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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 033. | June 22, 2023
033: Genetics Don’t Determine Your Destiny to The Degree Your Diet Does with Tami & Tom Kramer
033: Genetics Don’t Determine Your Destiny to The Degree Your Diet Does with Tami & Tom Kramer

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In this episode of the Health Science Podcast, Tami and Tom Kramer, the passionate founders of Nutmeg Notebook, take center stage to share their personal journey towards a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.

Tami and Tom go deep into their knowledge and experiences about the transformative power of a plant-based diet.

As the driving force behind Nutmeg Notebook, they both bring a wealth of expertise and first-hand experience to the podcast.

Tami’s journey, which began with a crucial doctor’s visit revealing rising LDL cholesterol levels, led her to seek a natural solution. After reading Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live, Tami embarked on a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.

Tom, initially hesitant, joined her on this transformative path, experiencing significant improvements in his health and well-being.

Tami and Tom share their triumphs and challenges, providing practical tips and strategies for adopting and maintaining a plant-based lifestyle. Their focus on simplicity, flavor, and efficient meal preparation is perfect for those new to plant-based eating and very seasoned plant-based enthusiasts, as they offer insights into batch cooking, organization tips, and the artistry of creating vibrant, nutrient-dense salads.

As the founders of Nutmeg Notebook, Tami and Tom have cultivated a dedicated following through their blog, YouTube channel, and cooking classes. Their brand represents a community of individuals committed to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. They inspire their audience with mouthwatering recipes, proven kitchen shortcuts, and the joy of embracing abundant, plant-based meals.

With their unwavering dedication to promoting health, sharing their personal journeys, and empowering others, Tami and Tom embody the essence of the Nutmeg Notebook brand.

Their inspiring stories and wealth of knowledge provide a roadmap for individuals seeking to improve their health and well-being through plant-based living.

Tami and Tom Kramer are proud members of the NHA.

Episode Highlights

[01:30]             Pivotal moments that changed everything for Tami

[07:00]             Tom’s transition from health issues to healthy

[11:00]             There’s not a lot of corporate profit in spinach… and other tidbits

[15:30]             Three generations of plant-based eaters

[17:30]             From a S.A.D. blog to a WFPB results in a nosedive of 90% pageviews

[19:00]             Chef AJ, Linda Middlesworth & John Pierre impact Tom & Tami

[24:00]             Time & money saving cooking tips from Tami

[29:00]             The cornucopia and artistry of salads

[31:30]             Why Tami and Tom are so passionate about the NHA

[39:00]             Enjoying new favorites for the holidays

About Tami and Tom Kramer

Tami and Tom Kramer, the dynamic duo behind Nutmeg Notebook, are passionate advocates of a healthy, whole food plant-based lifestyle. Tami, in particular, has been an ardent follower of this lifestyle since 2013, which has profoundly impacted her overall health and well-being.

Through her dedication to dietary changes, Tami successfully managed to lower her LDL cholesterol levels without resorting to statins. Moreover, she achieved a healthy weight and has remarkably maintained her 50-pound weight loss since 2015. Her personal journey serves as an inspiration to others who are seeking to make positive changes in their lives.

As the creative force behind Nutmeg Notebook, Tami shares her extensive knowledge and expertise through her blog and YouTube channel. Her recipes are renowned for being salt, oil, and sugar-free, focusing on whole, plant-exclusive ingredients that nourish the body and promote optimal health.

Tami’s “Beautiful Chopped Salads” have gained a dedicated following, and she also imparts her wisdom on weekly food batch preparation, helping her viewers work smarter, not harder, in the kitchen.

With a commitment to making the whole food plant-based lifestyle more accessible, Tami provides practical tips, inventive recipes, and kitchen shortcuts that simplify the transition and maintenance of this lifestyle. Her ultimate goal is to empower others to embark on their own health journeys and support them in achieving their wellness goals—one meal at a time.

Together, Tami and Tom are a formidable team, sharing their love for a healthy, plant-based lifestyle through Nutmeg Notebook.

Their combined efforts and expertise create a supportive community that fosters positivity, knowledge, and inspiration for individuals seeking to transform their lives through the power of whole foods.

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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