Dr. Wilbur is a very healthy man. One look at him and you know he practices what he preaches. He talks a lot about healthy nutrition, and it’s obvious he’s enjoyed his fair share of vegetables. His skin glows, he’s fit and trim, and clearly enthusiastic about health and helping his patients.
I walked into Dr. Wilbur’s office in a fair amount of pain. Pain I had been ignoring for 6 years due to lack of proper health insurance. But desperate times call for desperate measures. I saved up the money to go, and I can tell you it was worth every penny. Dr. Wilbur also gave me a “lightbulb moment”.
You see, I think most of us who are interested in good health can sometimes suffer from too much information. We become paralyzed by the studies we read and the different opinions of various medical professionals. Never mind the health magazines or millions of books with their own slant on what good health should be and how to achieve it.
I went into this chiropractic appointment expecting just a simple intake interview and a quick adjustment. What I got, was a very simple realization.
You can put any slant you want on good nutrition. You can come at it from any angle you like. You can put any spin you want on it, but it always boils down to one very basic principle. “Eat your vegetables“.
I know that sounds beyond simplistic. But the truth is, we don’t do that enough in America. Food has the power to heal, and the foods that heal are fruits and vegetables (I don’t know too many people who have been healed by dairy or pasta. Do you?). While I doubt I will ever go back to being vegetarian, Dr. Wilbur (who is a vegetarian) reminded me that getting enough vegetables in your day is critical. And he did a great job of “dumbing it down” for me. He said one thing that really stuck with me. “Eat a salad at every meal“.
I know that sounds almost silly, but it was something that really struck me. The way he talked about salads and how to make them tasty and keep them varied and interesting really reminded me that “eating your vegetables” is honestly a basic and very simple thing to do. And what an impact it has! He talked about how it doesn’t really matter what’s in a salad, so long as you load up on the veggies. Then he ticked off a list and my brain took mental notes. The result is the salad below.
So thanks to Dr. Wilbur, you’ll be seeing some regular salad recipes on this blog. In fact, I’ve decided that I will do my best to make every Saturday or Sunday around here, a new salad recipe. So stay tuned for that. But for now, here is my Dr. Wilbur inspired salad.
Now go eat some veggies!
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The Clean Eating Dr. Wilbur Salad
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 2 cups spring mix
- 1 cup shredded broccoli
- 1 medium carrot, grated
- 1/2 cup chopped, raw mushrooms
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seed
Pear Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients:
(Makes approximately 2/3 cup)
- 1 medium pear
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic (2 if you like a strong garlic flavor)
- 2 tablespoons oil (any light flavored oil will do)
- Mix all your salad ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
- Combine all your dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour over salad and serve.
Note: You can use any vegetables you happen to have in your fridge. Dr. Wilbur’s point in discussing salads was that we can get a whole lot more veggies into our eating plans if we dump as many veggies as we can into a salad. So load up! The above list is just a suggestion.