Let’s Make This Life a Little Easier- Melissa Week 3

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This week I lost 1.2 pounds and this puts me half way to my goal for this jumpstart! 🤗 My goal for each jumpstart is 10 pounds, and if I lose more, that’s great! But I believe slow and steady wins the race.  I didn’t get the size I am now overnight, so I don’t expect to lose it overnight. I’m really just trying to enjoy my journey to better health and not become too stressed about losing or not losing.  Here’s the deal, I know even if I’m not losing, there are good, healthy things going on inside my body, I know I have less inflammation than before, and I definitely have more energy.  Right now I feel so good, better than I have in a very long time, and I can say honestly that if I don’t lose any more weight, I would continue with this way of eating for that reason alone! I don’t want to go back to that nerve pain that kept me from living my life before! I believe it was in Elisha’s interview with Tim Kaufman where he said, “If you focus on being healthy, there are no plateaus” and this is how I’m trying to think. The longer I’m eating to live, the more I am realizing how much I disrespected and mistreated my body over the years.  I just wished I had found ETL many years ago and could have avoided some of the abuse! Thankfully the changes I’m making today can correct some of that damage.

I really focused on increasing my greens and raw foods this week.  Several nights I managed to eat at least 3 cups of greens and probably about 2 cups of raw vegetables (it’s a work in progress!). A few times I had to really “encourage” myself to get all the greens in! “I want to get the most nutrient bang for each caloric buck” (Dr. Fuhrman) so I eat them until they are gone! And I eat all my salad greens first and then I have the rest of my meal.  In Chapter 5 of “The End of Dieting,” Dr. Fuhrman says, “The first food you eat at a meal influences how much you eat and what you eat.  Make salad the main dish.  Make it big and make it first. This is the simplest and most effective way to prevent overeating.” I’m getting pretty handy at chopping my salad now too which helps me get more greens in, however I did have a few accidents last week with my new Mezzaluna knife.  Nothing as serious as losing a finger, but I do need to be a bit more careful, lol!😂  Another perk from chopping salads, you get a great upper arm workout! 💪


Sorry, I’m quoting Dr. Fuhrman a lot, I know! But what he said in a recent article is the what I really want to talk about this week.  He said, “The ability to make the right decisions consistently requires planning. You need time to prepare and organize your life so that you have good-tasting healthy food around you at all times to lessen temptation.  Creating a quick and simple weekly schedule will help you organize and utilize your time more efficiently.  Make shopping list.  Cook enough for multiple meals each time so that you do not have to cook every day.  Take advantage of time-saving foods like frozen vegetables and bagged salads.  Make sure to leave room for exercise, recreation, and spending time with family.  The better you plan your schedule in advance, the easier it will be to adopt your new habits into your life.”

So…let’s talk planning.  This jumpstart I’ve really taken my planning more seriously and it has seriously helped me stay on track! I make time (usually during the weekend) to chop salad greens, vegetables, fruit, make big pots of soup, and make salad dressings, to ensure I am prepared for the coming week.  This is my BIG pot of soup!!  This has been a huge lifesaver for me! And the more you prep for the week, the more tricks you learn to do it smarter! Dr. Fuhrman mentions using time-saving foods like frozen vegetables and bagged salads.  I also use No Salt Added or Low-Sodium canned beans on occasion (be sure to rinse thoroughly)! Doubling and sometimes tripling recipes (Hummus! You can never have too much hummus! 😀) has been helpful for me too! As you practice healthy eating, you will know which foods and recipes you prefer, so make more of those!! He is so right – the better you plan your schedule in advance, the easier it will be to adopt your new habits into your life.  And, I’m not saying all the prep work is easy.  It’s not.  It can be very time consuming.  But, with the right kitchen tools, you can make the work a little easier, and less time consuming.


Which brings me to my next topic! Awhile back, I posted this question on our ETL Support group Facebook page:

“What are your “must have” kitchen gadgets, tools, and storage that simplify your Nutritarian life?”


I got a lot of responses.  I just wanted to see what everyone else was using that I might could incorporate into my “toolbox” and I thought it might be helpful for the newbies too. I’ve compiled a list below from their responses.  (Remember, these tools are not necessary, but they sure do make the prep more enjoyable and they can save you a ton of time too).

Food processor, Ninja chopper, Nutribullet, Veggiebullet

Ninja or Vitamix


Immersion Blender

Insta Pot or Crock Pot


Paring knives and knife sharpener

Cutting Boards (I have a purple one for produce and a red one for my meat eaters)

Potato Peeler

Apple Slicer

Mandolin Slicer

Garlic Press

Ulu or Mezzaluna knife for chopping salads and vegetables


Hand Juicer for lemons/limes

Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups

Glass Storage Containers for prepped foods

Mason Jars

Freezer Containers for leftovers

Lunch Containers

Large Stew Pots for soups

Large Baking Sheets

Non-stick Mats for roasting veggies

Large Bowl for chopping salads

Salad Spinner


Pretty Bowls and Plates to eat from (we eat with our eyes first!)

Big Mug for herbal teas

Insulated freezable Lunch Bags and Refreezable Liquid Blocks

Coolers for produce overflow

Dishwasher (my husband 😂, thank you Jesus!)

Here’s a picture of the tools I uses pretty much every day.  I’m saving up for a Vitamix (my Ninja is about dead!) and I really want an Insta-Pot to add to my collection.  Remember, these tools are not necessary to follow the Eat to Live plan, but they are very helpful with your planning and prepping.

“It will take strength, it will take effort, but the pleasures and rewards that you’ll get from a healthy life will be priceless.” (The End of Dieting, p. 96).

Happy Prepping ya’ll!


About the Author:

Elisha is the founder of the Eat to Live Support Group on Facebook, a community of 65k 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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