What The Hell Do You Mean I Should Not Eat Salad?

Lets face it…although we as humans are capable of eating everything that is presented to us as “healthy” does not mean that we are capable of digesting it. There is no faster way to alter human physiology then by altering the function of the GI system. Considering that we are nothing more then an open tube from mouth to anus, it can become very clear how simple it might be to alter this internal environment and leaving us more susceptible to the elements.

We have to begin to recognize that it is the elements against us. Dirty air, dirty water and dirty soil are just a few reasons we are witnessing such a huge decline in health. It is these very things that disrupt the very systems  designed to protect us. The health of our GI system plays a huge role and dictates our level of health and vitality. It is important to understand that how stress impacts you (in whatever face it presents itself to you) will be very different then how that exact stress affects or does not affect another. In fact, one might find this to be quite annoying at times! What is important is taking the time to discover how your environment and lifestyle are impacting you!

Over time, if we are not conscious of the affects of these stressors we become highly vulnerable.  I am here to remind you that although there are certain things out of our control, there are many things still in our control. Taking control begins through understanding the impact your environment may be having on you and a great place to start is in taking the time to better understand a little more about what goes into your mouth.

Here is a great interview about the effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids by Ray Peat that really breaks down WHY unsaturated fats in our diet really do need to be reconsidered. Better understanding and elimination of these foods from your diet is a very simple way to begin restoring your metabolism, increasing your energy, healing your GI system, balancing your hormones, etc.

In addition to the facts that Dr. Peat presents in this interview on unsaturated fats there is one other factor around certain foods containing these fats that I find to be quite interesting and useful in understanding how confused we are about what “healthy” food really is.

I am speaking specifically about cruciferous vegetables. These include all your leafy greens (kale, chard, romaine, broccoli, cauliflower, etc) As I mentioned above, just because we are told something is “healthy” does not mean it was meant for us.

We as humans did not come equipped with what is called a rumen. Cows, goats, horses, sheep, giraffes, bison, phytoplankton along with many others are known as ruminant animals as it is the rumen that provides the tools necessary for the digestion of cellulose. These Herbivores, unlike human beings, dogs and pigs, are able to convert the cellulose in plants to protein and the polyunsaturated fats in plants to saturated fats to be used by the body. This very difference between human beings and ruminant animals is a major area of concern as there are many factors around the ingestion of Polyunsaturated fats that, according to Dr. Ray Peat, is one of the leading causes of insulin resistance.

Click here to learn more about unsaturated fats and how they are affecting you!

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  1. Completely agree with author.
    Salad is good, but be careful of fruits and vegetables grown with inorganic farming methods. Also, we should be aware of some deadly viruses like e-colli,etc.

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    July 3, 2011 • 4:40 pm •
  2. KirstenWise

    I am confused after reading this.  I am although interested in what point you are making.  The title says I shouldnt eat salad… then it dives into oils…. are you talking about dressing?  yes, nasty stuff in the stores…. but what about the salad info??
     
     I was under the impression that although they are undigested, they do fill us and help everything pass on through?  
     
    And these unsaturated fats in the link – that are made from veggies  (not even the veggies you mention as bad also not salads) are in a totally different state-processed and stored long term leaving them damaged… but what about the veggies that are fresh and are not processed?  isn’t it like comparing processed sugar to a beet?
     
    Also cruciferious veggies are digestable cooked, right?  not to mention I wouldnt see these as generally ‘salad’  ….  What about the veggies most see as salad??  spinach, and lettuce varieties ect?  
     
    p.s. also your links do not work except for the last one (great info btw… not about salad though) please clarify thank you.

    January 4, 2013 • 11:33 am •
  3. leanernow

    This is an old post, but I gotta follow up on both of these comments.  
     
    1. I was hoping this post would get into more of the details of why the typical eat at least 5 servings a day of veg doesn’t make any sense, and why over-consumption of vegetables will not make you healthier; however, it doesn’t, and both the comments below reflect a confusion on that point.
     
    2. Kate Deering has a more explanatory post on rethinking vegetable consumption over here: http://katedeering.com/archives/1163 
    And although I don’t follow the Archevore eating model, Kurt Harris covers a good explanation of veggies and hormesis here: http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/2/28/william-munny-eats-his-vegetables.html
     
    3.  Hormesis is one topic I wish peatarians would address a little more, some veg is good from an adaptive stand-point; however, Akhilesh Maurya’s spam comment of “salad is good” is just vague and unlikely true.

    January 21, 2013 • 11:17 am •
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    June 21, 2014 • 2:59 pm •