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Herbie of the Week: Rebecca A (She's Lost 150lbs!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Herbies

Meet our Herbie of the Week: Rebecca A.!

After years of struggling with her weight and being unhappy with her overall health, Rebecca decided to make some changes to her diet by eliminating meat and dairy. Before she knew it she started to lose weight and was able to move around without being in pain.

As much as Rebecca liked the results, it wasn't until she went fully plant-based and focused on health rather than size that she saw the biggest change of all: a weight-loss of 150 lbs!!!

Read on for Rebecca's incredible story!

Ever since I can remember, I’d always wanted to be smaller. I wanted to be petite like all the other (popular) little girls. So much so, at the age of 10 I joined Weight Watchers. It didn’t work and it put the zap in my head (even more than I already had) about how different I really wanted to be. With two or three exceptions, I’d been overweight, and even then I was still bigger that I wanted to be. Losing weight had always been a struggle; my weight/size had always been a source of unhappiness.

Fast forward to after my son was born (almost 10 years ago), I was very overweight (275 lbs). Simply moving around hurt and was difficult. I just didn’t feel healthy and was so very unhappy with my health and my size. After years of yo-yo dieting I decided to make some positive eating changes. I started to exclude dairy and land animals. I kept on that path, lost some weight, and was feeling more positive about exercising. I began to take daily walks, and soon my body pains became less and less.

About 3 years ago, I was given Everyday Happy Herbivore as a present for Christmas from my (omnivore) step Mom. She said, "It seems like you're moving in that (plant-based) direction, so here you go!" I loved EHH and quickly purchased The Happy Herbivore Cookbook as well. I have been completely plant-based ever since.

My health has never been better! Tummy issues I had throughout my life became a thing of the past. I rarely get sick (and I work with young children!). Around the same time I became plant-based, I started exercising more. Exercising was no longer a chore, but a pleasure. In addition to my walks, I began to practice yoga and light weight training. I can now do headstands and hold plank pose for quite a while. I can see my muscles! I had never been able to that before. When I became plant-based, I stopped focusing on my "size" and started enjoying to road to better health. In so doing, I've lost a total of 150 pounds!

And, I love to cook. In the past, dieting was so restrictive. Now, I eat when I'm hungry, and eat what I want. And I eat a lot. I love the taste of good, simple food. I love all four of Lindsay's books and have found them an integral part of my overall health.

I have helped motivate friends, colleagues, and family members to make healthier food choices. And now they're encouraging their loved ones. I also have a health blog, where (I like to think) I motivate strangers as well to make positive plant-based changes.

As I mentioned before, I work with children. I'm the director of an Early Education School. I have a complete set of Lindsay's books at the school and I encourage the teachers to bake plant-based goodies with the children. I think the overall favorite are the chocolate zucchini muffins. I also like to regularly incorporate other recipes when we have Parent Events (plant-based nacho bar with tofu sour cream, beans, and quick queso). I am regularly referring friends, family, clients, and blog followers to the HH books, blog, and meal plans for healthy, quick, family (kid) friendly food.

What an inspiring story! Thank you so much Rebecca for sharing your plant-based journey with us!

Samosa Stuffed Peppers, Southwest Chop Salad, Layered Vegetable Enchiladas & More!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

We're kicking off April in delicious style with this week's meal plan!

Prepare to be blown away with all new healthy recipes like Samosa Stuffed Peppers (NEW!), Southwest Chop Salad (NEW!), Yellow Split Pea & Sweet Potato Soup (NEW!), and Layered Vegetable Enchiladas (NEW!, fam.).

You'll also enjoy meal-plan user favorites like Cheater Pad Thai (indi), Hummus & Cheesy Tomato Sandwiches, Adobo Vegetarian Chili, and so much more!

Samosa Stuffed Peppers

Individual Highlights

  • Carrot Cake Breakfast Salad (NEW!)
  • Adobo Vegetarian Chili
  • Cheater Pad Thai
  • Samosa Stuffed Peppers (NEW!)
  • Green Bean Salad
  • Yellow Split Pea & Sweet Potato Soup (NEW!)
  • Hummus & Cheesy Tomato Sandwich
  • Southwest Chop Salad (NEW!)
  • Apple Pie Oatmeal
  • Veggie Club

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Southwest Chop Salad

Family Highlights

  • Layered Vegetable Enchiladas (NEW!)
  • Adobo Vegetarian Chili
  • Creamy Tahini Chickpea Salad
  • Samosa Stuffed Peppers (NEW!)
  • Asian Bowl
  • Sweet Potato & Apple Home Fries
  • Southwest Chop Salad (NEW!)
  • Roasted Veg Mini Pizzas
  • Cherry Pie Pancakes
  • Yellow Split Pea & Sweet Potato Soup (NEW!)

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Layered Vegetable Enchiladas

Testimonials

"I have lost 2lbs on the meal plans. My husband started last week and lost 8lbs right out of the gate. That was a huge motivator. Thank you and looking forward to new meal plan this week. - Kim

"Thank you so much for your wonderful meal plans. My husband and I are both teachers. We leave at 7:15 am and do not get home until 6 pm most days. Having meals made for the week is so much fun and such a stress reliever." - Heidi H

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Teaching Tuesday: Fruit or Vegetable? (Special April Fools' Edition!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Cooking101

I couldn't think of a more appropriate Teaching Tuesday for April Fools' Day!

Believe it or not, certain fruits are being mistaken for vegetables! Talk about an identity crisis!

According to science (or botany, if you want to get super specific), a fruit "is a part of a flowering plant that derives from specific tissues of the flower, one or more ovaries, and in some cases accessory tissues."

But when it comes to the culinary world, a fruit "is usually any sweet-tasting plant product, especially those associated with seeds." (Source)

Now that you know the basics, let's see if you really know your fruits from your veggies ;)

Cucumber: A cucumber is known as an "accessory fruit". That makes sense because it's the perfect accessory in a salad or wrap!

Avocado: The pit is a dead giveaway that this "veggie" is a fruit.

Eggplant: I had no idea that an eggplant is considered to be a berry. Either way, it's still on my "yuck" list ;)

Peppers: I mentioned this in the Teaching Tuesday: Bell Peppers post, but I think it's worth mentioning again that sweet or spicy, a pepper's a fruit!

Tomato: The most famous impostor of them all!

Okra: Yep, it's a fruit, and a "snotty" one at that. I do love it in my gumbo, though!

Squash: Zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, etc. are just like a cucumber. In fact they're both members of the gourd family, which explains why they're both fruits.

Olives: Of all the fruits on this list, I was most surprised by olives. I guess I forgot they grow on tress.

Which fruit surprised you the most?