My name is Karen Snyder. I live in the sweet, rural town of Cottage Grove, Oregon, with a population just slightly under 10,000.
I guess I should tell you I’m a plant-based eater. I first chose to eat nutritious foods from the plant kingdom for my health. After seeing the documentary “Forks Over Knives,” and then “Earthlings” I decided I would never eat anything that has a face or a mother. I went vegetarian in 2010; and in 2012, I eliminated all animal products from my diet. Prior to that, I had cut out all sugar and was eating low-fat foods along with more fruits and vegetables and whole grains. I truly started to strive to eat really healthy foods.
At that point I had lost about 30 pounds of a 50 pound weight loss goal. Childbirth, and a rough patch in my life, contributed to my weight gain. But in 2003 I became committed to gaining back my life. I began reading and educating myself about nutrition and how our brains hormones and emotions drive us to want to eat. I also became more active and went back to my love of acting on stage.
After watching Forks Over Knives I became very interested in learning as much as I could about eating a plant-strong diet. In that quest, I came across the book Eat to Live. It read well and made total sense to me. The eating plan was one that I was able to follow, happily, for the rest of my life. I was eating real, whole, delicious food. A lot of food. I wasn’t hungry and I lost that last 20 pounds in a matter of weeks. And the best part is that I’m maintaining the weight loss.
Eating healthy is such an easy way to lose weight and feel vital. I have more physical energy and zest for life than I have had in years. I feel younger than I did when I was 40. It’s a wonderful “side effect!”
In order to help others I’ve started my new adventure, Karen’s Veggie Kitchen. Take a look through my blog. Check out Karen’s Healthy Tips, the Recipe section, and the opportunities for interactive Cooking Demonstrations with plenty of tasty treats.
Lastly, but most important of all, I want to be clear that I am not a doctor, I am not a registered dietitian, or a licensed nutritionist. I’m a real person who took control over her life by making lifestyle changes. In that journey, I’ve been reading books and educating myself. My goal is to stay healthy and to share the information I learn and show you how to keep on track. With support, it’s easier and I will help you keep your eyes focused on the long-range goal: living longer and living well.
Please join me as I move forward to staying healthy and motivating others to become healthy and vital!