Vicki Chelf and Margie Abernethy offer over 50 years' combined experience living as vegetarians, Vicki as a vegan and Margie as a part-time vegan. Both women also offer a scientific view of health, Vicki as a holistic nutritionist and Margie as a 35-year veteran of healthcare sales, now using the science she learned to sell doctors to improve her health through educated choices.  


Vicki has taught plant-based, whole foods cooking for over 30 years.  She has a passion for good food as a means to health, quality of life, environmental balance and spiritual growth.  Vicki is a fine artist who has shown her paintings in the US, France, England and Canada and is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design. Her first book, 

La Grande Cuisine Vegetarienne, was written in 1976 and stayed in print for over 20 years. She has since written 12 other books 

in both French and English. 

Margie discovered her passion for writing much later in life, while studying for her master’s degree in her early fifties. She left her long and successful healthcare marketing career for blogging in 2016, using the 90 days’ bedrest to learn the technology. During this period, Margie also developed a new life plan focused on health. She blogs about her journey at HappyHealthyOver50.com.

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha

Margie and Dave Abernethy

About Me

I’m originally from Connecticut but I moved to Boulder, Colorado when I was 18 to pursue my bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of Colorado.  That's where I learned to love the mountains.  Dave and I have been married for 15 years and we're proud parents and grandparents.  Our fur babies are Winnie and Wilbur.

I did the whole big career thing; I was in healthcare sales and marketing for 35 years.  I had some fun jobs too - I used to sell cosmetic skincare to Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons and worked in Infertility Marketing with some of the top physicians in their field.  At one point in my career, I left healthcare and I went to work in the movie theatre industry!  I sold for a company that designed and manufactured concession stands for movie theatres, and I traveled extensively.  I loved it - until I no longer did.  The never-ending demands often conflicted with my life goals and my husband's demanding career schedule meant that we were constantly juggling the demands of two executive-level careers, while still enjoying quality time together.  

After a series of soul-sucking jobs, and realizing I was chasing some unfulfilling dreams and ambitions, I have re-calibrated my life to better align with my values.  I hope to share the things that have helped me change my life the most.  I was overwhelmed and exhausted, overweight and depressed – and I blamed myself for all of it.  Dave and I got hit in 2008 and our life was an exhausting financial roller-coaster for many years.

My #1 goal with this blog is to help people feel empowered to change their lives for the better.  I intend to share things that inspire, that encourage, and that make life better without making it more complicated.   

I love hearing from readers, so feel free to contact me at any time to let me know your thoughts, to share any tips of your own, or to let me know what parts of your life you’d like to work on.

Disclaimer: The content and material on this website should not be considered medical advice nor medical treatment for any specific health condition. Margie Abernethy is not a health care provider or a clinical nutritionist. Consult your doctor before changing your diet and discuss any and all medications you are on including monitoring your health for positive changes that may affect the amount of medication you may be taking.