Half my Size with the Ridiculously Big Salad!
You asked for it. You got it.
It has finally arrived in print!
I present your 6-week meal plan with recipes and shopping lists to help you implement the way of eating that was critical to my own weight loss, a meal plan approach that I call "The Ridiculously Big Salad." It is a one-meal-a-day ketogenic meal plan that was a game-changer for me in my decades-struggle with weight loss. I am "half my size," down to 140 pounds from 280 due to this eating framework. I am proud to say that many other very excited older women are following in my path, changing our lives completely.
When I started the Eat Like A Bear! group in July of 2018, I had little self-awareness that I had a distinct model of eating to lose the 140 pounds. I tell people I eat keto foods and use intermittent fasting. That is indeed the case, but there are many possible models of implementing keto and intermittent fasting. In fact, there is a lot of confusion and many misconceptions in the world of ketogenic dieting that The Ridiculously Big Salad cuts right through.
Distinct in the Keto Diet World
It turns out that what I ate all of those months really followed a distinct and highly-replicable model, with elements we probably should not dismiss or take for granted, especially as people implement variations of this concept with a little less success. In fact, what made me realize The Ridiculously Big Salad might have been a key tool for me is noticing two things:
- The people joining the Eat Like A Bear! group in Facebook in 2018 having the most success were those eating The Ridiculously Big Salad.
- Some people’s implementation of The Ridiculously Big Salad did not fit what I considered to be my model of The Ridiculously Big Salad and they seemed to have less success. (Some might eat a lot of protein on top of a few green leaves, for instance.)
These observations sent me to my kitchen for about 8 weeks, pondering the details of The Ridiculously Big Salad framework.
If you know my story, you know that when I started my dive into this weight loss, I had no real plan. I started with an extended water fast and then began eating "one meal a day." I decided that if I was only going to eat once, I would eat a whole lot of bulk with fewer calories and so I bulked up on salad greens. I added calories via homemade salad dressings and protein toppers. As I was deconstructing my salad-making this past spring for this book, I discovered that, with no real planning, my salads predictably had about 500 calories tied up in salad dressing, made with a healthy fat. The salads have a predictably giant bed of salad greens. The have a healthy protein on top.
I ate this "meal type" about 80% of the time in my most intensive phases of weight loss. In maintenance, I eat The Ridiculously Big Salad just about as often, though I do often add another item or two to my daily eating. In any case, I continue to rely on The Ridiculously Big Salad. I feel better when I am eating it and miss it when I haven't had it for a couple of days.
The Ridiculously Big Salad makes the news!
When I was on NBC news affiliate KGET, news anchor Maddie Jannsen was pretty amazed by the ridiculously big size of the bowl I use to eat The Ridiculously Big Salad.
The Ridiculously Big Salad is its own framework
The Ridiculously Big Salad has an actual, specific framework, a key point that blew my mind since I was really just flying blind all of those months, grinding out the weight loss from 2017 into 2018. I had no intention whatsoever to be here in 2020 writing a book about it all, or leading a mini-revolution among the women on Facebook and YouTube. Heck, I just wanted to be able to walk across my house without limping and to hike with my sons in the forest near our home in California's Giant Sequoia National Monument. My desperation was deep and my goals were basic.
All that said, you know my mantra in the Eat Like A Bear! group: You don't need surgery, drugs, or branded products to succeed with this weight loss approach. All you need is your own bootstraps. Reach down and pull yourself up.
As I say in the original e-book on this website, The Bear Bones Blueprint, you do not need this book about The Ridiculously Big Salad. I discuss "The Ridiculously Big Salad" LIVE on Facebook regularly, in the Eat Like A Bear! group on Facebook, and anywhere else I happen to be. Fellow moms at my sons' school see me and my actual real-life salads regularly. The salad is no secret. The book has no secrets. I am not going to tell you that there are three hidden secrets in the book that will unlock your weight loss dreams. You don't need me or this book for that because you already have yourself and, it turns out, that is really all you actually need.
However, for some months I have gotten feedback that people want more specific details about the salad. From that feedback, I holed up in my kitchen weighing and measuring things like I never do (and hope not to have to do all that often) and realizing, by golly, this salad thing really is an actual framework. I lay the framework out in this book.
The cooking strategies could save a huge amount of time and fuss
More so, there is a specific way I prepare the salads using very basic bulk cooking strategies, to ensure that I always have a 10-minute salad at my disposal every single day that tastes different from yesterday's salad.
The book is laid out according to these bulk cooking strategies: Each week you will bulk cook one or two protein items. You will eat some this week and freeze some. I instruct you how to do so.
Do I need this book if I know how to make salads?
When I started to work on this book, I said to people, "Anyone who knows how to make a salad does not need this book."
I gave an earlier draft to a few core Bear members, all of whom know how to cook and make salads. One of them had been stalled and frustrated. She's an excellent cook. I noticed that despite her skills, reading the book prompted her to implement the strategy with new gusto and she's already down a few pounds as a result.
Maybe sometimes it's not really about the recipe, but about the motivation and inspiration. The book describes why the framework works and why you should try it.
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This book has been a life savor. Not only for when I first started out in Keto and the RBS but as a reference during the last 7 months. If I get a little off tract, out it comes. It helps do some of the thinking for me, complete with shopping list and to do list!!! My favorite is the taco salad. I never woulda put warm meat on a salad...it’s has the best comfort food taste!!! We love it. Since May 2019 my
Family of 4 has lost over 210!!! All doing RBS!!! Thanks Amanda!!!
This is the definite go-to for eating like a Bear!!! Whether you eat a RBS everyday or once and awhile, this book is where it’s at! You can follow this religiously or adapt to your Keto lifestyle.
The book is organized and well laid out. Easy to read and follow. I love the ideas about bulk cooking your protein. If I hadn’t meal prepped, I know I wouldn’t have been successful.
Thanks Amanda Rose! You’ve helped me change my life!!!
So many ideas and so well presented and explained. Organized and to the point. A great tool for OMAD and even for IF by dividing salad portions. I love it!
If you are like me and looking for a simple, no fuss way to get your eating under control, this is the last book you will ever need. No weighing, measuring, adjusting macros..blah blah blah. Eat these salads once a day and you will see results like you never have-
I've just got the updated version of the RBS and I quite simply LOVE IT. I loved the original version but this one, with the added information, and pictures, really hits the mark. Somehow it now looks more like a 'book' and with pictures showing the deliciousness of the food, I am encouraged even more to follow the programme. rock on Bears!
I just finished reading the updated version (Oct. 2019) of The Ridiculously Big Salad ebook and all I can say is WOW. It is packed full of so much useful information and heartfelt words of encouragement. While it is true that you don't need to purchase this e-book to succeed with this diet I highly suggest that you do because it will give you the encouragement and foundation you need to succeed. Amanda has outdone herself with this version. I started OMAD and RBS on Sept. 27th and while I haven't stuck to it religiously like I should have I am still down almost 10lbs. Before this I was doing low carb/low calorie and 16:8 IF, the beginning of Sept. I found the Eat Like a Bear facebook group and started doing OMAD but not with a salad and I have to say that it is so much easier doing OMAD if you eat the Ridiculously Big Salad. Buy the book, sit down and relax and read thru the whole thing and then start your journey to a brand new you 🙂
I came across Eat Like A Bear group on a FB feed and it piqued my curiosity, so I clicked on through. I'm so glad that I did. After reading members' stories and seeing their pictures, I was so impressed by this supportive community. I read everything and watched the videos and started straight away. It became clear to me that this was absolutely legit and so inspirational. How fab are her videos, Amanda is just AMANDA, what you see is what you get, a funny, humble, down-to-earth, passionate lady.
If you don't know where to start, just get this book and do exactly what she outlines and you WILL succeed. After a little while you will get into your own groove and tweak it to suit your lifestyle. I bought this ebook and let me tell you, what a fabulous read, Amanda is passionate to share her story and help others. It is clear that alot of time and effort has gone into this. This ebook is exactly what it suggests, just a pdf book with Amanda's tips and recipes, to help you, no hidden BS, no gimmicks, just you and your time and effort to make these salads. Why re-invent the wheel when Amanda has "been there, done that" and is willing to share with you exactly how she did it.
But listen up, just like a smoker struggling to quit smoking you have to be in the MIND SET that you are on a journey to change your life. The hardest part is making the decision. Once you have made that decision, there will be no stopping you.
My husband (a total sugar freak who would sit down EVERY evening to lollies, chips, chocolate) has also started this way of eating only 2 weeks ago, and already he has more energy and is looking slimmer and healthier.
The Asian Peanut salad dressing is to DIE for, so much so that my 5 year old son helped me make it and then helped me eat it! So full of yummy goodness 🙂 I am excited and looking forward to trying each and every salad recipe in this book, I am sure I will not be disappointed.
Honestly, just jump in and get started! I thought I'd try it for 2 weeks and then see how I felt, well, it's been 4 weeks and still going strong. I feel fantastic, I feel liberated from stressing about food, it's so great to walk out the door without my little baggie of mandated 4 snacks and lunch and whatever else was dragging me down. Every day I am feeling a little more like the ME I used to be.
Thank you Amanda.
I made the Asian peanut dressing today. I put it over cabbage, chicken, sliced red, orange, yellow mini bell peppers, and green onion and topped it all off with a few peanuts. I've always been a salad eater, never had a problem throwing together a fantastic salad. I was skeptical about "bothering with" (for lack of a better phrase) buying the RBS book, but I figured if it ended up as 10 bucks down the drain, no biggie. Let me tell you, if the book came only with this dressing recipe and the Big Mac dressing recipe, it would be well worth it.
But wait! there's more!!
The "Honey" Mustard dressing is also killer! I suppose I should try some of the other recipes, but everyday I make a different one, is a day I'm not having one of the delicious three I've already tried!
In conclusion, treat yo self to the RBS ebook! Not only are the recipes phenomenal, Amanda includes tons of tips and tricks on how to make the RBS work for you.
**not a paid endorsement** 😂 😂 😂
This book is for everyone. It is for those of us who want the principles and a bunch of yummy recipes and we'll do as we please with them. It is for those who want to be told exactly what to buy at the grocery and what to prepare and eat on a day-to-day basis. And frankly, if you aren't even attempting to do any keto or intermittent fasting, it has some awesome recipes!
As a single mom, I have spent much of my life doing meal planning before the term was even a thing and one of my guilty pleasures is watching bizarre amounts of meal planning videos on Youtube (how I cook for one day and feed my family of 37 for a month!) So coming from my background, I was rather surprised at the number of tips and tricks in this book that make my life easier.
With this system, you have 1-2 hours of meal prep a week, plus 5-10 minutes a day. You can *disconnect* from thinking about food all the time. And there's no way you won't save way more than the $10 cost of this book your first grocery trip.
What will YOU do with the time, money and energy you save? (Apparently, what I am doing with a lot of it is posting on the Eat Like a Bear (ELAB) group on Facebook!)
The amazing bit is not that Amanda lost 100 pounds in 8 months, then went on to lose another 40 during "maintenance," the extraordinary bit is she STUCK TO A DIET FOR 8 MONTHS. Amanda's system makes it *easy* to do, so you're not fighting with yourself all the time, nor spending every weekend doing meal prep for the week. IMO, this is one of the largest benefits of the ELAB system, and especially the Ridiculously Big Salad (RBS) - making the whole thing as easy as possible.
If you already know all about low-carb eating (I've been at it for DECADES due to T2), you know all about intermittent fasting and you've watched all the videos about autophagy, this book is still an extremely worthwhile addition to your life. The principles are sound, but you don't have to understand them; the system is easy.
The beginning of January I saw a postcard video of Yellowstone.... I heard every word this woman was saying... it was as if she was speaking just to me and me only!! I did my research and read more of her posts watch more videos and jumped in on January 14, 2019. I have never looked back!! I’ve come this far because of Amanda Rose and her ELAB group on Facebook! I only regret that I have is that I didn’t find her earlier! She has changed my life completely and only for the better! I couldn’t be more grateful to her and her group!!! I want you to know that no matter how old you are you can do this too! I am living proof that if you set your mind to something and you follow her easy steps you too can lose the weight! If there was a way that I can give her group and her five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I would give them all to her!! Heck, if I can give her 1 million stars I would! Eat Like A Bear group and Amanda Rose has saved my life, I’m healthier stronger and more confident than I have ever been in my entire lifetime!