I have been eating a lot of salad in the past couple of weeks and when I say a lot – think 3 or even 4 times what you usually think of as a salad. The idea being I’ll fill up on nutritious food and start craving the bad stuff less. I first heard about eating like this from my friend Charlotte who discovered Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition months ago. I’m not a big fan of cutting major food groups out of ones diet – “everything in moderation, including moderation.” Low carb, high protein diets be they Atkins or Paleo will shed pounds but at what cost to the body? All the research points to the benefits of eating a plant based diet for optimum health and to reduce our risk of heart attacks, diabetes and cancer. I’d rather know that I’m getting lots and lots of goodness in the food I’m eating – think salad, veggies and lots of beans – and feeling great with it. And so yes, without really realizing it I have been eating a pure vegetarian diet – almost vegan diet since reading Eat to Live .