Day 169: Doctors, Nutritionists and Spiritual Leaders Advise Filling Half of One Plate a Day with Salad

So, far in this blog on how I stay “unchanged” at age 78 as my friends insist I’ve included bits and pieces on my eating habits. For the next few days, I will be more forthcoming on how I eat (maybe excluding my occasional indulgences in gelato and ice cream).

Thankfully I love salad. Now, it is common wisdom to fill half of your plate with salad for one meal a day. I first heard of this advice from New Age teachers in the 70’s. Public Broadcasting Stations often feature physicians advising those who want to live healthier and longer to eat one large salad a day. Each of the five doctors I have followed on PBS give this advice of eating masses of salad.

Of course, filling half of your plate with raw veggies is easier in summer.  One of the ways I add several phytonutrients to my diet is by keeping an herb selection on my balcony. My mixed green salads are usually topped by chives, basil, rosemary, spearmint, parsley, oregano, sage and cilantro.

More on phytonutrients:

At first I was puzzled on how to keep this habit up in winter living in Oslo, Norway. Then I discovered great shredded raw winter salads for northern climates which can include: Chinese cabbage, green or red cabbage, leeks, onions, turnips, carrots, celery, pumpkin, beets, etc.  

If I have gone from breakfast to dinner time without eating a live food, within 10 minutes of eating living food, I feel more energized with a clearer mind.

Maybe it is my imagination and may it is reality.

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