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    MICKEYH   43,624
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** My salad in a jar. ** *\(^o^)/*

Monday, July 22, 2013

Yesterday, I have completed ETL ( Eat to live ) 6 weeks plant based-whole foods vegetarian program. Prior to this plan I was on my plateau for more then 5 weeks. Spark Friend who is flowing my blogs may remember this problem. I needed to do something different and it may required all my might and pushing out of my comfort zone. Yep,, you know, I finally summon my courage and decided to start this ETL program. I knew about this program and effect of it for a while. I have read the book and learned about the benefits of over all health, and great possibility of losing weight. But When I first learned about this, I was very reluctant about whole thing and I didn't think I can do it. I wasn't very fun of vegetables since I was a kid and fruits for dessert doesn't seems appeal to me. But now, I am so glad I did it. It worked and I was able to eat lots of veggies and fruits and kept going until today and will be on beyond today. It was only 2 slip up incidents in the total 6 weeks of this program with bit of birthday cake and pizza. But with this plan, my plateau got broken and my total weight loss on this program is about 8 lbs. I could have done better if there were no slip up and also I pay more attention and focused. But..Not bad for the 6 weeks program with my body frame.

I now looking forwards to eat my variety of salads and fruits. Will follow the guide line of ETL and was looking for some ways of preserving and keeping my greens longer. On last Wednesday, I found thread in my ETL team about "storage of leafy greens" originated by CHRISTASP and many other SP member participated on the thread and there, I found a great idea sharing, posted by MIMO11. She has shared a YouTube video about a woman who come up idea of making her "salad in a jar". By the end of video she had completely convinced me of the idea and wanted to do the same. So I had not even have time to reply the thread to thank the idea sharing. But I ordered my starter kit. ( Thank you team and Christina and Mimo who shared wonderful ideas.)

My order consists of:
*Salad Spinner.
*Food Saver-Handheld Vacuum. ( Re-chargeable )
*A dozen of wide-mouth Mason Jar.(quarts size)
*Food Saver-wide mouth Jar sealer attachment.

(For extra I also ordered veggie slicer and grater set which is not in the picture for my convenience of making salads.)

I ordered on late Wednesday and received my stuff Friday, thanks to amazon prime for quick 2 day shipment. However, the Salad Spinner came broke. And I did not like the spinner of how they made and was smaller then what I thought would be. also thin and looks cheaper. I've decided to returning it ASAP. Mean while, I've went to Bed Bath and beyond for my Salad Spinner.( With 20% off) This time I got better one. OXO brand with stainless steel bowl. And I love it!! They looks good and very durable. After using this Spinner, I was so amazed how did I survived with out one until today! Lol)) (*^^*) makes so easy for salad preparation. Looks so nice I can even serve salads in it as salad bowl and strait to fridge.

I've made 4 Romain salad in a jar and one with kale. It worked !! sealed air tight.
According to the lady, will keep in fridge for 7- 9 days with out the edges turning brown. Yay!! No more waists and tossing my greens in a garbage.

With this salad in a jar, my fridge got so organized too. No more messy fridge.
Looks like my small fridge got make over and have more space.

I am very happy with my "salad in a jar" and organized of my fridge. *\(^o^)/*
I want to thank my Spark friends and teams for wonderful info and supports.
If you are interested in "salad in a jar" or ETL program and support team here is the info.


*Salad in a jar

** Have a happy and healthy week everyone !! (*^^*) Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read, or/and comment on my blog. Your support is very much appreciate it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEBSZOO74 8/29/2013 1:22AM

    This sounds like such a great idea! I've seen some ideas on Pinterest and wondered how well it worked. May just have to give it a try! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/12/2013 8:31AM

    I LOVE your blog!! I checked out the two links you shared and I ordered the book from the library. I am going to read it and see if it is something I can do. If I like what I read (and your blog is SO positive about it), I will join the team too and try it out.

I am on a plateau right now, the same 2-3 lbs. up and down, so it will be great not just to not be on the plateau anymore BUT be healthier. emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/12/2013 6:30AM

    Now this is like twice in two days I have heard about salad in a jar! And your salad spinner from bed bath & beyond sounds awesome! I have had two different plastic ones the past 20 years - both got warped or messes up various ways. Stainless sounds more sturdy so I will have to check that out!!

Thanks for sharing your experience!!

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NEWRUNNER2 8/10/2013 11:30PM

    It's so great that you finished your ETL challenge. I give you LOTS of credit and a HUGE pat on the back! It sounds like it was a really good learning experience.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/28/2013 11:52AM


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    Mickey . . . you are a pioneer. I have the big OXO salad spinner and I also use it to store my greens. When I bring home greens, I wash and spin all the greens I bought, drain the water from the spinner, then put the greens in the basket in the salad spinner in the fridge so they are ready to go. I buy greens almost every 3 days but in the winter I will not be so keen on walking around buying greens. The spinner is large so it is hard to find a spot for it in my little kitchen so I am killing two birds with one stone.
I can't wait to hear about how many days your salads last.

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FITBIZZZ 7/24/2013 1:44PM

    NicE! I have had a problem keeping my greens crisp the day I bring them home from the CSA. Thanks for the idea (s)!

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OHANAMAMA 7/24/2013 12:09PM

    I have read about this before and looked into the vacuum sealers. I just can't afford one currently, but it's great to know that it works and will be worth investing in when I can.

I also have the eat to live book... and pretty much follow an mostly raw veggie and fruit diet. I have never felt better! :)

Great blog and thank you for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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MUDDER91 7/23/2013 8:59AM

    Looks great! I am so glad you were able to break your plateau with some great, healthy eating!

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GEMLADYONE 7/22/2013 6:55PM

    Wow! Thanks for the salad in a jar idea! i'll have to look into this. DH makes our salads, but it takes him a while each night and makes it hard to get in exercise time, so a time-saver and space-saver is welcome.

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UZA77777 7/22/2013 4:32PM

    Great blog, Mickey... sounds like you're off to a fantastic start with E2L.

WooHoo! for sure :)


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1CRAZYDOG 7/22/2013 11:56AM

    Great idea!

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DALID414 7/22/2013 11:07AM

    I've made these before! I have mason jars that seal themselves, besides I eat my salads pretty quickly so they don't last 7-9 days in my fridge emoticon

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KIMPY225 7/22/2013 10:18AM

    Awesome - I am glad that is working out for you!!

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TURTLETALK 7/22/2013 10:06AM

    Salad in a jar, what a great idea. I will check this out.

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DS9KIE 7/22/2013 9:50AM

    Hey I didn't know you could use the jars with the hand held vacuum (I got this in may for I'm bday) that is cool. And the salads last 7 day...woo hoo

I'm going to try that with my hand held vacuum....I'm going to use the zip lock bag I have right now...meanwhile I will get those jars and lids.

Oh the possibilities

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MIMO11 7/22/2013 8:08AM

    MickeyH, that you so much for the post on my page. I'm glad you got inspired with your salads. The vacuuming really does work and it makes it so much easier to have the lettuce and veggies ready in the fridge when you get hungry. The faster I can get a salad on the table, the less likely I am to snack on something that's not good for me. I'm very proud of you for all your steps to get on track. Congratulations.

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FALLNTENN 7/22/2013 7:26AM

    This looks like a great idea. Congratulations on getting off the plateau.
8lbs WooHoo!

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DRAGON-CHICK 7/22/2013 6:46AM

    Great info. Thank you!
I may invest in this system as well.

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OWL_20 7/22/2013 6:06AM

    This is a great post! And thanks so much for the links. I was vegetarian in my college days and I was really fit--I think it's time to make the transition again. Appreciate you writing about it as it got to me to thinking. And I love the storage ideas, too. *hugs*

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POPSY190 7/22/2013 3:27AM

    This looks marvellous! What a good idea.

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CHRISTASP 7/22/2013 3:06AM

    emoticon Wonderful blog! Very interesting!

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YMWONG22 7/22/2013 2:41AM

  Great idea. Make living healthy that much more easy and efficient.
Will check out the links above later.
Thanks for sharing your personal experiences.
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NUOVAELLE 7/22/2013 1:58AM

    What a great idea, Mickey! And I love the way the fridge gets organized. It's also time-saving and definitely money-saving, too!
Let us know if the lady was right. Are they really going to last for 7-9 days without brown edges? I'm really curious! (And I hope they do!)
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