Are you ready to join the lucky few who get the flavor, beauty, benefits and energy
of vegetables? Join now:
Why does the program only talk about vegetables?
Actually, it isn't only about vegetables. We'll be making vegetables all sorts of
ways: with fruits, grains, pasta, meats, beans nuts and fish. So along the way,
you'll be learning about the entire spectrum of healthful foods. The emphasis is
simply on vegetables because face it: when it comes to healthy eating, what's usually
the biggest sticking point?
Why are some of the vegetables so odd?
Because we’re learning to eat with the seasons. In the middle of winter, we won’t
be cooking with familiar veggies like green beans, tomatoes and lettuce. They don’t
taste good at that time of year anyway. Instead, we’ll be discovering how comforting
leeks can be in January, why celery’s crunch is so wonderful in February, and so
on. You’ll also be gratified by the flexibility and versatility you begin building
into your diet and cooking abilities. If any of the vegetables sound new or odd
to you, get ready for an adventure!
What if I don't like the vegetable featured one month?
There are lots of options: First, try it anyway! You may have never learned how
to buy the particular vegetable properly or cook it tastefully. So give it a shot
with the proper guidance .
Second, don't be surprised if you suddenly start liking a certain vegetable. We
tend to think of our tastes in very rigid terms, when actually, they are quite flexible.
The simple passage of time changes them; exposure to more and different tastes (like
we do in VAM) accelerates things. Like muscles when you work them out, our taste
buds have the capacity to grow and develop--all to our advantage.
Third, it's perfectly fine to take a "go slow" approach. In fact, many of the "odder"
vegetables (like mushrooms, eggplant and those shockingly red beets) are used in
small amounts, in a dish, so that you're not tasting them full force, right off the
bat. It's also why we experiment with a vegetable over a month, using it in different
ways, so your taste buds have an opportunity to gradually adjust.
Why is the program spread out into monthly sessions? Wouldn’t things go a lot faster
with a new vegetable each week?
The world of vegetables is a vast and fascinating one. Trying to convey it in a
single session or even a week would be frustrating and overwhelming. So why not
relax and take it easy? Learn a little each month and enjoy the journey. In fact,
journey is a good word for what we're doing. Each month we take a small excursion,
explore, learn, eat and enjoy.
What if I'm supposed to start eating a lot of vegetables, right away?
Maybe you've received orders from the doctor to get on the vegetable track but fast.
One measly vegetable a month may not seem like much.
Just like always however, slow and steady wins the race. Although we move slowly,
you will be amazed at how your vegetable knowledge and confidence blossoms and grows
over the months--and eventually begins to pick up speed and snowball!
A year goes by faster than you think, and in that amount of time, you will be eating
12 more vegetables, on an everyday basis. If someone asked you today if you'd like
to be eating 12 more vegetables, you'd probably say “Yes!” That’s exactly what
will happen in just 12 months. The important thing is to get started.
The Vegetable a Month Club: FAQs
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What if I don't know how to cook?
Don't let that stop you! Many of the recipes require little to no formal "cooking."
For those that do, there is plenty of explanation. Short videos are also included,
and don't forget the monthly cooking teleclasses. Kitchen Coach Mary Collette Rogers
will talk you through the main recipe, right as you're preparing it.
But cooking is so stressful; I not sure I want to do more of it!
That's the point. You won't be doing more cooking. Rather, for some of the meal
making you are already doing, you'll learn how to make it more efficient, nutritious,
delicious, rewarding--and less stressful.
Do I have to do a lot in the Vegetable a Month Club?
There's only one thing you must do for the Vegetable a Month Club: Come ready for
an adventure. After that, you pick how far to explore and how much to experiment.
You might just learn how to buy a vegetable. You might only try it peeled and
cut up. Maybe you make one dish, or maybe you try it three different ways, and maybe
it becomes a mainstay of your diet.
However much you do is good--as long as you do something. It easy to collect stuff
and information. Look around. You probably have lots of good eating information
and gadgets hanging around. VAM is exciting because it's designed to move us past
the collecting stage and on to the doing stage--because that's when we see satisfying
change take place.
Cookbooks are a good example. Most people have dozens, and they mostly sit there
unused. VAM is like getting cookbook and doing one section each month. Wouldn't
you love to see some great new recipes and ideas on your table, instead of stuffed
on some shelf? That's what will happen by joining VAM
Does the Vegetable a Month Club take time?
This question has likely been lurking ever since you started reading about VAM. But
it may not be the right question, because VAM obviously takes time. Everything takes
time! Especially good things, like nourishing our bodies.
Probably the more helpful questions would be: "Will I be able to fit this in my
busy life?" and "Will I be overwhelmed?" The short answers are "Yes" and "No." VAM
has been specifically designed to fit a busy life without overwhelming.
As mentioned earlier, we focus on just one vegetable each month.
Everything is organized and grouped in one place for quick and efficient access.
We work along with your usual household chores of shopping, figuring out what to
eat and making meals, so there's little extra time required, just a better use of
the time you already spend on meals.
Most information is delivered on-line, so you can listen, watch and read at your
convenience over the week.
The live cooking teleclass is timed to coincide with nightly meal making, in your
own kitchen, so you needn't get dressed up or drive anywhere--just make a meal as
you usually do, but with lots of wholesome vegetables and in a way that's refreshingly
new and different. Of course if you can’t make the live class, it’s available on
Vegetables are boring and bland--why would I want to spend time on them?
For many people, vegetables are hardly a match for pasta, bread, cheese and burgers!
But it doesn’t have to be that way. After a 20-year journey of discovery, your
Vegetable Guide knows that vegetables are not only beautiful to look at, they are
bursting with flavor and add unparalleled interest, texture, color and freshness
to meals. Plus, you feel so great eating them. Get ready for a new view of vegetables.
What If I'm Just Lazy?
That's what Jillian admitted when we were talking about eating more vegetables! And
let's face it: Hiking up the mountain to Vegetable Paradise looks really hard from
down below--especially with vending machines and fast food restaurants tempting us
all along the way. But you're covered here, too, with lots of good reasons to get
hiking, lots of inspiration, and a good group for support. Enjoy the journey!