Category Archives: Salads

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.

Nuttin’ But Salad N=1 Experiment: Week 8 Summary

We can usually get reasonably-priced avocados in Arizona

My weight is 162.2 lb (73.7 kg), same as last week. In case this is your first visit here, my weight at the outset was 175.5 lb (79.8 kg).

Have you figured out we like canned mandarin oranges?

Not sure where I’m going with this. I still feel good and am happy with my weight. Unclear if my weight loss has plateaued. I still can’t see my six-pack abs, and I’m not sure I want to make a commitment to reveal them. That would require some serious calorie restriction, I think. I’ll stay the course for another week.

The black bug-like dots are chia seeds

I fell off the wagon on Easter. We ate take-home Chinese food to save time. I followed that with too many cookies and chocolates. That filled my glycogen tanks to the top, I’m sure. But I skipped my next meal, so no harm done. When your glycogen stores are repleted, any excess calories are stored as fat.

You’d pay a lot for this at a restaurant

Steve Parker, M.D.

Taco salad

Nuttin’ But Salad N=1 Experiment: Week 7 Summary

Two cups of raw Brussels sprouts salad

My weight today is 162.2 lb (73.7 kg). One week ago it was 166.6 lb (75.7 kg) and two weeks ago was 164 lb (74.4 kg). I started the experiment at 175.5 lb (79.8 kg).

…with 4 oz sous vide chicken breast

My family bought me an expensive belt for Christmas, and now it fits! I’m sure my suit pants fit again, so I’m ready for another funeral or deposition.

Greek salad with canned salmon

This cost me $6 at Safeway

I feel good. Workouts are going well without diminution of performance, which I take as evidence for preservation of muscle despite weight loss. I  get occasional nocturnal leg cramps, but not enough that I would take a potassium or calcium supplement. Unexpectedly, during this experiment I’ve had two episodes of constipation as bad as any I’ve ever had in my life. And two episodes of diarrhea. Go figure.

One of our favorite go-to salads

For the record, around Week 5 I started taking a multivitamin and vitamin D 1000 IU supplement, “just to be sure.” So a total of 1800 IU vitamin D; I may not need that much. I haven’t been spending time in the sun since my hiking is on hold. I also take 800 mg/day of magnesium oxide, which I had started previously to help keep a lid on my blood pressure.

We don’t absorb magnesium supplements very well. P.D. Mangan says mag citrate is the most absorbable formulation.

My diet compliance is waning a bit. I’ve grabbed a few handfuls of nuts between salad meals. Should be munching a protein food instead.

Oh yeah. I ate five of these. They were a present from my daughter. How could I turn them down?

I do miss alcohol. But I think I’ve been more productive without it. I had a glass of wine on Valentine’s Day and my wedding anniversary.

Workplace temptation, successfully resisted

Like everybody else, I have to deal with temptation.

Don’t ask me where I’m going with this experiment. I don’t know. I’m curious about where my weight will settle and whether I’ll see my six-pack abs then.

Steve Parker, M.D.


Nuttin’ But Salads N=1 Experiment: Week 6 Summary

Too many calories in this chef salad?

My weight today is 166.6 lb (75.7 kg), compared to 164 lb (74.4 kg) last week. Not sure if the gain is real or not. Don’t care much at this point, but it’s interesting. If real, it must be calorie-related. Too many nuts? Too much cheese?

{Weight the next day,  March 21, was 165.2 lb.)

Not pictured: olive oil vinaigrette I dressed it with

I put together a Brussels sprouts salad that was horrible. The vinaigrette had too much lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. The salad had  too much red onion. I’ll tinker with the recipe and get back with you if I can get it right.

A work meal: Chicken salad on a bed of spinach and romaine lettuce plus tomatoes

My wife’s dinner

Caprese salad

Temptation in a shared office

Steve Parker, M.D.

Nuttin’ But Salads N=1 Experiment: Week 5 Summary

Hard to see the bed of leafy greens

Weight is down to 164 lb (74.4 kg), having started five weeks ago at 175.5 lb (79.8 kg). So 11 lb in five weeks. Not bad!

I didn’t buy this at Costco but it looked wonderful and would easily feed two. Great deal for the price. Costco has good prices on salad greens.

My compliance has been good except for tonight when my wife and I ate at The Keg steakhouse. I had arctic char (my first time, tastes like salmon), creamed cauliflower, roasted l0w-carb veggies, sourdough bread, 6 fl oz red wine, and Billy Miner Pie (mostly mocha ice cream). My weight should be up a couple pounds tomorrow.

Before: My wife found this at Domino’s Pizza. Surprisingly good and fresh, for $5 USD. One small meal.

After mixing

I still haven’t done nutritional analysis of my meals. Wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t meet the RDIs for calcium and vitamin D. I haven’t spent much time in the sun this winter.

The chicken breast on this was prepared sous vide style with Montreal steak seasoning, then pan-seared

My waistline is an inch narrower. I still can’t see a six-pack so I think I’ll keep on the Nuttin’ But Salads diet for now, adding a multivitamin and vitamin D “just to be sure.”

I like this Newman’s Own dressing. First ingredient is olive oil blend, unlike most commercial vinaigrettes that first list water or canola oil. Pour spout is messy, but I can live with that.

I feel good and my workouts are going well w/o reduction in performance.

One of our favorites

Do the eggs make you think “breakfast salad”? I gained a couple pounds after eating this cheese-laden meal, and then did a 24-hour fast.

Steve Parker, M.D.