An Ode to Salad
Having a stem cell transplant is a relatively quick process – at least the transplant itself is. Stem cells are already collected, so they literally just push them into the IV and it takes less than five minutes. The difficult part, at least for me, is the precautions that have to be followed during recovery. I can’t go in public places without a mask and gloves, and I have to be on a low-microbial diet.
The most difficult part for me, however, has been the diet. I can’t eat any raw vegetables or fruits, except for thick-skinned citrus fruits and bananas, or washed/peeled apples and cucumbers. I also can’t eat any leafy greens.
No spring mix.
No happiness :(
When people think ‘diet’ or ‘healthy’, they frequently think of salad. Why? Because salad packs a powerful punch of nutrients in a very low-calorie package. Beyond its functional purposes in any healthy diet, salads are SO fun.
Imagine salads as those goodie bags you used to get from birthday parties as a kid. Quite honestly, that was the part of the parties I looked forward to most – getting to the end of the party to take away a colorful plastic baggie of assorted dollar-store toys and candy. You could put any combination of items in a bag and call it a goodie bag, much like you can also put any combination of food items in a bowl and call it a salad.
You’ve got your bean salads, quinoa salads, egg salads, pasta salads, berry salads, nut salads…the list goes on.
I’m going to sit here lustfully as I look back on all of the salads I’ve posted on my blog. And I’m not going to feel bad about it!
I will end my ode to salad with an open letter to salad directly:
I’m sorry I ever took you for granted. We humans always want something new and exciting, but we also fail to realize that you, Salad, are as new and exciting as it gets! Your ability to ‘keep things interesting’ and ‘spice it up’ forever leaves me lovestruck. I promise I will never ever leave you again. Please forgive me for being so neglectful of you and cooking you while on this low-microbial diet. I promise to love you in your true, natural form.