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Herbie of the Week: YOU! (Happy Thanks-Living!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Herbies

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving or should I say, Happy Thanks-Living!

Even though I tend to make this holiday about food (a lot of food!), I always like to take a moment to really meditate on what I'm thankful for.

My health.

The health of my family and friends.

The health of my Herbies.

My Herbies in general...

...and so on.

There's so much I am thankful for — so much we're all thankful for — and in light of giving thanks, this week's Herbie of the Week is YOU!

Last month I asked Herbies on Facebook to share any kind of benefit they've experienced since going plant-based, and the responses came pouring in!

Here are some of the highlights!

You'll quickly see just how far-reaching the effects are.

"7 years of trying to conceive with no luck. Pregnant after three months of both my husband and I going plant-based. We are currently expecting our third." - Annie W

"Asthma for 47 years disappeared. Plantar Fasciitis disappeared." - David V

"I was on 3 different meds for depression/ anxiety. A very unexpected "side effect" of going plant-based was being able to ditch all meds, better focus and state of mind. - Jen S

"I am off of my fibromyalgia meds, and down a little over 20 lbs." - Caroyln A

"My sinus issues went away. No longer needed medications for sinuses and other medical issues." - Joy B

"Better skin. Better sleep. Stamina to do my weight lifting program! Anxiety is almost nonexistent. No PMS! Weight loss tho i tossed my scale so i dont have a number...but its the equivalent of 2 pant sizes!" - Samantha R

"No recurrence of breast cancer in 3 years when it was highly guaranteed!" - Tamara B

"Hair, skin, nails - shining!! Energy levels thru the roof! GI issues, gone!!" - Rachel P

"I've lost 25 pounds, got off 4 medications, reversed my PCOS, no more migraines, more energy, better skin, better teeth, and I'm rarely sick." -Shannan W

"My husband has been going for colonoscopies since he was 27 for a family history of colon cancer. On his first colonoscopy they found tumors and polyps that they just wanted to watch. We went plant-based and he just recently had his first colonoscopy in 8 years that is clear. No sign of the polyps or tumors, they've disappeared!" - Kristen L

"After 2 1/2 years the list is long....50 lbs down and no difficulty maintaining / eliminated rheumatoid arthritis symptoms / no migraines / blood pressure good / lowered cholesterol 120 points / perfect blood sugar with no diabetes problems / no acid re-flux or indigestion since 2nd day plant-based / mega energy / oh have had no allergy symptoms or colds! This is a miracle for me since I have had two strokes and am 65 years old. Would never go back to eating animals and oils!!!" - Charlotte G

"Depression and anxiety disorders eased, PCOS gone, acne gone, hair thicker and darker, better mental clarity, significantly reduced sinus problems, no more GI issues, higher energy levels, and (last but not least) significant amount of weight lost." - Bailey G

"Here's one I never hear about: less plaque! I used to have to get teeth cleanings every 3 months and was having gum issues (in my late 20's!). Since I went plant based I only go for cleanings every 6 months and my dentist can't believe the difference! She couldn't find a study done on it but I know it's from not drinking milk and eating yogurt all day!" - Erika S

"Not only did I lose 100 lbs in 6 months in 2011 after going veg. The 3 autoimmune disorders that I was just diagnosed with and told there was no cause and no cure for, as well as being bed ridden and told I'd buy myself a wheelchair in a year? Yeah.. No trace of any!?! Veg for life." - Dawn R

"I don't poop more. I poop better. Before I may have had IBS or something (never got diagnosed or took it to a doctor) or just normal reaction to a very fiber-poor diet. Anyway, much more consistently regular BMs." - Rachel R

"75 pounds lost, rosacea (gone), acid reflux (gone), sciatica (gone), plantar fasciitis (gone), candida infections (gone), anxiety (gone), depression (gone)." - Christina G

"For me it was pre-menopausal hot flashes, I can honestly say that I have had 1 since going plant-based." - Brandi G

"My heartburn and reflux (gross, I know) have gone away COMPLETELY. I never feel over-stuffed anymore, I sleep more soundly, my face is clearing up, and I can breath easier during cardio. I've only been plant-based for several months." - Alexis G

"Faster recovery from training sessions which means ability to push harder which means faster race times." - Jason B

Summarized medical issues, symptoms and health problems that have been reduced or eliminated by adopting a plant-based diet (as reported by Herbies on Facebook):

- Acne
- Headache/Migraine
- Bloating/Stomach Issues
- Hypothyroidism
- T2 Diabetes
- Acid Reflux/Heartburn
- Cholesterol
- Anemia
- PCOS
- Joint/Muscle Pain
- Constipation
- High Blood Pressure
- Asthma
- Allergies/Nasal Congestion/Sinus Infections
- Disordered Eating
- Hot Flashes

Other noted improvements in health and well-being reported by Herbies:

- Weight-Loss
- More Happiness/No Depression
- Improved Appearance (look younger, more rested, etc.)
- Improved Energy
- Improved Immune System (no sickness, quick recovery, etc.)
- Improved Fitness/Muscle Mass
- Improved Sleep
- Improved Bowel Movements
- Improved Spirituality
- Improved Senses (smell, taste, etc.)
- Improved Teeth (less sensitivity, whiter)
- Reduced/Eliminated Cravings for Junk Food
- Reduced/Eliminated Insulin Dependence
- Reduced Inflammation
- Strong Nails/Hair
- Enjoy Cooking/Food
- Mental Clarity
- Off Medications

I did a similar post last year for Thanksgiving, that you can read here.

P.S. Don't miss out on this week's special Thanksgiving meal plan! We're also including a FREE eBook with this week's plan + the Thanksgiving section from my new cookbook! It's our gift to you!

It's a really cool meal plan with a lot of great options, no matter your situation or schedule! Plus there's no leftovers and no waste! (even on the individual plan!)

And YES! Soy-free, gluten-free, vegan, no oil, no nuts, etc!

We are so THANKFUL for your support! The meal plans keep this website going. We couldn't have this free resource or our Facebook page without your financial support through the meal plans.

Get the details on this week's super special, never-done-before and awesome meal plan by clicking here.

My Thanksgiving Menu (Plus Game Plan & Prep Sheet!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

LIMITED TIME: The current meal plan has a special Thanksgiving menu + prep sheet + shopping list. We're also including a FREE eBook with this week's plan + the Thanksgiving section from my new cookbook! It's our gift to you!

Everything is crazy easy and can be made ahead!! We like a fuss-free, healthy #plantproud Thanksgiving too :)

It's a really cool meal plan with a lot of great options, no matter your situation or schedule! Plus there's no leftovers and no waste! (even on the individual plan!)

And YES! Soy-free, gluten-free, vegan, no oil, no nuts, etc!

We are so THANKFUL for your support! The meal plans keep this website going. We couldn't have this free resource or our Facebook page without your financial support through the meal plans.

Get the details on this week's super special, never-done-before and awesome meal plan by clicking here.


I cook a FEAST on Thanksgiving. Every year, without fail, I make way more food than we (and our guests) could ever eat. I can't help it, but my guests are always happy to take home leftovers ;)

This year, we celebrated Thanksgiving early since my parents, Mama and Papa Herbivore, were visiting us in California.

Here's my menu this year: (all recipes were gluten-free and from my new cookbook Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings!)

  • "Cheese" Ball (p. 46)
  • Thanksgiving Loaf (p. 15)
  • Traditional Stuffing (p. 20)
  • Mashed Potatoes (p. 18)
  • Steamed Green Beans
  • Corn Bread (p. 19) (two ways - one was GF)
  • Thanksgiving Gravy (p. 16)
  • Cranberry Sauce (p. 23)
  • Pumpkin Pie (p. 24)
  • Rum Cake (p. 40)

My plate: Cranberry Sauce, Traditional Stuffing, Thanksgiving Loaf, Thanksgiving Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Green Beans & Cornbread.

The secret to cooking all this food (and staying sane... and not making a huge mess...) is to plan. I also love a good prep sheet with a detailed "game plan".

Here's mine from this year (you can find more information about how to create your own game plan in Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings!):

Need more ideas? Here are 60+ plant-based recipes that are perfect for Thanksgiving, whatever your situation (or dietary restriction) may be.

Pot lucks, gluten-free, solo diners, and beyond: I have you covered.

Need a festive but healthy party platter? Here are a few ideas.

A Special Thanksgiving Meal Plan! Plus FREE eBook + Bonus Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

Whether you're taking the day "off" to celebrate Thanksgiving (Thanksliving? Thanksvegan?), you're the lone veg-head, you just want to eat healthy (but without a bazilion leftovers), or you're not celebrating at all, this week's meal plan has something for everyone!

This week the individual meal plan comes with TWO menus and TWO shopping lists: one 5-day meal plan and shopping list that allows for two "flex days" (for those who are taking Thanksgiving off), and another 2-day menu and shopping list designed just for Thanksgiving (with no leftovers - even on the individual plan!!!).

The 2-day menu features a special menu for Thanksgiving and the day after. (If you plan to do the entire week, combine 'em all together).

The family meal plan also features a customizable shopping list, which allows flexibility for families and couples as well!

And yes, everything is crazy easy and can be made ahead!!

It's a really cool meal plan with a lot of great options, no matter your situation or schedule! Plus there's no leftovers and no waste!

And YES! Soy-free, gluten-free, vegan, no oil, no nuts, etc!

We're also including the Holiday Survival Guide ebookPLUS the Thanksgiving section from my new cookbook as our FREE gift to you!

We are so THANKFUL for your support! The meal plans keep this website going. We couldn't have this free resource or our Facebook page, without your financial support through the meal plans.

So a big, juicy THANKS from us to you!

Wild Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Individual Highlights

  • Pilgrim Stew (NEW!)
  • Cranberry Quinoa Salad (NEW!)
  • Lentil Cranberry Wrap
  • Wild Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash (NEW!)
  • Warm Fall Farro Salad
  • Butternut Squash & Black Bean Tacos
  • Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (NEW!)

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Pilgrim Stew

Family Highlights

  • Pumpkin Chili Lentil Loaf (NEW!)
  • Potato & Black Bean Burritos
  • Pilgrim Stew (NEW!)
  • Mega Chili Bowls
  • Wild Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash (NEW!)
  • Farro, Apple & Pecan Salad
  • Butternut Squash & Black Bean Tacos

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Pumpkin Chili Lentil Loaf

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