Dun dun dun! How’s that for a cocky title? “What is this super, wondrous salad” you’re thinking? Does it involve heavenly lettuce, garnished with chopped unicorn horn from the future? Not exactly.
Let me ask you this:
What if I had 1 tip, that just by itself, would enable you to, not only eat the same amount you eat now BUT you could even eat MORE than you eat now…AND you can still lose weight AND have more energy AND improve your digestion? – Read on
Have you heard that iceberg lettuce is pretty much a useless, nutrient lacking free loader in the vegetable kingdom, that does precious little for your body? – I’m going to prove that wrong
Do you laugh when you see someone eat a salad, then slide that bowl aside to devour half of a pizza and end it with an ice cream dessert? – I’ll show you that is not the waste of time you think it is
Is your pantry filled with canned food and boxes of food? But no fruit fly attracting, “real” food laying about? – I’ve got something for that too
When I began this whole concept of Reseting my body 5 or 6 years ago I did 3 simple things that first year, that made ALL of the difference for me:
1) Started drinking 1/2 ounce of plain water for every pound of my weight daily (almost a gallon for me)
2) Stopped eating fast food (I used to eat it twice a day…everyday! Yes, me. Don’t judge!)
3) Started eating a salad before each and every meal
Number 3 is what I’m going to dissect today. One thing you’ll hear me talk about a lot is eating a salad before every meal. Here in my video on weight-loss (Click here) where I explain.
Think about what you’ve eaten in the past 24 hours. Each and every thing: breakfast, lunch, dinner. All snacks in between. If you eat the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) This is around abouts what you had
Bunned sandwich (hamburger, chicken sandwich, etc)
Of course there are many of you out there talking to your computer screen right now “Oh I don’t eat like that”, “I have some fruits and veggies”, or “I skipped a meal. I don’t eat that much”. A) Stop talking to yourself. B) I am sure many, many of you don’t eat this exact menu daily or ever have…but the majority of 300 million Americans do. So for simplicity sake…humor me 😉
Look at that list again please…very few if any of those items have enough live enzymes to help the body digest it. And they certainly don’t have enough fiber to help your body smoothly and quickly move it through your digestive system. Do you notice how your belly pokes out after these meals? Why is that? Well you crammed a lot of dry dead food into your elastic stomach and intestines. They swell up (kind of like when a snake swallows it’s food whole – YUM!) to fit the food you’ve eaten. The tricky part is your stomach doesn’t have infinite digestive enzymes and fiber to handle all this stuff we’re eating. With all the things in that list being processed (highly altered and modified from it’s natural state) and being cooked (heating up live stuff tends to kill it – how long would you last if I heated you up to 160 degrees?!) the foods in the list above 1) take FOREVER to break down and 2) they take FOREVER to travel the 30 feet from your mouth, through your intestines into the porcelain graveyard!
How it works!
For a frame of reference – with a healthy, properly functioning body (say that of a child) It should take food about 24-36 hours to make the “round” trip. By that time your body will have gleaned all of the usable energy and nutrients and you should expel the same weight of food that you took in…100% same weight. Ate a 1/4 pound burger? you’d better be laying 1/4 pound “eggs” when you’re done (don’t go for a visual on that please!). That’s how a healthy, properly functioning body works.
So what happens if your body isn’t working like that? What if you’re having 3 meals a day but you’re not having 3 bowel movements each day too? What if it’s taking far longer than 24-36 hours for food to do the Tour De Bowels? What happens if all of that food never makes it’s way all the way out of ya? NOTHING GOOD!
Skip this paragraph if you don’t like squishy, smelly things. Your body is a 98 degree container. Right? Let’s be real here. It’s just like any other container…like your refrigerator. Let’s fill your fridge up then unplug it during a heat wave for a day or two then open the door. Funk city right? Body odor, bad breathe, gas, heart burn, low energy, infection, contamination, malnourishment. You know what’s going on in there. It’s common sense right? Now you’re not going to burst and explode into little pieces from the wild chemistry experiment going on in your innards – so you’re not going to die overnight or anything…but it sure does put a big damper on a fun, energetic, clean lifestyle right?
GOOD NEWS: Your life is not over and we don’t need to bury you. We can take action today, RIGHT NOW even – to reverse this process and make all the difference in the world…TODAY! We don’t need special drugs or chemical laxatives or medication to fix this.
Problem = Not enough live enzymes; Not enough live natural fiber.
Solution = Add more live natural enzymes to diet; Add more live natural fiber to diet…Voila!
(You of course will needs lots of water and to get rid of bulking breads, pastas, etc but this post isn’t about that, this is salad talk!)
The solution is to put enough live food IN to balance and digest and move along the parade of donuts and buns and pizza that we can’t seem to say no to (I love that stuff too you know – and I eat it!)
Your job is to come up with an easy system that you can follow that will realistically help you tip the scale of live food a little bit. One salad before each and every meal. Get those enzymes and that fiber in there 2-3 times per day. You can still eat your meal…but BEFORE you’re full eat the salad PRIOR to the meal, so that you get your responsibility out of the way first and foremost…then eat up!
What is a salad?
A salad is any uncooked collection of vegetables or fruits. Uncooked is key. We need those live enzymes remember? Don’t go killing off our little buddies! You can make your own salads at home. All you need is lettuce or spinach (I prefer Romaine lettuce) and any type of veggies you like. My favorites are tomato, cucumber, red onions, carrots and sea salt. You can make a week’s worth and bring it with you every day at work. You can order a side salad to come before your meal when you eat out. You can have a fruit salad before your breakfast (or just eat an apple and avocado and watermelon – same result right?)
Pick up pre-made salads from the grocery store. Grab a salad at a fast food place. Salads are around us everywhere. Just open your eyes…you will see them!
When the waiter says what do you want, you place your order then you add – “can I start with a side salad please?”
Heck, snack on baby carrots and grapes and easy convenient live foods. Give your body something to work with!
Rule of thumb…creamy is bad (cream comes from milk and who knows how much processing it took). So no Ranch, Thousand Island, anything with the word “creamy” in it.
Stick to vinaigrette (means it’s base is…vinegar…get it) Italian, etc
Here is what you’ll notice
– If you’re really backed up you will have gas in the beginning. Why? Does salads give people gas? NO. What’s happening is the live enzymes are doing their job. It’s like pouring Drano down a clogged sink (juicing vegetables REALLY accelerates this process). They start to digest and dissolve old food and gas gets released from the process. That darn old food shouldn’t be in there in the first place. Burn it out! You don’t need it.
– You will have more frequent and regular bowel movements (I talk about that a bunch huh?!) Your goal is 2-3 times a day remember? What goes in, must come out!
– You will eat less of the main meal.
– Your belly will get flatter (those 3 BMs a day are coming from somewhere right?)
– You will smell better and need to use less chewing gum (all that gas and funk have an alternate route out now!)
Why not just try it out for a week? Check out the 21 Salad Challenge! Eventually this will be as much a part of your lifestyle that you won’t ever remember NOT eating a salad with each meal. Just like you are so used to snacking on what you snack on now…You subconsciously do it and don’t even notice half the time…this will be like that too. But you have to start and stick to it for the pattern to kick in.
So don’t forget your line: Waiter : “What can I get for you?”. You: “blah blah blah. And can I start with a side salad please?”