Healthy and Thriving

I am beyond thrilled and proud to have reached this major milestone.  As many times as I have lost and gained weight I never was as sure as I am this time that it is permanent.  Eating a whole foods, plant based diet is not only the easiest way to lose weight, but also the healthiest diet on the planet.  The benefits are beyond my wildest dreams!

Diabetes is gone for good!  Not only am I no longer diabetic, I am not even pre-diabetic!  My doctor is supporting my goal of getting off all medications.  No more diabetes drugs, no more statin drugs, and reduced dosage of blood pressure meds.  That will continue to come down as my weight continues to come down. I am healthier than I have ever been in my entire life!

The changes in my life are beyond amazing!  After not being able to walk more than a few feet for the past 20+ years, I am now walking a mile a day!  My goal was to walk 15 minutes. I smashed that goal and keep  pushing it further and further!  Other little things like being able to cross my legs, going to a store and walking, not using their riding cart.  Being able to cook, to do housework and stand up for more than 2 minutes.  I am a fully functional person again for the first time since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1997.

Never underestimate the benefits of a plant based, whole foods diet.  And never, ever underestimate yourself!  The first step is convincing your mind that you CAN then following through.  I was never one to be very disciplined but this way of living does not require that much discipline.  The food choices are unlimited and the energy and health you receive make it so easy to continue.

If I can go from being in a wheelchair, on oxygen and daily insulin to being healthy, exercising and thriving, SO CAN YOU!

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Choose to be Happy

Learning how to be happy can take someone a lifetime, or it can be a sudden revelation. Either way the steps to understanding are the same. It depends on how stubbornly you hold on to the belief that happiness is something external.

The first step is understanding that things don’t make you happy. The next step is learning that other people do not make you happy. Then you need to understand that only YOU can make you happy. Once that truth is embedded in your soul, you will understand that happiness is not a destination. Being happy is a choice and it is completely up to you, not anyone or anything else. Once you truly understand this you will stop blaming other people, circumstances or things for your lack of happiness. You will understand that the only way to be truly happy is to choose to be. Living in a constant state of gratitude creates a sense of joy that no one and no thing can disturb.

I CHOOSE to be happy because it is good for my health and well being. A lot of people have asked me “How?”. This is the simple, but for some difficult, truth.

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Major Milestones – Plant Based Wins!

I can’t believe I have not updated in over a year  It has been a crazy roller coaster ride but I have settled into a quiet, simple life and feel very content and grateful.  Plenty of wins and losses, but that is in the past.  I have learned to focus ONLY on the present and look forward to the future.  Anything else is wasting the precious time we are given on this earth.

I refocused my efforts on plant based, whole foods, and eliminated the vegan processed foods. I have now achieved TWO major milestones!  My weight just dropped below 200 for the first time in 23 years! And diabetes is CURED!!!!!  Off all diabetes medications and my A1c is 5.1!!!!  For all you carb haters that fell for the lies about carbs causing diabetes, I am living proof that is WRONG! It is caused by animal fats from meat, dairy and eggs.  I eat potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, and bread.  I do stick with whole grains and unprocessed carbs as much as possible, but my A1c was way higher when I was on insulin and eating a low carb diet.  AND ALL of my bloodwork is normal!  I am healthier than I have ever been at 66!

So if anyone is interested in being your healthiest self and needs any tips and tricks, hit me up on FB or PM me.  I am always glad to share the knowledge I have learned about plant based eating.

Guide to Going Plant Based

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She Remembered Who She Was…………

Wait just a damn minute…..NO! This is not who I am and this is not what I want. I can do anything I put my mind to and giving up is not an option! I am strong, I am powerful, I am capable, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to stay in my home. Period. End of subject. Just because I am older does not mean I am useless! If no one wants to hire me because of my age, I will work for myself. I have owned several businesses over my many years of working. I have always been resourceful and I know I can find a way to make a living, to make enough money to not only cover my house payments, but to thrive! I don’t need a 9-5 job for that. I have been down this road before and I know that I can do anything, that I can create the life I want. All it takes is determination, belief in myself, faith in what is to come, and a lot of hard work. Since when have I ever been afraid of hard work? And besides, my house has told me that it does not want me to go. Just as I was about to go sign the lease on the senior apartment, my house told me it has foundation problems. Which means I can’t sell it until that is fixed. Bye bye apartment. And you know what, it was a huge relief. Because now I know what I have to do. And it does not involve giving up! So stand back and watch me roar! Time to go from Racoon Poop to Pansies once again!

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Here We Go Again………

After 3 months of unemployment, and facing forced early retirement, I got the final approval for an income restricted, 55+ apartment community. But instead of being happy, I cried most of the afternoon. Even though this is only for one year, I still can’t imagine walking away from my beautiful home that I love so much and moving into senior housing. I know it is the sensible thing to do, but this house is the culmination of 50 years of blood, sweat and tears. I worked so hard, and pushed through so much pain and fatigue over the years, prior to going vegan, to keep working, keep getting promotions, to make enough money to afford a house like this. When I moved in here I truly believed this was my forever home. Everything in my soul is telling me to stay here, not sell my home, that I can find a job and keep my home. But the reality is that no one hires people over 65.

I have always been so strong, and so independent, and so much a “you can do anything you put your mind to” kind of person. I can do this! I have to figure out the logistics of this transition. So much packing to do, so much planning to do. I need to schedule the movers. I need to be sure I have help the day of the move to setup my computers and TV. Whatever day me and the cats move, I need my computer, my TV and my Internet. I have to get the utilities setup, Internet arranged, change of address done.

I am going to improve my attitude, stop crying, pull up my big girl panties, suck it up, and do what has to be done. Just not sure that is going to be today. I am not my usual positive self today, just feeling very fragile and broken right now.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in the ongoing saga of my life. Once I am settled in my new apartment, and this house is sold, I will begin the next journey of planning and building a tiny house to spend my retirement years in. It will be a very interesting and exciting journey. I just need to get from here to there…….

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New Book Released!

My newest book is now available in both eBook and paperback versions. You can get it on Amazon or any book seller.

Help spread the word!

I look forward to reading your reviews and feedback.

Thank you all for your continued support!



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Standard American Diet (SAD) versus Whole Foods, Plant Based Diet

Just as a comparison, on the left is me a little over a year ago on the standard American diet. On the right is today after a year on a whole foods, plant based diet. Down 53 pounds, reversed diabetes and high blood pressure, no more oxygen needed, and pain level dramatically decreased. I can now walk short distances and ride my exercise bike 30 minutes every day. Plants for the win!  If you don’t think it matters what you eat, think again!  From in a wheelchair, on oxygen, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and chronic severe pain, with an estimated two years to live to no oxygen, all blood work normal, walking, exercising and feeling fantastic!  If you have any doubt that animal products are the root of all illness just ask.  I will be happy to help you transition!



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Short Update

I have not written anything in quite a while. Life, and the holidays, got in the way and the blog was not priority. I am still 100% plant based, vegan and committed to protecting my health, the animals, and the planet.

I haven’t lost a lot more weight since I last posted, I hit the 50 pound loss mark in September and then hit a plateau through the holidays where I wavered up and down a few pounds for months. I finally broke the plateau and lost another 4 pounds last week so my total loss so far is 54 pounds.

I hope to get back to more vegan mentoring and coaching so if anyone needs someone to guide them through choosing the healthiest diet for yourself and the planet just let me know. I am always available to help.  Gloria Vester Life and Vegan Coaching

Here are some helpful books to help you make the transition that will change your life, give you your health back and provide the best possible future.

Forks Over Knives

Plant Pure Nation

What the Health

Plants for the win!

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Transformation Update – The Healing Continues

Today is day 208 of being fully plant based, vegan. No animal products of any kind. I have not updated everyone in a while so here is the latest.

Total weight lost to date is 43 pounds.
Blood sugar level this morning was 65, which is actually lower than normal.
No more need for supplemental oxygen. My O2 level stays in a safe range without it.
Blood pressure continues to be in a healthy normal range.
Pain level continues to decrease.
Walking and exercise increasing slowly so as to not over tax my body which was not able to move for so long. Daily steps / exercyle totaling 5000 – 6000 steps.
Doing housework for the first time in at least ten years.

I am so very thankful and grateful that I found out the truth about the dangers of meat and dairy products and what they do to our health. Too many people don’t know, or don’t want to know. But it is time people learned the truth that has been hidden behind big industry lies for far too long. Wake up and learn! Take control of your health. It is not difficult to give up meat and dairy. There are plenty of alternatives today. The plant based market is growing by huge percentages. I have had many people ask me how to go plant based and everyone I have helped has seen dramatic improvements in their health and chronic conditions in only a few short weeks. If you want to be healthy and live a life of freedom from medications do what everyone is learning – go plant based!

If you want help getting started on a plant based lifestyle feel free to email or message me.  I am more than happy to help.  I want everyone to know the freedom this lifestyle brings and the abundant health!

Watch What the Health and Learn the Truth!

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It is Easy to Change Your Life if You Put Your Mind to It!

In my books I explain how overcoming any obstacle and achieving anything you want to accomplish is possible by changing your mind – your thinking.  That applies to pretty much everything you want or need to do.  The only obstacle to achieving anything is yourself.  As long as you think you can’t, you won’t.  I have proved that in so many ways, time and time again, as I have overcome one obstacle after another.  Whether it was financial or health related, no matter what life throws at me, I continue to rise above it and create something better.  This post is about my latest victory and how easy it can be for anyone.

Whenever I share my story of healing and weight loss with anyone their immediate reaction is “that’s great, but I could never give up meat and cheese”.  That statement just shows a total lack of understanding of food as well as our unwillingness as a people to accept the truth and acknowledge that what we have been taught since birth is wrong.  We have been lied to by the meat and dairy industries, as well as all government sponsored health organizations, in support of the meat and dairy lobby.  The basic, simple truth that everyone needs to know and understand is that animals are not food!  It is so easy to go vegan once you stop thinking of animals as food.  Food grows from the ground.  It was not artificially conceived and born to be killed.  The flesh and bodily secretions of animals is NOT FOOD!  How hard is that to comprehend?  Put two and two together.  People all say “I love animals” while they are eating them right in front of you.  The word “meat” was invented by big money interests to create the illusion that we are not eating other living, breathing, caring beings.  We have been brainwashed into cognitive dissonance, to not recognize that the items we are eating are not food, they are animals.  All the flavor, texture, and taste you crave can be achieved with plant based options.  The flesh and secretions of animals only tastes the way it does because of the seasonings and cooking processes.

Do your research.  I don’t expect you to believe me, even though I have gone from a wheelchair and on oxygen, to dancing on the beach, losing 40 pounds, reducing my cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar to normal, and having more energy than I can ever remember having, in just a few short months, just by discontinuing the eating of animal flesh and secretions.  There are plenty of scientific studies, backed by some of the most renown universities and medical establishments in the world, to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that eating animals and their secretions is unhealthy and is killing us and the planet.  Meat and dairy are the primary contributing factors to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer.

Here are some well known studies, not funded by meat and dairy industries, or by animal rights groups.  Do your research and think for yourself.  Don’t believe the lies you have been told all your life by the meat and dairy interests.  This is just a few links.  Do your own research and you will see that eating animal products promotes the leading causes of death in the world and that by eating plant based you can prevent or cure those diseases.  When reading articles be sure you check out who backed, or funded, the research.  If the article is pro-meat or pro-dairy you will find it was funded by industry giants that are only concerned about their bottom line, not your health.

National Institutes of Health:
Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets
Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.

Nutrition from the book How Not to Die:
Plant-based Diets
A significant convergence of evidence suggests that plant-based diets may help prevent and even reverse some of the top killer diseases in the Western world and in some cases be more effective than medication and surgery.

Harvard School of Public Health
Healthy plant-based diet linked with substantially lower type 2 diabetes risk
Consuming a plant-based diet—especially one rich in high-quality plant foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes—is linked with substantially lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine
Plant-Based Diets Promote Health
Science supports a low-fat, plant-based diet for optimal health. The Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the nation’s largest organization of nutrition experts, states that “vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

American Diabetes Association
Preparing to Prescribe Plant-Based Diets for Diabetes Prevention and Treatment
“I have seen people in this practice improve their diabetes control by avoiding animal products altogether.” Follow with the question, “Would you like to know more about this meal-planning approach?”

Watch these documentaries, they will change your life.  Thousands, if not millions, have adopted the plant based lifestyle after watching these health documentaries.

What the Health – available on Netflilx

PlantPure Nation

Forks Over Knives

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