Immediately after my lunch hour workout, I stopped by Bocca Bliss in midtown to grab a salad for a late lunch. I selected 9 toppings to go on top of a bed of mixed greens. Keeping the dressing minimal, I went with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. I also easily passed on the snacks and cereal that’s been sitting on my desk all day, which normally is such a draining task.
My theory is that when you do one thing healthy, it’s easier to do another, and another. Or at least that’s how it works for me. Anyone agree?!
So then I got curious as to just how much carb, protein and fat I was ingesting. Yes, you can actually get all that from salad! Don’t believe me? Yea, I would do my own research as well, which is exactly what I did. You can see all the nutritional facts of each ingredient in my salad below.
Order for left to right: sweet potato, brussel sprouts, eggplant, mushroom, tomato, asparagus, broccoli, bell pepper, corn
For reference, an average apple weighs somewhere between 70g – 100g. Since I didn’t eat 9 apples worth of food, let’s disregard the quantity and only look at the ratio of fat/carb-fiber/fiber/protein. For example, corn would be 2.5/16/2/4, while bell pepper is 0/4/2/1.
First takeaway, lots of dietary fiber! Win! Secondly, look at all that sugar. If you hear someone say, “You can’t get your carbs from plants!” now you can correct them and proof them otherwise! Same goes for protein.
I can’t help but also mention, there are a lot of different “diets” out there and I’ve tried A LOT of them. There is zero consensus as to which one is actually the best. I want to gift you this nugget of gold I uncovered in all my years of being a health fanatic. Variety is king. The more diverse in the species of food you’re eating, the healthier you’ll be.
So think chicken, turkey, duck, or eggs; they all come from 1 species, bird. Cheese, milk, yogurt, beef; 1 species, bovine. Other animal species include fish (salmon, carp, flounder), mollusks (oysters, mussels, snails) and more. You can have a lot of variety in the type of food, but not in the type of species. Get my drift? It would appear that when it comes to domesticated animal species, we don’t actually have a lot of options.
AHA! Maybe it’s time we stop focusing on animals and instead, focus more attention on the world of plants. Here’s a quote I found, “There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world yet fewer than 20 species now provide 90% of our food.”
If you take away 1 thing from reading this piece, I implore you to add more variety of food at the most fundamental level, species, and the easiest way is adding more plants to your diet.
Thanks for reading and please spread the wealth and health!