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Meet our Herbies of the Week: Cat & Shelton!

Even though they came to the idea of going plant-based separately, this brother and sister team have been each other's cheerleader the entire time.

When they started their plant-based journey, Shelton weighed nearly 500lbs, but has lost over 130lbs and Cat is down more than 55lbs!!!

Amazing! Read on for their inspirational story!

I can’t relay my plant-based journey without including my brother, Shelton. We have always been very close. We are 7½ years apart, with a younger sister (who has NEVER had weight issues!) As children, Shelton and I sought comfort in food. Between the two of us, we never met a food we didn’t like! Our weight issues followed us into adulthood, although we each sporadically managed to lose (and regain!) significant amounts of weight.

Fast forward to about 2011: Shelton lived and worked with our dad, who has severe arthritis and needs a walker or scooter chair to get around. I lived about an hour away with my husband and young daughter. We came to the idea of plant-based eating separately, but around the same time. We both watched “Forks Over Knives,” we read “The Engine 2 Diet,” we both read “Eat To Live.” I had already given up eating meat (but made up for it with LOTS of sugar, so – no weight loss, and ever-increasing health problems.) Shelton was struggling with adult-onset diabetes, but began incorporating healthy changes slowly.

In 2012, I moved 500 miles away when my husband took a job in Florida. Working from home, without the support of friends or family, my weight hit an all-time high of 249 pounds. Even though I knew all about plant-based living, I wasn’t putting those principles into practice. One day, I made a special trip to the grocery store just to buy a box of Little Debbie cakes for a snack (I could eat an entire box of them in one sitting). I knew it was time to make a serious change. I cracked open my Happy Herbivore Cookbook, found HH online, and got to work. Lindsay’s practical, real-life information helped us move from knowledge to action.

Shelton had already started implementing healthy changes, and we started to regularly share tips (Like HH’s “5 ingredient rule”); recipes (HH Mushroom Burgers!) and revelations (I can carry around baked potatoes as snacks? That’s life-changing!) These days, Shelton and I regularly share information on substitutions, recipes we’ve tried, and vegan products: what tastes good, and what doesn’t. (One text from Shelton showed a container of vegan yogurt with the message: “Tastes like cough syrup. Avoid!”)

In the last year, we have both made a serious commitment to living the ...

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Last week we left for our summer abroad... stopping in one of our all-time favorite cities, Boston, along the way (Fun fact: Scott and I lived in Boston for about four years when I attended law school).

Boston is a beautiful city with a spirit and pride I can't quite describe. The people and culture are distinctively different, but in a way that's refreshing and honest.

I loved living in Boston, and although it isn't my home ...

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Spend more time enjoying your 4th of July weekend than thinking about what to make with this week's star-spangled meal plan!

The Carrot Hot Dogs (NEW!), BBQ Sloppy Joes (NEW!), Grilled Corn & Quinoa Salad (NEW!), and "Beef" Stroganoff (NEW!) will set off fireworks in your mouth -- they're that good!

You'll also enjoy patriotic plant-based recipes like the Red, White & Blue Pancakes (fam.), Patriotic Smoothie, Red, White & Blue Parfait (indi) and much more!

Carrot Hot Dogs

Individual Highlights

  • BBQ Sloppy Joes (NEW!)
  • Carrot Hot Dogs (NEW!)
  • Portobello Strip Dinner
  • Eggless Egg Salad
  • Grilled Corn & Quinoa Salad (NEW!)
  • Portobello Steak Tacos
  • "Beef" Stroganoff (NEW!)

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BBQ Sloppy Joes

Family Highlights

  • Grilled Corn & Quinoa Salad (NEW!)
  • Portobello Steak Tacos
  • Carrot Hot Dogs (NEW!)
  • Mango Gazpacho
  • "Beef" Stroganoff (NEW!)
  • BBQ Sloppy Joes (NEW!)
  • Vegetarian Delight

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Red, White & Blue Parfait

Testimonials

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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Stephen!

After years of unhealthy eating habits, everything changed when he met his wife. Once she went vegan, Stephen decided to follow in her veggie footsteps and started to notice all sorts of changes -- both mentally and physically.

Before long, Stephen was off his medication for anxiety and lost more than 70lbs!

Read on for Stephen's inspiring story!

After years of eating unhealthy I became more and more concerned with my weight, health ...

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With summer officially one day away, it's about that time to bust out the tent and sleeping bags for some camping!

I have a HUGE section in my new book, The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living (also available in Audible format -- and read by me!) dedicated to camping and what foods to bring, but here's a quick rundown on how to survive as a Herbie in the great outdoors!

To start off-- it really depends on what ...

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