Blog Topic: Herbies

Herbie of the Week: Suzanna (From Bodybuilder to Plant-Based Tennis Champ!)

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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Suzanna!

A couple months ago I received an email from Suzanna about how she went from a meat-eating Ms. Natural Olympia bodybuilder to a plant-based tennis playing champion and educator.

As soon as I read that, I just had to ask her to be part of the Herbie of the Week series!

I'll let Suzanna take it away ...


Herbies of the Week: Cat & Shelton (They've Lost Over 190lbs Together!)

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Meet our Herbies of the Week: Cat & Shelton!

Even though they came to the idea of going plant-based separately, this brother and sister team have been each other's cheerleader the entire time.

When they started their plant-based journey, Shelton weighed nearly 500lbs, but has lost over 130lbs and Cat is down more than 55lbs!!!

Amazing! Read on for their inspirational story!

I can’t relay my plant-based journey without including my brother, Shelton. We have always been very close. We are 7½ years apart, with a younger sister (who has NEVER had weight issues!) As children, Shelton and I sought comfort in food. Between the two of us, we never met a food we didn’t like! Our weight issues followed us into adulthood, although we each sporadically managed to lose (and regain!) significant amounts of weight.

Fast forward to about 2011: Shelton lived and worked with our dad, who has severe arthritis and needs a walker or scooter chair to get around. I lived about an hour away with my husband and young daughter. We came to the idea of plant-based eating separately, but around the same time. We both watched “Forks Over Knives,” we read “The Engine 2 Diet,” we both read “Eat To Live.” I had already given up eating meat (but made up for it with LOTS of sugar, so – no weight loss, and ever-increasing health problems.) Shelton was struggling with adult-onset diabetes, but began incorporating healthy changes slowly.

In 2012, I moved 500 miles away when my husband took a job in Florida. Working from home, without the support of friends or family, my weight hit an all-time high of 249 pounds. Even though I knew all about plant-based living, I wasn’t putting those principles into practice. One day, I made a special trip to the grocery store just to buy a box of Little Debbie cakes for a snack (I could eat an entire box of them in one sitting). I knew it was time to make a serious change. I cracked open my Happy Herbivore Cookbook, found HH online, and got to work. Lindsay’s practical, real-life information helped us move from knowledge to action.

Shelton had already started implementing healthy changes, and we started to regularly share tips (Like HH’s “5 ingredient rule”); recipes (HH Mushroom Burgers!) and revelations (I can carry around baked potatoes as snacks? That’s life-changing!) These days, Shelton and I regularly share information on substitutions, recipes we’ve tried, and vegan products: what tastes good, and what doesn’t. (One text from Shelton showed a container of vegan yogurt with the message: “Tastes like cough syrup ...


Herbie of the Week: Stephen (He's Off His Medications & Down 75lbs!)

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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Stephen!

After years of unhealthy eating habits, everything changed when he met his wife. Once she went vegan, Stephen decided to follow in her veggie footsteps and started to notice all sorts of changes -- both mentally and physically.

Before long, Stephen was off his medication for anxiety and lost more than 70lbs!

Read on for Stephen's inspiring story ...


Herbie of the Week: Sarah C (She's Lost Over 20lbs & Feels More Empowered Than Ever!)

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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Sarah C!

Back when I had the 100,000 Herbies Giveaway, I received an email from Sarah that showed off her stunning transformation (which included a 24lb weight loss) thanks to a plant-based diet.

I knew right then she would be perfect for the Herbie of the Week series.

Here's Sarah's beautiful story in her own words ...


Herbie of the Week: Jim G (He's Lowered His Cholesterol, Blood Pressure & Lost 40lbs!)

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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Jim G!

For more than 20 years, Jim struggled with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and migraines -- which resulted in him taking 6 pills A DAY.

Finally, in 2013, his migraines became so unbearable, that his wife suggested he try a vegan diet. At first the firefighter didn't like the idea, but ultimately decided to give it a ...