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About Terri Edwards & EatPlant-Based

Plant-based nutrition changed everything

My personal experience is that in 2012, at 45 years old, I was suffering from increasingly painful and swollen joints, as well as other health issues that had started around age 35 and were progressively worsening.

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My mother has debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, vasculitis, neuropathy, and other health issues, and has been disabled since her 50’s.  I was terrified I was heading down that same path.

After numerous doctors’ visits and blood tests with no answers, I decided to investigate nutritional options. My daughter recommended the Forks Over Knives documentary, which my husband and I watched on February 15, 2013, and became instant plant-based, whole food consumers.

Since that time, I’ve resolved my inflamed and painful joints, lowered my cholesterol from  220 to 141, dropped over 50 lbs., resolved adult acne that previously required prescription medication, and recovered from sleeping issues. 

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe this is the same body I had just a few short years ago. Honestly feels like I traded the old one in for this newer model.

As exciting as the weight loss is, it pales in comparison to the health benefits I’ve experienced. The unseen is more powerful than the seen. This is freedom from sickness, and I’m so thankful!

Terri Edwards before and after

My personal mission now is to promote this way of health in my community (and beyond) and hopefully see some lives changed, just like mine.I live in Polk County, NC with my husband of 32 years. I have a degree in Business Administration, certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell , T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and am licensed as a Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. 

Currently, I teach nutrition education and cooking classes at medical facilities and other venues in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina, as well as doing public speaking events.

My other passions include my faith and family, daily hiking with my German shepherd, yoga.  I used to be a federal and state licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. 

I was dreading the Empty Nest Syndrome but have found that I’m excited for this next phase of life and the honor of helping others regain their life and health. FOOD IS MEDICINE!

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About EatPlant-Based

My blog was started in March 2014 with the intention of sharing recipes and health-related information with family and friends. It is now receiving over 250,000 views each month and reaching people in over 150 countries.

EatPlant-Based is a local and online oasis for those seeking wellness and restored health through scientifically-proven plant-based nutrition. My site offers over 300 healthy plant-based recipes, handy kitchen tips, and the latest information on nutritional scientific research.

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Barbara Barg

Monday 8th of March 2021

I love so many of your recipes!

Terri Edwards

Monday 8th of March 2021

Barbara- Thank you! I'm so glad to hear that!


Tuesday 5th of January 2021

You've got a great website! Keep up the good work.

Terri Edwards

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Thank you!

Mary Duggan

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Hello - I am transitioning to a vegan low oil diet based on the book by Dr. Neal Barnard for reversing diabetes. So I am overjoyed to find your site and the wonderful recipes. I was hoping to find some using jackfruit that wasn’t all about barbecue. Have you considered this as an alternative “meat” substitute?

Thank you for all the work you put into this lovely site. Blessings! Mary

Terri Edwards

Saturday 4th of July 2020

Hi Mary- I'm so glad you found my site and are enjoying the recipes! I do like jackfruit but haven't made many recipes with it yet. I think Susan with FatFreeVegan has a variety of jackfruit recipes that would be checking out. Wishing you all the best.

Susan Smeltzer

Thursday 14th of May 2020

Hi! I'm considering taking the plant based nutrition course at eCornell. What did you think of it?

Terri Edwards

Friday 15th of May 2020

Hi Susan- I highly recommend taking the eCornell course. The information has been invaluable to me. You won't be disappointed.

James Hughes

Saturday 11th of April 2020

Well done Terry. I have been plant-based for about 1.5 years and half-way for about 3 years. I haven't had a sick day off in 3 years. I really admire your work in getting the word out in ways that really connect with people. I was initially looking at your bean-burger recipe--which I will make tomorrow (beans are soaking overnight.) I also noticed your mention of "Eating You Alive" which I had not seen before, and so I am watching it now, and enjoying. I watched "Forks over Knives" 1.5 years ago, and that is what jump-started me into the plant-based diet. I love what I now eat. My situation is a little different to most, as I am trying to gain weight and muscle mass. That is the one area that I have not been able to break through yet. Thanks for all you are doing--Well done!! Jim (Melbourne Australia)

Terri Edwards

Saturday 11th of April 2020

Hi James- The fact that you haven't taken a sick day in 3 years speaks volumes to the power of food for the body. Congratulations for the terrific success! Thank you for the kind words, and I hope you love the black bean burgers as much as we do. Wishing you all the very best of health!