For ten years Gemma suffered with chronic fatigue, depression (at times suicidal), constipation, restless leg syndrome, acne and brain fog.
She was eventually diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, but despite being put on medication and receiving reams of medical advice from mainstream Doctors she still felt awful.
She spent over £10,000 trying to understand how she could feel better. She saw private doctors and specialists, trying things like the keto diet, acupuncture, supplements, "superfoods" and hypnosis, etc.
She would scour the internet daily desperate to find answers that could be her salvation. One miraculous day she stumbled upon the concept of eating a whole food, plant-based diet.
The claims that people made about its benefits seemed far-fetched but at this point, she had nothing to lose by giving it a try.
She cut out all processed foods and animal products and switched to consuming only healthy, whole plant foods as they grow in nature; legumes, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices.
Her body was finally able to get the nutrients that it needed to provide her with energy, to detox and to heal.
Within a week she was finally enthused to start moving her body again, was no longer constipated and her brain fog had started to lift! With a few more weeks she was able to return to work, her depression had gone and she once again had her life back. A few months on and Gemma had released 35lbs of excess bodyweight. She was ecstatic to say the least!
Gemma's continued research and experimentation uncovered the ways to optimise her new lifestyle and brought some uncomfortable facts for her partner Paul. It seems that the more animal products we eat the quicker we tend to succumb to one or more of the "diseases of affluence" that most westerners will sooner or later suffer and die from.
Trouble was, as a hard-training bodybuilder he was convinced that he needed to stuff in as much animal protein as humanly possible. To those ends, he ate 500g+ every week including 30Kg of chicken's breasts and 42 pts of milk along with varying amounts tuna, eggs and steak. He'd wash it all down with gallons of whey protein!
He was eating more animal products than anyone he'd ever met and was terrified of losing the muscle that he'd worked so hard for and that at the time, he felt really defined him. However the data was compelling and seeing Gemma's health transform before his eyes was the last push he needed to bravely take the plunge and become fully vegan!
To his surprise and delight not only was he able to grow muscle just as easily on a plant-based diet, he actually had benefits to his sports performance! It cured his, at times, debilitating tendonitis which used to make him have to skip sessions, vastly improved his energy and expedited his recovery from exercise.
In terms of health, it lowered his pre-hypertensive blood pressure down past "normal" and into the optimal range, eradicated the terrible hay fever that would all but incapacitate him each summer and reversed much of the weakening he'd suffered to his eyesight!
As you might expect, just as the data suggests they both came to believe that a whole-foods predominant, plant based diet is not just viable for human health, it is optimal!
Inspired by their miraculous journeys and wishing to bring this life-changing information to the masses, Paul became a Nutritionist and Personal Trainer and helped countless people around the world transform their bodies and their health.
Gemma became a Chef and Author of three cookbooks, to prove that you don't have to sacrifice on taste or spend ludicrous amounts of time in the kitchen!
They also created the hugely successful Hench Herbivore YouTube channel where they've enjoyed over 6 million video views to date.
They've learnt that in terms of health, simply being vegan isn't enough, there are a few ways in which you must optimise this diet for the very best outcome.
They have pooled their combined 20 years of knowledge and experience into this course, which they describe as being the course that they wish they'd have had access to when first starting out all those years ago!