How I Lost Weight Day 3

By Harris Graber

Day 3—Daily Salad

I began the slow process to find out what I liked among the lower-calorie dressing. Imagine my surprise that I could make my own dressing of 16 ounces for 180 calories for the whole thing. That averages out to about 12 calories per tablespoon.

Quite a difference! At the same time, I realized that the lettuce salads weren’t giving me much in nutrition. So I researched the salads online and came upon a Greek salad with no lettuce that I modified.

My Greek Salad (that I have every day): small sweet tomatoes, crumbled Feta cheese, sliced black olives, cucumbers, red peppers, and pepperoni. I make sure to have all the ingredients on hand so I don’t run out. I need to chew everyday in order to enjoy food. The dressing that I created is 32 oz. of balsamic vinegar, 2 tsp. of Dijon mustard, 3-4 oz. of lemon juice, and 3-5 tablespoons of Splenda. The whole recipe makes over a pint and is 200 calories for the whole recipe. So 2 tablespoons of my dressing is 12 calories. My dressing is so strong that I don’t need much. But if I used 8 tablespoons as I did in February I would still be using 50 calories instead of 500. Some of the current salad dressings I use are any dressings with 50-60 calories per tablespoon.

My favorite cook who has a television show is Sam, the cooking guy, and his show called Just Cook It! Is on the Discovery Health Channel. He teaches how to cook and eat healthy food quickly. I have downloaded most of his recipes into a three-ring notebook. Tip: When you are downloading material you want to keep, buy 3 ring copy paper.

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