Denise Sanger

Denise Sanger

A few years back, I went to Savannah with my brother and some great friends to compete in the Skidaway Sprint Triathlon. If you've been with me for the past several years, you may remember this. Savannah is one of my favorite cities and I try to get there every year along with another of my favorite cities, St. Augustine.

While in Savannah, we did a lot of sight-seeing and of course, eating! Most of the restaurants we simply popped in, sat down, ordered and ate our meal. But there was one restaurant we all wanted to go to and that was Paula Dean's. Even though we made reservations, we still had a little wait but nothing compared to the folks lining the block outside.

Paula Dean's Savannah restaurant is a buffet and when you look in the window you see food literally piled high on the buffet line. We ordered our beverage, picked up our plates and headed to the buffet meeting back at the table to eat. Automatically, I look for the salt and pepper. There wasn't any!

When we asked for salt and pepper, we were told it was never placed on the table. The waitress asked us to taste our food as it would be perfectly seasoned. Skeptical though I was, she was right. It was perfectly seasoned and it was delicious.

Talk about an eye opener! How many times have I gone into a restaurant or even sitting down at home to eat dinner with the hubby and automatically reach for the salt and pepper? Pretty much every single time. 

Since I've gone back to basics with eating 3 meals a day and making sure to drink the water my body needs, I haven't noticed cravings for salt or sugar. Cravings for salt actually dates to prehistoric times when salt was not readily available. Our bodies do need salt to function but for the majority of us eating a balanced diet provides us with the salt we need without adding more.

If you find yourself struggling with salt cravings, do these simple things:

• Eat at least three balanced meals daily.

• Drink 1/2 your weight in water in ounces every day. If you weigh 150 pounds, you need to drink at least 75 ounces. And trust me you can do it and you'll feel much better.

• Take a GOOD multivitamin that includes minerals as wells as the vitamins we all need.

Sounds simple? It really is. We, myself included, make things much more difficult than they need to be. Start with those three things and get your salt cravings under control fast. Have an amazing week!

To your health,


Denise Sanger is a certified fitness instructor, Silver Sneakers Instructor, AMPD Kettlebell Instructor, licensed Zumba, STRONG by Zumba instructor, gentle flow yoga, teaches morning classes at Country Strong Health & Fitness. Denise may be reached at, 386-292-6105 or

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