Proof a Plant Based Diet Heals!

I am living proof of the healing effects of a plant based diet. The improvement in my health in only a few months is beyond amazing! My blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol are all way down, in the normal ranges.  My doctor thinks I will be off all my medications within six months, if not sooner.

I have lost 36 pounds so far.  I still have a ways to go with the weight loss but now I know I will reach my goals and be healthier than I have ever been in my life.

The first image is of me in early December, at my sister’s funeral, in a wheelchair on supplemental oxygen.  Everyone at the funeral thought for sure I would be the next one in the family to die.  They had to help me from place to place.  I could not walk and breathe at the same time and the pain was so bad it was unbearable.  I had no energy at all.

Below that is me on July 1, dancing on the beach in Galveston, after only 4 months of a plant based diet, with absolutely no meat or dairy products. I still find it hard to believe the transformation sometimes. I did more walking that day than I have done in 15 years and was still full of energy!

Before going plant based

Before going plant based

You owe it to yourself to watch these documentaries.  Do it for your health and your family!
What the Health
 Forks Over Knives

If you would like help, coaching or mentoring to make the transition to turn your life around feel free to contact me.  I love helping others get healthy and learn how to live a joyful life!

Gloria Vester

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What Started Me on This Path

As a fairly new vegan I try to not rub the most hideous images of animal cruelty in factory farms in people’s faces. Be kind, be gentle, ease people into it. But this is my testimonial. Six months ago I would never have thought in a million years I would be vegan. But one single post on Facebook changed forever how I look at food. If I can help just one other person make this connection between food and animals I will have succeeded. That one post was a picture of a cow on the slaughterhouse floor, chained by one leg, on its back, crying and begging for its life as the vicious slaughter was about to take place. The caption was “Every hamburger starts with an animal begging for it’s life.”

That image and that caption never left my mind. It kept replaying over and over. Suddenly when I saw an ad for a burger, which I had always dearly loved, I did not see a burger. I saw that cow begging for it’s life. Everyone in the world needs to make the connection between the food they eat and the horrible cruelty the animals endure.

In today’s world with the food technology we have there is absolutely no reason to continue killing animals. We have enough plant based meat alternatives that have the same texture and taste as meat and can be cooked into the same dishes. There is no need to give up your favorite foods. You can still have your comfort foods. Just use a plant based alternative that does not involve killing an animal.

I continue to be amazed at how fantastic I feel and how fast the weight is falling off. I have dieted my entire life and it was always a struggle. Not eating plant based. I was afraid I had maybe gained weight this week because I ate way too many vegan tamales and a huge Beyond meat burger with all the fixings. I got on the scale this morning and had lost another 1.5 lbs. 247 amazes me!  32 pounds in 4 months.  Cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure all down to normal.  I have gone from dragging myself from chair to chair to walking at least 5000 steps per day and practically jogging around the office.  Everyone at work is amazed at the transformation in me.

Please, please, please do your research and choose to leave animals off your plate! For the sake of your health, for the sake of the planet, and most of all for the sake of the animals!

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The Joys of Living the Plant Based Life

Yesterday was day 132 of a whole foods, plant based diet. I have lost 30 pounds. My blood sugar was 87, the first time it has been below 95 in at least ten years. My blood pressure is down, my cholesterol is way down. People at work are remarking about how I look like I feel better. I feel so clear, fresh and light.  It is amazing how your body feels when you eliminate the heaviness of animal products.  I wish I had known 30 years ago that something as simple as cutting out all meat and dairy products could make such a difference in my health. From barely being able to drag myself from one room to another, after adding rebounding to my daily workout, I have managed to hit 5000 steps per day. I am so grateful to Dr. T. Colin Campbell and his documentary PlantPure Nation for teaching me the benefits of a whole foods, plant based diet.  No matter how much you hear about the health benefits, or someone you know has done it, you really can’t understand how much better your body functions without the harmful effects of meat and dairy products.  I had been vegetarian for a while but didn’t think dairy was a problem.  Boy was I wrong!  I was still struggling to lose weight and still had digestive problems, and the bloating and heaviness.  Once I went full on meat and dairy free the weight started falling off and the digestive and bloating issues went away.  I would like to challenge everyone to try it for one week.  You can do anything for one week, right?  If you need help with meal planning, recipes, or just support and encouragement don’t hesitate to contact me, either email, Facebook, or through my website.

If everyone watched PlantPure Nation, Forks Over Knives, and What the Health, it would make a drastic change in the health of the people and the planet.

Stay tuned as I continue this journey from fat, sick and nearly dead to healthy and well!

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Release Expectations

If there is one thing I have learned in my *hiccup* years is to not set expectations.  When you set expectations that something is going to happen a certain way, and then it does not, you open yourself up to sadness, anger, frustration and pain.  You lose your joy, cause yourself stress and forget to focus on what is important.  It all goes back to releasing the attachment to the outcome.  That does not mean releasing the attachment to a person, a dream or a goal.  It just means that you release the expectation that things will happen a certain way.  If you set a goal or put forth the intention for something you want to manifest in your life you have to allow for all possibilities.  By attaching to a particular outcome you are limiting what the universe brings to you.  Dream the dream, set the goal, put forth clear intentions, then release it to the universe and allow it to happen in the manner that fulfills your heart’s desire.

Once you release the attachment and allow for all possibilities you will experience a new level of freedom and peace because you know that everything will happen as it is intended and when the time is right.  By trying to force something to happen a certain way and in a certain time, you are manipulating the outcome and may come up short of the wondrous possibilities that await you.  So dream bigger, set the most glorious goals, release the attachment, then sit back and watch things unfold in the most magical of ways.

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One Day at a Time

Reposting from 2010 as I needed this reminder today. Sometimes I get so caught up in trying to fix everything – myself, my work, my passion, my mission, that I forget the importance of living in the moment and being grateful for all that I have and all that I have accomplished. So today I allow myself to just BE and not beat myself up for not DOING something.

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Just for today I allow myself to be ME.  I do not have to improve myself.  I do not have to beat myself up for not being all that I know I can be.  I do not have to force myself to live up to some expectation I, or others, have of me.  Just for today I give myself permission to just be who I am.  Right now.  In this moment.  Not to worry about who I should be, could be, would be.  I accept myself as I am now – with all my flaws, all my imperfections, all my doubts, worries, fears, and issues.  Today I will savor each moment of my life as it is right now without worrying about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow.  It is good to be ME.

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Following Your Passion

I have heard these sayings all my life, “do what you love and the money will follow”, “follow your passion:, “do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”. I am sure you have heard these things as well. From parents, teachers, well meaning friends, counselors. Have you ever thought that it was impossible? You may have been unable to figure out what your passion is, or you may have been living with the negative thought pattern that there is no way to make a living doing what you love. We all get caught up in the rat race, work hard, make a living, raise a family, going though the motions every day but without joy, without passion. Not necessarily unhappy or depressed, but never really living in joy.

The first step in following your passion is to understand what your passion is.  Some of you may already know, the burning desire may have been with you your entire life.  Some of you may not realize that the things you enjoy doing more than anything else, the things that light you up and make you lose track of time are your passion.  It is about what makes you so joyful and fulfilled when you are doing them that you would do it forever without getting paid if you thought you could get away with it.  Once you know what that passion is, that activity or cause that makes your soul sing, then you need to discover how to turn that into a career, or at least a side business.  You don’t have to quit your day job just yet.  You can start exploring opportunities that will utilize the skill set you enjoy or that will put you in situations where you can provide services to things you care about, whether that is helping children, the homeless, or animals.

So do some soul searching and when you discover what it is that sets your soul on fire – GO FOR IT!  Find a way to turn your passion into the future you envision for yourself!  If you can dream it you can achieve it.  If you can imagine it you can bring it into being!  If you need any guidance figuring out what your passion is or how to turn that into a career I am available for one on one coaching.  Feel free to email me or leave a comment below.  I want everyone to live a life of joy!


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Delicious Plant Based Food

I get asked frequently “what do you eat?”  Because I am trying to lose a significant amount of weight, I don’t eat a lot, mostly raw veggies and fruits, with a small amount of nuts.  I have lost 22 pounds, reduced my blood pressure by at least 20 points and my cholesterol by at least 40 points in less than 3 months.  I do eat some cooked foods, generally for dinner.  Here are some of my favorites and I also save a lot of recipes on Pinterest.  There are plant based alternatives for anything and everything you would want, replacements for all your favorite foods including burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, etc.  So I thought I would share some of my favorites as well as some that my vegan friends rate very highly.  Plant based, whole foods are just as delicious, or more so, than the traditional American diet while saving the planet, the animals, and your health.  I encourage you to give a plant based diet a try, even if just one day a week, or better yet for one full week.

One of my favorite brands of meat alternatives is Gardein.  Here are some of their products that I keep in my freezer. I love their sliders, burgers and strips.

More yummy products here: Gardein foods

One of my go to dinners that is quick, easy, fast and so yummy is to slice zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes and onions, stack in a baking dish, season with olive oil, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, salt and pepper and top with a good vegan cheese.  Yummy!

Zucchini squash casserole

Another favorite brand for me is Amy’s Kitchen.  I love their vegan options such as black bean enchiladas, black bean tamale, and black eyed pea bowl.

More great Amy’s Kitchen choices here.

This is a drop in the bucket as far as vegan options out there.  It is one of the fastest growing segments of the food industry, both in grocery stores and restaurants.  More and more people are discovering the health benefits of a plant based diet thanks in part to movies like PlantPure Nation and Forks Over Knives.  Those two got me started on this path.  The more I learned about the importance of plant based foods for health, for the planet, and for the animals it became crystal clear to me that this is something worth fighting for.

I will be posting more recipes, meal plans and suggested products to help everyone have a delicious experience with plant based, whole foods eating.  If you have any questions or would like suggestions please ask in the comments below.  And if you have some favorite vegan meals you would like to share please do!  I would be happy to answer any questions or provide any help and support you need to adopt a lifestyle that helps the animals and the planet while promoting improved health and longevity!

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