Last week you met Christopher and Kara’s family along with Tony and Emily’s family. Both families began eating a plant-based diet in 2012. We will hear from them again in February but this week we have new families to meet. We will continue to meet new members of The Extended Family throughout this month. In February we will revisit each of them and see how they are navigating the plant-based life.
Without further ado please meet…
I am Erica (28), wife to B, and mama to three kiddos (9,4, and almost 3). We are just outside of Houston, TX. Back in 08, I read a few books that made me want to start the plant-based lifestyle but it all felt overwhelming so I didn’t take the plunge. In March of 2012, my husband and I watched Forks Over Knives. That convinced us both to make the switch. My kiddos transitioned pretty easily and I am a bit bummed that I didn’t switch sooner.
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Hello!!! My husband Nate and I (Kira) have recently transplanted to rural South Dakota from our hometown of Springfield, Missouri. I am a mental health therapist in a long-term psychiatric facility for adolescents and Nate is a barber and photographer. We are in beginning stages of adopting an infant domestically and really love our dogs. We are committed to our church and stay rather busy. Nate has recently lost just over 60 pounds by calorie counting and exercise, I have struggled to find the same motivation and follow through Nate has been able to muster. I struggle with high blood pressure, PCOS, and bad cholesterol, Nate is lactose intolerant and we believe has IBS as well. Nate and I have eaten vegetarian off and on, and primarily for health reasons. After some soul searching, and viewing a number of documentaries it is difficult to deny the facts about eating a plant-based (vegan) diet. Nate feels that if we cannot eat our dog why should we eat a cow or chicken. We want to live a healthy life for our growing family and help others along the way.
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Are you as excited as I am to meet these families? Help them feel welcome and stay tuned because next week I’ll make more introductions.