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Meet our Herbies of the Week: Derrick & Katie!
This hubby and wife team stumbled upon a plant-based lifestyle after paying more attention to what they were putting into their body -- and realized what they thought was "healthy" was the exact opposite.
Derrick and Katie started to eat more plant-based foods and noticed they felt a lot better. Fast forward four months later: Derrick and Katie lost a combined total of 140lbs and lowered their cholesterol and blood pressure!
Read on for their incredible plant-based adventure!
Our “adventure” began in March 2013 when Derrick decided to try a new app that tracks your nutritional and caloric intake and documents cardiovascular activity. Derrick had successfully lost 40 pounds the year before with intense exercise, but gained it back because his diet didn't contain enough calories and other things your body needs to keep you healthy.
I decided if he was going to log his food and exercise every day, I should, too. We quickly learned that not only does regular heart-pumping activity help you lose weight, but a balanced diet does also. Like most people, we've been bombarded with mixed messages about what's healthy and what's not our whole lives, whether it was from friends, family, the Internet or media. Lots of things seem to work for people, but not long-term and not in a way that leaves them feeling energized and full.
In addition to calories, our app tracks nutritional information like sodium, sugar, potassium, vitamins, cholesterol, fat, fiber and protein. We were amazed so many foods in our diet offer little or no nutritional value, and these are the types of foods touted in our culture as being “healthy.” Processed foods are so awful! And good luck finding anything in a restaurant that is low in sodium, sugar and calories. Yuck! So many boxed, bagged, frozen and canned products are loaded with preservatives and other chemicals. Products labeled “diet,” “skinny” or “healthy,” we noticed, are the biggest offenders. What the food companies cut out in calories or fat they just replace with additives, salt and sugar.
With all this new information learned, we also found out what is good for us to eat. Some foods are even “free” to eat whenever you want. Fresh vegetables and fruit are amazing! For example, if there was a day when we were really low in potassium or iron, and were therefore feeling really sluggish, we often found that eating fresh produce solved the problem. Eating cheese and meat made us feel gross ...
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: Deb B!
Back in March I asked Herbies on Facebook to share all the positive things about a plant-based diet. Deb commented:
As soon as I read Deb's comment, I immediately asked if she'd be interested in sharing her story for the Herbie of the Week series -- and I'm so glad she did!
Not only has she lost nearly 50lbs by going plant-based (and using the 7-Day meal plans), Deb no ...
Meet our Herbie of the Week: Patti!
After years of struggling with her weight and feeling miserable, Patti stopped eating meat and started exercising. Over the next 10 years she slowly started to lose weight, but when an injury left her unable to go to the gym, she gained some of it back by eating what she thought was "healthy" food -- when it was really just vegetarian junk food.
It wasn't until she spent the better part of 2012 ...
Meet our Herbie of the Week: Bonebreaker!
I actually met Bonebreaker last year through a mutual friend during a conference in Marshall, Texas. While there, he told me how he turned his life around by going plant-based after surviving a drug overdose a few years ago.
I was SO impressed by his story, I knew he would be perfect for the Herbie of the Week series.
Read on for Bonebreaker's truly inspirational journey to being plant proud!
After surviving ...