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I love to cook and I write a great deal about cooking.  I want to be the healthiest person I can be and so I write many words about health. What about those folks who do not cook and still want to be healthy?

My older brother falls into that category of being a very active senior, who is divorced and truly does not do much cooking.  When his doctor recently said he had a health problem, needed to lose a great deal of weight and definitely needed to add vegetables to his diet – in a big way.  I started to cast around for alternatives that might work for him to help him lose weight and eat to health.

My friend Janet is a coach and teacher and I asked her to send me a letter about her work to see if it might be away for me to set up a program and support for my brother at about the same price as he is currently spending for food.

I thought I would share with you her letter.  So here in her own words is Janet:

Dear Patricia,

When I was at The Evergreen State College, teaching about health and wellness in all aspects, I knew that one of the biggest issues for many people is around food, eating and weight. No matter what, it’s there. And weight has huge effects on all kinds of health issues, many of which are silent until deadly or, if noted, require medications. And because I had no tools to support people in helping them lose weight, or making it easy to eat six times a day as is best, I studiously avoided speaking in anything but generalities about weight loss issues and eating behaviors. I have now found a tool. And it’s a great one. And the company pays me to coach the behavioral changes that make both weight loss and eating styles permanent. Because this is such a huge issue in our society right now, and I know that every person I know knows someone who has this issue, I am getting the word out in every way possible. And working to partner with every coach, healer, counselor and body worker I know because they hear about these issues a lot.

Here are two sites to check out our program. I’d love it if you would look them over so you have a better sense of what it is and who you might know who could be helped.

This overview of the program, is completely user friendly, and not overwhelming in terms of information and facts. There are some case studies, and some general information. Plus the stories are cool!

This is the company’s site that is my gateway. You can check out products, and lots of information in the “Your Support Center” section under “Tools and Resources.” Anyone interested can get the great majority of information they would need to understand if this is for them or not. But what I always say is, “You’ll know in a week whether it’s for you or not. Doesn’t it make sense to try?”

I hope you are willing to tell others, or willing to try it yourself if you fall into any of the categories below  – all I can say is we have an extraordinarily high rate of success for not only losing weight, but keeping it off and going on to create optimum health. Further, a large percentage of our clients on medications get off well over half of them. Here are some clues as to what you might listen for:

  1. Having weight issues – want to lose it, have tried everything, are morbidly obese or just can’t lose the stubborn 10-20 pounds, etc.
  2. Heard they are borderline diabetic, and would like to not have to take insulin.
  3. They are diabetic, and would love to support their health or get off medications.
  4. They have high blood pressure.
  5. They have high cholesterol.
  6. They have arthritis.
  7. They take a lot of medications.
  8. They wish they had better quality “fast food” to eat to work with their busy lifestyle.

If you need anything else, please let me know! Thanks again for the support. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it! I am on a mission to change the health of Americans everywhere. I am losing the 25 pounds that have crept on during my long illness and menopause.  I can’t wait to help others lose that stubborn 20, or the 100 pounds their doctors are begging them to lose (I’m working with a dear friend in that condition.) As a physiologist, I have thoroughly checked this program out. It works because it’s high quality and has extraordinary coaching to go along with it. It is not the whole of my coaching practice, but it is becoming the most rewarding. Once people start losing 5 pounds in the first week, and continue to lose consistently, they believe they can do anything!

Thanks for offering to share this with your brother and with your blog audience.



Janet F. Ott, Ph.D.

Transform Coaching and Consulting

What do you think?   I think maybe an early intervention and some positive healthy results – having the food come to his door – would be a boon to his lifestyle and keep him coming on strong.
Would you do something like this?

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16 Responses to “Another Alternative”

  1. Tony Single Says:

    I think this is a wonderful idea if it ends up benefitting your brother, Patricia. I would definitely do it. :)

    I’m lucky that my wife takes eating healthily so seriously. It’s because of her that I do now too. I wonder if often times all we need is for someone to go through something with us to help us take to the thing a bit more proactively. In short, if someone else cares, then we might too. :)
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..Melancholics Anonymous =-.

  2. Mark Says:

    I think this is a great idea for your brother. If the food was delivered to his door and the cost is about the same I don’t see why this would not be a positive step. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Teachable Moments =-.

  3. Janet Ott Says:

    Patricia and readers,
    Thanks so much for posting this! I want to change as many people’s lives as possible, and know what this program can do! Every client has lost weight and several are decreasing or getting rid of medications. Please feel free to pass on the information to anyone you all know that could use it!


  4. Patricia Says:

    I will not “force” my brother to do this, but I think this might be a very workable solution and he just might feel better and live longer? That just seems win/ win to me

    We are getting round to having some of those tough discussions about the end of life when the living isn’t so easy….this is good.

    My pleasure and thank you for your good letter to post. Hopefully we can achieve some success and some more health

  5. J.D. Meier Says:

    I’d be curious if green drink has as much impact (if not more), than vegetables.

    The juice man guy turned his life around by drinking his vegetables (it would have been tough to eat the quantities he drank.)

    I haven’t heard people talk much about green drink but now and then I hear a doctor recommend it if you don’t get enough vegetables, so I think it’s something worth exploring.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..3 Ways to Get Unstuck =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    You and I might consider a green drink, I think many folks would be upset by a green drink. I have found that lots of folks who are meat and potato eaters don’t eat many vegetables or fruits at all – some I think are holding out for beer to be declare a vegetable – and I think some would rather die than switch!.

    I appreciate your outlook and have used juicing myself several times as a healing experience. Good thinking stuff

  7. Talon Says:

    Patricia, I think the idea of having meals prepared for him is the smart way to go – especially since he doesn’t cook. And maybe a few pointers on how to whip up some simple recipes? You’re a good sister for helping him out and I hope it all goes well.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..A Murder (An Unkindness) =-.

  8. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Being the loving sister you are, I like your idea of intervening and sharing what you’ve found with your brother.

    We have a family member who uses one of those “pre-made” type of diet food programs and they’ve had great success. They said what they like about it is their meals are there and they don’t have to give thought to what to cook.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Blogs – Are They Fact or Fiction =-.

  9. Dot Says:

    Sounds like a nice thing to suggest. Whether he finds it useful or not depends on his personality.

    It sounds a bit like NutriSystem, but more serious about health. I was a little taken aback by the phrase “rapid weight loss,” since that’s not healthy. I might try it if they provided a lot more information, such as the menus, and the actual nutritional content of several meals. For example, they don’t mention how the food gets to you (shipping costs?) and what form it arrives in (frozen, fresh, canned?).

    I also wonder what their record is (if they’ve been around long enough to have one) on weight regain. WeightWatchers is very also effective for weight loss, but they have a terrible record for regaining. How does the person transition back to regular food, assuming they don’t want to stay on this program for life? Is there a plan? Does it work? I have so many quesions. :-)

  10. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Any changes in the (sad and nutritionless) diets most people consume is really a GOOD thing! Why most programs fail (or people give up) are the immediate “side effects” of that drastic change. Whatever improvements you or anyone makes should be done slowly to eliminate this factor. Weight gain or physical illness/symptoms/disease did not happen overnight – it’s an accumulation of years of starving your body of the nutrients it needs to keep you healthy. I’ve studied nutrition for decades and am finally in school to get officially “certified” as a natural health and wellness specialist. I would be happy to lend any support to you or your brother in any way that would be helpful. Just pop me an email!
    .-= suzen´s last blog ..Unpacking and Visiting =-.

  11. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. he knows what he has to do – lets hope with your encouragement .. he’ll do it all. Eat less, eat better and exercise .. and drink water.

    If he drank a glass of water before each meal, or when he felt hungry .. he’d exercise in one way?! .. but it may curb his appetite somewhat.

    I’ve just spoken to a young chap who had an arthritis linked allergy .. and he went to see a doctor – stopped his pills and steroids immediately that day (it was terrible – but mind over matter) as his business is a cycle shop .. put him on a diet of water, boilded chicken and rice, then introduced other foods as and when – seeing their reaction .. after 8 weeks he had no pain .. and that was 8 years ago .. and he looks healthy.

    Hope your brother can improve his health .. look after yourself too .. have a good weekend .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Fancy a Cornish Cream Tea? In Cornwall, in Tokyo or at home? =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    I just thought it would free him up a bit and since this program is based on a life time approach with coaching included I thought this just might be a easy way for him to go. Now if I can just get a hold of him!

    I think this is a good one as it has been around for a long time, but has adapted to truly help obese folks lose weight and get off medications. I think the ease would be worth it – and it is just about the same price as running to the grocery store and can be adapted to personal needs and experiences.

    This is a medical program with a fairly long history, they are just working on the weight loss part to help get folks off all their medications and feel better – I like the free coaching aspect of it and of course I can highly recommend Janet – one brilliant woman and conscientious friend. I think it is a lifetime program that can adapt to what is happening for you without having to cook.

    I am planning on emailing you after this weekend, because I would like to ask you some questions for myself…..thank you for the offer

    He does know what he needs to do and is doing it – he has already lost 40 pounds! And this is relieving his arthritis already gaining benefits. He is eating at a friends house a couple nights a week and they added broccoli salad to his menu…He is a very independent sort, but I thought having nutritious meals delivered to his door might be truly helpful and make the transition easier.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Another Alternative =-.

  13. jannie Funster Says:

    Yes, you sure are a good, concerned sister. Might as well give it a try — he just might take a liking to it and make it a way of life.

    I do agree veggies provide unlimited health benefits. VItamins, minerals, anti-oxidants — all that wonderful wonderful good amazing stuff.

    Exercise cannot be underestimated either. Glad to hear he’s active.

    Jan sounds like an extreme sweetheart!!


  14. Patricia Says:

    He was interested in learning more – think this is a good sign. He especially liked that it was about the same price as shopping and cooking the food himself.
    Jan is pretty amazing – talented woman in deed and a great neighbor.

    I am just eating veggies and fruit right now and feeling much better.
    Thank you for your great comments and coming on by…

  15. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    This is a positive step in the right direction for your brother. If it were me, knowing someone is making the extra effort to help would make the difference for me. Heck, I’d love for my meals to be brought to me and I like to cook :-) The trouble with people who don’t like to cook is lack of knowledge about packaged foods; there is so much salt and fat in them.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Are You With Relationship? =-.

  16. Patricia Says:

    These foods are even more designer…they are researched for low salt and low sugar and more of what he would need – Dr. said make veggies the most important item – this group would do that..
    One of the reasons I love my book group, is that the hostess makes a light supper for everyone…some one cooks for me…
    And my company this weekend did all the dishes – wow was that a boon! He is welcome to come again…