I used to happily eat tons of salad but I would put olive oil, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper on them . Now when I eat a salad without the dressing it is just bleck! I can barely eat it. I've tried a few raw dressings like mango and tomato, tahini and lemon, corn and tomato, avocado, tomato, and cilantro... but nothing seems to satisfy. I know I need the greens...so my question is: Does it get better? Will my taste buds come to enjoy such a plain salad?
It depends. What kind of greens are you eating? Some greens I can't eat on their own (lettuces, like romaine) and others I'll happily munch on whenever (spinach or Asian greens). But I've come to really enjoy my salads, probably because of the fruity dressings I put on them. :)
I think I was eating red leaf lettuce and romaine. Bib and butter lettuce are a little better. Spinach is so-so but I can't help but miss the dressing.
I have been making smoothies to get the greens in: orange juice, banana, and lots of spinach.
I just keep telling myself it will get better.
What kind of fruity dressings do you make?
Lots! But recently, I've been scarfing down three champagne mangoes, a small handful of frozen strawberries, half a lemon's worth of juice, and some water to blend. Like candy, I tell you.
Also, just strawberries and lemons are really good. A strawberry lemonade-type thing. Or lots of berries and enough OJ to thin it out, but not to make it watery. Or tomatoes and pineapple. This is all I can think of right now, but experimentation with what you have can bring about some pretty awesome discoveries. I usually just throw a bunch of really ripe stuff I need to eat into a blender and see what comes out.
Those sound good. Thanks!
Maybe try blended salads. Lot's of tomatoes help.
It takes a couple of weeks or so for your taste buds to heal from the salt. Then things will taste different. Even after that it can take more time to crave tender leafy greens. Dr. Doug says it's fine to skip the greens at first, that eventually you will crave them. Your body has plenty of essential minerals stored to keep you healthy for many months without greens. Once you are in a good routine of being without salt and spices and refined stuff like oil and eating 811 then it should be really easy to get in your Dr. D recommended 2-6% of calories from tender leafy greens or celery.
:) That's what I was hoping. I did read the 811 book but couldn't remember what he said about greens.
He doesn't say that in the book but he has said this on vegsource, my home on the web for many years. ;)
Well...tonight's salad isn't so bad. I made a tahini/lemon/water dressing with twice as much tahini as before (still under 10% fat according to cronometer). Ingredients: 1 head butter leaf lettuse, 8 lg grape tomatoes, 1 ear of corn, tahini dressing.
YES! In my experience totally, I love plain greens now. But sometimes I do still like to put a bunch of fresh herbs in my salad such as thyme, basil, cilantro, dill, etc. When I first started eating salads I would put a dressing on them made from avocado and cucumber, which has a really good texture (and sometimes add some lemon juice) or sometimes I will make a sort of pesto (basil, green onions, avocado-sometimes and other herbs) on my salad. I don't like sweet dressings, or too lemony dressings.... You could also try shredding up the lettuce really small, when I was first starting out I found that made it easier to eat. You could add some young coconut meat to your salad or sprinkle some seeds on it! But yeah, salads that are really plain totally taste wonderful to me now.
I also love spinach soup, blended with tomatoes and celery! Or you could make green smoothies, but I also think those are kinda gross sometimes :P! Hope you find something you like.