'm so sorry to hear you have to give salt up! Pickles are one of my favorite foods, so I know how hard that's going to be. I hope you get through it! :)

  6. Your cute outfit makes up for any recent lack of blogging. :) I'm sorry to hear about the high blood pressure. But congratulations for taking control of the issue now before it gets out of hand.

  7. LOVE the outfit... want the belt. Love the tights/shoes too. Yes, take care of yourself... I am guessing maybe once you get away from salt you won't crave it. I don't add salt to my food and when I do eat something really salted all I can taste is the salt. I don't eat it because it's bad for migraines. I am with you that exercise is a struggle. xo

  8. I would say try using lots of herbs in cooking, to make up for the flavor you might miss. Also, anything you make yourself instead of buying processed will have less salt. I would have a hard time with this too though, good luck :)

  9. I agree with Meri. Using a lot of herbs and spices can help with the salt intake, and cooking stuff yourself will definitely help.

    anywho, you look super fab in your pictures. that belt is very fetching!

  10. Thanks for the tips! I'm going to try them all. I know this will be a positive change in my life, and I do take it seriously!

  11. Ohh Im so sorry about your bad news, sweetie. The outfit is so adorable:)
    Hugs and kisses

  12. Oops, I posted a response to you on my blog. HBP is so strange! It is one of those things that seems super hard to manage through diet and exercise alone...but don't worry, you can do it!

  13. While, I'm not a big user, I have heard from my uncle who is cutting salt from his diet that Mrs. Dash is your friend . . . there are many varieties to experiment with, all salt free.

    I personally prefer the low sodium triscuits over regular ones - and smother them in cottage cheese.