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  • Soose

    2 days ago


    I am going to throw some meals together for my neighbor who is struggling with a health issue and all the therapy daily -- both 2 to 3 hrs in morning and then more at home to keep it up -- plus working is cutting into her time to cook daily.



    My neighbor's always amazed me at the variety of meals she preps and having regular sit-down meals for her family. (Only 2 of them at home now as her kid married, but she still does it.) Last night we went out to eat with them and she said her brain is just empty of ideas so they have eaten out constantly lately. Not good. I think overwhelmed. We have been blessed so many times thru the years with meals from them when we were in hospital or other types of stress. Time to pass it back.



    They are not vegan, and I am not here to convert anyone, so I am going to use stores to provide that part of their meal if I don't make them vegan or vegetarian type meals. They can eat vegan/vegetarian for some and not know the diff. For instance, they will not know the diff if I buy a package of frozen vegan meatballs for them, seriously. All our guests never know the diff, I find.



    And since I also don't need to be in the kitchen that much myself right now, I am going to use bagged salads, and just do sides or easy things like cook the pasta or a potato type and steamed veggie type dish - something with no trouble. Then send it over. It'll be better than eating out and will give a mental relief to stop worrying that she's not cooking and knowing all the meals out are adding on pounds, but not having alternatives in her mind.



    So I made a little set of meal plans, very simple. And am off to the stores early. Fun! :) Plus I need juicing supplies. Here goes! I just hope she has room in her fridge/freezer, lol.

  • Soose

    1 day ago

    I got the meal delivered by noon and I think it helped out my neighbors. (Leslie, I don't know how you and other friends do all that cooking for others -- I think too much and make it complicated, into a bigger deal than it has to be. This was a much needed accomplishment in keeping it simple for me as I tend to make things too complicated to the point of not getting something DONE. Still working on that at this stage in life. Duh.)

    I just threw a whole tray of sweet potatoes in the oven before leaving for morning shopping. Sprouts had some nice ones last week and I'd stocked up. Then, I picked up a rotisserie entree for them at Sam's and a choice of bagged salad since I had to return a shirt anyway. Veggies/produce at another store as well as our shopping.

    Dashed home and cleaned/cut up some yellow squash and onions (her fav veg), just delivered that ready to steam or sautee. I also cut up some fruit for dessert. I also took along some tortillas so they could make a second wrap-based meal the next day with leftovers. Those rotisseries things are BIG.

    Delivered and Done. Simple. She texted that they will get 3 meals out of what I sent her. Glad that worked out well. And my family appreciated having the potatoes to add to salad for lunch. ( I baked both a huge tray of sweet potatoes and a tray of smaller russets at the same time.)

    I had bought some other vegan entrees stuff for the freezer to form other meals around a bit this week, vegan meatless balls and some eggplant cutlets, frozen, and was planning pasta for some of that. I was forgetting they're about to go out of town later in the week and will be cleaning out the fridge. Not sure I'm going to use these for them. I might have my son deliver a couple of jars of veg soup for lunches and more bagged salad they can just throw together for the four work days they'll have. I don't know anyone -- even standard eaters -- who wouldn't like our instant pot veg soup. And it can be frozen if not needed for when they return.

    OH! I forgot I got one other non-vegan meal starter. I will have to pass that on. It was German week at Aldi's. But it can be frozen if needed, is not large, and can be easily and quickly grilled and cooked (they grill often), and all of the accompaniments are just bottled pantry items. An easy throw-together supper for this week after therapy? I'll make sure that gets sent to them -- I don't need to keep it here in my freezer.

    The other vegan entrees can be used by my family this week. Making me hungry to think of them! My juice is wearing off and I am thinking "B'fast time!"

  • Soose

    3 days ago


    I have cooked short grain brown rice, lentils, and soaked/dried some walnuts (to remove the enzyme inhibitors) ... if I can get to it amongst the work and other goings on, I am planning to make a vegan Better-Than-Meat balls recipe with the three. I've used oats instead of rice in the past so we'll see what rice does with this recipe. The only thing I remember is the three ingredients to start with, and that half the lentils are ground up in the food processor but half are left whole to give more texture. Oh, and to form meatballs, I've used ground yellow corn meal as a dusting.



    My husband wants to stuff green peppers with it and I thought rice was a nice idea. Won't have to use the corn meal. I have to make the old netbook come up so I can find the recipe I created for it. I believe I promised it in the past at one time. If I can find it I'll post it but I may have to wing it again?

  • Soose

    1 month ago


    I heated up/ cooked some soy-based (I assume) vegan meatballs from Aldi's last night. Too processed? Added a jar of pretty good marinara and some onions. Served it over whole grain rotini. Not where I want to be right now with using processed foods but I have chosen to spend my time in the kitchen on juicing, not cooking from scratch. And that time has to be within my limits, smaller sessions. Thank heavens my son is keeping us well stocked in soups. And for the instant pot. So easy to keep some basics like rice, beans, lentils stocked.



    I am feeling pretty good these days. Getting some stuff done while I can. As well as cooking the pasta dish, I pressed a bunch of juice pulp yesterday. Pressed 2.5 qts (5 servings) from the pulp my kitchen helper had juiced. (She produced 4 qts from 15lbs carrots and add-on celery/cukes yesterday). And I pressed an additional 3 servings (16oz) from the 10lb carrots (carrots only) that dh and I had juiced Wed night. Don't remember how much that was because we drank some of it.



    Oatmeal and banana/walnuts/chia seeds for b'fast. I'm very ready for my first juice!

  • Leslie

    2 months ago


    Well I got a farm fresh box today so I am ending my juice fast at least in the evening I plan to make a variety of stir fries for dinner and fill up on veggies. It should help me to narrow my eating window back to the 16:8 plan. When next week ends i will go back to juicing. I will be in the desert on the 21st so it will be good for running and juicing. My husband takes off to golf so i get the house to myself for a few days while he is golfing so i can make juices to my hearts content!

  • zeke8828

    2 months ago

    full super wolf blood moon the 21st, eclipse event is 11:41 PM & last three hrs. slight chance i might miss it!!

    IF on Leslie!! Do stores there charge like the airport or what? well i dunno, i know u have brought stuff in past to juice. a lot of stuff!!

  • Leslie

    2 months ago


    I finished the 5 day prolon plan and am down 7 lbs I feel very energized and will be transitioning right in to a juice fast. I plan to stick to at least 80% vegetables, 20% fruit and avoid the high fruit juices for the first week, except for a grapefruit apple celery juice that I will be making will have 8 stalks of celery, however I don't think that 2 grape fruit and 2 apples will make the cut (that makes 2 juices). so Mean green which is more up to snuff to which I will sub in chard, and beet greens for Kale on occasions for a change of taste. I start another round of prolon in about 3 weeks, so I will transition to the foods recommended for a week before the prolon fast. Then repeat the process one more time. Life is good!

  • Leslie

    2 months ago


    Prolon plan for day one was great on to day 2 you can read about it in my private Leslie's Journey or on the Jucing and Feasting in 2019

  • Leslie

    2 months ago


    I am starting the prolon plan today, then on Monday I will be following the transition plan. Tuesday I might start a juice fast and proceed with that for a week then transition to juice and vegan eating for another week then back to vegan eating with daily weigh ins to keep me on the straight and narrow. Surprisingly I did not gain any weight over the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Gives me incentive to keep it up for sure! I just wanted to see if I can give my metabolism a nudge and maybe see some of the weight come off a bit faster I will be doing the prolon 5 day fast once each month for the next 3 months. then I might follow Chris Wark's plan. We shall see what happens over the next few days.

  • Leslie

    2 months ago


    Thank-you Gr8Greens, I have seen your name around in the past. Here is an article by Chris Wark on his fasting plan which may be of interest to some. Fasting for health

  • Leslie

    2 months ago


    My prolon package came today so I am going to start Wednesday which takes me through the weekend and then I have a day to ease back to real food with soups and cooked veg. I am excited to start and see what happens over the 5 days!

  • Leslie

    2 months ago


    Good morning everyone! I know most of you are planning a Juice Fast for the beginning of the month of January. I am hoping to join you there tomorrow. I am planning to try the Prolon 5 day fast starting on the 7th of Januray and this may be a good way to head in to a full fast. Afterwards I plan to get back here and start sharing recipes with you that I make and find great. I hope many more people will join this group after they finish their own reboots so we can support one another. I did very well this year with my goal of just maintaining my prior weight loss and then in September I decided to go full on vegan and weigh daily,and began to watch the scale go down again slowly. 2019 is the year for me to meet my goal, followed by a 2020 maintance program. I am hoping to reach my goal weight by September at the latest. I want to lose slowly as I find it comes back on faster if I don't go for a 5 month maintenace period after I reach my goal. I am aiming for a 25 lb weight loss to get to goal. Wishing you all the best in reaching your goals for good health in 2019. I am off for a run!

  • Gr8Greens

    2 months ago

    Hi Leslie, I've been coming and going on this site for years now. I always enjoy reading your posts. I like the way you have outlined your goals. You're right, of coarse, about losing weight slowly. I believe it is sustainable that way. I will be rebooting soon and then hope to find some of your healthy recipes here:) Have a great new year!

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