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Eat like me! 1,200+ Calorie Diet Plans

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

**If you have an error with download, etc. please email me, don't leave a comment on this post. Thanks!

Get Healthy. Be Happy. Go Herbivore.

My mission with Happy Herbivore has always been to show how easy, affordable, approachable, realistic and most importantly, delicious, eating healthy can be. 

It started with creating recipes -- easy, no fuss recipes -- that are built around your busy schedule using normal "everyday" ingredients...but I've wanted to do something more. 

I wanted to take my mission to another level by creating a plan, or a system, that made it even easier. 

I wanted to take out all of the guesswork and planning because I know from my own experiences that finding time is often the hardest part to being healthy.

Well not anymore! 

I'm bringing healthy to oh-so-easy! I've created a full meal plan for you: all your meals, plus snacks and desserts, complete with a shopping list andno leftovers!

Most importantly, everything is easy peasy to make and can be made in advance! 

You'll save money, time and stress, while eating your way to health one tasty bite at a time.

Whether you're looking to lose weight, maintain or simply eat a little healthier -- this plan works. It starts at 1,200 calories, but is completely customizable to meet your specific caloric budget and needs with extra snacks and meals. 

For those looking to lose, be amazed at how much food -- and how filling! 1,200 calories can be! 

Ready to get started?

1. Go here.

2.Make a donation (how much you think this 1-week guide is worth)

3. Check-out.

4. Sign up for the "get healthy" newsletter -- tips and motivation from me, plus a weekly reminder to download the new plan released each week.

Update: We switched from paypal to ejunkie -- so the errors experienced the worst week (and mentioned in the comments below) have been eradicated. If you still experience a technical problem of any kind email me (support-at-getmealplans-dot-com).

The Last Stop: Happy Herbivore in Seville

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Seville, Spain was one the cities I enjoyed most on my last trip through Europe, so I'd planned to end this trip there (save the best for last?). 

Unfortunately, it was my first day in Seville that I ended up with food poisoning, but despite that whole debacle, I was still able to enjoy the city between naps and trips to the bathroom!

The covered streets in Seville are by far my favorite part and it's amazing how well they actually cool the street down. (Seville is HOT!).

and how crazy is this? I stumbled upon a random plaza where Scott & I had stopped for a sangria on our trip 5 years earlier.



I also found lots of soy yogurt and soy pudding at the store--which is what I ate when dealing with my sickness. The yogurt was actually really good. 

and since it appears to be by Danon, a U.S. Company... I'm hoping that means more soy yogurts widely available in the United States!

When a salad does you in (a story on food poisoning)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Advice

I feel like I should have a badge that says "I survived e.coli!" 

Actually, we're not entirely sure that's what I had, but it seems the likely candidate. Let me back up: Towards the tail end of my Eurotrip I ended up with a bad case of food poisoning. (I guess no case of food poisoning is "good" so maybe my descriptive word should be "severe").

It was a salad that did me in. I even have a picture:

I remember eating this salad and thinking "My god--just look how RED the tomatoes are. I've never seen such red tomatoes! I should take a picture and blog about this brilliant produce!"

Ugh, hem.

About 10 to 20 minutes after I'd eaten the salad, it didn't sit right. We've all had that feeling before -- food feels like a brick sitting sideways in our stomach.

I thought that maybe I'd eaten too fast or maybe my stomach was being fussy about all fiber. I'd been on a train all morning and hadn't had much to eat (so my stomach was pretty empty before I dumped a salad into it) and I'd just been in Italy where my diet had been rather carb heavy... whatever, it would pass, I told myself. 

I chugged a bottle of water and went about my business. Specifically, I signed up for a group tour. (Bad choice). 

I got to the tour rendezvous point and felt queasy. I thought it was a combination of the heat (91F) and the smell of nearby stables (we all have smells that make us gag, for me, that's poo). Still, I was determined to stick with my tour. Surely I'd feel better once we moved away from the smell and into the shade...

Wrong. It happened. It was completely uncontrollable, a scene right out of Bridesmaids. I hurled with a passion all over the streets of Seville. It was painfully obvious what I had eaten... my clearly visible salad starred back at me... and it continued.

I have never, in all my life, been so sick. I'd thought a time or two before that maybe, maybe I'd had food poisoning but I let me tell you something: if you have food poisoning YOU KNOW YOU HAVE FOOD POISONING. 

For years I'd been operating under a false sense of security. I thought by being a plant eater I was immune from food born illness, which made this whole experience that much more jarring. 

I spent two days and two nights throwing up anything I tried to put down. Even after the actual throwing up stopped, I could only eat small bits of food -- a cracker, a little soy yogurt, and I had to fight of the nausea for hours afterward. 

For days I played this game. I'm still playing it. For a while, most food turned me off completely and I didn't even want to try to get it down, but I'm getting better. 

Even now, over a week later, (at home, having survived a 8-hour plane ride filled with trips to the small bathroom) I'm still not totally recovered. 

But, I'm eating solids again (yahoo!), which is great, though my body is really finicky and last night, for whatever reason, PB&J was a bad, bad choice and I spent the entire night running to the bathroom from a sort of... bowel distress (sorry for the TMI). 

So what's with the TMI anyway? Why am I telling you my sad salad story?

I wanted to make a sort of public service announcement. I washed my vegetables thoroughly with water, but not soap, and I thought that was sufficient. I thought I was "safe."

I'm not sure if soap or some other kind of cleansing wash (vinegar or baking soda, for example) would have made a difference, but maybe it wouldn't have made a difference at all and I'd still have gotten sick and thrown up in public. 8x. I'll never know.

My hope in sharing my story is that it can be a reminder that vegetables can carry contaminants too, and we should all take safety precautions. I've let my guard down too often, and now I never will again. 

They look harmless enough, right?