Most salad bars are not your friend.  Lettuce is not particularly filling or nutritious.  Most people can’t eat enough raw broccoli to get full…  I usually COOK  1/2 to 1 pound of green veggies for each lunch and dinner, with 1 TEAspoon olive oil.

How to stay out of trouble at the salad bar:

  • Avoid (or severely limit) cheese and bacon, both of which are high in fat.
  • The same for dressings – on the side, dip your fork in it.  Olive oil is good for you, but not in unlimited quantities.
  • Try to get protein from beans, tuna salad, chicken salad (although these salads are often overloaded with mayo).
  • Avoid anything “crunchy” or “crispy” = FRIED.
  • Avoid pasta salad slathered in salad dressing.
  • Avoid fruit in “syrup” = SUGAR.

Hospital salad bar

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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