Day 1: unlimited! cabbage soup, fruits (with the exception of bananas)
You cook your soup, thinking, cool, it smells good, I get to put spices in, I can even make it spicy! But your mom can’t handle spicy, so you add that to your own bowl later when it cools. You try it, take a sad picture of your soup and post it on Instagram. You realize spicy food is really good with salt, salt would make this taste better than a diluted compost bin. It would probably even taste like it smells.
You go over the list of Things You Can Eat This Week and you re-envision the foods you once believed were Not So Bad. Boiled beef – no salt. Baked potato – no butter or salt. Vegetables – green. What green vegetables taste good without salt or oil?
You realize that this diet was made to suck out any positive relationship you had to food, because salt is the key to all happiness, salt is what makes life enjoyable.
You read a bunch of blogs written by people who committed to not eating salt for seven years. You try that theory in your head, nope sounds crazy. You don’t want to get to know the subtle nuanced flavors of a carrot. You stare back into your soup.
It stares back.