Linda loved to lose lbs. Early in life, she learned to lose by eating lots of lettuce .

Linda had retired from teaching in a school where the teachers held a weight-loss contest each year. Each participant put $10.00 in the pot, and the biggest loser got all the money. She’d eaten mostly lettuce for a month each time and almost always won the pot.


Lettuce. Ick. Nowadays the thought of the dreary, tasteless iceberg lettuce she’d lived on during those contest days made her nauseous. Why couldn’t she lose weight eating fried chicken and chocolate pie?

chocolate pie

But she was determined to lose weight. All that fried food and dessert she’d let herself devour the two years since retirement had put fifteen extra pounds on her short frame. Okay. Lettuce it would be. Linda cleared the leftovers out of her refrigerator and went to the grocery store. Not just any store–a store which claimed to sell healthy, organic fruits and vegetables. She rushed past the deli and the bakery sections with her nose in the air and headed directly to the produce section.

She couldn’t find any iceberg lettuce. In her search, though, she noticed all kinds of greens, some of which looked vaguely like types of lettuce. There were Romaine, arugula, Boston lettuce, little gems, mesclun, watercress, oak leaf lettuce – green, red, & bronze – and even an interesting variety called lamb’s lettuce. What a find! SONY DSCSONY DSC

Linda bought a few varieties of the lettuces and some other raw vegetables and took them home. She looked on the internet for salad dressing suggestions and recipes. She found good ideas on a site all about the lettuce . Her new diet took shape when she looked up how many ounces she should add of healthy protein sources–turkey slices, chicken breast, tuna, salmon, parmesan cheese, etc.

At long last, Linda’s lettuce-based meals became anything but dreary. Each salad became a new inspiration and a new taste treat. A different lettuce combination, a bit of chopped celery, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, or other veg, a different protein, and a different dressing each time.

In a month, she lost five pounds. It took several more months to get to her desired weight because a woman couldn’t  entirely give up chocolate, you know. But she has maintained her trim body weight ever since. LOL salad1



About Joyce Ann Brown

Freelance writer retired from a long career as a library media specialist, adventurer, reader, lover of all things spunky. Besides hiking K.C. trails weekly, I currently write for publications and write cozy mysteries. Find Catastrophic Connections and Furtive Investigation on Amazon.
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