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Hey guys—I’m Erin! My wellness journey began in college when I realized that my “healthy diet” consisting of Lean Cuisines, Subway sandwiches, and Fiber One bars just wasn’t cutting it. I stayed out late, partying on weekends, sleeping in, and eating fast food on the weekends, and tried to darndest to reverse the damage during the week by running my buns off. I was a nervous, anxious wreck and suffered debilitating panic attacks that interfered with my quality of life to the point where I began seeing a therapist. On top of that, my “hereditary” cholesterol was shooting up, and I was being told that I would need to soon get on a statin drug to keep things in check. That did not sit well. Besides high cholesterol, I was beginning to experience a handful of odd symptoms that I couldn’t quite explain—numbness and tingling in the extremities, extreme fatigue, confusion, brain fog, indigestion, and the list goes on. Google became my best friend and my worst enemy—every search returning the same gut-wrenching answer: you are going to die. Coming from a family of doctors, I had easy access to specialists. I had MRIs, CT scans, nerve conduction studies, a plethora of blood draws, you name it, I’d been through it. Every answer came back the same, we can’t seem to find anything wrong with you. While it was a relief that I didn’t have an identifiable, life-threatening illness, it was still in distress over my state of inexplicable dis-ease.

After attending a health & wellness conference, I learned about the healing powers of whole foods. How had I never thought of that before? The fact that I could take my health into my own hands was so liberating and exciting, and I was at a breaking point—I’d give anything to never wake up again in the middle of the night, breathless and panic-stricken.

It was around that time that my uncle whose a cardiologist invited my parents and Dusty and I to go listen to a world-renowned cardiologist speak at a local regional hospital about preventing and reversing heart disease. We showed up and were introduced to the work (and food) of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn. After learning that he was simply putting his patients on what he called a “low-fat, whole foods plant-based diet,” we were sold. It still felt a bit extreme to us, but we decided as a family that we would all try going vegetarian (cutting out meat) for 40 days for Lent.

At the end of the 40 days, we were shocked and astonished—we didn’t die! We bounced back to our old ways for a short time, but what we had learned wasn’t going to leave us. The more conferences, lectures, and webinars I attended, the more conscious I became of what I was eating, how I was moving, and event the amount of rest I was getting. Eventually, we decided to transition to 100% whole foods plant-based, and the slow and steady process began!

My symptoms still seemed to be coming and going, and ultimately, everything came to a culmination on what was supposed to be a fun, end of summer getaway to San Diego. On the flight out, I felt an intense sensation of numbness, tingling, cold sweats, breathlessness, and extreme anxiety coming on. It got so bad, that I had Dusty call one of the flight attendants to our row, but there was nothing that they could offer me to ease my mind and body. What ended up happening was one of the most embarrassing experiences of my life, as they called to the San Diego airport, rushed the flight to land the plane early, and I was met by a wheelchair at the runway, and taken to an ambulance to be rushed to the hospital, where we would wait for hours before being assisted. Blood was drawn, tests were conducted, and nothing came back out of whack—go figure. That was it. I’d had it. The animal products had to go. The vitamins, supplements, birth control pills I’d been on for 8 years, had to go. I tossed everything, started at ground zero, and vowed to just let my body cleanse and purge whatever it was that was cause this state fo dis-ease. The rest of the vacation was a trudge, to say the least—filled with ups and downs, highs and lows.

My MantraHow you do anything is how you do everything!


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