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Lots of salads a good thing?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Lately, I'm into salads. I often wake up and start the day with a small bowl (right now baby lettuces, mizuna, red / green swiss chard, spinach, arugula, radicchio). I'll later have something with some more meat (maybe salmon, a baked potato, a carrot, and a handful of berries.) Lunchtime, I'll do something meaty, maybe eggs, bacon, and a salad. Then dinner, more salad, lots of rice and kelp, and chicken or steak with some squash, asparagus, or broccoli. Late night snack? Salad and yam! I drink a glass of water kefir with squeezed lemon most days, also, lots of green tea (2-3 cups a day.)

I've read about a salad a day being good for you. What about 4 salads a day?

Right now, I feel pretty good digestion-wise. No issues. But, I seem to be eating a ton of raw green things with oxalates all day long. Is this sustainable, or, should I dial it back? (common sense seems to be that I should dial it back.) Though, I do try to vary the types of salads / dressings, usually I have 2 mixes going and switch brands often, a few times a week mixing up my own and bagging it for later.

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on July 16, 2013
at 04:54 AM

@joanna - I can't eat raw veg, and I only occasionally have raw salad greens (even though I LOVE arugula and could have it every meal!) - for the past 3 years I have been cooking all of my vegetables and my gut is okay. It was terrible before. Have you tried cooking them and/or having them in soups?

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on July 16, 2013
at 03:01 AM

That's what I was looking for, some healthy critique. I'm curious what recommended max/mins would be or ways to determine where I'm falling on the oxalic acid chart. I could do more lettucey stuff and ditch the chard and spinach, although, those are the best parts. Maybe if I did low-oxalate salads most of the time, then something with heavy spinach / chard a few times a week? I haven't seen much discussion on it.

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on July 16, 2013
at 12:12 AM

I'm not digging all these "if it works for you, keep doing it!" answers. Oxalic acid is supposedly a mineral-chelating antinutrient, right? Just like that awful phytic acid in grains? Eating it for a short period won't cause mineral deficiency, but it seems like over the long run it's at least conceivable that it could. On the other hand, there are all sorts of up-sides to eating lots of vegetables, so you may still come out ahead.

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on July 15, 2013
at 10:27 PM

DO IT!!!! I'll bet they are going to be SO much tastier than those weird bottled concoctions! yummmmm

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on July 15, 2013
at 09:04 PM

Ok, I'm convinced. After this bottle, I'm making my own vinaigrettes. (Hey, maybe I can ferment my own?)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on July 15, 2013
at 08:56 PM

There should be a law against "spice" and "natural flavor" being ingredients. Those aren't things.. you can't go to a store and buy a bottle of "natural flavor." (Or can you?) /rant.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on July 15, 2013
at 08:49 PM

Good thinking. I want to try to whip up some dressings. I do squeezed lemon / lime + salt sometimes, but, my go-to dressing has the ingredients: pineapple juice, balsamic vinegar, "natural flavor", salt, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, xanthan gum, red bell pepper, onion, flax seed oil, and "spice" (http://www.bolthouse.com/product/classicbalsamic). I should be able to make something up just as tasty without the unknown ingredients.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on July 15, 2013
at 07:35 PM

Sweet, I will have to try adding a little bit of cabbage and shredded things. I've got this one (http://i.imgur.com/kxNhvKb.jpg) bagged up with some sliced carrots / onions / celery / green bell peppers, but, it can get unexpectedly crunchy, haha. From the looks of it, I need to cut down on my use of plastic / ziplock. I find this focus on diet for me is a gradual tweaking / refining as my tastes change and I learn more / analyze what I'm doing. I'm pretty far into it, but still figuring a lot out as I go.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2013
at 06:55 PM

There is no one size paleo diet. What you are eating is very healthy, so don't worry about it. It is working for you.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on July 15, 2013
at 06:53 PM

It seems to be working well. I like what I'm eating, my metabolism and energy levels are good, and I'm happy with my balance of meat to vegetables. I'm curious if others are eating this much fiber / raw greens or if that was ever a common thing paleolithically (I've heard the argument that they ate a ton of starches, but I haven't heard much about leaves / spinachy things.)

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on July 15, 2013
at 06:48 PM

My whole life, I never ate salad (or vegetables.) I'd eat like, a corner of some lettuce or spinach and go "ah, I don't like the taste of vegetables!" About 4-5 months ago, I did a total overhaul on my diet and finished my first bowl. Now, I seem to be making up for lost time.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2013
at 06:39 PM

If it is working for you, and you are achieving your goals, don't change.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2013
at 06:55 PM

There is no one size paleo diet. What you are eating is very healthy, so don't worry about it. It is working for you.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on July 15, 2013
at 06:53 PM

It seems to be working well. I like what I'm eating, my metabolism and energy levels are good, and I'm happy with my balance of meat to vegetables. I'm curious if others are eating this much fiber / raw greens or if that was ever a common thing paleolithically (I've heard the argument that they ate a ton of starches, but I haven't heard much about leaves / spinachy things.)

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30b1bb0fbaebea69017446d4f768f082

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on July 15, 2013
at 06:37 PM

I can't see any issue with it. I only consume 2 meals and snack each day and most of the time the meals are both salad based. I love salads too, all my favorite veggies in a big bowl with greens and olive oil. Throw in some roasted chicken, ahi tuna or ground beef, its awesome.

If its working for you, don't stop. If you see some negative affects, switch it up a little. Seems like you get a variety of paleo foods and plenty of healthy starches.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on July 15, 2013
at 06:48 PM

My whole life, I never ate salad (or vegetables.) I'd eat like, a corner of some lettuce or spinach and go "ah, I don't like the taste of vegetables!" About 4-5 months ago, I did a total overhaul on my diet and finished my first bowl. Now, I seem to be making up for lost time.

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618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on July 15, 2013
at 08:27 PM

Some people have trouble digesting raw vegetables, but if you aren't having any gut reactions I don't see why this wouldn't be a great diet for you. Lots of healthy veg and greens with good meats? Yum. The only thing that sends up an alarm is when you said that you switch between "brands" of dressings. Why not just use olive oil and lemon? There is so much crap in commercially prepared bottled dressing. After eating well for over a year, I tasted a bottled dressing and found it so sweet I gagged! Olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper = perfect dressing for your healthy salad habit!

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on July 15, 2013
at 08:56 PM

There should be a law against "spice" and "natural flavor" being ingredients. Those aren't things.. you can't go to a store and buy a bottle of "natural flavor." (Or can you?) /rant.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on July 15, 2013
at 09:04 PM

Ok, I'm convinced. After this bottle, I'm making my own vinaigrettes. (Hey, maybe I can ferment my own?)

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on July 15, 2013
at 10:27 PM

DO IT!!!! I'll bet they are going to be SO much tastier than those weird bottled concoctions! yummmmm

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on July 15, 2013
at 08:49 PM

Good thinking. I want to try to whip up some dressings. I do squeezed lemon / lime + salt sometimes, but, my go-to dressing has the ingredients: pineapple juice, balsamic vinegar, "natural flavor", salt, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, xanthan gum, red bell pepper, onion, flax seed oil, and "spice" (http://www.bolthouse.com/product/classicbalsamic). I should be able to make something up just as tasty without the unknown ingredients.

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50a12c595436b7620224676a2ae4acb9

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on July 15, 2013
at 07:25 PM

Hey, you can pretty much stick anything on top of a salad. The way I eat is very similar to you, lots of raw greens and veggies topped off with appropriate protein, starch and fat. Have you ever tried shredding various veggies like zucchinis, squash and carrots for the base of salads as opposed to greens? Cabbage (if you tolerate it) is a nice alternative too.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

(995)

on July 15, 2013
at 07:35 PM

Sweet, I will have to try adding a little bit of cabbage and shredded things. I've got this one (http://i.imgur.com/kxNhvKb.jpg) bagged up with some sliced carrots / onions / celery / green bell peppers, but, it can get unexpectedly crunchy, haha. From the looks of it, I need to cut down on my use of plastic / ziplock. I find this focus on diet for me is a gradual tweaking / refining as my tastes change and I learn more / analyze what I'm doing. I'm pretty far into it, but still figuring a lot out as I go.

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on July 15, 2013
at 11:26 PM

if you feel good, then keep doing what you are doing. I used to be a an 80/10/10 follower and i'd eat about 1 lb of greens a day. my gut is so messed up now from the amount of fiber I was eating so I will never eat like that again. no salads/raw veggies at all for me. I definitely don't think fiber is that good for us. I usually just eat some fruits and veggies to break up the monotony of eating all meat, but not for the goal of getting fiber in my diet. that's kind of the drawback of fruits/veggies but they are so delicious.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on July 16, 2013
at 04:54 AM

@joanna - I can't eat raw veg, and I only occasionally have raw salad greens (even though I LOVE arugula and could have it every meal!) - for the past 3 years I have been cooking all of my vegetables and my gut is okay. It was terrible before. Have you tried cooking them and/or having them in soups?

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