Living LifeWise: One Thing I’m Doing Right – The Megasalad

Living Lifewise Sunday, June 30, 2013 Written by

Living LifeWise is a regular column provided by LifeWise Ambassadors – LifeWise employees whose healthy choices are helping them live better lives. Today’s column is provided by LifeWise Ambassador Aaron Reid.

It’s often a real struggle for me to find the time and motivation to work out. I still get slightly winded after climbing a single flight of stairs. My strength levels are roughly those of a 9-year-old child. I don’t get as much sleep as I should. I could be better about flossing.

When I start to feel bad about all of the ways I’m not being healthy, it helps to focus on one thing I am doing right: the Megasalad.

What is a Megasalad, you ask?

Almost every night for dinner, I fill a huge bowl with a mountain of lettuce, onion, beans, raw almonds, tomato, avocado, mushrooms, beets and balsamic vinegar (no oil added). Then I stuff it all into my face while my loving family watches with a mix of shock and horror on their faces.

This routine has helped me maintain a healthy weight – without hating life for the first time in years. Because for most of my life, I’ve found that the healthier a food is, the less I enjoy it. The Megasalad is the exception to this rule for a few reasons:

  1. It’s Mega-Delicious
    If it weren’t for the avocado, beans and nuts, I might not be such a huge fan of the Megasalad. But they’re in there. And those are the ingredients that make it seem like actual food, rather than rabbit feed.
  1. It Lets Me Eat Like a Pig
    I’m a glutton by nature. I love eating larger meals than I should, at greater speeds than I should, using much larger bites than I should. The Megasalad is a healthy monstrosity that allows me to fill my stomach to maximum capacity without worrying about adding as much weight.
  1. It Prevents Other Foods From Entering
    “Why hello, entire rotisserie chicken! Did you say you’d like to be in my stomach? So sorry, but Megasalad is in there right now. Maybe some other time.”


One Downside to Megasalad Eating

There’s an old saying: for every man who enjoys eating Megasalads, there’s a significant other who despises the fact that it takes him take two hours to shovel a basketball-sized meal down his gullet.

OK, maybe no one ever said that. But they should. Because the time it takes to prepare and eat a Megasalad isn’t great for quality time during family meals. My wife often tries to help save time by preparing my Megasalad (she’s much faster than me), but she usually ends up watching helplessly as I try – and often fail – to finish eating it before bedtime.

Despite these minor issues, the Megasalad has been a good step on my road to a healthier life. So gentlemen… start your salad bowls. It tastes great and will help you get at least one thing right.


Aaron_ReidAaron Reid is a lifelong non-athlete, husband, and father of two. Aaron lives in Tukwila near a nice running trail with rabbits, most of whom have never seen him. He began running in 2012 and ran his first 5K that same year. However, his most impressive fitness accomplishment is that he has been sucking in his stomach from the age of 12 to the age of 38. Living LifeWise is a part of Aaron’s quest to one day enjoy running and have washboard abs.