Why Salads and Fruit are so Essential

My whole website is my personal learning experience about weight loss, health and longevity. I am not a doctor, yet I don’t believe many physicians know enough about nutrition.

I have learned salads and fruit is essential to a healthy diet. So, why do I think so? I base it partly because of how genetically close we are to the great apes.

It is also because now, I pay close attention to how my body feels after I eat. In retrospect, even though civilizations have been making their bread, beer, wine and cheese for thousands of years, our bodies still haven’t evolved enough to adapt itself to everyday processed and refined food.

We have been eating plant-based whole food beyond a million years. No one knows how soon if ever our bodies will adjust to eating empty calorie food.

The great apes thrive on raw fruits and vegetables, not hamburgers, fries and pizza. It is well-known we have a health crisis in the US. Why? Look at how we eat. The evidence is so many of us are obese, take medications and see their doctor regularly.

It is all too common we eat fatty, salty and sugary food. It is so much easier to turn a blind eye and ignore it. Yet, many of our favorites are foods filled to the brim with animal products. How would you like your dairy? With meat? Or, more meat with your dairy?

Whatever doesn’t taste good, we usually avoid eating. That’s why we have to add sugar, salt and fat to grain products. They taste bland without anything added.

To me, it seems eating wrong is a main culprit causing us ailments, conditions and diseases we suffer from. What else could it be? We have to add pollution and stress to that equation.

‘Salads can be a good way to get your daily nutrients. Salads can also supply daily fiber. However, not all salads are healthy or nutritious. It depends on what is in the salad. It is OK to add small amounts of dressing or other toppings to add flavor. However, if you overdo it with high-fat add-ins, your salad may cause you to exceed your daily calorie needs and contribute to weight gain [1 medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002132.htm] .’

It has been proven a plant-based diet ‘is’ the healthiest way to eat, most often lowest in calories highest in nutrients. It can help you lose weight thereby lengthening your life.

‘Nature has provided all the nutrients we need in fruits and vegetables. These are the most nutritious choices over grains and tubers. Adding a few nuts and seeds will supply healthy fat’ ~ your author

What I eat in a day…

  • 2 large green salads with seeds on top
  • A B12 whenever I think of taking one
  • Fruits like bananas, cantaloupe, apples and berries
  • I stopped eating bread, crackers, pastries, chips and cold cereals (except for a flour tortilla for my homemade burritos or corn taco shells for bean tacos)
  • I eat much less corn, rice and potatoes these days (I may sprinkle fresh sweet corn on top my salad once in a while)
  • I eat steel-cut oatmeal with almond or soy milk sometimes
  • No animal products like dairy, eggs, chicken, fish or meat
  • Daily pinto beans with salsa wrapped in a flour tortilla or taco shell
  • Don’t use any oil
  • Avoid all junk and snack foods
  • I do not drink sweet drinks other than our green smoothie
  • No alcohol
  • I do drink Japanese green tea
  • Currently, I am experimenting with soy crumbles on my burritos and tacos

‘Try to use a darker lettuce. Light green Iceberg has fiber but not as many nutrients as dark greens such as romaine, kale, or spinach [2 medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002132.htm]’.

Source- 1 and 2 URL medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002132.htm
Website Title Medline Plus
Article Title Salads and nutrients: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
Date Accessed November 10, 2018

Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.

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