Name: Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT
Year of Birth: 1975
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Sports: Weight training, running, spinning, stretching, cardio, circuit training
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions
I am also known as The Plant-Based Dietitian, and I am a passionate advocate of the miracles
associated with following a whole food, plant-based diet-the established effects of which
provide positive healthful benefits. I'm the author of the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s
Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine. I am also
co-author of the brand new book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking,
which I wrote with Chef Beverly Lynn Bennett. I counsel a variety of clients throughout the
world from my Los Angeles, California-based private practice including elite athletes, adults,
and children with various nutritional and/or medical concerns. I was recently featured on The
Dr. Oz Show and Reluctantly Healthy, in numerous radio shows, and have lectured extensively
internationally. I am published in prominent journals, magazines, blogs, and newsletters. As
co-producer and star of the “infotainment” documentary To Your Health, I interviewed a host
of the plant-based world’s most respected doctors and researchers to bring this important
information to film and television audiences. My work as the Executive Director of EarthSave,
International, has also provided an opportunity for me to bring whole food, plant-based
nutrition to the forefront of efforts to improve the current global health crisis.
Why did you become vegan?
Initially, I became vegan for the animals….when I found out how an animal or its
secretions ended up on my plate, I didn't want anything to do with it. But I was concerned
because I didn't know how to eat vegan healthfully (I was a teenager without resources like
the internet). Then, after finishing my masters degree in nutrition and became a Regsitered Dietitian, and when I learned that it was actually ideal for optimal health, I was 100%
committed and have dedicated my career to sharing this information with as many people
as possible. Since then, my clients actually reverse disease, get off their medications, and
my athlete clients get stronger, faster, better, and healthier.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I was always passionate about fitness. I taught aerobics to my friends when I was 5 years
old, then in college at UCLA, and finally became a personal trainer while in college. I
worked full-time doing in-home and in-club training for 12 years and put myself through
graduate school. I love sharing fitness, nutrition, and health with others,
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I eat an entirely whole food, plant-based diet. When I stray, once in a while, it is because I
am craving French fries or vegan pizza…
How would you describe your training program?
I train for my sanity and maintenance of strength and cardiovascular endurance now that I
am a busy working Mom. I try to do something every day…usually either an hour of cardio
with some strength and stretching afterwards or else a full circuit strength/endurance
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I sometimes take a B12 supplement.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
I have had all sorts of reactions. Typically, people are shocked and can't believe that a egan
can look healthy! And I have been pleasantly surprised to see how contagious veganism is
becoming…people become aware and then slowly start making changes without me even
saying anything. Role modeling is the most effective tool available, which is one of the
reasons I love this website!
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
So much! But mostly that we will be deficient and weak and wither away without animal
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
YES! Role modeling, counseling, answering questions. My book, The Complete Idiot's Guide
to Plant-Based Nutrition, has been the best tool ever because I can hand over all of the
science and tools in one handy book and get anyone motivated and excited to get started
because they see how easy it really is…no matter your age group, health status, fitness
level, or lifestyle.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
To include all components of fitness: strength, muscular and cardiovascular endurance,
flexibility, balance, and agility.
What do you like best about being vegan?
Everything! I feel so connected to other people, animals, and the Earth simply by the
choices I make with my fork.
What do you like best about being fit?
Having boundless energy and being able to do things without pain or effort.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
To be persistent. Consistency is the key to success. Just do something every day and watch
your body, health, and energy change in amazing ways.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Think positive…focus on all the new foods you can try…not one what you are taking away.
Travel your own path by making new choices and not judging yourself. Every bite counts!
What motivates you in life?
Helping others find health…I wake up every morning and am fueled by the desire to make
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
It was one of the first sites I found when I began changing my diet and it inspired me
immensely to see that you can not only still be fit, but that you can surpass your personal
bests as a vegan. Love the site!