Salads really are one of my favorite meals! [The others are shaorma and soups] Lucky me right? Because salads and diets have always had a delicious partnership. So I lose weight while eating what I like. How crazy is that?
As salads are not necessarily healthy diet food [It really depends on the ingredients], I only eat light homemade salads. Now “Homemade” is the key word here! Fast-food salads are junk!
My recipes? The base: Butter lettuce leaves, tomatoes, onions and olive oil. for extra-taste: fish or chicken or feta cheese.
SALADS AREN’T AS HEALTHY AS YOU THINK!
As there is nothing in this world that is truly “perfect“, salads are no exception. According to dellaterrawellness.com “When you eat cold foods, your body has to work extra hard to warm it up so it can be digested. Over time, this extra work can weaken your digestive system’s ability to transform and transport nutrients, which can lead to a nutrient deficit throughout your body.
Chinese medicine evaluates the temperature of food not just in terms of the temperature you feel in your hands, but also by the food’s impact on your body.
Unfortunately, the ingredients in salads and smoothies (such as lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, other fruits and berries, etc.) are cooling in nature. This means that the effect they have on your body’s physiology is to slow down and congeal your internal processes, eventually rendering your metabolism sub par.
Sometimes this cooling process is exactly what your body needs, but most of the time it’s not.
Generally speaking you should avoid salads and smoothies in all but the hottest weather.
If you can’t wait until it’s 95°F outside, it’s still a good idea to at least limit your consumption, especially if you’re experiencing signs and symptoms that indicate cold in your system.
Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:
- Fatigue after eating
- Loose stools
- Feeling of generalized cold
- Foggy headedness
- A dull headache that wraps around your head
- The sensation of heavy limbs
- Reading, studying, or thinking too much
- Worry or obsessive thoughts
- Lack of appetite or irregular appetite
- Dull or aching pain that comes and goes
- Pale, puffy, scalloped tongue
If you experience any of these, you will be better off avoiding salads and smoothies for a while.