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Meet our Herbies of the Week: Sherry & Kerry!
Last month I asked on Facebook, "Did switching to a plant-based diet change your life?", and Sherry was one of the many people who replied -- and I'm SO happy she did!
After suffering a lacunar stroke at 52 years old, Sherry and her wife Kerry promised each other they would never go back to the unhealthy lifestyle they were living. At first they tried a plant-based diet as an "experiment", but once they experienced the many benefits (which included Sherry reversing her T2 diabetes), it became their way of life!
Oh, and did I mention they've lost a combined total of nearly 275lbs!?
Here's Sherry & Kerry's story in their own words...
Our story truly begins on January 21, 2012 when I suffered a small lacunar stroke in the right thalamus of my brain. I was 52 years old and my partner Kerry (now wife) was 49. I had also been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998, but other than having MS I had always assumed I was healthy despite weighing almost 300 pounds. Denial is a tricky head game. When I was admitted to the hospital the night of my stroke, my blood sugar was in the 400 range and my blood pressure was 200/150. They told me the stroke was a direct result of lifestyle diseases: undiagnosed high blood pressure and Type II Diabetes. They said I would have to immediately go on medications to correct this, and that I would be on them for the rest of my life. They did not mention correcting my diet; they did not mention how to make changes. The day I was released from the hospital I was handed a pamphlet on diabetes and stroke and was sent home with a bag full of pills and a lot of fear and uncertainty.
In years past I had dabbled with vegetarianism, going in and out of it as my mood suited. Kerry had consistently been a vegetarian since the 80’s but would cook ...
Meet our Herbie of the Week: Holly!
A couple months ago, Holly sent me an email about her experience since going plant-based:
"My hubby is a preacher and was out of town this Sunday. We asked our congregation to submit questions they would like for me to answer during the sermon time. I picked the top 20 and nervously stepped up front to give my answers to easy questions like, "How did you and Adam meet," to more difficult questions ...
I think my crowning achievement on this blog has been the Herbies of the Week series, which I look forward to every Thursday!
This series started three years ago (back in 2011) and I'm always in awe, inspired, and touched, when I think about all the different people and their amazing stories, that have been shared here every week.
I've decided to start reaching out to our past Herbies of the Week to see where they are today ...
Meet our Herbie of the Week: Mia!
Coming from a family of tall, lean genes, Mia never really had to worry about her weight or what she ate. And if she did gain, she would simply try the latest fad diet to shed the extra pounds.
Finally, after years of gaining and losing (including the 40lbs from her first pregnancy), Mia decided to go vegetarian and focus on eating healthier rather than a number on the scale.
It wasn't ...
Meet our Herbie of the Week: Jacqueline!
Before the holidays, Jacqueline posted a before and after picture (below) on the Happy Herbivore Facebook page for the Win A Visit Sweepstakes.
I believe my exact words were: O.M.G.!!!!! I was CRAZY impressed (how could anyone not!?), so I immediately asked her if she would share her story for the Herbie of the Week series.
Prepare to be amazed!
A little over a year ago I told myself enough is ...