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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 ...
Meet our Herbie of the Week: Amy B!
Like many Herbies of the Week, Amy struggled with her weight for most of her life. After suffering three miscarriages (which was followed by depression) and then stress from being a first-time parent, Amy realized her weight was out of control and her vegetarian diet wasn't as healthy as she thought.
Just before her 40th birthday, Amy decided to make a change. She committed herself to a healthier lifestyle by going ...
Meet our Herbies of the Week: Lesli & Rich!
After struggling with weight for much of her life, Lesli turned to a plant-based diet after her doctor wanted her to consider taking a statin for high cholesterol. Much to Lesli's surprise, her husband Rich decided to join her on her plant-based journey and they haven't looked back!
Since making the switch, Rich has lost 40lbs (and at the lowest weight he's ever been in his adult life!) and ...
Meet our Herbie of the Week: Diane H!
A couple months ago Diane sent me an email with the subject line "I Surrender". The email read:
"Two years. I started following you almost two years ago and dropped 30 pounds in about 6 weeks. But then --- the weight started creeping on again. You told me repeatedly that you could not have peanut butter IN YOUR HOUSE because of the nature and intensity of Scott's addiction to it. But I ...
Meet our Herbie of the Week: Joanne!
I received a beautiful email from Joanne before the start of the "Spring Into Health" 28-day Challenge.
In it, she explained how she embarked on a journey toward better health by adopting a plant-based diet.
I thought her story was amazing and inspirational, which is why I asked her to share it for the Herbie of the Week series!
Here's Joanne's story in her own words...
April 2014 was a milestone ...