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NOW:  Soy Yogurt! Organic! Made from Scratch… More or Less!

NOW: Soy Yogurt! Organic! Made from Scratch… More or Less!

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Please follow and like us:NOW: Soy Yogurt! Organic! Made from Scratch… More or Less! Homemade Greek Soy Yogurt from scratch!  The holy grail of yogurt making… for me, anyway.  It took a lot of pictures to try to document the process!  Just organizing the pictures […]

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Day 6.5   Breakfast and Dinner with Sunflower Sprouts!

Day 6.5 Breakfast and Dinner with Sunflower Sprouts!

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Please follow and like us:Breakfast with 2 kinds of sprouts! I began clipping sunflower sprouts this morning around 10.  The breakfast included scrambled eggs with okara (the white paste left over from making soy milk.  For 2 eggs I spooned in about 2 tablespoons of […]

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More About Sunflower Sprouts: Day 6: Let’s Eat!!!!

More About Sunflower Sprouts: Day 6: Let’s Eat!!!!

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More About Sunflower Sprouts: Day 6: Let’s Eat!!!!

Note the back half of the tray shows black caps on the sprouts. Those are the in-the-hull sprouts. Notice also that they are about 2″ tall while the ones in the front are 3″ to 4″ tall and are therefore more gangly looking.

Day six saw a field of sunflower seed sprouts!  Both teams are up and at it in force!  I moved them to a brighter spot for more indirect sunlight to help them grow and green up.

See if you can see this.  The in-the-hull seeds are all coming up nicely now and are about 1-1/2″ shorter than the hulled seeds.  They proudly wear their hull like a hat.  I hope it shows up well in the picture.

Snip snip! The longer ones are ready to be cut and eaten!

There are some of the hulled seeds that are 4″ high already!  I can take my scissors and cut a bunch for lunch, on my sandwich, in a salad, as a stand-alone snack, or on top of my main course meal.

Wearing their black hats!
Hat-free, many are ready to harvest!

I apologize if this is mind-numbingly boring for y’all.  It’s been a long-term look at one specific sprout, the sunflower.  The idea was to show the day-to-day process involved in it.  It will continue for a few days to show the harvest cycle for such.  Because these are in dirt, they can continue to sprout and grow over a longer period.  I will cut them as needed until they seem to slow down to a crawl.  At that point I will put the mat of fibrous sprout remnants and dirt out in the garden.

One of those out there has a half-dozen sunflowers growing nicely!  Each time I sprout a batch, I will do the same and have wonderful sunflower patches around the yard.  For certain, the squirrels are loving it!  They delight in these sprouts!

Thanks for reading and sharing your comments!  My next experiment into sunflower sprouting will be simpler and more traditional (ie without dirt!)… maybe we can pull it off, after all.

Here’s wishing y’all great health and wonderful days!  – Jim B

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More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 5: Houston, We Have Sprouts!

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 5: Houston, We Have Sprouts!

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Please follow and like us:More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 5: Houston, We Have Sprouts!   Finally we have a little something to look at.  Team 2, hulled seeds, is racing away toward the finish line!  Hundreds of lovely green sprouts are raising their leaves […]

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Here Comes Spring! And More Sprouts for Breakfast!

Here Comes Spring! And More Sprouts for Breakfast!

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Please follow and like us:Here Comes Spring! And More Sprouts for Breakfast! Spring signals in more fresh fruit available for breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner.  This morning, I realized there were 5 different fresh fruits present in my breakfast. I hadn’t planned it. It’s just […]

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More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 4: Babies Are Up!

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 4: Babies Are Up!

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Day 4: Babies Are Up!

And, another post beginning with a nice picture of sprouts, rather than bore you with a picture of dirt! LOL.

Day 4: Note sprouts in the back section of dirt. Sunflower sprouts from hulled seeds. About 1 sprout every 1/2″. Just gets better from here on out!

Not much happening in the sunflower pan, so far.  However, there is a  lot of little things happening.  Team 2, the hulled sunflower seeds are up!  Yep, they are popping up above the dirt all over their side of the tray!  In the picture to the left, you can see them popping up in the background. The foreground, where Team 1 sunflower seeds in the hulls are planted, appears dormant.

The seeds that were planted in the hulls still, don’t seem to be doing a thing. But, I moved away some dirt in a  couple of places and, guess

Is it a hazy plane crash on the moon? Nope, it’s an underground forest of sunflower sprouts about to explode from their seed hulls!  Just pull away the dirt on the surface and there ya go… or, rather, here they come!

what?  Yep, you can see little 1/2″ sprouts peeking out of the seeds. They are still below ground, but in the next 2 days, I figure they’ll be up and growing toward the sky! So that’s the action here in Houston, Texas, today.  Wonderful sunflower sprouts are popping up all over.

Total amount of effort to grow these sprouts today?  About 3 seconds, which was just how long it took to move the tray from the mud room counter to the kitchen table to get more indirect light. That’s it. No watering, no hoeing, no weeding, no rinsing. Face it, when I’m sprouting in the dirt and when I’m sprouting in a jar or tray, the seeds and sprouts do most of the work. I get the joy of watching them come to life and the real excitement of eating them!

Fortunately, I still have my other sprout routine working for me while this experimenting is going on.  Right now I have a small amount of black lentil sprouts leftover that I’ve planned to include in my morning juice tomorrow. Also, in the fridge, I’ve got a large amount of the Zesty sprout mix all sprouted up and ready to go. Actually, I’ve been eating off of that batch for 2 days, so far.

It’s great to have a variety of sprouts for meal preparation.  I can really dress up any dish when I can layer sprouts. The effect is a good one.  Try it. I’ll try to get some pics of the effect to show you, too.

Here’s wishing everyone world peace and self-health to all my self-help friends! – Jim B

 

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“More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3: More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3:  30 Seconds to Water!

“More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3: More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3: 30 Seconds to Water!

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Please follow and like us:“More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3: More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3:  30 Seconds to Water!  Please note that the lovely picture of sprouts at the top of this post has nothing to do with this particular post. I […]

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More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts!  Day 2: Planting Day!

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 2: Planting Day!

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Please follow and like us:More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts!  Day 2: Planting Day! If you are just tuning in, this is the second installment of More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts!  You can find all my related posts at www.BeginnersGuideToSprouting.com. So it’s been over 24 hours […]

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More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 1: Getting Started!

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 1: Getting Started!

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More About Sunflower Sprouts!

A while back, I wrote several posts about sunflower sprouts.  I’ve gotten a fairly consistent system down for the process, which for me includes using a bit of dirt.

Supply has been the hard part for me.  When I find bulk sunflower seeds in the hull, there are rarely raw and if they are raw and organic are usually over four bucks a pound.

I tried sourcing sunflower seeds in five and ten pound bags sold as bird food.  But alas, the Monsanto mentality has overtaken most of the suppliers I found.  They have all sorts of “extra” chemicals added to “enhance” the nutrition.  Enhance the nutrition?  Good grief, how is that possible?  They are about as nutrient rich as they come.

So, I can only figure they are chemicalized to give the longer shelf life and keep them from sprouting or mildewing before you get them into your bird feeder.

That being the case, I dare not eat anything that might actually grow from them. The search continues.

I kept seeing hulled sunflower seeds in the bulk department of major markets.  I saw most appeared to have a high degree of broken seeds. I didn’t know if they would sprout.  Frustrated and hungry for fresh, home-grown sunflower seed sprouts, I thought I ought to give it a try.

I followed the process outlined before, only soaking the seeds over night, since they were hulled.  It worked. They were great! At last!

Today I was a small, wonderful Mexican produce market that has become a regular haunt of mine.  I was there to pick up a new tortilla press.  (Oh, you don’t make your own tortillas? LOL, just kidding!  I do make my own… healthier than most I can buy and fresher!) As I was checking out I noticed a nice large bag of sunflower seeds in the hull. It was a couple of pounds and was 2 bucks.  It said they were raw. They were bagged in Mexico and there were lots of twigs and dried leaf fragments in them. Lovely, just lovely. No embellishments were printed on the label and the ingredients showed only sunflower seeds.

So there began my next step in the process. I would grow 2 batches, side by side. The first batch is the hulled sunflower seeds and the second batch, started at the same time were the in-the-shell sunflower seeds.  I really think I need a process for both types due to supply interruptions in both accounts. Also, as supplies are a bit dicey, many of my readers may not be able to get one or the other, too.  So we all need to know both processes.

Here goes.

Team 1: In-the Hull Sunflower Seeds

 

1. Measure out a half cup of the in-the-hull seeds, put them in a bowl, and proceed to pull out the twigs, dried leave pieces, and bark pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Pour the seeds into a fine-meshed colander or hand sieve.

 

3. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water, removing additional “pieces” that float up in the process.

 

4. Pour the seeds into a bowl and cover well with water.

     

 

5.  Place in an out-of-the-way space on the counter, in plain sight.

 

Team 2: Hulled Sunflower Seeds!

 

  1.  Measure a half cup of hulled sunflower seeds.
1/2 cup seeds, not sorted yet.

 

2. Sort out the broken seeds and save for other uses.

Sorted seeds, this is the broken bits pile.

 

3. Rinse the seeds and place in a bowl.

 

4. Cover with fresh water and set aside on the counter overnight.

 

Teams 1 & 2 After Day 1.

I’ll let these sit overnight.  Tomorrow I’ll rinse the hulled seeds and put them in dirt to grow.  Day after tomorrow I’ll do the same with the in-the-hull seeds. Then, we’ll see how they do.

Check back to this post to see the results!  It will be updated until you see me smiling with sunflower seed sprouts hanging out of my mouth!

Cheers to all who are working for self-health, via self-help.

Jim B

 

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Sprout Pictures!  Very Photogenic Food!

Sprout Pictures! Very Photogenic Food!

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Please follow and like us:Is it the sprouts?  Could it be the colors?  Maybe the textures?  How about the design of the layout?  Nope. It’s just pictures I take when I sit down to eat. Honest. Professionals may scoff at my lack of technological ability, […]

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Make Your Own Soy Milk Aboard!

Make Your Own Soy Milk Aboard!

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Please follow and like us:Make Your Own Soy Milk Under Weigh! Save money, save time, live healthy and well on the hook! Gonna move aboard and cruise long-term in your boat? Want to minimize the amount of energy requirements: propane usage, refrigeration usage, cooking time […]

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Sprouts for Breakfast… and So Much More!

Sprouts for Breakfast… and So Much More!

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Plant Based Diet!  Nothing sounded worse to me when I was at my  bottom (obese, diabetic, perforated diverticulitis, back problems, knee problems, pooping my pants once a week or more, impotence, chronically depressed, and staring at early death or worse (bankruptcy from medical bills!).

But, once I got going with self-health/self-help, it got easier day by  day.  And I picked up a lot of great rewards along the way:

  • I got healthier, eventually losing all the 6 supposedly chronic illnesses that were killing me!
  • Energy returned like I was twenty-five years younger!  And, after working hard 8 hours in a day, I got up refreshed the next day, not confined to bed for 2 days afterward!
  • Everything about me improved! Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and personally.

I’m still far from perfect with my diet. But I can happily say that I’m much closer to perfect than I am to how I used to be!  Progress, not perfection is the watch-phrase for me.  Also, repetition strengthens and confirms everything good!

Here’s today’s breakfast, just to give you a sample.

  1. 2 eggs scrambled with 1 and a 1/2 tablespoons of okara (not okra! LOL) (the mashed-potato-looking stuff left over from making soy milk), some soy sauce, and garlic. Cooked in a  minor amount of organic coconut oil.
  2. Sprouts, a generous dollop, atop the eggs at serving time.
  3. 4 strips of home-made tofu strips.  These are made by slicing home-made tofu in strips. My seasonings for this include sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic powder.  I sautéed them in low-medium heat,  in a pan until browned on both sides. Then I let them cool a bit to toughen up a bit.
  4. One sweet Texas red grapefruit, quartered.

This breakfast was mostly plant-based.  Normally, I’d only fix one egg, but today I ate later than usual and was hungrier than usual, too. When I get too hungry, I tend to up my portions, as if I’m gonna starve if I don’t.  Oh well. No guilt, no shame.  Done with that self-abuse.

Pictorial Review of How I Made Breakfast Today!

 

I sliced my tofu, added sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic to taste, and put it in a pan to saute.  Use whatever spices you enjoy; tofu works well with everything!

 

Once good and brown on both sides, I let it cool a few minutes to give it a tougher chewier texture, more like bacon! Not bacon! Just something to bite into.

 

Dug out a generous dollop of okara from soy milk I made yesterday.

 

I folded the okara into the scrambled eggs.

 

A little garlic and a dash of soy sauce in the eggs as they cooked.

 

Okara Scrambled Eggs, by Jim B! Texture of scrambled eggs, plant protein and nutrients added via the okara and a lighter egg dish overall.

 

A big wad of whatever sprouts are on hand. Today it was black lentil sprouts.

 

Breakfast is served!

 

Before I crashed and burned, before I started into my own self-health/self-help program, breakfast (pretty much every day) included:

Before: Just over 300 pounds!
  1. 4 thick slices of cured bacon with all additives and preservatives!
  2. 4 or 5 eggs!
  3. 3 slices of toast with loads of butter!
  4. Big blob of grits (not healthy whole grits, but the cheapo (inexpensive) / cheapie (poor quality) grits), infused with cheese (fake cheese), butter, and garlic.
  5. Big glass or two of whole cow’s milk.

While there are purists (people whom I hope to eat more like every day!) might scoff at the eggs in my breakfast this morning, I hope they, and you, can see the ginormous difference between then and now!

Added to that is that this was breakfast at about 11:00 AM, followed by a small lunch at 3:00 and a reasonable dinner at about 7:30, a celebration meal for today’s achievements (2 big accomplishments to celebrate!)… yet a reasonable meal.

After: 100 pounds lighter and worlds happier and healthier!

I continue to make my own soy milk, tofu, and soy yogurt. Along with that, I continue to utilize the okara left over from making the soy milk in my daily diet.  I continue to grow and eat my own sprouts 2 to 3 meals a day. I juice once or twice a week, making enough juice to last about 3 days and use the pulp to make amazing veggie broth and the fiber to make some sort of veggie burger, loaf, or other entre.

Repetition, the act of continuing to perform new behaviors, has made all of this habitual, finally!  In the beginning, it wasn’t uncommon to skip days or weeks in any of those home-made food groups.

I didn’t start all those changes at once, either.  I began with juicing, moved on to sprouting when I felt I was stable as a juicer. Then began working with soybeans.

My book, Sprouting: REVISED Beginners Guide to Growing Sprouts is not very revolutionary per se. It IS however revolutionary in its insistence in building in some sort of repetition mechanism to sprouting, to keep the supply coming. Even if you don’t eat what you make, you can always juice them up before they go bad. Also, even if a few batches go bad because you forgot to include them, eventually, you develop a daily routine with them in your life.  That gradual change / improvement is about the best I could ever hope to achieve. The dividends continue to pay off as I age, healthier and healthier!

I share this, not to get rich and famous… LOL. Rather I share this with you to let you know it IS possible. It doesn’t have to be difficult. It doesn’t have to cost  a lot of money. And you can make foods using your own tastes, spices, and likes, yet make them healthier and healthier as you move along in your own self-health/self-help program of your own device.

I love you all and hope for the best for each and every one of us… and hope everyone gets to a real place of self-love and self nurturing, while there’s still time.

Jim B

Today! 3 years later! Health in every respect is worlds better!
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Sprouts on Nachos, Amigos!

Sprouts on Nachos, Amigos!

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Please follow and like us:Yep, sprouts go great with nachos!  I prefer to add them AFTER heating the nachos. All you have to do is make up nachos like you like them. Use your own recipe.  The idea is to take what is often a […]

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Soy Milk and Juicing Produces an Abundance of Healthy Foods, for Pennies!

Soy Milk and Juicing Produces an Abundance of Healthy Foods, for Pennies!

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Please follow and like us:Soy Milk and Juicing Produces an Abundance of Healthy Foods for very little money! If you’d made a statement like that not too many years ago, I’d have responded, between bites of my dollar hamburger and fries, you’re nuts!  Things change… […]

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Black Lentil Sprouts! My New Faves!

Black Lentil Sprouts! My New Faves!

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My new favorite sprouts: Black Lentils. If you know me, you know I have about a half-dozen “favorite” sprouts.

Until recently, I’d never tried black lentils. They’re much smaller than the ubiquitous green lentils available everywhere… and black lentils are not so easy to find. I picked up about a pound of them at Whole Foods Market a week ago in their bulk section. They seemed pricey, at $2.69 a pound, and weren’t organic, either. But they looked so darling, and having never tried any, made the buy!

 

 

 

 

Day 1:

I followed my usual routine for sprouting as outlined in my book and my day-to-day sprouting regimen.

 

 

 

Day 2:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4:

Harvest!

 

The sprouts turned out finer, thinner, and more delicate than green lentil sprouts. They were delightful. The smaller nature of the individual sprouts made it more fun in my mouth.

I served them at Xmas Turkey Dinner and put some on just about everything I ate. Family and friends all gave me that look, but most gave it try, themselves. All agreed they were very mild and pleasant and the flavors and textures worked well with the turkey, dressing, and salad. Another night we made up tortilla soup and most everybody put seconds of black lentil sprouts into their soups! So, it wasn’t just me bragging on them… they really liked them.

Black Lentils are now a part of my ongoing sprouting plan.  Larger, beefier, yet still fine, black lentils provide a medium-sized sprout for general uses.  And, remember, General Uses means EVERYTHING!

Have fun, and keep on sprouting…. – Jim B

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A Batch of Sprouts Went Bad!

A Batch of Sprouts Went Bad!

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Please follow and like us:It  happens! For me, it’s been 3 batches in just over 3 years. The first two were mung bean sprouts.  It began with a new batch of dried, organic mung beans I’d bought from a reputable retailer. As the batches moved […]

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Sprouts for Breakfast… Again!

Sprouts for Breakfast… Again!

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Please follow and like us:Yep, sprouts for breakfast… AGAIN!  And again, and again, and again!  That’s the most healthful idea behind all the changes I have made in my lifestyle.  Once I do something healthful for myself, I must set myself up to do it […]

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Sprout Your Support for the Sprouting Lifestyle!

Sprout Your Support for the Sprouting Lifestyle!

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Yep, we’re going fashionista… just a bit.  Check out these new t-shirts!  The idea is to help build inner support by telling the world about the wonderful lifestyle, health, and dietary changes you are making.

Home Grown Sprouts! Self Health for Self Help T-Shirt

sprout-t-shirtBe the first to sprout a sprout t-shirt!  What fun!  Great gift, too, to show your support for friends and family making positive changes.

Thanks for your continued support for all of us self-help self-health aficionados.  When mine gets here, I’ll post a picture of my renovated self wearing it.  Please share your thoughts, ideas, pictures, and experiences as you update your health and life!

 

– Jim B  September 14, 2016Jim B 7 9 2016 Galveston Beach

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Sprouts on Nachos?

Sprouts on Nachos?

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Please follow and like us:I just made up a small batch of nachos for 2.  I used my own recipe for nachos. Tonight I had some leftover shrimp to use up and a little bit of organic pesto, so I made some pesto/shrimp nachos.  I […]

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Gardening on a Boat!

Gardening on a Boat!

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Please follow and like us:Yep, you heard me.  It doesn’t matter how small a boat, as you’ll soon see.  It’s really a deep subject and one that needs lengthy examination if you plan to be “out there” for any length of time on your boat. […]

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Sprouting and a Small Garden!

Sprouting and a Small Garden!

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garden 008Even a small garden helps offset my nutritional needs.  We just moved a month ago, right into the major heat of Houston, Texas.  Sad to leave our kitchen garden behind.

Fortunately, our new house has wonderful gardens in place and is producing some food each day.  There are lots of food trees: fig, orange, Meyer lemon, pecan, and grapefruit. There are cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, green peppers, eggplant, and herbs!  Just a few plants of each.

Not a big deal, right?

Todays harvest
From my small garden, today!

But it is a big deal!  Here’s why.  If I combine my daily garden harvest, taken from a square footage of less than 25 square feet (5′ x 5′) with my sprouting, I’ve got almost all the fresh home-grown veggies I need to sustain life at its best!  Even when living on a small boat, you can develop your own small garden and grow sprouts!  I’ve done it, I know!

I buy fresh produce at the market, of course, but it’s more of an offset.  MY produce is organic and unadulterated! I know that for sure.

And because of my sprouting production and my garden production, I’m assured some real nutrition.

And it doesn’t take much time, either! I bet I spent an average of five minutes a day on my garden and fruit trees, mostly picking.  That’s more time than sprouting takes, of course, but the variety seems to be really important.

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I miss the farm…

As I was healing myself, I noticed that the more good, whole, unadulterated nutrients I ate, the better I felt and the faster my 6 supposedly chronic diseases fell away!  Simple.

My take on sprouting isn’t necessarily designed to be the end all of home food production. Rather, it’s a part of a diversified food production system.  There are times when home gardens lie fallow. Other times, disaster strikes in the form of bugs, errant-wandering cattle, drought, etc, and the garden dies back for a while.  Sprouting guarantees I have fresh, home-grown, healthy veggies 24/7.

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Sprouts, other veggies, and fruit! Good, for Real!

Simple, easy, quick, and dirtlessly cheap!

That’s how I look at sprouting.  And now, of course, I’m growing my sunflower sprouts in dirt, and adding even more fresh nutrition, harvested on demand, from my kitchen window sill.

Friends and family comment on how much better I look.  Seems to be every day, beginning over 3 years ago when I nearly died from the American industrial food complex and the associated consumerism issues.

So, start a garden today. Doesn’t have to be acreage. Don’t need any special tools… well maybe at least a trowel. You can get them cheap at the dollar store.  Buy a cherry tomato plant, or a whole six-pack of them.

0205161125bIf you don’t have dirt, get some pots and put them on your porch or patio or by a well-lit window.  Pick up a few small veggie and herb plants and stick them in the ground or containers.  And, of course, keep on sprouting!

Check on them often; doesn’t take but a second to look.  And, of course, keep on sprouting, with continuous yields.  Soon you’ll be amazed at how much bounty you have on a daily basis.

It’s a start!  That’s all you need to do. Start.  Just a little each day.

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Back in my country garden days!

I hope the various online gardening groups can adapt to sprouting, too.  When I share on those sites, I usually have a wonderful reception. But often I get the “stink eye” messages like, “this is a site for gardening, stop posting that stuff here,” “content not appropriate,” or, worse yet, I’m simply ignored.

I’m including pictures of my larger garden at my country home.  It was much larger, of course. But I am a gardener… and growing sprouts is nothing if it’s not gardening, too!

Jim B 7 9 2016 Galveston BeachHere’s a global wish for the best of self-health and self-hep for us all!  – Jim B!

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Juicing Sprouts!

Juicing Sprouts!

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Please follow and like us:My sprouts book gains much of its strength in the simple process of continual sprouting.  I emphasize that the most because that’s what shot me down the most in years past.  I can’t recall how many times (well, like, EVERY time!) […]

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Cantaloupe Juice! Another Euphoric Drink on These Hot Days!

Cantaloupe Juice! Another Euphoric Drink on These Hot Days!

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Please follow and like us:All that talk about watermelon juice got me refreshing for several days from the juice of a half a seedless watermelon!  Then, it was still hot and humid here south of Houston, Texas. It was so hot, that just stepping outside […]

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We Are Past Due for Watermelon Juice!

We Are Past Due for Watermelon Juice!

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1435198776980Watermelon Juice!  Ahhhhh! My favorite juice in the summertime!  Oh, it’s great any time, but summertime is the best! Quenches thirst, cools me down, and gives me some nutrients to treat the heat!

I enjoy juicing so many things, but on these hot days of summer, watermelon juice comes to mind!

It’s a no-brainer! It’s affordable!  It’s easy! …and, it’s beautifully delicious!  Last year I made a post about watermelon juice and within a week, saw loads of others posting on the subject, too!  Great to see!

It’s a great way to service people exciting, colorful food!  Everybody loves it and it’s a perfect colorful accent to a colorful summer snack or feast!

Pics 8 22 2015 011Yep, no sprouts mentioned in this post.  I guarantee ya that I’ll be eating sprouts in my colorful snack or meal, though.  So there.

At times like this, I also appreciate my slow-masticating juicer.  It keeps the juice cool and lets it last longer in the keep.

A little bit goes a long way, too.  You don’t have to juice the whole thing to make everyone’s day!

0624151123I cut up my watermelons so they are ready to eat whenever the mood strikes.  That also makes it easy to make up a glass or two of fresh, colorful, delicious, and glamorous watermelon juice!

People wonder at the color, flavor, and refreshment of it all!  It’s also something that most people (not us, of course) frequently remark upon. They’ve never seen anything like it that isn’t made from a chemistry set.  And the flavor, sweetness, freshness, and vitality of it is nearly overwhelming to new initiates.

Yeah, yeah… I’m sure someone out there is commenting on my presentation of the juice.  I really should have taken a picture with nice crystal goblets and a crystal pitcher. Someday, I’ll get my act together better, but for now, it’s about the food, itself.  Please consider presentation with all foods. I prefer to serve colorful meals in a lovely setting.  In this particular instance, I let the food, itself, do the talking!  Have fun, y’all!

IMG_0455Enjoy your self-help self-health lifestyle!    – Jim B!

 

 

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Sunflower Sprouts!

Sunflower Sprouts!

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Lentils, My Old Reliable Standby Sprouts!

Lentils, My Old Reliable Standby Sprouts!

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Jim B’s Story!

Jim B’s Story!

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IMG_0455Current conventional wisdom says that we should be eating at least 60% raw veggies and fruits in our diet, each day! And many folks believe that up to 100% raw foods is the best way to thrive! 

For years I wasn’t able to make that happen. The American Industrial Food Complex took over my diet early on.   There was nothing vital about the food I was eating. Everything I ate was processed, chemicalized, nutritionally deficient, devitalized, and downright poisonous. That same everything I ate came with a lengthy and complex list of ingredients and an assurance from that same American Industrial Food Complex that all those ingredients were safe and nutritious.

In small amounts, no discernible problems were noted. Over years of consuming those things, my body began to fall apart! But, the Complex (the great American processed food production industry and their governmental counterpart, the Food and Drug Administration) denied being a part of that. They had me convinced that my problems lay elsewhere.

As I began to age, all the while eating like an American, my overall health and vitality began to devolve.   My weight increased gradually for years! It was my distinct misfortune to have been obese for over 30 years! As I hit my fifties, I began to experience many of the problems of aging that my doctors assured me were just part of the aging process.

 

jim-fat-pic.jpgThe final straw fell after I found myself boiling over for days with a 103-degree temperature, my intestinal tract had shut down, and I was lying immobilized in a hospital bed and diagnosed with perforated diverticulitis!

There I was at 300+ pounds, nearly dead with a hole burst open in my intestines! My doctor assured me that 2 surgeries were all that was needed to make me as good as new!   He said I didn’t need to change anything about my lifestyle, that I could continue to eat and exercise (or lack thereof!) as always. I’d get a first surgery to implant a colostomy bag which would funnel all my poop out of the affected area of my colon and into a plastic bag at my side! I’d wear that thing for about a month (Now there’s a fashion statement!). Then he would go in and cut out the affected foot or two of my colon, restoring my health.

I had no health insurance and very little disposable income (Yep, I was broke!)! I was facing odds that said I’d be going bankrupt in short order… if I lived to go broke! People die of this disorder all the time. Over 30 million people have diverticulosis, little blown-out spots in their colons, which flare up from time to time and which, if burst open, can kill them quickly and with little other option.   My doctor assured me that we’d caught the problem in time and I’d be on the road to health in no time (and, as he failed to mention, if I didn’t die, first!)!

Along with that life-threatening problem, I was also diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, Stage 2 Hypertension, Morbid Obesity, Peripheral Neuropathy, and Major Depression! I was walking with a cane due to a bum knee, suffered from constant back pain, and couldn’t pursue anything physical for more than a few minutes each day lest I spend several days in bed recovering! The list of complaints went on and on and on and on and on!

I didn’t want to believe surgery was my only option. Despite his assurance that there was no other way to deal with this, I decided to look at the world of natural health and healing. As I began to review the literature available on natural foods and healing (both on the internet and in the printed media), as I began to watch and learn from all the new documentaries available on natural foods and natural healing (sites like Food Matters TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and the Internet in general!), I began to see a pattern. People who opted out of the American Industrial Food Complex were beginning to cure all sorts of the so-called diseases of aging! They were dancing with joy and free from long lists of so-called chronic illnesses (a chronic illness, by definition, is something you never get rid of. Boy were my doctors wrong!)

They were overcoming all of the diagnoses I had and many others! Many illnesses thought to be directly linked to aging turned out to be directly linked to long-term exposure to the poisons and devitalized nutrients in our food chain!

Could it really be that simple?

Yes it really was that simple!!!

jim-with-food2-225x300To make an already lengthy story a bit lengthier, I completely changed my diet and lifestyle.   Today I no longer have any of the diagnoses listed above! In less than 2 years of eating healthy, life-giving, vital foods, prepared in ways to optimize the nutritional values to nurture my body, here’s what has been essentially cured:

  • Perforated Diverticulitis, GONE!
  • Type II Diabetes, GONE (A1C in normal range for over a year and a half!) with no re-occurrence of symptoms!
  • Stage 2 Hypertension, GONE with normal blood pressure achieved without medication!
  • Morbid Obesity, GONE! In fact, after over 30 years in some stage of obesity, I’m no longer obese at all!
  • Peripheral Neuropathy, GONE!
  • Major Depression, GONE!

And here are some other improvements I love to dance, sing, and crow about!

  • I’ve lost over 100 pounds, so far!
  • I can be physically active all day and feel great tonight and tomorrow!
  • No more cane to walk with… and no need for one!
  • No more back pain!
  • No more medications!
  • No doctors, aside from regular checkups!
  • No surgeries!
  • Absolutely NO more mythical diseases of aging!
  • And I didn’t have to go broke!

All of that was accomplished by:

  1. By halting the intake of poisonous, devitalized foods!
  2. By simultaneously beginning and continuing the intake of unadulterated foods: sprouts, fresh veggie juices, and eating unprocessed foods (Mostly raw!)!
  3. By getting educated about all of the above from others who are similarly healing themselves!
  4. Undertaking some physical exercise as I became able!

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Did I go broke?   Nope! These changes ended up saving me tons of money by not having to go to doctors or hospitals and by no longer buying medications, both over the counter and prescription! I also save by not buying anti-suffering aids like over the counter potions, canes, wheelchairs, and the like.

Also, the new way of eating I discovered for myself actually costs me far less in one day than one trip to a fast food joint!

1230151101bAlso, the new way of eating I discovered and developed for myself actually costs me far less in one day than one trip to a fast food joint! I actually eat far less food than before and enjoy every bite and slurp of real nutrition much more!

Where I had no time to prepare food, before, and relied on fast foods and quick-devitalized foods from the grocer, I now have plenty of extra time to prepare whole, vital food.

Pics 8 22 2015 196That’s my story.  I became so busy sharing my sprouting story, I ended up writing it down for family and friends to give with a simple instruction set at the holidays.  Well, it grew and grew and became this book and this site. Now, I’m all about sharing what I’ve learned in the hopes that someone else might get similar results!

I hope to hear from you as you change your diet, start growing sprouts, and grow healthier!

Together we can do it! It is a “WE’ thing, not an “I” thing.  Look at these two words, both the same words having only changed the first part from “I” to “WE”.

“I”llness!

“WE”llness!

Get it?  Now, get up and get started educating yourself and taking action for your own good!  –  Jim B!

 

 

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4. Harvest & Re-Start

4. Harvest & Re-Start

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Please follow and like us:Finally, it’s time to harvest your sprouts!  Simple, quick, easy.  Cheap, too. So far you’ve spent about four minutes growing your sprouts (review posts 1, 2, and 3). The sprouts, on the other hand, have been busy growing and becoming a […]

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3. The Next Few Days!

3. The Next Few Days!

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Please follow and like us:   Welcome the the third installment of sprouting overview! After you’ve soaked your seeds overnight (the first installment!), drained them and set them on the counter on day two (the second installment!), you are just about done with the process! […]

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Sprouts for Breakfast?  You Betcha!!!

Sprouts for Breakfast? You Betcha!!!

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IMG_0455I remember the first time I suggested sprouts for breakfast.  Everybody got that, “Who farted” look on their face!  It still elicits that same grimmace to first-timers! But trust me on this… it’s the best!

Here’s my breakfast this morning.  Nothing special for me.  A normal breakfast.  Almost every day I include fresh, home-grown sprouts into my breakfast.  It shoots up the nutrient level of the meal, increases the beauty and appetizing quotient, it increases the raw veggie quotient, and it just makes it all taste wonderfuller!

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Sprouts for Breakfast!

I admit that I had too much toast.  I usually don’t have toast with my breakfast any more.  When I do, I usually only have 1 slice, lightly buttered.  But today?  I wanted 2.  I made 2. I ate 2.  When I eat healthy whole food as my body craves it, it’s for a good reason that I may not ever know. But my body knows what it wants.

Here’s my plate inventory for today’s breakfast:

  • 2 eggs, scrambled with 4 fresh, sauteed Gulf shrimp that were leftover from dinner last night.
  • Fresh tomatoes from the garden.
  • Half a small avocado.
  • A large dollop of fresh, home-grown Mung bean sprouts.
  • A medium handful of NOW Foods Zesty Sprouting Mix  that was grown with 40% broccoli sprouts!
  • And, as you already know, 2 slices of whole grain toast with light butter.
  • Not pictured, but beside the plate, was a bowl of fresh cut watermelon!

0621161242Lots of things aren’t perfect in this meal, depending on your food orientation.  But for me, it was wonderful.  Lots of raw veggies & fruit. Plenty of vibrant color, which, to me, means lots of nutritional value! And compared to how I used to eat, relatively small portions.

It’s a larger breakfast than I normally eat, as I’ve discussed above. Also, I usually only have one egg. And I rarely have any form of meat with my breakfast any more.  But, there it was and my body asked me nicely. So I did it.

0621161242aSprouting is a great way to increase the nutritional content of any meal. Today’s breakfast is one way.  Please share and enjoy this post as you think best.

Best health to my self-health friends! – Jim B

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2. After Soaking Overnight!

2. After Soaking Overnight!

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Please follow and like us:Yesterday, we got started sprouting!  I told you about how to get started and got you to soak some seeds.  You were gonna let them soak overnight. Let’s review the basic sprouting process before we move on: Get some seeds Soak […]

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1. Getting Started with Sprouting!

1. Getting Started with Sprouting!

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Please follow and like us: This post is the beginning of the process of sprouting.  It’s an overview. There are follow-up posts to fill in the rest of the process. I hope it helps you!  Please feel free to post comments, questions, and anything else […]

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Jim B’s Book Catalog!

Jim B’s Book Catalog!

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All of the Books by Jim B!

Dirt Cheap, Chock-full-o-Good-Info, Worth-a-Fortune, and Downright Fun!

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This is an easy page… simply click on the book you want to learn more about and you’ll be sent to the book’s page at Amazon.com.  There, you’ll get all sorts of info about the book and the various ways you can order it (eBook, Kindle, print copy).

This is a catalog of the books by Jim B that are currently in print and ebook formats, and are available at Amazon. Contact us at Keep It Simple Publications (dot com) or Inner Resources (dot biz) to order additional copies or arrange a personal appearance, book presentation, or book signing.

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Sprouting: REVISED Beginners Guide to Growing Sprouts!: Everything You Need to Know to Start Growing and Enjoying Sprouts!

by Jim Beerstecher

Revised and Expanded! Adds more insight and depth to the process of sprouting! Also reinforces the simple process of continuing to sprout outlined in the book!

Everything You Need to Know to Start Growing and Enjoying Sprouts!

In a Single Jar!

Better Health for Pennies!

LESS than 5 Minutes a Week!

Wonderful Nutrition for a Few Cents!

This game-changing new book shows readers how simple, easy, and affordable it can be to improve health, vitality, and lifestyle!

Jim’s approach to sprouting makes it accessible to anyone who wants to try. It only takes about 5 minutes a week to do it! You’ll have a big pile of healthful, delicious, fresh sprouts to add to all the foods you eat.

The second groundbreaking concept presented in this book is Jim’s simple process of continuing production! Soon, you will have all the sprouts you can enjoy, on a regular basis! Year around gardening, on your kitchen counter, without dirt, no weeds, and harvests every four to five days!

Put them on salads, steaks, soups, and on sandwiches! Eat them for snacks, in your morning oatmeal or eggs, at lunch, and at dinner! Yep, they go wonderfully with everything!

In 2012, facing 2 surgeries, Jim threw himself into the study and practice of growing and eating sprouts with every meal. He grew them, himself, on his kitchen counter!

Today, Jim is over 100 pounds lighter and has regained his health entirely without surgery! Gone are perforated diverticulitis, type II diabetes, major depression, stage 2 hypertension, arthritis, and morbid obesity. He’d been obese for over 30 years!

Not any more!

And it all started with developing a simple, affordable, easy-to-use, and health-restoring system for growing sprouts at home. For pennies, he began growing his own health and is today completely unrecognizable from the Jim of 2013. And it all started with a few sprouts grown on his kitchen counter… as it can for you.

Once you see how simple, easy, and affordable it can be, you’ll be on the road to better health, too!

Can you spare five minutes every week to help build the best health of your life?

Give this simple, affordable book a chance. Buy it today! You have nothing to lose besides excess weight, deteriorating health, and depleted vitality! And you have everything to gain, including restored health, amazing renewed vitality, and lots more vigor!

There are lots of books that will tell you how to sprout. This book teaches you how to develop your own simple sprout center and how to keep it actively producing all year long, regardless of where you live!

This is not the last word on the subject of sprouting! It’s designed to be the first words to help you get started!

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To find out more and/or order a copy of Jim’s sprouting book, click the link pictured.  It will take you to the info page at Amazon.com

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 Title: Champagne Boating on a Beer Budget!

Subtitle: Buy and Equip Boats for Pennies on the Dollar! Save Thousands on Your Next Boat & the Boat Gear To Go with It!

By Jim Beerstecher

Why spend lots of money on a boat? With this fun and exciting text, you get the author’s secrets to buying boats for pennies on the dollar!

Save time and money buying a boat and the gear to go with her! Get a boat now following these proven principles! Gives specific examples of boat deals the author has gotten and shares his hints and tips for getting similar deals on boats!

Updated to include all the internet sources and methodology you need to snap up a great deal on a boat! Jim’s been buying sailboats for pennies on the dollar for over 30 years.   Until now he’s kept his secrets to himself. Now he’s ready to retire and sail off forever, so he’s sharing what he’s learned!

Jim’s helped lots of people find great boat deals and now he’s going public with his knowledge. Get a great deal on a boat! Get a great deal on boat gear! Cut the docklines and go cruising now! Why wait until you pay off a huge boat loan… Get a boat you can afford and go now!

For the cheap price of this book, you’ll get a great return on your investment! Easily save a bundle on your next boat! This is the book that boat brokers DON’T want you to read!

Some boat deal’s the author’s found so far: A thirty foot trimaran for $100; an Islander Bahamas 24 for $350; a Catalina 22, with trailer, for $600; a Venture 23 sailboat with trailer for $400; another Venture 23 with trailer with a new outboard motor for $200; a Bristol 24, for $600; an Islander 30 for $1900; and the ultimate coup (SO FAR!) a Hans Christian 34 for UNDER $5,000! And then there are the free boats!

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Learn more and/or order the Ebook Edition of Jim B’s Book, Champagne Boating on a Beer Budget! via Amazon, now!

Learn more and/or order the Printed Edition of Jim B’s Book, Champagne Boating on a Beer Budget! via Amazon, now!

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Title: Simply Brilliant Ideas & Projects for Sailboats & Power to Customize Your Boat and Prepare the Crew for Cruising!

Subtitle: Boatloads of Hints, Tips, and Great Ideas! To Save You Time, Money, and Problems! 

By Jim Beerstecher

Must reading for people preparing to go cruising, whether power or sail! Helps you prepare your vessel, crew, pets, paperwork, galley, and money for the upcoming cruise! This book can save you buckets of dollars, too many hours of labor, and, tons of grief!

From the book… For forty-five years, you’ve lived a shore-based life. You understand things in your land-oriented world implicitly and rarely need to think about anything pertaining to your basic living circumstances. All of that’s about to go flying out the window because YOU’RE getting ready to go cruising. You’re entering into a new and foreign world. You need all of the help you can get to maximize the potential for success of your cruise.

Jim B is an average cruiser with an average cruiser’s lifetime experience and a lot of proven ideas to save you time, money, and energy!

The very few bucks spent here just might save your life someday! This book is a compendium of the boatloads of the slick things Jim B has learned along the way. That’s what you need, basic hints, tips, and great ideas from a cruiser who’s been there!

Any one hint, tip or idea is easily worth the price of this book and can enhance your cruising experience …and every copy you buy helps him stay out cruising just that much longer! Thanks!

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To Order a Copy of Simply Brilliant Ideas & Projects for Sailboats & Power to Customize Your Boat and Prepare the Crew for Cruising!, Click Here:

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Title: Recovery: Passing Along Some Experience, Strength, and Hope!

By Jim Beerstecher

The author, who’s been active in his own recovery since 1976, begins with his own story, “Jim B’s Twelve Days of Christmas… a Miracle of Recovery.” An alcoholic! A drug addict! A codependent! And a compulsive overeater! Jim’s a good example of recovery being possible for the “some of us are sicker than others” crowd!

In this book, the author recounts important and memorable lessons learned in his recovery. Each story will give the reader new insights into his/her own recovery. “If my readers gets one single new idea out of this book,” quips Jim, “It’s worth the price of admission… and then some!”

Good reading, fun accounts, anecdotes, slogans, sponsorship, meetings, steps, spirituality, treatment centers, relationships in recovery, employment, prosperity, and dozens of other components that make up a day in recovery are discussed. Something for everyone, new in recovery and old timers alike!

Great gift idea! Great for people in any recovery program/s and for people who are contemplating joining a recovery program! It’s a meeting in a digital format… got a few minutes? Glean some new perspectives for your own recovery!

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To get more information and/or to order a copy of Recovery: Passing Along Some Experience, Strength, and Hope! click the link below. It will take you to the Amazon.com page describing the book in more detail.

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The Published Works

of Jim Beerstecher (Jim B!)!  

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