My Weight Loss Salad

On October 4th, 2015 I made a big plate of nachos for lunch. It was nothing fancy, just a big pile of tortilla chips, a massive gob of cheese out of a foil packet – I won’t mention the brand name. Topped it off with about a spoonful of pico de gallo, and microwaved it for 30 seconds. A lunch like that wasn’t unusual for me. I probably had a 20oz bottle of that extreme green carbonated beverage that’s so popular.

Let me rephrase and summarize that last paragraph: On October 4th, 2015 I ate a low nutrient, high fat, high sodium, high sugar pile of disgustingly unhealthy garbage for lunch.

That evening I had peas for dinner. I literally cooked a bag of frozen peas that we had in the freezer and had that for dinner. Between lunchtime and dinnertime, I made a decision. I was tired of being a fat guy, tired of being ashamed of how fat I was, and tired of avoiding looking at myself in the mirror. The old cliche. Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.

I haven’t had a plate of nachos since that day. Almost every day since then, I eat a gigantic salad for lunch.

Here’s what’s in that beautiful salad:

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Raw Spinach
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Sliced Radishes
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • A few Kalamata Olives (unbeatable flavor)
  • About Twelve Raw Walnut Halves
  • Chopped Snap Peas
  • An Avocado, diced
  • And a small handful of Cranberry Raisins

I throw the whole mess together in a big stainless steel bowl and toss it with a small amount of balsamic vinegar. Then put in the large serving bowl in the picture above. It is a ludicrously big salad. Every day I look at what I’ve created and wonder if I’ll be able to eat it all. And then I eat it all.

It’s a very satisfying lunch. With the exception of the olives, which have been soaked in some sort of oily brine, it’s a completely raw food lunch. And it tastes amazing.

The thing that surprises my family and friends is that I eat more than I did before, and have lost so much weight. My salads are probably four times more food than I used to eat for lunch. But because it’s all fresh raw food, I’m getting a massive dose of nutrients, vitamins and fiber. I’m getting so much water from these salads that I’m more hydrated than I’ve ever been. I don't drink a lot of water, and I'm rarely thirsty.

The Romaine and Spinach are probably two-thirds of the volume of the food, and that’s the key to losing so much weight. I always include the mushrooms because they’re packed with Vitamin D, which is vital to staying healthy, especially during the winter months. The rest is just stuff I like. You can swap out, or add anything you like. Diced Apples are good, as are oranges, different kinds of greens, grapes, red onions, garbanzo beans, unsalted sunflower seeds, carrots, and diced squash.