Question about salad

Commented on March 24, 2016
Created March 23, 2016 at 1:37 PM

I have been following this Paleo diet for about 4 weeks now. Absolutely loving it. I really had no reason to change my eating habits as I am quite skinny and active, I would not say I am fit... but I workout regularly and am very active. (Im not running 6 minute miles tho, although I used to for soccer) But having type 1 diabetes in my family in more than one instance really made me change my eating habits. Getting educated on insulin was a MASSIVE wake up call, quite astounding this kind of thing is not taught in school or something. (Conventional Wisdom right?)

I am not concerned with tracking my meals each day, but was just curious to know what kind of nutrients I am getting with my salad, or maybe a good way to guesstimate what I am getting out of it.


My work has a salad bar that I take advantage of everyday for lunch, for the passed 3 weeks I have gotten a small salad, its in a regular square styrofoam tray thats about 7 inches x 7 inches and about 2-3 inches tall. I usually end up finishing 90% of what I order, usually being full at the end. Heres what it consists of:


Lettuce, sliced cabbage, spinich leaves

Sliced almonds, sliced coconut

Handful of turkey and chicken

Red/Green peppers, Cucummbers, tomatoes

Olive oil and light basalmic vinegerrate.

I am currently in the process of reading the Primal Blueprint book (about half way through) and was just reading about sourcing organic/fresh vegetables, and this got me thinking even more whether my salad bar at my work would be guilty of having these mass produced commercial vegetables, or not. From my tasting, it seems fine.... But i really dont know. I guess its one thing to eat healthy, and another thing entirely finding the healthiest, most nutrient rich foods.


Anyways, is there any good way to go about this? Or should I not worry about it so much?


Just to note: (my nightly meal usually consists of eggs/ turkey / macadameia nuts/almonds (cooked with coconut oil) and some fruit. Obviously with some changes from day to day.


Any input is appreciated.

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on March 24, 2016
at 12:29 PM

I personally would worry about freshness first, and not get too obsessive over the details. You can file a comment card at your work, but you'll never know whether they'll follow it. The best way to know for sure is to grow your own vegetables.

I like cruciferous vegetables. I'm fond of broccoli and cabbages. Especially nappa, though thin sliced red cabbage with vinegar and onions also makes a good salad.



on March 24, 2016
at 01:27 PM

Thanks for the input, I have been trying to add more kale/cabbage/brocoli to my daily meals. (had some kale last night)


I did grow some tomatoes/basil leaves and cucumbers last year which was really nice. I think ill give that a shot again, maybe try some new vegetables. I also plan on utilizing the local farmers market we have here for anything else.


Thanks again.

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on March 24, 2016
at 04:04 PM

Last year is the first time we've had enough tomatoes to make sauce. I was surprised at how good it was. Another good herb to plant is rosemary, both for the leaves and the flowers, which are in bloom right now. Fresh herbs taste the best.

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