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Thanksgiving seems to be the one holiday my herbies get a little stressed over!
Well don't fret my friends (especially my Canadian herbies who celebrate next week!), I've got ya covered and the list of options just keeps getting longer and longer each year!
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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Bethany!
Bethany has been on a weight loss journey her entire life. From fad diets to portion control to counting calories -- she's done it all.
Then, in May of 2013, something clicked and she decided to change her diet. A couple months later her brother showed her a documentary, which ultimately led her to going plant-based.
Since making the switch, Bethany's lowered her blood pressure, shed inches from her body and cut ...
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Everyone knows how much I *love* the FOK documentary -- I still cannot recommend it enough! Watch it on Netflix or YouTube, it'll totally change your life!
Since the documentary's debut, my pals at FOK have released their extended interview DVD, their companion book, and the official FOK cookbook, authored by my good friend and an amazing plant-based chef, Del Sroufe!
NOW, FOK has released another terrific book, The Forks Over ...
We're ushering in the arrival of fall with all sorts of healthy, seasonal dishes on this week's meal plan!
Pumpkin Lentil Tacos (NEW!), Cinnamon & Butternut Chickpeas (NEW!), Fall Quinoa Bake (NEW!), and Butternut Home Fries (NEW!) are all new and capture the taste of autumn.
Also new on this week's menu: BBQ Ranch Sweet Potato Pizza (NEW!)!
BBQ Ranch Sweet Potato Pizza
Meet our Herbie of the Week: Heather!
Over the summer I received a short, but sweet email from Heather. She wrote:
"In February I changed to a 100% plant-based diet. So far I have lost almost 90 lbs. Reversed my diabetes, been able to cut my blood pressure & cholesterol meds in 1/2."
I was AMAZED! Knowing her plant-based journey would inspire so many, I immediately asked Heather to share her story today.
I'll let Heather take it away!
My name is Heather, and I would like to share my story with you of how I became a "Happy Herbie”. On January 1, 2014, I was 45 years old when a friend snapped this picture of me playing with her cat. (above, left)
I didn't know how much I weighed. I always kept in my mind, if I was under 300lbs I was doing ok. But I sure didn’t like the way I looked in that picture.
I have lived my life with a host of medical issues. For my 40th birthday I was diagnosed with diabetes and had to start wearing bifocals. I have had debilitating arthritis since my early adulthood. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
In January 2014, after getting insurance, I went to see my primary care physician. I already knew I was 5ft 5in tall, then I stepped on the scale and saw a life changing number...316lbs!!!!! How did that happen?? Well, it didn't take much to figure that out! I didn't eat well and I did not exercise.
That day I decided something needed to change. So, January 7th, 2014, I started making some changes by tracking my food/nutrition with an app. First, I had to begin my day by eating breakfast which I hadn’t done in years. Second, instead of eating a whole salami, cheese and mayo sandwich and a huge handful of chips for lunch, I would eat 1/2 a salami, cheese and mustard sandwich with a counted out serving of chips and a bunch of veggies for lunch. Dinner would be a small amount of meat and starch with a large serving of vegetables. Snacks would be nothing but fruit. One thing at a time, I would add exercise later.
About a week later, I had my first appointment with my new orthopedist about my knees and hips. That was the day that Rishi Gupta, MD said something that changed my life forever. He told me the things I expected. Both of my knees and both of my hips need to be replaced, but I was not in good enough shape to have surgery. I was too obese; the risk of failure in joint replacement at 316 lbs is much too high.
Then he said, "I really think you could benefit from some medical nutrition therapy". I've heard of ...