• Why and how Shara’s search for natural solutions for her husband led to her plant-based diet and lifestyle change
  • What’s been easy / hard about her transition
  • How the initial decision to stop eating meat led to other lifestyle changes
  • Various tricks she learned and adopted to stick to her plant-based lifestyle

Former teacher, Shara Haberman began her diet and lifestyle change somewhat accidentally. Her plant-based health journey began after her husband, Tom, was diagnosed with diabetes and prescribed meds. Shara was, in her words, on a mission to help her husband fight diabetes with natural solutions.

The more she researched, the more she realized how important it was for her to change her own diet in order to prevent potential health issues that may be ahead of her and to be an example for her husband. The positive benefits that Shara experienced from her plant-based health transformation fueled her to earn an M.S. in Health Psychology and become a certified health and wellness coach.

In this episode, Shara shares her transition to a plant-based diet, the challenges she had to navigate around, and how she’s been able to stick to this new healthier lifestyle.


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Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession With Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Dr. Garth Davis
The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall
What The Health, a Netflix documentary
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I was researching ways to help my husband gain control of his diabetes and I was on a mission to help him improve his health. I watched this movie on Netflix called “What The Health” and I started to think about my own diet. I had an aha moment that I was probably heading down the same path where I might have health problems.

My first week was miserable because I didn’t have a lot of variety of things to eat. I would make salads or just eat carrot sticks. I remember eating a lot of peanut butter sandwiches because I didn’t know what else to eat. And at the same time, I was furiously researching to learn more about it and finding other resources.

When I first started this diet, one of the challenges I knew I was going to face was being in a social situation. I decided to set some rules for myself about how I was going to handle that. And I decided that if I was in a social situation where let’s say, we went over to someone’s house for dinner and they made a beautiful meal to share with us, I was going to prioritize my social connection with the person and eat meat or eat something that’s off my diet. And then just be back on my diet the next day. And I wasn’t going to make myself feel guilty about it.

I thought I would allow myself to have a treat when we go out to eat. But the further I got into the diet, my taste buds changed, and I no longer had a taste for salt or oil. I didn’t like it and didn’t even enjoy it anymore. I didn’t see it as a treat anymore.

I learned to look at menus ahead of time. And if someone else picked the restaurant, I’d look at the menu and I’d already know what I was going to order and I’d plan it ahead. That really helped me stay on track too, when we were at restaurants.

One thing I did do was I would talk to myself and I tried to get in touch with the reasons behind why I’m doing what I’m doing, the reasons why it was good for me and why it was the right thing to do.


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