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12/13/19 10:13 A

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Thank you so much! I had to find a way to eat veggies that was as convenient as processed foods and, thanks to another Spark People suggestion, this seemed doable. It has worked so well, I thought there had to be something wrong! :-)

The positive support has been very helpful! Thank you very much! Be well!

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12/13/19 8:40 A

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It's great that you're eating your veggies!! I wouldn't worry too much about it...even if they're not in "optimal" form they're still great for you! and if you're eating a variety foods, you're likely still getting the nutrients you need. Some nutrients are actually even MORE absorbable when cooked than raw, like lycopene. :)



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12/12/19 10:43 A

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Thank you so much for the encouragement! Your response is greatly appreciated. Celery has been my miracle food. It's weird, but it addresses certain, erhm, intestinal issues I deal with and food sensitivities. I am ready to make another batch of my mixed veggie concoction and nibble on celery while I do it! Very grounded and sensible advice well taken. Thank you again!

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12/12/19 10:09 A

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People have been making soups and stews for milleniums--I don't think you have to worry about the effect of heat on vegetables. If you are concerned about fresh vegetables and don't want fresh vegetables going bad in your fridge ( a common worry), stock up with fresh celery and carrots because these are great fresh, easy to prepare and don't go bad quickly. These are affordable year round.

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12/12/19 9:03 A

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This is awesome! I was actually inspired by Spark People to slow cook my veggies in big batches (no excuses, always there ready to go) and broccoli is definitely part of the mix. Well, you made me smile today. Thank you!

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12/12/19 3:20 A

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I've been making Dr. Weil smile for many years. He used to make the rounds on the TV talk shows many years ago and his superfood at the time was broccoli. I've been eating it ever since. I even dug some out of Denny's skillet breakfast once and decided that was their secret ingredient and my omelets, breakfast bowls, and burritos have included it ever since. I have one or the other of those almost every day, so that's a lot of broccoli over the years.

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12/11/19 11:19 P

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Thank you for your response. I did find an article by Dr. Weil that was heartening:

https://www.drweil.com/diet-nutrition/cooking-cookware/sold-on-slow-cooking/

My method makes what really amounts to a thick soup which I enjoy. My only concern was the nutrient loss.

I find it easier to get my fruit servings than vegetables! Thank you again, your words are appreciated!

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12/11/19 11:14 P

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I guess we all handle busy lives differently, but thank you for your reply.

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12/11/19 11:12 P

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Thank you! Your words are much appreciated!

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12/11/19 5:36 P

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Don’t apologize for using frozen vegetables. No one’s business but yours. Depending on how far your produce has to travel from farm to grocery store, frozen is often a better choice. If using fresh be sure to wash well.



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I won't judge you. If frozen vegetables, help you get your vegetables. That's great. Some frozen vegetables can add salt and sugar. So that's something to take into consideration.

For me. The crockpot would make them too soggy. If that is fine for you. Then it's all good. I have two people with dental problems. So I have to cook things really soft.





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12/11/19 3:25 P

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"And honestly, if you are eating a lot of frozen vegetables, why are you cooking them up to a week ahead of time? I usually heat them just before eating them."

Same thought here. They take hardly any time to cook right before eating.

PS... I prefer frozen over canned. No judgment!

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12/11/19 9:48 A

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Thnk u! (I note you are person of few words). :-)

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12/11/19 9:47 A

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Thank you, Dave! This was very helpful.

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12/11/19 9:46 A

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Thank you, Meghan.

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12/11/19 9:44 A

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Thank you, Merle! This was very helpful!

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12/11/19 6:16 A

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I don't judge for using frozen vegetables. As a matter of fact, as a single person, I probably use more frozen than fresh! As @NITEMAN3D said, they may contain more nutrients than fresh.

And honestly, if you are eating a lot of frozen vegetables, why are you cooking them up to a week ahead of time? I usually heat them just before eating them.

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12/11/19 1:48 A

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As regards judging you for using frozen vegetables, they may be more fresh than fresh depending where your fresh are coming from. Frozen are usually frozen very near the time they are picked and "fresh" can languish in stores and markets for some time after having traveled hundreds or even thousands of miles to the store or market. We do a lot of home canning and freezing and would recommend it to anyone. Here's another article:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=2430


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12/10/19 9:50 P

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Hi,

The longer you cook vegetables, the more they leach out their nutrients. If you consume the broth that is created like you mention, you may get some of those "lost" nutrients through there. Check out these articles for more info on the effects of cooking veggies.

How Cooking Affects Your Vegetables' Nutritional Value:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=is_
your_cooking_technique_robbing_your_ve
ggies_of_nutrition


How to Cook Vegetables, Simplified:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fol
lowup_how_to_cook_vegetables_simplified


Hope this helps!

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12/10/19 8:04 P

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Yes.

There is no bad food, only bad cooks.
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12/10/19 7:02 P

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I have a question. Does slow cooking destroy vegetables vitamins and minerals? I don't cook the veggies in any extra water and serve them with whatever broth is created in the cooking. Portions are reheated in the microwave. I use frozen veggies (please don't judge me... ). A batch lasts about a week. I actually like them (no accounting for taste). Do the nutrients degrade over seven days? I am actually getting my daily servings plus this way, it would be great if it was as nutritious as I hope it is. Forgive me if this has been asked recently, I really didn't do a search. Be well, everyone and thank you in advance!

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