Vietnamese Salad – Ideal for Paleo or Ketogenic Diets, Weight Loss and Intermittent Fasting Programs

Vietnamese Salad Recipe

Even though I’m a nutritionist, I’m not much of a foodie, or a chef, so I love simple meals that are easy to prepare, and easy to digest.

This Vietnamese salad is a ripper, and is really tasty.

With no grain or dairy, and an option of removing the sugar, it is ideal for ketogenic diets, intermittent fasting programs, paleo diets, and weight loss diets or elimination/detox programs.

The recipe is as follows (courtesy of


  •  3 (600g) chicken breast fillets – in this case I used lamb.
  •  1/2 large wombok (Chinese cabbage), finely shredded
  •  2 carrots, peeled, cut into matchsticks
  •  1 cup fresh mint leaves
  •  1 cup fresh coriander leaves
  •  1 quantity Vietnamese dressing
  •  1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped


  •  1/3 cup lime juice
  •  1/3 cup fish sauce
  •  4 small red chillies, deseeded, finely chopped
  •  2 tablespoons brown sugar – I removed this and replaced it with some stevia to make it lower in sugar or calories, so truer to a Paleo meal or detox recipe, or in line with the guidelines to keep one in ketosis on a ketogenic diet. It still tasted yum!!
  • Step 1
    Make dressing: Whisk lime juice, fish sauce, chilli (and sugar – optional) together in a jug until sugar has dissolved.
  • Step 2
    Place chicken in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover. Simmer, turning once, for 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from pan. Cool. Shred.
  • Step 3
    Place cabbage, carrot, mint, coriander and chicken in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve.


Research: Intermittent Fasting Slows Down The Ageing Process

Harvard Study Shows The Surprising Impact of Intermittent Fasting On The Ageing Process

More evidence (linked at the bottom) showing the outstanding benefits of fasting and intermittent fasting.

If not for weight loss, detoxification, reducing inflammation, treating chronic illness, CFS, fibromyalgia, IBS, depression, anxiety or boosting your immune system, why not try it so that you live longer…

I offer intermittent and extended fasting progams one on one with individuals or with groups. I use bio-impedance testing along the way to monitor energy levels, inflammation, body composition, biological age. See these link for more details:

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The Benefits of Fasting

Article: “Lent, Ramadan and other fasting periods have benefits for body and mind.”

The above article, linked below, by Tegan Taylor for ABC News, discusses the potential benefits and some of the research that has emerged in recent years.

It is a super conservative article that really only touches on the subject of fasting and it’s benefits. There has been stacks of evidence in recent years that has come out on the benefits of both intermittent fasting and extending fasting for a number of both chronic physical ailments, and also psychological conditions.

Interestingly, whilst fasting has really gained momentum as a modality and in the research world in the West over the past decade, it had been researched extensively in the former Soviet Union for over 50 years. The doctor who introduced me to fasting, and from whom I have been trained on using fasting as a health and performance modality, Dr Vagif Soultanov, was formerly a research biochemist, and medical doctor in the former Soviet Union involved in much of this research. As a practitioner now, he continues to use this potent modality in his work with clients. I have found his fasting methods to be far more thorough and complete, or comprehensive, than any extended fasts I have seen used by Western practitioners.

Fasting is not as scary and difficult as it may seem to most. Most of the fear and difficulty is in the mind stemming from unfamiliarity. Once you begin to fast, if you do it properly, you begin to break down these fears and barriers.

However, especially extended fasting (longer than 2 days), is something that you should not attempt without supervision from a practitioner experienced in extended fasting. I have had many people email me after finding an online extended fast, experiencing difficulty and unsure what to do next. An experienced practitioner will assess your individual health, and circumstances, to determine what fasting program will suit you best – not some program online that sounds cool.

I offer fasting programs for clients, mostly one on one either in person, or online via Skype/phone etc. Initially I ask lots of questions to assess your current health, your long term goals, your life circumstances etc. to work out the best program for you. I also offer fasting for groups at times.

I have blogged on fasting, including some of this research, in the past, and will endeavour to add more and more soon.

If you would like to contact me for an appointment, or to discuss fasting, and you health further, please email me at or call 0425 739 918.