Do I Have to Eat A Salad to Be Healthy?

Do I Have to Eat A Salad to Be Healthy?


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This is not the epitome of healthy.

It’s a tool that has taken an elite status.

It’s time to take it down.

Why you shouldn’t eat a salad

  • Raw veggies are potentially harmful for those with digestive issues or moments when digestion is not optimal. Cooked foods may be digested better than raw foods.
  • Certain foods cooked are digested better. Cooking cruciferious vegetables reduces the thyroid inhibitors and sulforaphane which can negatively impact your body.
  • Salads are cooling. This is wonderful when the weather is hot or you have a fiery personality. Cooking foods can be grounding and calming, especially when dealing with fiery emotions, situations, or have an inflamed gut.
  • Often in restaurants they are the most unhealthy thing you can eat. Dressings and additives crank up the chemicals, salt, sugar, fats, and more. You’re eating a chemical fire storm.

Salads are not entirely bad

  • In hot weather, eating salads can help maintain body temperature and certain foods can help hydrate.
  • They require minimal prep time.
  • Possibly lots of vegetables in one meal.

You do not have to eat salads to eat healthy. Cooked foods are just as nutritional as raw. What makes foods unhealthy and damaging is additives, added sugars and salts, and too much fats. Don’t let an elitist idea like salads or superfoods fool you into thinking healthy is only one way.


Superfoods: Super Helpful or Super BS.

Superfoods: Super Helpful or Super BS.

You see those lists. Eat this super food. Top 10 super foods. Here’s a powered form of super foods. Just super. Generally, super foods are a list of nutrient dense or nutrient significant foods. Often short list and often not the whole story.

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Super Helpful Foods

These lists are not wrong. Often Western diets lack variety and nutritional benefits. Superfoods bring nutrient-dense foods into focus in our food relationships. It makes it easy to “know” what to eat.

Super BS

These lists are not right either. Most often these super foods are limited and give the misconception to eat a limited diet. Rainbow your food relationship. Super foods are a marketing gimmick or attention grabber. Not all on the list are the best for you either. You might see dairy on some lists. Dairy can be troublesome for those with IBD or gut disorders. Some people are sensitive to it. Nuts and seeds can be an issue too with digestion. It doesn’t mean you’re not super if it’s not for you. Many fruits and vegetables can be switched out for another. Kale is tolerated in my food relationship. I logically understand why it’s amazing food to eat. However, this king of superfood is not well-liked or a focus. Often I substitute other foods to keep the nutrients and keep kale at a distance. Not all superfoods are super either. Acai is delicious but blueberries are not that much different nutritionally. And much more cost-effective to eat.

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How Do You Eat Super?

We can make it easy for ourselves without being so restrictive. A general guideline helps you keeps your food relationship in a healthy status. However, you pick the specifics or let a nutritional professional help you. Especially, when you are dealing with food allergies or chronic illness. A more open guide on the types of foods you need is coming soon.