Happy Herbivore Blog

Meet our Herbies of the Week: Gisele & Gerry!

Gisele and Gerry had been plant-based off and on for a couple years, but didn't fully commit until December of 2014.

Since getting serious about their diet, Gisele no longer suffers from PCOS while Gerry hasn't had any Crohn's flare ups and is off all his medications.

They've also lost OVER 180lbs together (Gisele 85 and Gerry 100), and they're proud to say their entire family is ...

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The countdown to the holidays is ON!! Unsure what to bring to the work potluck OR dishes to serve on the big day? Need healthy throw-together meals in between?

The MAGICAL Holiday Meal Plan covers it ALL! (There’s a perfect recipe for every event!)

Deck your table with these meals: Holiday Enchiladas (NEW!), White Christmas Chili (NEW!), Tamale Cakes (NEW!), Cabbage Roll Stew (NEW!), Butternut Lasagna Rolls (NEW!), Peppermint Brownie Baked Oatmeal (NEW!)

...AND a ho-ho-ho lot more!

Tamale ...

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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Annie!

Growing up as a gymnast, Annie never had to think twice about what she was eating, that is until she broke her foot at age 13 and had to quit. After that, she tried every diet imaginable, and while she did lose some weight, she would eventually gain it back. AND on top of that, she felt miserable!

A few years later, Annie heard about the plant-based diet and decided to give it ...

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Make it a deliciously healthy holiday season with this week's meal plan!

Imagine coming home to meals these meals that are quick and easy to throw together: Mama Mia! Italian Nachos (NEW!), Thai Curry Noodles (NEW!), Tuscan Kale Stew (NEW!) and Buffalodillas (NEW!) --

Also making your week that much more tasty: "Tuna" Pasta Salad (NEW!), Banana Split Roll-Ups (NEW!), Adobo Vegetarian Chili & more!

Mama Mia! Italian Nachos

Individual Highlights

  • Buffalodillas (NEW!)
  • Adobo Vegetarian Chili
  • Thai Curry Noodles (NEW!)
  • Carly ...
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Meet our Herbies of the Week: Alexis & John!

After a friend shared how she lowered her cholesterol without any medication, Alexis and her husband went plant-based cold tofu!

Since making the switch five years ago, they not only lowered their cholesterol (both of their numbers are perfect), they are also healthy AND taking care of themselves!

Here's Alexis & John's story in their own words...

Five years ago, a friend of mine came to visit and she looked the healthiest she has in years! She completely changed her cholesterol levels without using any medication. She spent a few weeks with us and taught us to literally cook in healthier and delicious ways. We began to read, watch "Forks Over Knives", and decided to give the plant-based diet a try -- cold tofu! My husband had been on cholesterol medicine and was looking to wean himself by making healthier choices in his meals.

We had a couple of challenges during our transition. For me, it was crunchy foods - pretzels, those types of processed foods. I wasn't a big chip eater or soda drinker, but I did want to feel more crunch in my meals. Dairy was also a big challenge for my husband as he loves cheese, but again, we worked through it. I am an excellent cook and I delighted in making foods like brownies and other foods taste delicious without all of the fat and sugar.

Even though our children were very supportive and even watched "Forks Over Knives" with us, the biggest struggle was probably family. Coming from two big Italian families, which centered on rich food was a challenge, but we worked through it by staying steadfast in our beliefs but not pushing our ideas on anyone else. At this point, everyone knows and it is just how we eat, although my mom is still trying to figure out what I eat :)

Now that's it's been 5 years since going plant-based, I am not sure what could be more epic than:

  • putting healthy food in your body
  • being more mindful of nutrition
  • going to the supermarket and NOT buying bags of processed food
  • paying attention to food labels or what is going into your body
  • decreasing oils, salt, and sugar in your body
  • cholesterol levels are PERFECT for a 60 and 66 ...
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