Wags + Weight Loss Episode 13: Jaye’s 74 Pound Success – a Weight Loss Love Story

Jaye’s before and after photos

“When you’re happy, you can do anything.” – Jaye


Jaye’s “before” photo above is from 2016, and shows how she looked at 197 pounds when we got back together in September 2016 after being apart for 40 years. Jaye’s “after” photo above was taken on 4/21/17 with a Canon 50 mm lens set to f/1.6 and ISO 200. Jaye is 123 pounds in her “after” photo. Neither image is “photoshopped,” although the outdoors lighting in the “before” photo is rather severe and the “after” picture is taken with softer, professional lighting. Jaye applied her own makeup in the “after” photo.

Jaye did not receive ANY plastic surgery or dermatology services during her transition (or at any other point in her life). To be clear, the results shown in Jaye’s “after” photo does not involve any type of plastic surgery, Botox, fillers, liposuction, dermabrasion, potions, ointments or anything similar.

While Jaye’s results are stunning, most people will not and should not expect to achieve such dramatic results, especially within such a short time frame. Her results are perhaps the best I’ve ever seen, including my own. Jaye’s results are based on completely adhering to a whole food, plant based, no-oil diet (and mostly organic) for the entire eight month period of her transition. Her exercise during her transition was limited to walking my dog Jake for a half an hour before meals, twice each day, with light resistance training 2 or 3 days per week for 30 to 45 minutes during the last few months of her transition. Jaye lives with her mentor and coach (me, Eric), and received daily guidance, encouragement, nutrition education, and cooking lessons every day during her transition. Jaye has high discipline and did not “cheat” or “backslide” on her diet (not once). I attribute her dramatic skin improvements and weight loss to our diet, especially to our twice daily smoothies, which are high in phytonutrients and fiber (especially from sprouts and other vegetables), anti-oxidants (from fruits, and especially berries), and to foods rich in beta-carotene (especially carrots and sweet potatoes).


Jaye and I were high school sweethearts, and dated from age 15 to 17, when I joined the Army and we lost contact. We thought about each other often for the next 40 years, and both hoped to see each other again during our lifetimes. When the Eric & Peety film came out, we reconnected, and then decided to resume our relationship beginning in September 2016. We were then married in December 2016.

Listen to today’s special episode of Wags + Weight Loss to hear Eric and Jaye’s weight loss and love story, and exactly what Jaye did to achieve her dramatic results. This is a love story for the ages, and has been years in the making. You won’t want to miss it!

Jaye’s weight loss results, by week:

In addition to their love story, in this episode Jaye and Eric discuss:

  • The many ways Jaye has benefited from her new vegan lifestyle.
  • What Jaye ate before reconnecting with Eric.
  • The foods that Jaye and Eric enjoy eating
  • The healthy ways to add flavor to foods with herbs and spices.
  • How to liquid saute with vegetable broth instead of oils.
  • How to make your own vegetable broth.
  • The health problems that Jaye had that have completely disappeared based on her new lifestyle.
  • How Jaye’s family and friends have reacted to her weight loss.
  • The difference between goal weight and optimal weight.
  • The benefits of just walking for 30 minutes before meals, twice each day.


Would you like to try and achieve similar results?  Then please follow our podcast, starting with the introductory episode, and become the awesome person you’ve always wanted to be!  But first, please:

  1. Be under a doctor’s supervision. Whether you think you need to be under a doctor’s supervision or not, you will want to record your progress, starting with a comprehensive medical exam and tracking your weight on a weekly basis.
  2. Watch these films on Netflix:
  1.  Acquire and read these books:
  • How Not to Die:  The best, most complete, comprehensive book on how a plant based diet will maximize your lifespan and reduce your risk of preventable disease, including cancer, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes.  Includes an easy to follow guide on what to eat to add years to your life. Greger, M., M.D., & Stone, G. (2015). How not to die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease. New York: Flatiron Books.
  • The Starch SolutionA complete primer on how to practice a whole food plant based diet without added oil or sugar.  McDougall, J. A., & McDougall, M. A. (2012). The starch solution: Eat the foods you love, regain your health, and lose the weight for good!New York: Rodale.
  • The Forks Over Knives Cookbook:A great collection of fast and easy recipes that can be prepared from common ingredients in 20 to 30 minutes. Sroufe, D. (2012). Forks over knives–the cookbook: Over 300 recipes for plant-based eating all through the year. New York:  Workman Publishing.

Podcast with Dr. Preeti Kulkarni, N.D. on the Benefits of Herbs, Spices and Extracts in a Plant Based Diet

“Enhance your plant-based diet with herbs, spices and herbal extracts.” Dr. Preeti

Welcome to a special edition of our podcast! Today’s conversation is with our returning guest, Dr. Preeti Kulkarni, N.D., of Cupertino, California.  Dr. Preeti is the naturopathic doctor to whom I credit with guiding my weight loss and personal transformation. Our topic today surrounds enhancing a plant-based diet with herbs and herbal extracts. Join us!

What youll hear in this episode:

  • There is significant research supporting the beneficial medicinal use of herbs and extracts, such as turmeric, ginger and garlic, in our diet.
  • A doctor’s responsibility includes teaching patients how to be healthy.
  • Dr. Preeti explains her concept of transforming the student into the teacher.
  • Eric, who is not a medical professional, can still provide valid coaching and mentoring based on his self-education and personal experience going through the same health transformation himself, without interpreting medical results, diagnosing, or prescribing treatment plans.
  • Dr. Preeti addresses a listener question about weight loss, blood sugar, getting off medication, and how to find a naturopathic doctor.
  • Why it’s important to individualize nutrition plans.
  • How a grain-heavy diet disrupts blood sugar.
  • Why you should base your diet on whole plants prepared without added sugar or oil.
  • A Harvard study showed that a higher intake of fruits and vegetables reduced heart disease.
  • Why individual coaching is instrumental in weight loss programs.
  • How cinnamon extract helps balance blood sugar levels.
  • The importance of herb quality—KNOW your source!
  • How Eric incorporates fruits, vegetables, and herbs into his morning smoothie.
  • Other helpful herbs and plants include turmeric, ginger, garlic, goji berries, aloe vera juice, almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, seaweed, and cayenne.
  • How garlic speeds up weight loss progress.
  • Why spicy foods help promote weight loss.
  • Herbs and spices need to be synergistic and not antagonistic.
  • Dr. Preeti explains how to detect food allergies and sensitivities.
  • The top four foods with sensitivity: gluten, dairy, corn, and soy.
  • The dangers of GMO corn!
  • Eric explains his food sensitivities to gluten and corn.

Dr. Preeti practices in Cupertino, California.  Her website:  www.coreintegrative.com

To request a consultation with Dr. Preeti, please call and leave a voicemail at 408-724-1486.

Sources quoted in this episode:

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  2. Wood RA. Diagnostic elimination diets and oral food provocation. Immunol Allergy. 2015;101:87-95. doi: 10.1159/000371680. Epub 2015 May 21.
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  4. Mrema EJ, Rubino FM, Brambilla G, Moretto A, Tsatsakis AM, Colosio C. Persistent organochlorinated pesticides and mechanisms of their toxicity. Toxicology. 2013 May 10;307:74-88. doi: 10.1016/j.tox.2012.11.015. Epub 2012 Dec 3.

Malini’s Herbal Tea

Dr. Preeti’s grandmother, Malini, practiced Ayurvedic medicine, which is a holistic system based on the belief that health and wellness depends on balancing the health of the mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Preeti remembers her grandmother making this tea each day to promote health and boost the immune system of her family, and still enjoys it to this day. Dr. Preeti now offers Malini’s recipe for the health and happiness of you and your family. Enjoy!

Ginger, Coriander, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves