Category Archives: Salads

Nuttin’ But Salads N=1 Experiment: Week 15 Summary

This steak is fully cooked. Doing it sous vide-style leaves it looking rare.

Still going strong. Weight is stable at 161.8 lb (73.5 kg). Two more weeks to go.

Cucumber salad

Nuttin’ But Salads N=1 Experiment: Week 13 Summary

Tomato, avocado, sous vide chicken, mozzarella cheese, pepper, and olive oil vinaigrette

Yep, still doin’ it. No E. coli yet, thank God.

This is a commercial bag salad I topped with sous vide chicken

Weight is down to 160.2 lb (72.8 kg) compared to 163.8 lb (74.5 kg) last week. Not sure why, could be a fluke. Weight was about 175 lb when I started this experiment.

These bag salads are convenient if you’re in a hurry. This southwest style salad even had a packet of cooked spicy chicken in it. Not bad.

I’m eating two meals a day. No snacking in between. Yet you see so many “health experts,” nutritionists, and diet-book authors say you gotta eat every 3–4 hours. Malarkey! Codswallop! Bollocks!

Lacto-vegetarian salad: Tomato, avocado, mozzarella cheese, onion, pepper, and olive oil vinaigrette

Admittedly, I have a sedentary job and don’t exercise much right now. Those with physically demanding jobs may need or feel better eating thrice daily.

Eating just twice daily may give me some of the benefits of intermittent fasting (see here and here).

If you wanna be fat like everybody else, eat like everybody else.

Steve Parker, M.D.

From Vox: E. coli outbreak 2018 – when is it safe to eat salad again? 

Living on the edge…

Interesting article below, particularly if you eat salads or any raw vegetables and fruits.

One of the people recently afflicted by E. coli is a 16-year-old Californian who had been eating salads daily in an effort to get healthier! Man, I feel like I’m playing Russian roulette now.

The article quotes an attorney who blames bagged leafy greens for much of the problem. I like to know what the CDC thinks about that theory.

From Vox:

A 2013 analysis by CDC of food poisoning cases between 1998 and 2008 found that leafy vegetables — salads and the like — caused almost a quarter of all food poisonings. That was more than any other food product, including dairy and poultry. Leafy vegetables were also the second most common cause of food poisoning-related hospitalizations.

“Back in the ’90s and early 2000s, E. coli cases linked to hamburgers represented almost all that I did,” said Bill Marler, one of America’s leading food safety attorneys. “Now it’s none of what I do. Now it’s just salads, raw vegetables.”

Michele Jay-Russell, a food safety researcher at the University of California Davis who has investigated salad-related poisoning outbreaks in the past, said the raw vegetables that are the most common culprits are basically all salad greens, but especially the chopped and bagged kind. “We really haven’t seen kale and some of the other greens [with contamination] problems, at least not yet. And romaine is one of the most common lettuce products that are used in salads.”

Source: Romaine E. coli outbreak 2018: when is it safe to eat salad again? – Vox

Nuttin’ But Salads N=1 Experiment: Week 12 Summary

Taco salad. Probably too much work to make on a frequent basis unless you use store-bought quacamole salad and pico de gallo.

Another week passes without personal E. coli Shiga toxin illness. Success! I read an article at USA Today saying that women seem to constitute about 70% of E coli food born illness cases.

Sunny’s Super Salad

I’m coming up on my four month anniversary for doing this salad diet. Not sure how long I’ll keep it up. What I miss most are cookies, pie, cake, candy, and sweet pastries. My wife’s doing the diet with me, so we’ll probably make a joint decision. I do think it’s a healthy way to eat.

Avocados have been affordable where we live.

My weight today is 163.8 lb (74.5 kg), a little higher than a couple weeks ago but I think it’ll be stable.

Not salad, so I didn’t eat the Shari’s Berries found in my employer’s office refrigerator.

I’ve had some transgressions. Hey, I’m only human.

No, I didn’t eat them all.

My go-to salad is what I call Sunny’s Super Salad: A mixed greens base with nuts, cheese, dried cranberries, mandarin orange wedges, topped with chicken or steak.

Steve Parker, M.D.


Nuttin’ But Salads N=1 Experiment: Week 11 Summary

Cucumber salad with feta cheese and sautéed chicken

Week 10 was an anomaly due to a 1,700-mile road trip during which I gained a couple pounds eating regular food. Now I’m down a pound, from 163.8 (74.5 kg) to 162.6 (73.9 kg). I was a good boy this week.

Just got this “salad dressing shaker.” I thought it was a cruet.

Since I haven’t done nutritional analysis on these salads yet, I’m taking a general multivitamin. To help keep my blood pressure under control, I take magnesium oxide 800 mg/day and try to drink 2–3 cups of hibiscus tea/day. I’m not sure if the supplements are doing any good. The diet probably doesn’t meet the RDA for calcium but I’m not worried about it.

Not salad……..not gonna eat it.
Temptation at the workplace.

Steve Parker, M.D.


Nuttin’ But Salads N=1 Experiment: Week 10 Summary

Provided by Home2 Suites by Hilton

“Nuttin’ But Salads” is a misnomer for week 10. Less than 30% of my meals were salads. I’m even three days late for this report, due April 17.

Not sure if this is chicken or tuna salad

Problem is, I was on a 1,700-mile road trip and decided it would just be too inconvenient to keep up the salad habit. We were on the road for 10-12 hours for three consecutive days, driving from Hammond, Indiana, to back home.

At Lonestar Steakhouse in Amarillo, TX

For what it’s worth, my weight a couple days ago was 163.8 lb (74.5 kg) compared to 161.6 lb (73.4 kg) April 10. So not too bad a gain.

Strawberry shortcake in Amarillo. Yeah, I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Did you hear about the E. coli disease outbreak linked to romaine lettuce? Thanks to Sam’s Club for warning my wife via email; they knew she had bought some questionable romaine there.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Nuttin’ But Salads N=1 Experiment: Week 9 Summary

Albacore tuna salad with spinach, pears, and walnuts

My weight today is 161.6 lb (73.4 kg), same as it’s been the last two weeks. Still feeling good. Starting to miss candy, cookies, and pastries.

I’ll probably do this for three months total then re-evaluate where I’m going with it.

Steve Parker, M.D.

In retrospect, I wish I’d used sweet relish in my tuna salad. But I looked at four brands at the store and they all featured HFCS or corn syrup.