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[QUOTE]So, salad every day, 4 days, once a day, twice a day? Benefits or overated?[/QUOTE]

Salads can be very good provided they are made up of good ingredients. I often use the following ingredients: Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, celery, carrot shavings, beans and sometimes a little raw onion. Then I use olive oil and fresh lemon juice as a dressing. But that's just an idea. There are lots of other vegetables you can use as well, like broccoli, asperigus and kale. There's no end to the variety you can get by using different vegetables and different beans etc..

It would be fine to have a salad every day so long as you don't get tired of it. And you shouldn't get tired of it once you learn to make it the way you like it. I usually fill up a large salad bowl for myself and eat it as a meal. I suppose it would be about 8 to 10 servings. (A serving being 1/2 cup)

[QUOTE]Vegtables, much difference between raw and cooked?[/QUOTE]

Raw is usually said to be healthier because the enzimes are still "alive" or active (not destroyed by cooking). If that's true, what could be better than a salad?

However, I don't think it's possible or wise to try to eat everything raw. Certain items like string beans and eggplant should be cooked.

[QUOTE]If I eat healthy for a week (whatever healthy might be) and then one day eat 3 "bad" meals will it hurt my body much?[/QUOTE]

It all depends on the contents of those three meals and your health status. It could be a setback but it would be difficult, if not impossible, to quantify.

[QUOTE]I would like anyone willing to help me educate myself, hopefully put together a halfway decent diet routine. It doesn't have to be in stone but I will greatly appreciate all help.[/QUOTE]

BREAKFAST: I usually have a small cerial bowl with a mixture of fruit. It's difficult to keep a lot of fresh fruit on hand so it's a mixture of fresh, dried and frozen. I try not to get carried away with any one kind. It's just a little of this and a little of that: A few pieces of grapefruit, a fig (cut up), a prune (cut up), half a banana (cut up) etc.. You could use blueberries, apple slices or whatever you have on hand. Then I usually sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top of the fruit. Then I exercise before having some steel-cut oats or Ezekiel bread with olive oil. Exercise again. Then a couple of egg whites.

LUNCH: Make a big salad with plenty of beans. Or, a big salad with a side dish of beans.

DINNER: This could be broccoli, fish and a serving of whole grain rice. Or grilled chicken, various cooked vegetables and a slice of whole grain bread. The possibilities are endless.

I don't know if you want to be a vegetarian or not but I stuck in one vegetarian meal for lunch. At least one vegetarian meal per day will boost your consumption of fiber.

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