How To Right The Salads You’ve Been Making Wrong

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We know what you’re thinking. “How have I been making salads wrong?” Given that a lot of people associate salads with dieting or “boring food,” they often add ingredients to salads that make them unhealthy, i.e. wrong. This is the way to do salads right.

One of the major components, according to most people, to a salad is the dressing. Take it from us: you aren’t doing yourself any favors by coating your salads with fatty, sugary, high calorie dressings that contain chemicals and preservatives. The benefits of the ingredients in your salad do not outweigh the ingredients in dressings. How do you remedy this? Start making your own dressings! It’s a lot easier than you think, you just have to be creative.

When making your own dressings, all you need is bowl, a mixing utensil, and delicious oils and vinegars. Expand your search beyond the grocery store and seek out specialty stores that sell olive oil or vinegar varieties. You can even take a trip to a farmer’s market near you to find an artisan olive oil company. Once you get your oil, don’t be afraid to infuse it with fresh herbs like basil, rosemary, or thyme. Whether or not you flavor your oil, making your own dressing is as simple, if not simpler, than buying a pre-made one. Try combining olive oil, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, and sea salt and pepper to start. Get zesty with this raw recipe.

Now that you have a solid dressing, you need an even more solid base. Greens like kale, arugula, or spinach, all of which are rich in folic acid, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids, are better than the average head of lettuce. If you are not familiar with microgreens yet, you are missing out on a serious dose of beneficial nutrients. But a salad isn’t a salad if you just add greens. The best way to create a nutritious salad, which has the proper phytonutrients, is to try and represent the each of color of the rainbow. By making a colorful salad, you will have diverse nutrients and benefits from different sources. For example, adding colored bell peppers gives you beta-carotene and antioxidants, carrots give you biotin and vitamins A, K, and C, and purple cabbage gives you vitamin B6, fiber, and potassium. And those are just a few colors of the rainbow!

One thing to know is that there is more than one way to make a salad. Even though croutons and cheese are tempting, they don’t do you any good. Instead, spice up your salad with herb blends, sautéed mushrooms, roasted eggplant, or even blanched green beans. Crunch on more than lettuce by adding chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds, or raw almonds to your next salad. You can even add dried fruit, provided it isn’t preserved with sulfur.

Keep your taste buds interested with different salads and dressings. Don’t just make a kale salad. Add watercress, chard, red cabbage, and apples. Drizzle a homemade vinaigrette over that (our mouths are watering just thinking about that) and start making salads right again!

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    Q: I started the full body detox today, and found that I DO NOT like the salad dressing I made with the olive oil, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. I found I could not tolerate it on my salad. What can I do instead? Another question is... I noticed lentils on the food combining chart. Those have to be cooked. Are those actually allowed to be consumed warm? I love the raw fruits and vegetables. I don?t have a problem, cause I love salads. I just need help on what I can have on it.

    A:

    Check out our website for raw salad dressing recipes. You are bound to find one you like.

    As for lentils, you are NOT allowed to have them while on the cleanse.

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    Q: I was wondering if it is okay to mix Mrs. Dash season blend with Olive Oil as a dressing for my salad? It tastes real bad with just Olive Oil alone, and I don't like the bitterness taste of lemon juice, and apple vinegar cider. Plus, what would you recommend for toppings to make the salad more interesting? Can I put olives, and cucumbers, etc.?

    A:

    Do as you please as far as dressing goes! Just stay away from harmful ingredients! Mrs. Dash, seasonings, Olive Oil,

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    Q: What kind of dressing I can use on my salad. I tried the olive oil,lemon juice and sea salt salad dressing and I didn't like it at all. Please help this is day 3 for me. Thanks

    A: We have numerous raw salad dressing recipes available on our recipe section. The salad dressing you tried, might be better with apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice in addition to adding the sea salt and herbs & spices of your choice.

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    Q: I'm on my 9th day of the FULL BODY DETOX which I am performing to heal from genital herpes. I am also am suffering from a yeast infection at the moment. I know that under your â€CANDIDA ALBICANS: YEAST INFECTION†article you suggested to do the full body detox. My question is will performing only the full body detox kit wipe away the yeast infection or do I HAVE TO TAKE EXTRA HERBS ON THE SIDE TO TAKE OF THAT problem including the genital herpes problem? During the FULL BODY DETOX you said lemon juice and sea salt for salad dressings but by any chance is regular dressing such as Italian, ranch or blue cheese or even hot sauce ok to eat the salads with? Are we able to eat crouton with our salads while performing the FULL BODY DETOX and anti-viral?

    A:

    After the FULL BODY DETOX, please perform the 10-DAY SUPREME CANDIDA CLEANSE. No commercial brand salad dressings (unless you use Anne's, Follow Your Heart, etc. available from Whole Foods Market). No croutons. Please read the article â€WHAT IS RAW FOODS†because if you know what raw foods are, many questions will automatically be answered on your own (not that it's a problem, simply for your edification).

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    Q: I'm doing the Full Body Cleanse and I have a few questions about it: I get tired of drinking just the distilled water and I'd like to drink the herbal teas, but I don't like it by itself. Would it mess things up to add a pack or two of Splenda to my tea or maybe honey? I can't stand the salads with the olive oil or apple cider vinegar or the lemon juice as dressing and it makes me gag. I have To have some sort of salad dressing. What kind would be suitable? Do I look for sugar-free? Or organic and natural? I found one that is organic and natural, but it has 3 grams of sugar in it. Without eating all my whole grained breads and other fiber, I haven't had much of a bowel movement in 3 days, should I wait a while yet? (I had surgery on my bowels and always had to take fiber tablets and eat lots of grains to get my bowels to move.) I haven't done the enemas yet, (low on money) should I try that? Or should I resume my fiber tablets I normally take? Any type of fiber I could add to my fruit smoothies in the morning? I want to also do the female cleanse. Is it ok to do that immediately after I finish the full body cleanse or should I wait for a little while? Thank you for all your help, I feel much better than I did before and I just started this detox a week ago, lost 10 pounds, too, woohoooooo! Thank you

    A:

    1. Instead of splenda, use agave, stevia, or grade b maple syrup as a sweetener.

    2. In re Salad Dressing, an organic and natural one is great. You can also check our website for salad dressing recipes.

    3. The fiber pills are not part of the cleanse, so we wouldn't advise those. Fruit is you best choice of fiber so look into eating more papaya, mango, figs, etc. And yes, colonics (and enemas) would greatly help you - undoubtedly!

    4. You can do the Female Cleanse right after you finish detoxing. There's no need to wait!

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    Q: Lunch is organic salad dressing allowed or maybe fresh lemon juice and some extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) (cold pressed)

    A:

    Organic salad dressing is a healthy alternative, but because they're bottled they usually contain preservatives to sustain their condition on store shelves. We recommend sticking to raw and fresh ingredients like using extra virgin olive oil as a base for homemade dressings. Adding apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, sea salts and other spices are common ingredients for homemade dressings.

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    Q: Today makes day 9 of my FULL BODY DETOX (FBD). This morning I have an outbreak on my hand. I have been practicing telling myself I am Healing, but my job is stressful and yesterday I had a stressful day and this morning the outbreak on my right hand. Could this be part of my healing process? Can you suggest what I can do to alleviate the stress at work so this will not block my healing process of herpes? I am following the diet; however I have been kind of burnt out at times on the salads so I at least eat a salad and a bowl of steamed brown rice and frozen green peas that are steamed for 3 min. Is that considered following the diet? I still eat my fruit for breakfast daily, my salad for lunch and steamed broccoli (5min) and for dinner another salad, but for a few days I have eaten the rice and steam green peas. I basically want to know is it alright so if I eat it in the future.

    A:

    You have to learn to deal with your stress and stop reacting to it. Your subconscious mind is greatly blocked and therefore you have to realize your healing will come very slow. At a deep level you still believe herpes is incurable and your body is giving you this (despite the healing crisis of outbreaks on the hand). Your dietary deviation is understandable and not that bad but if you are tiring of salads opt for other things to eat. We list a few raw foods alternative recipes in our "ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL" e-book available for download. Check it out!

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    Q: Do you have any suggestions for a breakfast, lunch & dinner schedule? I'm making the transition to a healthier diet due to fibroid tumors. Currently I have broken my eating menu into 3 parts, breakfast - fruits, lunch - salads, & dinner - baked potato or any other heavy meal I intend to eat. Is this a good start? Any suggestions you can give on healthier meals for dinner are most appreciated.

    A:

    Please purchase our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL e-book for the alternatives you seek. It's a great little resource, especially for new people starting their transition diet. You off to a good start, Beloved!

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    Q: I am on my 3rd day of the fully body cleansing. I am definitely doing this to lose weight. I am a 52 year old, black, Christian, wife, mother to 21 and 14 year old girls, legal secretary who is 450 lbs. I am to the point now where if I don't do this I'm going to be housebound. I can barely move some days that is why I started this because I feel so unhealthy. I have a question about the nuts. I got all gun-ho and ordered $135.00 worth of organic nuts from nuts.com. I got raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and cashews and mixed them all up together (well I purchased 2 lbs of each but I only mixed up 1 lb of each together). Anyway, I was reading about how much calories are in nuts. Should I not pay attention to that because I was consuming a lot of calories in the first place or do I have to watch how many nuts I eat? I have put some nuts in a sandwich bags and basically filled it up and that is supposed to be my nuts ration for the day. I am also eating fruits and vegetables. So far the fruit have been grapes, grapefruit, red apples, pears, green apples and bananas. The vegetables have all been in a salad: tomatoes, celery spinach leaves, carrots, mixed in balsamic vinaigrette. I only ate the salad Monday night all the other times I have just eaten the fruit and nuts. I am also consuming approximately 75-100 oz of water. Sorry I’m long winded I just wanted you to get the entire picture.

    A:

    Thanks for the question, I can definitely help you.

     

    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 

     

    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 

     

    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program www.theveganeffect.com I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.

     

    Nuts are best kept to a minimum if you use them at all. Nuts are extremely high in fat and have the opposite omega 3- omega 6 ratio that is optimal for health. Seeds are best as far as ratios are concerned. Also nuts are truly easy to over eat and cause your nutrient ratios to be off.

     

    A healthy vegan diet is a high raw fruitarian diet. 

    Example:

    Breakfast: green smoothie. (500-1000 calories of fruits blended with a handful of greens and water)

    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

    Lunch: Salad with low sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, squash, bell peppers) topped with fruit, beans, psuedo grains, 

    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I am interested in purchasing the 20 day cleanse. However I just read the diet while taking it. My only concern is that I do not eat salad or raw vegetables now. I do not like the taste and they do not agree with my stomach I eat almost every vegetable steamed. Is there any way to get around this. I can do fruit smoothies but for 20 days? Do you have any suggestions? thank you

    A: Cooking foods takes out the nutrients and enzymes that are beneficial to our bodies, so eating food in it’s most natural state is best. Unfortunately there's no alternative diet to the regimen. The herbs work in conjunction with the raw food diet. You would need to consume some vegetables while on the cleanse. You can incorporate raw vegetables into smoothies, but it would be best to also consume whole foods.

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    Q: I would like to know if soy tofu is good and what types of breads are okay to eat? Also is soymilk good to drink and any dressings you could advise that can be put on salads? hotep!

    A: Almond and Rice milk are better than soy milk.

    Search "salad dressings" on our website and you will find many raw recipes that can help you.

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    Q: I am on day 4 of the FULL BODY DETOX and was wondering what else can or should I eat besides toss salad and fruits and veggies. I know I can do organic non-salt nuts, steamed veggies, fruits smoothies and wild rice but is they’re anything I am not suppose to eat besides meat and sweets (sodas)? I have eaten toss salad was it ok that I put cheese on it? I am struggling to find other food options. Please help!!

    A:

    I WOULD SUGGEST YOU ORDER OUR ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL E-BOOK. IT HAS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. IT'S A GREAT RESOURCE.

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    Q: Can you give me more examples of a raw diet ? I am starting the Full Body Cleanse and right now I'm thinking only of salads fruits and veggies. But I don't know if these above examples will keep me full and satisfied for three weeks. I just invested in a juicer and a new blender.

    A:

    A typical detox raw food program looks like this

    Breakfast:

    Green smoothie: 1 1/2- 2 cups water / 1 cup greens / 3-5 medium pieces of fruit blended.

    (see "Green Smoothie Revolution" Boutenko for more info)

    Bridge: 2-3 medium sized fruits

    Lunch: 

    Raw Wraps: collard greens as wraps/ tomato, cucumber, bell pepper / fresh herbs / Sauce (salsa/tahini/guacamole/ etc))

    Bridge:2-3 medium pieces of fruit

    Dinner:

    Raw pasta: Zuchini sliced with a potato peeler / veggies / Homemade pasta sauce made in blender 

    Snack: Sorbet: Blended frozen fruit in a blender

     

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I have incorporated fish into my diet because I have been craving. Is moderation okay.... meaning my fruits for breakfast a regular lunch with salad and a salad for dinner okay to pretty much moderate other foods? It is challenging for me to become a vegan. Do you have any suggestions on how to still eat healthy to maintain an alkalized body with certain foods with moderation that are not raw? I still drink my green veggies at least twice a day. I am praying that my results will be negative.

    A:

    FISH IN MODERATION IS OKAY FOR YOU. TO MAINTAIN ALKALINITY, DESPITE THE ACID-FORMING THINGS YOU EAT, JUST MAKE SURE TO EAT AS MANY GREEN FOODS AS POSSIBLE. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE 6 CAPSULES OF ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD TOO! YOU’RE DOING GOOD SO KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS POSITIVE AND ON YOUR DESIRES.

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    Q: I am a medium brown colored black male, age 41. I am conscious about what I eat. However, I am experience spotty scalp discolorations on my head scalp and neck area. There are like an almost white color. Dermatologists can't help it. It just comes and goes. I can not figure out what it is? I don’t drink sodas, fried foods, I am big on fruits, vegetables, salads, and I take omega 3fish oil, vitamin E. I wear my hair cut low bald style and would like to know what can return my skin color back to an even tone. Please HELP. I urgently want to remedy this problem.

    A:

    ANY SKIN PROBLEM IS A BLOOD PROBLEM. WORK ON CLEANSING YOUR BLOOD AND MAKING SURE YOUR BODY GETS THE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS IT REQUIRES.

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    Q: I am currently doing the Full Body Cleanse and my "meal" is typically a salad. To keep it interesting, I add different vegetables and fruits to it. I am not creative enough to think of other meals that I can possibly eat that consists of only raw foods. Any suggestions. I am struggling and I have two weeks to go.

    A:

    A typical detox raw food program looks like this

    Breakfast:

    Green smoothie: 1 1/2- 2 cups water / 1 cup greens / 3-5 medium pieces of fruit blended.

    (see "Green Smoothie Revolution" Boutenko for more info)

    Bridge: 2-3 medium sized fruits

    Lunch:

    Raw Wraps: collard greens as wraps/ tomato, cucumber, bell pepper / fresh herbs / Sauce (salsa/tahini/guacamole/ etc))

    Bridge:2-3 medium pieces of fruit

    Dinner:

    Raw pasta: Zuchini sliced with a potato peeler / veggies / Homemade pasta sauce made in blender / sprouted quinoa or legumes 

    Snack: Sorbet: Blended frozen fruit in a blender

     

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: We here in Africa also need you. We are adopting the western lifestyle at a rate that scares me. The number 1 killer in Kenya amongst young people is no longer Aids, but lifestyle diseases cancers, diabetes etc. I do appreciate your'e article on AIDS. My next question is I came across Cayeen powder today heard of it? I want to start adding it to my raw salads

    A:

    Cayenne powder is an excellent herb, great for the blood and circulation. There are a few versions of it as far as heating units are concerned, i.e. 40,000 H.U., 80,000 H.U., 120,000 H.U. and the hottest is called African Bird Pepper.

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    Q: First of all I just wanted to thank you so much for enlightening me. I have become a devoted reader daily, for the last 6 months. I have become vegatarian and almost vegan. I eat very little dairy by products such as salad dressing ect. I personally want to thank you for the knowledge that you have shared with us. I had my gallbladder removed about 16 years ago, and I was reading the article on High Cholesterol, and I have a question. Since I do not have a storage place for stomach bile. What dangers can come about with the bile just circulating in my body? When I was unconcious I never though about not having my gallbladder. The doctor said you have gallstones, and you need your gallbladder taken out. I did not ask any questions, due to my ignorance and enormous cramp like pains. At times, I wonder if the bile which has an acid taste is eating away at my organs. Please forgive my ignorance, but my mind wonders. So is there a herb that I can take that will do what my lack of gallbladder should do?

    A:

    Thank you for your words! I'd suggest you perform the Full Body Detox and after completion of the cleanse start taking the Liver-Gallbladder-Spleen formula. Bile is alkaline so it's not that bad. However, the bile should not be circulating in your blood.

    Product Link:
    Full Body Detox
    Liver and Gallbladder Formula

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    Q: Hello……I have received my full body cleanse……I am making plans and preparing to start the cleanse next week…..I am viewing the information in the booklet…..I googled the activated charcoal……there has been different reports on it……IS THIS SAFE FOR ME ….To drink this………….….and where can I find recipes that I can put together….during this cleanse that will HELP me make all the necessary adjustments to my diet…….that will assist in the process of this cleanse……..and detox…..thank you for your response…..Thank you for your response….Mrs Marsh

    A: The charcoal is safe for you to consume, it's a major part of the detox program that helps pull out heavy metal toxins and drugs from your body. There are raw food recipes on our website, please look on the left side and find the "recipe" link. Be sure that you're only consuming meals that are indicated as raw. You can also find recipes from other raw food restaurants and health food stores.

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    Q: I just ordered the FULL BODY DETOX. I do not eat fruits so besides salads, what else can I eat throughout the three weeks?

    A:

    YOU CAN EAT ALL VEGETATION IN ITS RAW STATE: FRUITS, VEGETABLES, SEEDS, NUTS, ETC. YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN OUR ARTICLE â€WHAT IS RAW FOODS?†WHICH MAY PROVE HELPFUL. ALSO, OUR ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL E-BOOK LISTS MANY RAW FOODS RECIPES AS WELL AS RESOURCES. IT'S AVAILABLE FROM THE ON-LINE STORE ($10).