Shauné Hayes Before and after adopting a whole-food, plant-based (wfpb) diet for weight loss and blood pressure. On the left, she wears a black t shirt and has a neutral facial expression; on the right, she holds a bowl of colorful vegan food and smiles
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Breaking the Cycle of Deprivation: I Lost Weight and Resolved Several Health Issues on a WFPB Diet

I hail from Kansas City, Missouri (a town known for its barbecue), and grew up on the standard American diet, with lots…

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Two photos of Jeremy LaLonde, one before he adopted a plant-based diet for weight loss, and one after. On the left, he stands on a boulder outside with his hands on his back. On the right, he wears a suit inside the foyer of a home, with his hands clasped at his waist
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On a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet, I’m Staying Fit Without Counting Calories

In high school I was an athlete. I was used to consuming lots of calories; I was burning them off just as…

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Denise DeSerio before and after going from plant-based to vegan and experiencing significant weight loss
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I Went Vegan for the Animals. I Cut Out Highly Processed Foods for My Health

My father ran a slaughterhouse, so my family ate a lot of meat when I was growing up. I couldn’t wait to…

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Photos of Armando Alvarez before and after adopting a plant-based diet for heart disease. On the left, he sits at a restaurant table wearing a fedora and pink button-down, on the right, he appears slimmer and holds out a football with one hand
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How I Transformed My Health in My 60s on a Plant-Based Diet

As a young man I was very athletic, playing high school and college football as a wide receiver. That position required a…

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wendy swiger before and after adopting a plant-based diet for weight loss and heart disease
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I Beat Heart Disease and Lost 44 Pounds in 9 Months Without Portion Control

For much of my adult life, I carried 50 to 60 pounds excess weight. I’m 5-foot-3, and at my heaviest, I weighed…

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Kimberly Eallonardo shown in two photos before and after adopting a plant-based diet to address her kidney disease and ms symptoms: on the left, she sits in a wheelchair with her family around her, looking up; on the right, she stands beside a tree
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I Switched to a Plant-Based Diet and Resolved My Chronic Pain, MS Symptoms, and Kidney Disease

As a child, I had a lot of odd symptoms and ailments—tics, shingles, and intractable migraines. From the time I was 12…

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Two photos of Aurelija Pranckunaite, the first at 27 before adopting a wfpb diet, the second at 37 after adopting the diet
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As Early as Day 3 on a WFPB Diet, I Noticed I Had So Much More Energy

I grew up believing that eating meat was necessary. I was encouraged to follow the family traditions and not question them. Why…

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Yolanda and Jim Breidenbaugh pose together in a forested outdoor setting
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On an Oil-Free Plant-Based Diet, I’ve Normalized My Cholesterol and Improved My Eyesight

Before finding the whole-food, plant-based way of eating, I had high cholesterol (280 total), and my husband, Jim, had to have quadruple…

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Joseph Claudio before and after adopting a plant-based diet for weight loss
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I Went Plant Based (and Dropped 60 Pounds) After Losing My Dad to His Third Heart Attack

In 2021, I lost my dad to his third heart attack. He was just 52, but he was diabetic and obese. I…

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Douglas Gordy before and after adopting a plant-based diet for weight loss, rosacea, and high cholesterol
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Since Going Plant-Based, I’ve Ditched Statins, Prediabetes, and 50 Pounds

I stopped eating meat back in 1994, primarily because I thought it might help me lose weight. But I ate a lot…

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Rachel Schiera and her husband Tony before and after adopting a plant-based diet for weight loss
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Eating “All Things in Moderation” Ravaged My Athletic Husband’s Arteries

In July 2021, we were at mile 700-ish of a 1,000-mile bike trip from Indianapolis, Indiana, to Washington, D.C., staying at a…

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