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7/30/10 11:20 P

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You're gonna love Zesty Blend.....

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7/30/10 3:41 P

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Funny, I just found some Zesty Blend today, as I am visiting out of state. Thanks for the tip!

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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7/28/10 9:06 P

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Thanks for the tip. We don't have a Kroger's here, but I can look for the name Zesty Blend. I kinda like SPIKE, though.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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7/28/10 6:55 P

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Kroger's has a wonderful seasoning called Zesty Blend.
Very Yummy and cheaper than Spike and tastier than Ms. Dash.

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7/28/10 4:19 P

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I was amazed that I didn't miss the sodium in the Speedy Beans and Vegetable soup. No-salt beans, no-salt anything, and only 2 TBSP no-salt SPIKE. With the intense flavors, salt seemed irrelevant!

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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7/28/10 1:15 P

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thank for the suggestion

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7/28/10 11:15 A

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Excellent advice BURRITAELITA. There is some truth to our need to retrain our taste buds. We have been so overwhelmed with fat, sugar and salt we have to relearn what real food is. It took me awhile to learn to LOVE broccoli without salt and butter, but truth is I DO!!

I'm still not 100% salt free, but it's a rare splurge when I reach for the shaker.

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7/28/10 10:15 A

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I've been thinking about your problem of trying recipes and then throwing them out when you are disappointed in the result. I really recommend that you read Fuhrman's book, Eat for Health Vol. 1, "The Mind Makeover," before you go much further, or you may have repeat experiences. Furhman's recipes are very delicious in my opinion, but someone new to this way of eating may not find them so.

Fuhrman's Eat for Health Vol. 1 The Mind Makeover can help you adjust your thinking in incremental steps with "food exercises" to help your body and taste preferences shift toward preferring foods that are healthy for you.

Re-reading Vol. 1 and experimenting with Vol. 2 are the best things I have done this summer. It has been an amazing journey.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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7/28/10 12:15 A

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SOMETHING is always better than nothing.

Obviously, the more we do the better we feel.

BUT,

doing nothing will get us nowhere........

Every small step is one measure closer to optimal health which is further toward our goals than simply doing nothing.


GIVE ME SOMETHING.......anyday!!!

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I can have anything I want --- I just don't want that.
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Keep your eyes on the PRIZE @@
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7/27/10 9:35 P

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yes you have a point there

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7/27/10 9:14 P

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I hate to waste, too. Juicing can look like a lot of waste, since I had tons of carrot pulp after juicing 7 lbs. of carrots, but I put them in our compost, and they will go to our garden to nourish it for next year. If I didn't compost, I would really have a hard time just throwing it all away. I would probably stop juicing.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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7/27/10 8:43 P

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thanks for your support, I discourage easily and I'm having a very hard time because I can't cook. I am terrified of wasting food. i used to dumpster dive at a wood mill. I got a lot of wood out of there to burn. Also a number of things for projects. never did them because I didn't want to waste the wood. what happened it was burned. I would have been out nothing. Its hard to do new things with that kind of thinking. I have tried some recipes and they don't turn out

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7/27/10 4:20 P

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Fuhrman says any step in the right direction is better than no step that way. Just eating raw veggies before your meals is an improvement because you increase your nutrient intake and naturally reduce your intake of other less nourishing foods. He also emphasizes that any produce is healthier than junk or convenience foods and organic is a bonus to try for if possible.
No one should feel discouraged from trying to be healthier because of finances or the limits of their kitchen equipment. Less junk, more color, more legumes. Very simple.


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7/27/10 4:03 P

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KOKOEK9--I didn't want to discourage anyone from trying Fuhrman's eating-style. The Eat for Health presentation is not so inflexible. I would say, though, that having a high-speed blender (whether Vita-Mix or other) and a juicer is necessary not only for making the smoothies, salad dressings and dips, soups, and sorbets, but also because these facilitate his nutritional approach, which aims to increase consumption of micronutrients at each meal. Blended salads and smoothies and soups make this more possible, because although he recommends raw salads every day, your body can more easily absorb the nutrients when they're, shall we say, finely chewed already.

The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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7/27/10 3:14 P

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KOKOEK9- If you want more flexibility, then try Eat For Health. There is a gradual plan in there. There is also the fact that you will get out of the program what you put into it. You can be more lax, however lose weight and change your body at a slower rate. That's just nature.

You don't need a Vitamix, VeggieZest, or anything expensive. I manage to do Eat To Live by buying in-season fruits and veggies in bulk and freezing the extra for the off season, getting bulk dried beans and legumes, shopping sales, and always trying to think of a way to do it myself. I'd never buy pre-cut onions. I'm perfectly capable of cutting my own onions and saving a ton of money over the number of onions I use.

It's also true that junk food costs more in the long run than healthy food. Junk food leads to coronary artery disease, which has huge financial and LIFE consequences. No one wants coronary artery disease, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.

I can make 4 servings of Winter Carrot Soup (from one of my cookbooks, great recipe!) for less than $1.50 for 4 servings. Yep, that's right. But look how much junk costs. What's a trip to McDonald's, or even junk groceries at the grocery store? My local grocery store shows a meal for 4 every week and how much it costs, to show how "affordable" things are in their store. Stuff is about $4 a serving! It's insane!

So when you consider that it's expensive to eat healthy, consider the alternative. Look for ways to cut corners and save money. I use a blender that I bought at Target for $15 on the day after Thanksgiving. A Vitamix would be great, and maybe one day I'll get one, but for now the food is my spending priority.

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7/27/10 2:11 P

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Hi I just joined because I have heard so much about his work, haven't got hids book yet but now I don't know if I want to if it is an inflexible system and very expensive as well

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7/27/10 11:27 A

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As I read the Eat to Live, I, too, had the impression that it was all or nothing, however, as I read his other books I came to understand that it is up to us to choose how much we want to benefit from eating for health. Our health will correspond with how we eat.

I like your ideas for substituting less expensive items for some of the "suggested" products. I believe that we can find cheaper and more accessible products.

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7/27/10 11:08 A

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You're like me--you're a problem-solver. But many people have trouble figuring out how to economize yet still eat healthily, especially for a plan like Fuhrman's.

In my case, I have done the following to make his eating-style more affordable for me. I'm a teacher, so while I have a job, I'm not free to spend as much as I might like.

1. Substitute Mrs. Dash or SPIKE or no-salt bouillon for VegiZest.

2. Bought pear and fig-infused vinegar off the grocery shelf.

3. Use produce from our large garden whenever possible. For me, that's lots of leafy greens, blackberries, and tomatoes. Butternut squash and pumpkins, figs, pears, and apples on the way. (only 1/2 acre, but my husband loves edible plants!)

3. Trade in vacations over two summers for first a Vitamix, and then a top-of-the-line juicer (Omega VRT 330--I love it!)

4. Cut up my own onions rather than buy frozen onion.

5. Cook my own dried beans from scratch and freeze leftover beans, rather than pay more than a dollar a can for no-salt beans from Eden Organics.

6. Avoid eating at restaurants like the plague. What a money suck! And for what? Not much!

7. Make time to cook so that I'm not dependent on restaurants.

8. Take my lunch to work and on trips in coolers.

Ultimately, since I'm giving up coffee this summer, and hope to eliminate both BP and acid reflux medicines, I should be able to save lots of money by not having to pay for either. I was paying $1 a day during the workweek for a small coffee at Dunkin Donuts (no donuts--they don't tempt me), and each shipment of medicine cost another $15. (I am lucky to have insurance which takes care of the cost of the meds.)



The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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7/27/10 10:48 A

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I believe it is DO THE BEST ONE CAN.....

Everyone has a budget these days.
But still, fresh organic foods are cheaper than one large bag of junk food.

I read labels all over the place. There are very healthy items hiding on grocery shelves....
and many alternatives to make things from scratch - if one has the mind and the time.

I make the time....and convince myself it is the best thing to do.
Better than sailing or running around?
Not so sure,
but, definitely better than being hospitalized for something I did to myself.

I combine thoughts and philosophies as much as possible to 'create' a plan that works for me.

Little by little - one day at a time - I'm remaking healthy cells all over myself.

Have a great day!

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I donít want to live my life as an unhealthy person.
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I can have anything I want --- I just don't want that.
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Keep your eyes on the PRIZE @@
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7/27/10 10:31 A

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In Eat to Live, Fuhrman outlined a revolutionary way of thinking and eating for optimum nutrition and health. Yet, his "all or nothing" approach often resulted in "nothing." In Eat for Health, Fuhrman made significant advances by addressing both motivation and gradual adoption of his eating-style.
Yet for many who truly cannot afford basic fresh fruits and vegetables, not to mention organic ones, nor VegiZest at $16 for 8 oz., nor specialty vinegars, raw cashews, etc., even Eat for Health is out of reach. I would love to see him turn his powerful mind to designing an eating-plan which matches his requirements but is within the reach of those living on a strict budget. McDougall has done this, so I believe that Fuhrman can, too.

I did not include Vitamix and juicer in the list of expensive items, because these are a "one-time" purchase only, and could probably be invested in by many, if they saved up for it. They also seem necessary for the cooking processes he advocates.

Edited by: BURRITAELITA at: 7/27/2010 (10:33)
The most effective health-care is self-care.

Nutrition is the prescription.

You can literally stretch your lifespan by shrinking your waistline.

Nutrition and other lifestyle factors that you can choose are a more significant determinant of your health than genetics.

Filling your stomach with high-nutrient foods is like by-pass surgery without the surgery.

We are all born with an innate desire to not only survive but thrive.

--Joel Fuhrman
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