Sarah Goodenough, Founder of Verde Mind Body Health & Kitchen Verde
I have lost 160 lbs and kept it off for 7 years and continue to gain more health. I am a mother of two boys. I am from Rochester, NY. I have a BS in Nursing, and have worked in a Medical Intensive Care Unit as well as Community Health. 7 years ago, I was extremely overweight and sick with borderline high blood pressure, the beginning stages of fatty liver disease, among other things. I struggled for years trying to lose weight and exhausted just about every weight loss option that I could find. I managed to lose some weight but continued to feel sick. I read a book called The China Study, and changed my life forever. I began eating plant-based and within weeks dropped weight and cured my fatty liver disease and everything else that ailed me. In 2015, I completed The Campbell Plan and in 2016 completed my certification in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University. In 2017 I finished my first half marathon and in 2018 I plan to finish my first full marathon. This lifestyle has changed my life in so many incredible ways, and I feel it's necessary to help others improve their health and quality of life. My goal is to educate others on the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet, and to deliver lifestyle programs for anyone interested in making the transition to a whole food plant-based lifestyle.