Topic: Herbies

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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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Kayla!

After going plant-based for her health, Kayla's sugar addiction was slowly taking over -- causing her to be irritable, anxious and powerless. Earlier this year, she decided enough was enough, and that her addiction was not going to control her life.

With the help of the meal plans (and the Meal Mentor community), Kayla now has her sugar addiction under control, not to mention she's down 10lbs, has more energy and feels ...

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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Michele!

Michele's journey to a plant-based diet started about 5 years ago when chest pains sent her to the hospital. Not wanting to be a victim of heart disease, Michele went 95% plant-based right away and her cholesterol dropped 80 points in 3 months!

As a former low-carb dieter, Michele was relived she could eat all the carbs she once desired -- and the best part? For the first time she didn't feel ...

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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Kasey!

In her 20s, Kasey was diagnosed with anemia, fibromyalgia, and psoriatic arthritis. As a result, she was prescribed numerous pills and spent months in physical therapy. At the age of 26, she also found out she had perimenopause, which caused her mental health to deteriorate due to the constant hormonal fluctuation.

Fast forward to 2010, Kasey committed to vegetarianism, and not long after that to a plant-based diet. Since making the switch, her ...

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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Mary M!

Mary started having body image issues in high school, which ultimately followed her through college. She was labeling food as "good" or "bad" and felt guilty when she ate.

Three years ago, Mary and her husband watched a couple of documentaries that made her change how she sees food and decided to go plant-based. Today, Mary no longer feels like she's on a diet and finally has a GOOD relationship with ...

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