Fortify- Melissa Week 5

This past week was awesome! I got to celebrate a big milestone! I’ve lost 65 pounds!!

It feels so good too! I’m only about half way to my goal, but I’m well on my way!



My son was sick this week so we had 2 sick days at home, which brought about a few more temptations to snack between meals. I usually don’t had a big problem with snacking between meals, but being home all day and the stress with a sick child, I did find myself wanting to snack.  When I caught myself popping a few nuts in my mouth, I knew I needed to find something to do before I got too crazy, so I rearranged furniture, I cleaned out (more) closets, and I prepped more soups for the freezer! I find when I want to snack it’s usually because I’m bored.  Or, because everyone else is snacking!! Do you have this problem? If I see everyone else eating, I just want to follow along and eat too! Perfect example – We were on our way home from a ladies conference with some church friends and after the conference, there was cake in the bus to snack on.  Don’t worry – I was prepared! I dropped a shiny green apple in my purse, just in case I got really hungry and could not wait until I got home for my meal. So, since everyone else was snacking, I decided to pull out my shiny, green apple. But, before I started eating it I realized that I wasn’t even hungry.  I was only going to eat it because everyone around me was eating something. I quietly dropped my apple back into my bag to enjoy later with my meal. It wouldn’t have been terrible if I had eaten it, after all, at least it was an apple, right? But the point is, I caught myself just following along with old habits. I’m still learning!



I didn’t really cook any new recipes this week but relied more on some of the frozen soups from the freezer. So glad that I had those prepped and ready to go! They come in so handy when sickness hits your household! I cannot say enough about prepping and freezing! This has really saved me this week!! Also, I used several of the bagged salads for convenience.  I prefer to prep my own salads, but this was a good option for me that allowed me to still get in my greens.



I saw a video on our support face book page that someone shared about “wet chopping” their vegetables using their Vitamix.  Well, I don’t have a vitamix but I do have a Ninja.  During one of those sick days when I was feeling rather snacky, I decided to try to “wet chop” my salad.  It was quick and easy and my salad was more like a slaw.

I chopped each of my ingredients separately which meant I had to wash my Ninja 500 times, but I guess you could do all your ingredients together. I actually really enjoy chopping and prepping my food, so I’ll probably just stick with my way with the cutting board and knife, but when I’m in a huge hurry, I would definitely do the wet chopping. Just search You Tube for Vitamix or wet chop and you can get all the details.



Do you choose a word for the year? I’ve started doing this a few years ago.  I just choose a word that I plan to focus on and to live out throughout the year.  My word for 2018 is “FORTIFY”.  Fortify means “to strengthen with defensive works so as to protect it against attack.”  I am applying this word to both my spiritual life and my physical life. In my spiritual life, I look to Ephesians 6:10-17, where the Word of God speaks of battle armor that the Lord provides for our protection.  He gives us everything we need to strengthen and protect ourselves from the attacks that are aimed at us, God’s people, by our enemy.

This armor protects our head and chest area all the way down to our feet.  We are even provided a sword (the Word of God) to fight with (by speaking the Word). I can also relate this “armor” to my ETL journey in my physical life. God provides to us the protection we need to fight off the physical attacks on our health.  HE has given to us such a variety of foods that “strengthen with defensive works [phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, other nutrients] so as to protect against attacks” from diseases and sickness. Dr. Fuhrman says that phytochemicals “work like a perfectly synchronized orchestra to enable protection against disease.”  Just like the Sword of the Spirit, the Breastplate of Righteousness and the Helmet of Salvation are necessary for my spiritual protection and defense, so are the fruits and vegetables (beans, nuts & seeds) that contain these phytochemicals.  They are all necessary for my protection and defense, and might I add, all provided by my God!

Eat to Live has taught me how to FORTIFY or “strengthen” my body against these physical attacks and I’m looking forward to strengthen my body even more, both spiritually and physically. I am so very thankful for the smarts that God has given Dr. Fuhrman to study, understand and relay the information about our bodies and their nutrient needs.  And what a godsend Elisha Lee has been!! We are all so very blessed by Elisha and her dedication and commitment as she continues to educate and encourage us on our ETL journeys(INSERT FB HEART EXCLAMATION POINT)


I hope you too will find time this year to spend the necessary time to FORTIFY and “strengthen” yourself, both spiritually and physically!!


Be Strong!


Eph. 6:10

About the Author:

Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 30k plus whole-food, plant-based eaters. Elisha began blogging about this lifestyle in 2010 after discovering that it was a treatment for years of yo-yo dieting and disordered eating. Today she is a mentor to thousands who are striving to adopt this lifestyle.

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