How NOT To Get Bored With Salad

by Dr. Christopher on June 29, 2012

Don’t you get bored with salad?
How do you eat that many salads per day?
You eat like a rabbit!

These are some of the questions I get when discussing paleo and the Manliest Salad Strategy, also knows as Get As Many Veggies Down Your Throat in an Hour Strategy.

No, I don’t get bored with salad.

Variety is key.

I eat 1-3 salads/day.

If by “rabbit”, you mean “an animal who dominates lettuce and loves every second of it,” then …

Yes, call me “Bugs Bunny!”

What Type of Salad I Ate Today (how do basil and liver sound?)

Here’s why I don’t get bored with salad.

Variety.

Today, I had a basil and liver salad.  Let me tell you about it.

The ingredients consisted of:

  • Basil: With no lettuce in the icebox, I picked 2 cups of basil from the garden.  No washing of course (a little dirt has bacteria and minerals that are beneficial to our bodies).
  • Liver & Onions: Left-overs from yesterday, or as my friend Karen Friend Smith says from The Kitchen Skinny, LUST-overs!  Cooked in coconut oil and browned slowly after the onions have become translucent, HOLY MOLY!  I’m convinced any meat eater could enjoy this.  And oh!  The vitamins in liver!
  • Parsley: a cup of parsley from the garden.  Good for your breath too.
  • 3 Scrambled Eggs: Since I don’t use a microwave, I heated the liver & onions in my trusty cast iron pan.  When they were almost warm, I threw the eggs in there and scrambled them up.  The cast iron pan is absolutely my favorite instrument in the kitchen.  Do you have one?
  • Nuts: almonds, walnuts, and pecans.
  • Raisins: aka dried grapes.
  • Spices: sea salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic, rosemary, channa masala  (a heavenly mixture of Indian spices).
  • Dressing: a nice dosage of mustard, extra-virgin olive oil, and red wine vinegar.

Guess what?

I’m looking at the ingredients list … and it’s weird … and I’m weird for eating it.

But it tasted unbelievable! It always does.

It’s like you take a big magic bowl and start putting random stuff into it and a wonderful flower of a meal comes out of the pot!

How NOT to Get Bored With Salad

Here are four tricks to enjoying every salad you’ll ever make:

1.  Get a BIGGER bowl.

Whatever bowl you have now, get a bigger one.

Nevermind that, the pot that you used to cook pasta in for the family?

Use that!

Load ingredients into that.

People will judge you, but you’ll live thirty years longer than they will.  The universe balances itself out.

2.  Don’t be scared of fat or protein.

Your brain likes fat and protein.  Your body does too.  Don’t be scared of these two friends.

They’ll satiate you better than any carbs (fruits, vegetables, grain, or junk food) will.

It’s a common occurrence that I’ll eat one meal a day, a gigantic salad, and not crave or eat anything else for the rest of the day.

3.  Eat healthy animals and plants.

Don’t worry about beef ruining your triglyercides, cholesterol, or increasing your risk of heart disease.

Don’t believe me?

The fats in grass-fed beef are entirely different and good for you when compared with conventionally raised grain-fed beef.  Check out the peer-reviewed research on grass-fed beef.

You’re welcome.

This is why I only purchase my meat from a small, local farm in North Jersey.  Mini Mac Farm is located in Long Valley.  Plus, that Helen who owns it is a peach!

To find a small local farm near you, check www.localharvest.org.

As long as you’re eating a healthy animal instead of a sick one, you’re all good. A healthy animal is one that is wild-caught, raised outside or in its natural environment, is grass-fed, raised organically, without drugs, pesticides, or fertilizers, and lives a mostly happy life.

4.  Know your key ingredients:

I know that as long as I’ve hit a few of my key ingredients to a salad, I’m going to enjoy it.

My list: mustard, avocado or soft-boiled egg (for fat), some form of protein, basil, lemon/lime juice, garlic.

Your list: what is on your list of key ingredients?

Besides tasting heavenly and releasing feel-good hormones in my head just like a drug would, my body is happier than my mind is.  I imagine the massive influx of vitamins and nutrients after I eat a bowling ball-sized salad and my cells saying, “Wow, thank you for feeding me with nutrition I can actually use.  I’ll be busy for two days.  Eat again then.”

Remember, your body makes itself directly out of the food you put into your mouth.  If you put twinkies into your mouth, that’s a body made out of twinkies.  Me, I want a body made out of iron (hence, all of the green veggies).

What is on your list for key ingredients in a salad?

Dr. Christopher Stepien is a chiropractor, chronic pain specialist, and A.R.T. provider, and clinic director of the Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Northern NJ.  He has been trained under the Integrative Diagnosis system for “clinical excellence”.  He loves to help people in ANY way he can. Please reach out to him if he can be of a service in any way. It doesnt hurt to ask.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne Marie June 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I love you, man, and will try lots of things you encourage me to do. But eating liver? I just can’t. Liver and sushi. I just can’t. But I do love all your other suggestions, and I love the huge salad bowl idea!! You make the best salad ever and you also write awesome articles!! I would like to check out the Mini Mac farm in Long Valley. Happy Friday Dr. Chris!!
🙂 Hope you have a great week-end!! See you Monday night!

Anne Marie

Maureen June 29, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I might actually try your liver/onions/scrambled eggs recipe!

Dr. Christopher June 30, 2012 at 9:36 am

LOL Anne Marie. You’ll see, I’ll make it for you. AMAAAAZING! You have a great week-end as well!

That a girl Maureen!! Trying new things, I love it!

Axel May 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Ahh awesome, I am now going to go and make a huge, yummy, healthy salad. Can’t wait

Dr. Christopher May 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

Do it Axel! It’s delicious!

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