I woke up yesterday with a swollen eye. It would be convenient and sensational to say that my husband beat me up, but fortunately this did not happen. As I pondered the monstrosity of puffiness in my ocular area, I searched for possible causes: contaminated eye makeup, bug bite, allergies, etc. None of these seemed to be the reason. I then began reviewing what I had had to eat the day before, and realized that I had ordered the Mediterranean Wrap from Au Bon Pain. This luscious wrap has field greens, roasted red pepper hummus, feta, tomato, Kalamata olives,, cucumber and sun dried tomato relish. Unfortunately, I found out it also has 1770 mg of sodium. Yes, folks, you read it right. 1770 mg of eye-puffiness inducing salt! The fact that I have not swelled up like a circus balloon ready to pop is a miracle.
Since I am not the type who runs to the doctor for every little medical infraction, I handled this in my usual manner – I ignored it. By yesterday evening the swelling had gone down considerably and I was on the road to recovery. Or so I thought. Today I woke up with the same swollen, puffy eye. No theme from Rocky was playing, just the thought of “Oh, shit, it’s not even sunny out today. I can’t hide behind my sunglasses.” I let hot shower water pulsate over my eyes, with some minor success. I put on my eye makeup as usual (and don’t get me started – there was no way in hell I was leaving the house without makeup) and set out for the train.
I’m still convinced that this is a reaction to the overdose of sodium from the sandwich, and I am sad that I will not longer be able to include this lunchtime treat in my repertoire. I am, however, going to pay much closer attention to the salt and sugar in the foods I eat. Out of convenience, cost and expediency we have replaced flavor with salt and sugar, instead of looking for healthier ways to convey deliciousness. What appeared to be a “healthy” sandwich was instead the catalyst for a sucker-punched puffed up eye. And I didn’t even make it to the last round.