Tuesday, January 19, 2010
1.a. A dish of raw leafy green vegetables, often tossed with pieces of other raw or cooked vegetables, fruit, cheese, or other ingredients and served with a dressing.
b. The course of a meal consisting of this dish.
2. A cold dish of chopped vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, or other food, usually prepared with a dressing, such as mayonnaise.
3. A green vegetable or herb used in salad, especially lettuce.
4. A varied mixture
So, in the hopes of starting out small and challenging (and getting my tail into blog-writing gear) I'm beginning my "30 Salads in 30 Days" challenge. The premise, as evinced by the name, is pretty simple: eat at least 1 salad as a main meal each day for a month. Obviously, lunch and dindin would be the obvious candidates for the meals, but I might throw in a breakfast fruit salad in there as well. We'll see.
I originally thought of this a few days ago, after coming off an emotionally, mentally, and physically draining week (ain't they the best). My system, fatigued and bloated after seven days of fast food lunches and a few indulgent celebratory dinners, need some sort of detox. No not the 3-day, dizziness-inducing juice and cayenne pepper kind (how do you say, BS?). No I just wanted some clean-feeling, simple fair, the kind that the hubster and I had been able to manage for a month, even through the holidays (score, that).
So, my all-or-nothing impulses kicking into gear, I thought to myself, "Salad! I'll eat salads for lunch and dinner for 3 months until I'm back on track! It'll be great". Now this pie-in-the-sky goal setting is right up there with all the other aggressive, foolhardy ideas I've tried to implement (usually all at the same time) like waking up every day at 4:30 am, meditating for and hour and a half, working out for about the same, and somehow still finding time to write, draw and become a gourmet chef (I also want a pony).
So, in what has got to be the biggest improvement in my life in the past year or so, I quickly sat down, got myself in hand, and continued thinking, "That's too crazy. How about one salad once a day. See how long you can maintain." Amazingly, this strategy has worked so far with my workouts, which I now feel frantic about if I miss (not like I read a million articles espousing the "slow and steady" approach, right?).
So we'll see. maybe I'll eat two salads a day. But I don't have to. Which is comforting. It's an added bonus now, rather than an insurmountable hurdle. All I have to commit to is 1. One. Measly. Salad.
So I'll be back to post a little later one what ensalada #1 turned out to be. Stay tuned.