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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!)!

Dig in!

BBQ Ranch Sweet Potato Pizza

Individual Highlights

  • Pumpkin Lentil Tacos (NEW!)
  • Cinnamon & Butternut Chickpeas (NEW!)
  • Almond Broccoli Noodles ...
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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 ...

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Want the entire Thanksgiving section + 18 more recipes from my new cookbook TODAY?!

and how about getting the actual book early -- in mid-October?? (just 2 weeks from today!)

Wish granted!

If you've preordered your copy of Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings you can get a digital copy of the Thanksgiving section (plus 2 bonus recipes that aren't in the cookbook!) AND the BLAD which contains 16 recipes from my upcoming book (with pictures).

Here's how: Once you've preordered (from any online or physical vendor), forward your payment confirmation email (or a picture of your receipt) to preorder[at]happyherbivore[dot]com and we'll send you a PDF of ...

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We're celebrating Lindsay's birthday all week long with this week's very special meal plan!

Baked Birthday Cake Oatmeal (NEW!), Potato Nachos (NEW!), Veggie Bagel Sandwich (NEW!), Cassoulet (NEW!) and Curried Chickpea Bowl (NEW!) are the new gifts that keep on giving this week!

You'll also find some of Lindsay's all-time favorites like the Portobello Steak Dinner (fam.), Quick Burgers, Hummus & Olive Wraps & BBQ Sloppy Joes.

Baked Birthday Cake Oatmeal

Individual Highlights

  • Potato Nachos (NEW!)
  • BBQ Sloppy Joes
  • Cassoulet (NEW!)
  • Veggie Bagel Sandwich (NEW!)
  • Quick Burgers
  • Baked Birthday Cake Oatmeal (NEW!)
  • Curried Chickpea Bowl (NEW!)

Get this meal plan now.

Potato Nachos

Family Highlights

  • Cassoulet (NEW!)
  • Quick Burgers & Carrot "Fries"
  • Portobello Steak Dinner
  • Curried Chickpea Bowl (NEW!)
  • BBQ Sloppy Joes
  • Southwest Pasta Salad
  • Potato Nachos (NEW!)

Get this meal plan now.

Cassoulet

Testimonials

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I'm always getting questions about plant-based doctors. Do I know of any? Where can you find one?

That's why I recently turned to HH's Facebook page to ask Herbies if they knew of any doctors that are plant-based or are supportive of the plant-based diet so I could compile a list -- and boy did they deliver!

The list includes general practitioners Ob/Gyns, pediatricians, naturopathic doctors, surgeons and much, much more!

And for my international (outside of ...

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