Emily Before and After

Yes, this is me in 2002, just before I made the change to a whole foods, plant-based diet.  I’m proudly holding a conventional (dairy) mint chocolate chip cheesecake topped with mint Oreos and chocolate ganache that I had just made.  Looking back, it’s hard to believe that is even me!   My main food groups were cheese (brie, cheddar, gorgonzola, mozzarella – I loved it all!), wine and bread with a side of Benson & Hedges Deluxe Ultra Light Menthol Cigarettes!  I thought I ate a pretty healthy diet because I did eat fresh fruits and vegetables (a lot, I thought, especially compared to some people) and didn’t eat a lot of processed junk food and never drank pop.  I didn’t eat much red meat, preferring chicken, fish and dairy.  I had so much to learn and once I began, I found this new world of fresh, healthy food and compassionate living very exciting and life-changing!

On vacation in Saint Maarten, 2002, a few months after I had begun eating a plant-based diet.  I had already lost about 20 pounds and was feeling great.  We were sure to seek out the only health food restaurant on the island called Top Carrot.  I was very proud and excited about my progress.  I had no idea how much better it could get.  During that trip, I was reading John Robbins’ book, The Food Revolution.  I couldn’t put it down!

One year later in 2003.  I had lost 45 pounds and weighed 125 pounds.  I was wearing size 4 jeans and felt and looked like a different person!  I had begun my journey by reading Marilu Henner’s book, Total Health Makeover and joining her online classes at www.marilu.com.  I am truly one of her success stories.  Thanks Marilu!

A weekend in Lake Tahoe in 2005 at my dream weight of 120-122 pounds.  I had a great haircut, a beautiful dress and I felt fantastic!

Turning my passion for healthy whole foods, plant-based cooking into a job I loved as the Supervisor of Salud! Cooking and Lifestyle School at Whole Foods Market Sacramento.  My weight fluctuated between 122-125 pounds in June of 2006.

Summer 2010 in Monterey.  I now have a wonderful 3 year old son and a new job as a Food for Life Nutrition & Cooking Instructor for The Cancer Project and PCRM.  After a difficult bout of postpartum depression and weight gain, I am back to a healthy weight.  In this photo, I’m at 130 pounds.  As I write this in the fall of 2010, I’m already down 4 more pounds at 126 pounds and back into size 2s and 4s.  As I increase my vegetable consumption, I lose a bit more weight and get closer to my naturally healthy weight of around 120-125 pounds.  I love being naturally skinny and healthy.  I love it that my son happily munches on red peppers, broccoli and kale and drinks yummy green smoothies everyday.  I don’t miss cheese, wine or cigarettes anymore.  I look and feel better and younger than I did 10 years ago!  I hope you and your family will join me on this journey toward health and wellness!

Love, Emily

ray ban outlet uk ray ban sunglasses uk cheap ray bans cheap ray ban uk ray ban sunglasses outlet cheap ralph lauren uk cheap ralph lauren cheap ralph lauren ralph lauren sale uk cheap moncler outlet cheap moncler outlet uk moncler outlet online cheap the north face uk the north face outlet cheap north face outlet longchamp outlet cheap longchamp bags longchamp outlet uk cheap longchamp uk longchamp sale uk michael kors australia cheap michael kors outlet michael kors outlet online cheap moncler uk moncler outlet uk michael kors australia cheap ralph lauren cheap moncler outlet cheap michael kors uk