Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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I Would Eat My Vegetables If I Could Cut Them

Filed under: Living with a disability — by at 1:55 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2007

A variety of neatly cut fresh fruit
(Photo credit: Meliha Gojak)

In British Columbia, there is a strong push to get people eating more fruit and vegetables by the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics.

It’s not that I don’t find grocery store displays of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables tempting. It’s not that I don’t enjoy experiencing the crunch, texture and taste of a variety of fresh fruits and veggies. It’s the cleaning, peeling and chopping that I find deterring.

With my husband and me both having cerebral palsy and, thus, limited hand function, we rely on frozen juice from concentrate, frozen vegetables requiring minimal effort to cook in the microwave and easy-to-eat fruits, like grapes and bananas. We also take a multivitamin supplement fill in any gaps in our diet.

Last Friday, in a spirit of adventure and in attempt to broaden our culinary capabilities, we purchased a Starfrit Rotato Express and a Quick Chop as seen on TV. Sunday afternoon, in what felt like an occupational therapy session, we figured out how to safely use these time-saving kitchen devices. The Rotato was slick, peeling potatoes and an orange in mere seconds. The orange was so juicy and tasty!

The Quick Chop required most work than shown on TV as the pieces need to be cut to fit inside the chopper and then the chopped bits needed to be separated. It was as fast to manually tear the green peppers into bite-size pieces. Besides, precisely cut pieces don’t enhance the taste or nutritional value. It is yet to be determined whether the Quick Chop emains on active duty or dishonourably discharged to the back corner of a cluttered kitchen cupboard.

As I was wiping off the Rotato, I had a cp moment and my finger went flying across a sharp piece. Instantly I had a red geyser. Thank goodness it wasn’t my typing thumb!

My next mission is to find steel fingertip gloves. Alternatively, we stick with bananas and vitamin pills until we can afford a personal chef!

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Comment by Mary McD

May 17, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

Hi Glenda,

One good alternative to shopping, preparation, etc., and one that our whole family does, is to take a product called Juice Plus+ that is 17 raw, nutrient dense fruits and vegetables that are picked, juiced, and then the water, sugar, and salt is removed. What’s left behind is a powder that is either put into capsules or chewable form (and even gummies for kids! – of folks who want to eat like kids…). If you’re interested in finding out more (yes, we deliver to Canada and 26 other countries) just contact me at or go to that ( website for info. We ship directly to you, so you don’t even have to make a trip to the store to get your supply, and that’s gotta be important with your winters there!

Since I travel extensively, I really needed something to help me with diet/eating right on the road, and it had to be portable (which leaves out a lot of the liquid supplements I had considered). Being an engineer, I did exhaustive research on it – more so because I wanted it for my children – and it can’t be beat – it’s the most researched ‘nutriceutical’ in the world, which made me feel better. It’s not a vitamin, it’s food; and it’s even color coded — veggies are green, fruits are red, and vineyard (berries, green tea, etc. for antioxidants boost) are purple!

The caps provide 7-9 servings of raw nutritious fruits and veggies/day. What could be easier? And no sharp implements need be involved… 🙂

Comment by Karen

May 18, 2007 @ 8:24 am

Sell a lot of books and you’ll be able to get that personal chef! 🙂

Comment by Lorie

June 12, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

I have a really cool product with whole live foods that does not involve cutting. It’s a powdered mix to be placed in your favorite drink (I prefer water). It’s awesome. You get all of your veggies and fruit in one serving and it tastes great – my 2 1/2 year old loves it! Email me if you have any questions.
–Lorie 🙂

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