I like eating even though it’s killing me

I like eating even though it's killing meI will admit it…I like eating…

I like eating even though in a lot of ways it is killing me…

I like to eat highly processed foods even though there is really nothing “good” about them at all.

I like to eat pasta and potatoes and bread and foods high in carbs.

I like eating potato chips, nacho chips, almost any kind of chip.

I like to eat salty snacks and sweet snacks and snacks that really should be considered meals because I eat so much of them.

On occasion, I also like eating vegetables and fruits and things that are “good” for me, but with all the pesticides and genetic “enhancements” and preservatives, who knows just how “good” they are.

Will you join me as I go on a short journey through the foods that aren’t really foods?

Where to begin?

There are so many things out there masquerading as food these days that it is hard to know where to begin.

Depressed womanLet me start by saying, I don’t want to seem like a downer, but food, in a lot of ways, has control over my life, and it’s killing me.

If you are reading this, then chances are that food has control over your life, too.

I think of it as a form of “assisted suicide” because I know these things are killing me and I still willingly partake of them. No one forces me to open up a bag of potato chips. No one forces me to eat them. No one forces me to keep eating until there is nothing left in the bag except crumbs.

Or do they?

Studies don’t lie, do they?

salt shakerIn a study that was published in The Journal of Nutrition by the title of Salt Promotes Passive Overconsumption of Dietary Fat in Humans, it was made evident that added salt actually makes us want to eat more in general.

The conclusion drawn from the study was this: “The results suggest that salt promotes passive overconsumption of energy in adults and that salt may override fat-mediated satiation in individuals who are sensitive to the taste of fat.”

In fact, “salt increased food and energy intakes by 11%, independent of fat concentration.”

Who would have thought that salt was the culprit?

All I know for sure is that if there is salt and carbs together—I want to eat it!

So, what can I eat?

It is hard to know what to think about food or which ones to eat.

blueberriesI am eating a pint of blueberries right now. Yes, I said a pint.

I pop one in my mouth, type a paragraph and then throw a few more into my mouth. I’m hungry. Blueberries are “supposed” to be “good” for you. A pint of them is only 180 calories. That’s fewer calories than 20 potato chips. It is certainly fewer calories than a whole bag of chips.

Still, I hunger for the salty chips…

I long for the sugar…

I long for the day when I can more easily make better choices for my health…

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the author Karin NauberAbout the author

Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 11 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: karin@diabeteshealthnuts.com.

54 thoughts on “I like eating even though it’s killing me

  1. Food is such a tough addiction because you can’t just give it up cold turkey! You still have to eat. My father-in-law has type 2 diabetes but hasn’t really changed his lifestyle. On one hand it’s frustrating to watch, on the other hand I understand it’s an addiction just like any other. The longer you have been living a certain way, the harder it is to change. It can be done, though! Through persistence, determination, and new habit creations.

    1. Thanks for pointing this out, Holly! No, we can’t just stop eating. Since we require it to live, it makes it one of the hardest addictions to change. And yet, it is made to be so difficult by the food industry.

      I understand your father-in-laws struggle. It is hard to change our lifestyle. How long has he had type 2? Feel free to share my site with him. I write about my personal experiences. They aren’t always healthy topics and I’ll be honest about that because this is not an easy disease, but I sure hope it helps others who struggle the same as I do.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  2. I love the title of your article. You’re in good company because eating is slowly killing a large percentage of the population. I am a nutritionist and see many clients that are pre-diabetic, and in some cases diabetic. It’s a huge wakeup call to them when they see that their blood sugar is elevated on their glucometer. Most people have no awareness that high-carbohydrate foods are slowly leading to their demise. 

    It takes of a lot of education these days to eat right with all the pesticides, GMOS, plastics, and process foods that bombard us on a daily basis. Thanks for providing this valuable information. I hope you enjoy your blueberries – good choice!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Holly. Even though we know that food is behind much of our maladies, we still have our hands tied in many ways because of the lack of unprocessed foods and the genuine fear of no food for some. We have so many elderly people in the community in which I reside who are stricken with disease because their best options for food involve cans and bags. They are on set incomes and have to buy the cheapest junk out there so they can afford to eat, heat their homes and have electricity. If good, whole food was more readily available at a lower price, I think there would be a lot less sick people in this world. 

      As a nutritionist, what do you see as our biggest problem in the food industry?

      The blueberries were delicious, by the way! 🙂

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  3. Hey Karin, I enjoyed reading your article on “I like eating even though it’s killing me.”  Your are so right it brought tears to my eyes.  I’m a diabetic but i find it so hard to stay away from the junk food.  Like you said, we are contributing to “assisted suicide.”  I have cut down on salt but i can’t resist the potato chips and the carbs.  I love your website and have bookmarked it.  I wish everybody could read your article.  

    1. Hi Clement,

      Thank you for your comments and for visiting my site. While the site is mostly about my personal struggle with diabetes, as with yesterday’s article, it will be interspersed with  content that I have found in my research.

      I know there is hope for us, we just have to keep looking for it. My thoughts are with you as we both battle this disease and fight our way to better health!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  4. Me too! I eat chips before I sleep and I usually eat that while watching an episode on Netflix and lately, it’s making me put on weight even more and I can’t stop it. When I’m hungry, I wake up in the middle of the night so even if I didn’t want to, I still have to eat something before sleeping. 

    I have friends who didn’t even eat anything 4 hours before sleeping while I struggle to stay full even when I’m sleeping. Have you ever went through this?

    1. Riaz,

      Thanks for visiting. Those chips are so addictive, aren’t they? When I wake up in the middle of the night and I am hungry, I think, “What do I want more? Sleep or food?” Since I don’t get much sleep, I usually push the hunger away and go back to sleep! I usually eat a couple of string cheese sticks before I go to sleep. They help keep me full and are low in carbs and calories.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  5. I do as well have an addiction to certain foods especially salty and sugary food, I just find myself snacking in huge quantities so I definety need to cut down to reduce the chances of me getting ill from it. I know what you mean when you say its hard to stop eating foods because you have developed an addiction. Thanks for sharing your story and your experiences.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Joshua. Salt and sugar who would think that was such a delicious combination!? Changing our eating habits is a life long decision and it isn’t easy to do because of the additives in food that make us want more and more of them!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  6. I like eating even though it’s killing me is a very good informative article. Thank you for helping me realize that salt is not good for you and we mmay being taken advantage of when we eat something and it has just an extra amount of salt on it just to get you to consume more of it. So there’s why it’s good to watch what you eat and make sure that you are following a healthy diet especially if the doctors has you on a diet.

     I appreciate this article thank you for all the informative information you gave out.

    1. Quinn,

      Thanks for visiting my site. I am glad you found useful information in the article. I hope you check back often as I will be adding more frequently.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  7. Hey Karen,

    We all know that our eating habbits may harm our health, and still we eat it, so you said it rightly, I like eating even though it’s killing me.

    Salt can be very harmful, particularly for diabetic patients, as salt may lead to high blood pressure and heart problems.

    Protein control is the key to maintain your blood sugar, Strawberries are low carbo hydrates, so very safe to diabetics.


    1. Thanks for sharing you thoughts about this topic. It seems like everything is connected and one thing leads to another. 

      I do love strawberries and have read that they are very good for diabetics.

      Best wishes, and check back soon!
      Karin 🙂

  8. Hi Karin, that’s also my biggets problem, I can easily exercise and become more active, but when it comes to food, well there is a different story, its really hard for me leaving the sweet snacks. I can have a healthy lunch but then It’s like y body’s asking me to eat some sweet any cupcake or cookie but I can’t control it 🙁 

    1. Paola,

      I totally get what you are saying. I eat great all day until I get home at night and then my resolve just floats away and I want to eat snacks and sweets and everything I can get my hands on!

      There is an answer, but I am still seeking it.

      Best wishes, and check back soon!
      Karin 🙂

  9. It’s definitely true. Salt and carbs are a great team when it come to enjoy tasty food. On the contrary, they terrible  for our health. I think it’s better to eat them once in a while, but not everyday. I enjoyed reading this post!  As soon as I finished reading it, I went to buy some blueberries. 😀 Thanks for sharing, best wishes to you 🙂 

  10. It seems like in todays culture food is considered not good because here in the western hemisphere we don’t know how to consume. What should be snacks we turn into everyday meals, and what should be an everyday meal becomes a every so often occurrence. 

    .I have been told by my nutritionist that I need to switch from those potato chips (my weakness) to corn tortilla chips. I love tortilla chips so this was easy. My biggest downfall is not cutting off the second and third portions, the waking up at midnight for a sandwich and chips. 

    I have been moving in the right  direction the past month with using a chart and journaling my intake. It helps reading what I shouldn’t be eating and making a better choice the next day. What makes me more successful is the juicing of my vegetables for some reason it curbs a lot of my cravings. 

    Finding that proper nutritional balance is key!

    Great post and thanks for sharing


    1. Shannon,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I, too, have a hard time not going back for seconds or thirds or wanting to eat late at night or if I wake up in the middle of the night.

      One thing I use to help keep track of my food intake is: My Fitness Pal. It has a free version that I used for years and is very useful. You can track all your food you eat, your exercise and calories burned, keep track of your weight and even monitor some nutrients. Of course, the pay version has more things you can track, but the free one works great, too!

      My biggest need in my journey has been to have someone tell me some real foods that I can eat. Foods that are in everyday life. Most of the diet plans I find are ones that have weird things like “blackened fish eyes” or something like that! 🙂 I think one of my goals is going to be to provide menus for everyday, ordinary people like me who don’t necessarily want to eat kale in every meal, but still eat healthy.

      Best wishes, and check back soon!
      Karin 🙂

  11. Food like any addiction can be very hard to control.  The taste of sugar, salt and fats just make us crave

    even more.  It’s so hard to give it up when it it just so good.  

    We all deserve a treat today, don’t we.

    When we feel good we want to reward ourselves with a treat.

    When we feel bad we tend to reach for comfort food.  

    Food is always there to accept you for who you are.

  12. HI Karin, I must say that you hit the nail on the head with the salt. Its in everything. I’m very aware of salt, as there is a history of kidney disease in the family and according to our doctor salt is worse than sugar and it is a massive cause of blood pressure issues which means its hard on the kidneys. So I have tried to check the readings of salt on the packaging in things like, crackers, packaged soups and sauces. I’m not sure on the daily recommended consumption of salt but I just look for lower readings? Do you know what the consumption readings are in the high range on packaged foods? I also know, how difficult it is when I open a packet of chips and keep eating them until the whole packets gone, so I try not to buy them too often as this helps me find a better snack. Thanks for your post on those not so good cravings. Mary

    1. Mary,

      It seems that salt can be a big problem for a lot of people. I seldom add salt to anything I eat, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t crave it. Most of the time, food has plenty of salt already.

      Chips are definitely my “go to” food when I need a salt fix.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  13. Hi Karin, food is such a tough one to deal with, I feel like it is just as hard trying to change your diet as trying to stop drinking alcohol or doing drugs. You really have to put yourself in the correct mindset. For me personally Instead of just cutting out all of the bad food completely I try to just manage the portions if I am going to eat something unhealthy.

    1. Huy,

      Food sure is a tough one. It’s not like we can just quit doing it, as another friend pointed out. Even portion control is difficult, but as another commenter pointed out, perhaps Leptin resistance is a problem, too.

      Thank you for visiting and I hope you will check back often.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  14. Hi Karen.  This was a wonderful read.  It is so hard and somedays way too boring to eat while being a diabetic.  Some days a person just wants to give up or just say the heck with it.  I loved reading this article.  We also have something else in common.  We to are raising our grandson.  Would love for you to email me and maybe we could chat a little about that as well.  Great job

    1. Dale,

      You got that right! It can be very boring to eat when you are a diabetic. There are days that I just throw my hands up and wonder why I even try! Especially when I do everything “right” and still have high blood sugar readings!

      On the other note, aren’t grandkids the greatest?! We know our granddaughter is in the right place with us. She is another reason I am trying so hard to get my diabetes under control—I want to be around a long time for her!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  15. My stepfather has diabetes 2 as well, and my father-in-law also. For medical reasons my husband got the recommendation to start the Keto diet, which I have seen you looked into as well. It has benefited both of us so much and we told both my stepfather and father-in-law about it, but neither seem to be interested in even giving it a try. It is quite frustrating to see that what they’re doing with their food choices is going to cause them harm.

    I know when we first started the Keto diet, it was tough, but after maybe 2 weeks we started feeling so much better and now, nearly 6 months later, we love the diet and are finding it quite easy to stick to it. Every now and then we allow ourselves a treat, but we don’t really enjoy it as much. I’ve been able to find quite a few recipes for keto friendly treats as well. It really is doable! Especially if you can get your better half or the whole family to do it with you. 

    1. Petra,

      It can be very frustrating to know what is working, but have someone so resistant to it, especially when you personally know it is a healthy thing. Thank you for sharing.

      I wish my spouse were willing to do the keto diet with me. That is where I find my resistance! But I just keep on going because I know it is so much better for me.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  16. Hi Karin,
    It was a great pleasure for me to come across your site to know what eating without having a basic knowledge on how what we eat can affect our health.

    My question is: Do we need a special course or training on all what we suppose to eat to avoid certain illness ? How long that course will last us before we start eating not what we like to eat but what we should eat?

    Anyway eating is good to live once, i believe, you eat more natural food you have nothing to be afraid of.

  17. Hi Karin,It was a great pleasure for me to come across your site to know what eating without having a basic knowledge on how what we eat can affect our health.

    My question is: Do we need a special course or training on all what we suppose to eat to avoid certain illness ? How long that course will last us before we start eating not what we like to eat but what we should eat?

    Anyway eating is good to live once, i believe, you eat more natural food you have nothing to be afraid of.


    Junior Fortune.

    1. Thank you for visiting my site, Junior. Helping people make better food choices is what my site will promote. I don’t think we need a special course or training, but we do need to re-evaluate our food choices. We can start eating better right away, at least as financially possible.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  18. What a really profound article Karin. Thanks for sharing your inner struggles. This truly is a complex problem, as there are a multitude of causes as to why people end up being in a cycle of unhealthy eating patterns, resulting in lifestyle diseases like Type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. It could be as simple as the hunger hormones have been altered so that a person suffers from Leptin Resistance. This means that the body doesn’t respond to their hormone Leptin which tells the body to stop eating as there is enough fuel for energy. Generally people with Insulin resistance also suffer from Leptin Resistance. Interestingly enough, to reverse Leptin resistance, a person needs to avoid sugar, fructose, grains, and processed foods. If you could replace your diet with whole foods, (ideally organic), and healthy proteins, then you might start to see the cravings disappear. Well done for drawing attention to this common issue Karin.

  19. What a really profound article Karin. Thanks for sharing your inner struggles. This truly is a complex problem, as there are a multitude of causes as to why people end up being in a cycle of unhealthy eating patterns, resulting in lifestyle diseases like Type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. It could be as simple as the hunger hormones have been altered so that a person suffers from Leptin Resistance. This means that the body doesn’t respond to their hormone Leptin which tells the body to stop eating as there is enough fuel for energy. Generally people with Insulin resistance also suffer from Leptin Resistance. Interestingly enough, to reverse Leptin resistance, a person needs to avoid sugar, fructose, grains, and processed foods. If you could replace your diet with whole foods, (ideally organic), and healthy proteins, then you might start to see the cravings disappear. Well done for drawing attention to this common issue Karin. 

    1. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Leptin resistance. I will be researching that topic for a future post. I am discovering that “food insecurity” is also an issue for many elderly people. Food insecurity is when they are afraid of going hungry or can’t afford to buy healthy foods and end up using their few food budget dollars to purchase the cheapest processed junk out there. Because of my involvement with the elderly community, I see this and hear this all the time. More and more of them are developing type 2 diabetes. It is really sad. Most have worked hard all their lives and then retire and have to make the choice between heating their home or eating…

      This issue is a very deep one with fingers that reach out in every direction.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  20. Certain foods can be really addicting, like chips you can’t just eat one or a few.  I’m addicted to sweets, especially chocolate, sometimes it’s hard to have control.  Your article is really great, so many people struggle with food addiction.  I’m not surprised that the more salt you eat the more you want, it’s the same with sugar.  It is really hard to change your eating habits, I have tried cutting back on sugar, and trying to cut it out completely, but that didn’t last too long.

    1. I hear you! I will do really good for a few weeks or a few months and then it seems as if you resolve, dissolves and I am back to eating sugary foods again!.

      It is a constant battle for controlling what I eat. Sometimes we win. Sometimes we don’t. I think part of the key is making more wholesome food more accessible and less expensive. 

      Thanks for visiting my site!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  21. Hello Karin. You’re good at titles. The title of this article “I like eating even though it’s killing me” is catchy and an attention grabber 🙂

    I too love eating food but I watch what I eat. I hardly take sugary foods but when I want to, I do it with all my heart. Lol. Sad to know that most of the food we take are killing us but we just can’t stop eating them.

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Choosing what to eat as a diabetic or even as a non-diabetic can be tricky. The stuff that isn’t much good for us always tastes the best! It sounds like you are on a good path in watching what you eat and limiting sugary foods. Keep making great choices!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  22. Really good article – really well put! 

    My grandfather ended up with a version of Type 2 and he was a complete nightmare when it came to sweets and alcohol…but at the end of the day we were trying to teach a really old dog new tricks…and he didn’t have it in him. He’d also never listened to anyone before in his life so why would he change?

    He just pointed out that he’d rather leave this planet with a beer in his hand, and enjoying his food, rather than miserable. I suppose he had a point in the end…

    1. Thanks for visiting, Chris!

      I totally understand your grandfather’s thoughts on this. One thing I heard yesterday was that people who get type 2 are dying younger by about 12 years. It was also said that  this current generation coming up will be the first generation in many many years that will not live as long as their parents did (my generation). That’s scary to know that our children will not live longer lives and will likely be sick and suffering. They said that the average healthy person lives to 80 years old currently. While the person with type 2 diabetes lives to be about 70. However, they spend the last 20 years of their life suffering.

      I am very worried about the coming generation. That means my kids and grandkids! Scary times.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  23. I happen to have people in my family with all types of health issues including type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We have tried to help them change their diets and live a healthier lifestyle but it can be hard trying to convince stubborn people when they are used to having it their way as grown adults. I, to have seen many of those studies and even books as well. People do not seem to care for it since we in America have a serious health crisis going on. Even I am guilty of eating those potato chips, the salty snacks and all that. However I have given up eating certain foods such has beef, pork, lamb, greasy foods and very high calorie foods to name a few. It’s been close to 15 years now and counting. However I do treat myself once in a while when I eat out with family. Reading your article just reminded me to do my best to continue down a healthy road.  

    1. Thanks for visiting, Roseberry!

      I heard yesterday that type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the world! It has reach pandemic proportions. It is very hard to change our ways. This one man I was listening to said that asking someone who is addicted to food or sugar to quit eating those things is like asking a drug addict to just stop doing drugs. Food and the additives can be very addicting. It is hard for people to understand it, but there are many doctors and nutritionists who are starting to see this.

      I am working on changing my eating ways right now as my diabetes is getting out of control again. Still, even though I know what could happen if I don’t get it under control…I still don’t make the changes that I need to!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  24. Great article Karin. With regards to salt, yes, I believe it is a culprit. I am an older woman (won’t say how old 🙂 and I find that salt seems to send my blood pressure through the roof. It is not hard for me to control at home as I don’t use it; I rely on great spices to season my food. But it is harder when you are out eating. French fries, in particular, are usually loaded. I love potato chips too (anything barbecue is my favourite). Red licorice and nibs are right up there too! I feel for you. You are not alone. 

    Even though there is a lot of education out there about what to eat and not to eat, bottom line some people can’t afford to pay the high prices to get good food. In a place such as Costa Rica and Mexico (where I am now) fresh fruit abounds and at great prices as well as lots of fresh vegetables.

    I don’t know if I could eat a pint of blueberries in one sitting but I would certainly join you if it was big fresh cherries!

    1. Thanks for visiting my site, Mary Ann!

      Sometimes I feel like the food available to us is really making us sick! Actually, I feel that way a lot! I am certain that there is a way to cure many of our ailments if we would only eat the proper foods!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  25. Hello Karin, 

    This post touches on a subject we all face at some point.  If it isn’t overeating it’s undereating. Even when I try to eat the proper foods for my individual health issues, I eat too much of it.  I eat more because the first serving didn’t satisfy my hunger.  It’s more difficult to move on with your day when you still feel hungry.  In my case I would be okay if I could have sweets/desserts to top off what I did eat.  

    On a positive not though, I used to be an ice cream addict.  However about 2 years ago I seemed to have developed an allergy to dairy.  I didn’t want to believe it but there it was.  My eyes will swell up and get red and itchy. The area is now dark around my eyes from the recurring rash and itching.  

    But in time I have overcome the craving.  My taste buds don’t crave the ice cream anymore.  The same thing will happen with salt.  We can use a little less each week until we retrain our taste palette.  

    I understand and empathize with anyone struggling with eating.  Someone said the more protein you eat the less cravings you’ll have for carbs.  I don’t know if there is any truth to it though.  I don’t consume a lot of animal protein, I get most of mine from plants.  

    I wish you all the best.

    Vanna Pearl

    1. Thank you for  visiting my site. Sorry to hear about your allergy to dairy! I love cheese. I think I would have a hard time not being able to have it.

      I don’t know about the protein thing, either. I can eat all protein for breakfast and feel like I’m starving at 11 a.m.!

      I do believe we can retrain our tastebuds and our minds to not crave the foods that are not very good for us.

      Stop by my site any time!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  26. it sounds like you are putting your all into a healthier lifestyle, that is commendable. Unfortunately it’s so hard to make the right food choices, as they have made processed food an actual drug that people get addicted to. That is diabetes is so widespread and why we can’t seem to get away from it! All the best on your journey, I hope it gets easier

    1. Thanks for visiting my site. It is a struggle to eat right, but I just keep trying as do many of us. You have nailed it, Sydney! We get addicted to those processed foods and we can’t get away from the side effects which is diabetes among other things.

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  27. So much recognition factor in your text! It is for sure difficult to have discipline to eat only what I should. Eating wrong things and to much is so much easier then to keep to a healthy balance.A couple of years ago I manage to lose 20 kg, that was about 1/4 of my weight, to reach a healthier weight by learning what my DNA say about needed balance (fat/carbohydrate/protein) for me. And I really felt the different both physically and mentally. STILL, I have so much problem to keep the weight balance.And as you wrote, many times it’s also difficult to know what actually is healthy for you. But when I’m in periods manage better, I usually eat quite much berrys too. A good and more healthy way to still the sugar cravings.

    Thanks for a reminder that I’m not alone,  and inspiration for improvement!

    1. Marika,

      Proper eating is probably one of the hardest things that we have to do. It is nearly impossible in our world of fast food (restaurants and processed foods). It is a very difficult struggle because we can’t just give up eating!

      Food manufacturers don’t make it easier, either. The good foods are more expensive while the foods that aren’t so good, they are cheap in abundance!

      Best wishes as you choose to eat properly.

      Karin 🙂

  28. One of the things we changed was to substitute spaghetti squash for the pasta version of spaghetti. It gives us a little more latitude in what we use for the sauce and keep within the glycemic index. You are so right about the salt being addictive. It would not surprise me if the packaged food makers have modified the salt to be even more addictive just like the cigarette makers did with their products.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Ken!
      Thanks, too, for the idea about the spaghetti squash. I think that might be a good suggestion. I will definitely be trying it out.
      Yes, I think the salt has been modified because it sure is addicting! Craving salt right now!
      Have a great day!
      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

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