Today, I’m going to try something a little bit different.
Instead of writing one cohesive long-form article, I decided to write a bulletin style post about a few of my latest discoveries, obsessions, and my new favorite low-sodium snacks!
Of all the challenges that come with maintaining a low-sodium diet, snacking has always been the most difficult for me.
Everywhere I look in the grocery store, I find packaged food products loaded with sodium. And while I can always go the fruits and vegetable route, it leaves something to be desired. Sometimes I just want comfort food, something crunchy, or sweet.
But more importantly, when I have a variety of low-sodium snacks on hand, I have a much easier time maintaining a low-sodium diet.
So here are a few of my latest low-sodium snacks discoveries:
From left to right:
- KIND Healthy Grains – Oats & Honey Clusters Granola (20mg per serving)
- 180 Snacks Nutty Quinoa Bites – Cranberries and Rice (55mg per serving)
- Other Flavors: Blueberries and Rice
- Garden of Eatin No Salt Added Blue Corn Tortilla Chips (10mg per serving)
- Made in Nature Figgy Pop Cranberry Pistachio Supersnacks (50mg per serving)
- Skinny Pop Popcorn (70mg per serving)
Click here for recommendations! (And scroll to the bottom of the following page.)
Over the years, Meniere’s disease has made me much more sensitive to noise than I used to be. I carry high-fidelity (musicians) earplugs with me everywhere these days.
It’s important for everyone to protect their ears from noise-induced hearing loss. But when you live with Meniere’s disease, your hearing is already at risk, and you have to protect it at all costs.
Which brings me to my latest discovery: ISOLATE Earplugs.
Isolate first caught my attention when they launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign last June with the slogan: “Switch off your ears.” They claimed the earplugs would block out all of the noise (as opposed to foam earplugs which absorb the sound) while transmitting sound at a much lower volume via bone conduction.
I was sold, and I decided to back the project.
Fast forward a few months and my new earplugs arrived in the mail. The packaging was top notch, and I was blown away by the quality. I chose the set made from aluminum, but they offer titanium as well (with additional noise reduction and higher price point).
I can safely say that they are the best pair of earplugs I’ve ever tried. They block out more noise than any foam or silicone plug and are comfortable to wear. They’re also very low profile in my ears.
The only downside is that the foam tips need to be replaced every so often, which adds to the cost of an already expensive set of earplugs.
My Latest Exercise Obsession:
Exercise and physical fitness have always been an important part of my Meniere’s disease coping strategy. It reduces stress, improves my sleep, and helps me raise my overall level of health.
For most of the last year, I stayed in shape by running and walking. But over the last few months, I’ve fallen in love with cycling.
For years, my bike was just collecting dust in my garage. But growing up, I was always on my bike. My friends and I would ride together everywhere.
It wasn’t until I rode bikes with my family on a recent vacation in Boulder, Colorado, that I realized how much I missed it. And I’ve been obsessed ever since.
It gives me a sense of nostalgia, and freedom, and play that I haven’t felt since I was a kid.
If you’re well enough to safely ride a bike, I can’t recommend it enough.
But I know that it may not be possible for you. It’s not the same, but a stationary bike, or even something as simple as a floor pedal exerciser can be a fun way to get in shape.
(A popular floor pedal exerciser on Amazon)
A Better way Drink Kava
I don’t talk about kava very often, but if you’ve read the Mind Over Meniere’s book, or if you’ve followed me from the beginning, you’ve probably heard me mention it.
Kava is a relaxing tea made from the roots of the Kava plant, grown in in the South Pacific Islands. I typically describe it as the opposite of coffee. In other words, if coffee was a sedative, rather than a stimulant, but of the same strength, kava is the result.
Nearly two years ago, I published a detailed post about kava titled: A 3000 Year Old Alternative to Alcohol.
(If you aren’t familiar with kava, read this post before reading any further.)
I’ve used kava safely for years. It has never triggered my Meniere’s symptoms and has always been an enjoyable, yet relaxing aspect of my life.
But it’s not without its drawbacks. For starters, it can interact negatively with medications commonly prescribed for Meniere’s disease. **If you are interested in trying it, speak with your doctor first. Some people also report side effects.**
But it’s biggest issue has always been how time consuming and difficult it is to make it properly.
The Kavafied Aluball Kava Maker solves this problem entirely.
With the Aluball, all you have to do to make a traditional kava tea is add one tablespoon of ground root powder to the green ball, put it in the shaker cup with room temperature water, and shake for 30-60 seconds.
It’s the best thing to happen to the kava world in decades and one of my favorite recent purchases!
A few great Kava brands to try (available on Amazon Prime):
My All-Time Top Favorite Kava Vendor:
Let me know what you think!
I’d love to hear from you.
If you’ve tried any of my new favorite things, or if you have anything else to recommend, leave a comment below! And be sure to let me know what you think about this new bulletin style post format.
See you all next week!
P.S. I’m looking for either a physical therapist who specializes in Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy or a Meniere’s patient who has had success with VRT (or both) to write a guest post for Mind Over Meniere’s. If you match this criteria and are interested, or can recommend someone else who might be, send me at email at firstname.lastname@example.org.