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I think my crowning achievement on this blog has been the Herbies of the Week series, which I look forward to every Monday!
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 Herbies of the Week: Schari and her husband Ryan!
A couple months ago, I saw this comment from Schari on Facebook:
I was crazy impressed by her post, but there was something she didn't mention -- her results! Like her husband, Schari lost 60lbs, lowered her cholesterol and was able to reduce her blood pressure medication!
Continue reading for Schari and Ryan's incredible transformation!
My husband, Ryan, and I have been making this life journey together for ...
Meet our Herbie of the Week: Kathy!
After Jesse shared her pregnancy experience as our Herbie of the Week, Kathy left a comment on Facebook about how she too was plant-based while pregnant. The only difference? She was pregnant with TWINS!
I immediately asked if she would be interested in sharing her plant-based pregnancy and I was so happy that she said yes!
Read on for Kathy's story!
My husband and I began trying to create our family in ...
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...
I am a former Ms. Natural Olympia drug-free bodybuilding champion. Bodybuilders believe in eating a ...
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. Avoid!”)
In the last year, we have both made a serious commitment to living ...