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Such an invaluable resource! I read a lot of books on nutrition and follow a lot of other blogs, and yet I continue to be amazed by how much I learn from Angela. Very relevant, timely info that I trust, delicious and healthy recipes and meal plans and shopping lists that have been huge time-savers - all in one site!
Angela is very knowledgeable, informative and quick to get back to you with your questions. She totally makes sense and tries to keep things simple, realistic yet with results.
The most informative and useful nutrition and lifestyle information available. Angela provides practical information for busy people so that they can eat and move mindfully!! It changed my life!
I am astounded at Angela's depth of knowledge and joyful passion for her subject. She has inspired me in so many ways to be more aware of what I eat and how I live. The great thing is she makes it fun and delicious. She's truly the BEST!
Angela offers a great program that gets you great results. Of course, it was up to me to follow through with everything but she gave me all of the tools I needed to get (and keep!) the results I was looking for.
Angela's posts are the best. Informative and often in video format. The whole crew here at GoodMedizen Acupuncture loves (and shares) them.
Angela is top notch. If you want clear, concise and super helpful info all in one spot, join Angela's site.
Angela, I want you to know that I am using what I am learning through this program to teach young men who are in treatment for internet addiction how to eat healthy. It's part of the program to teach them how to care for their bodies in recovery. It's part of my internship in my psychology MA program. I'm working on a curriculum to show them how to make meals, snacks, and desserts that they can make ahead. The residential treatment program is the first in the US and it's right here in our area. Thank you so much.
Angela is so knowledgeable, has a fantastic website and is great to work with.
Angela, is dedicated to providing people with well informed nutritional information. Her Clean and Lean Revolution is an excellent program where people can learn quality nutritional values and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
I love Angela's two minute reviews on all sort of topics. Definitely get on her e-mail list. I've learned a lot and have most importantly been put as ease on many subjects. She has an excellent way of giving information. She helps confusing subjects suddenly make perfect sense. She is a gem in her industry!
If you want to feel great, lose weight, and gain health and well-being, join Angela Pifer and her Lean Revolution program!
This blog presents objective and educational posts that clarifies food myths, rumors, fads, and misinformation. Angela takes all the confusing information about food and makes it simple to understand.
Angela is amazing! She does extensive research on her topics to ensure that her food recommendations are sound and not just part of the latest "food fad". Her blog suggests MANY healthy recipes and pieces of advice that easily fit into a person's busy lifestyle.
Angela's program clean and lean revolution has help me to lose over 20 pounds over the last 2 years. Her blog has taught me how cook lean healthy meals with her wonderful recipes and her encouragement.
Angela Pifer is so knowledgeable in her field. She sends out great information for all levels of nutritional knowledge.
Angela Pifer is a very well educated professional who strives to be ahead of the game on the latest information. She helps you sort through all the latest fad and gives acute sound advice.
Angela offers round the clock 1:1 advice, group support, workouts, tons of recipes, and up to the minute health information. I highly recommend her!
Angela is truly an inspiration! The energy and love that she has and shows in her work has helped me make sense of my world. I have been dealing with issues around food and self esteem for so long that I sometimes gave up on thinking that there would ever be light at the end of the tunnel. I have really enjoyed the program and it is helping me to make changes where I can and forgive myself for my set backs. I am now down to my goal weight and I know I can maintain it now.
I just wanted to first say thank you Angela for all the work that she does on her blog! I follow her closely and I've lost 10 pounds and 7 inches from my waist and hips, and I feel great overall!
The information that Angela provides is simply phenomenal. After following her suggestions I finally have the tools and guidance that I need to make positive changes in my diet and in my life as a whole.
My husband and I are both in the fitness business and have encouraged our clients to eat healthy for years. We decided to practice what we preach and follow Angela's program. Personally, we have transformed out eating habits from "healthy" to clean and have both seen and felt an incredible change in our bodies. Everything Angela says about nutrition and healthy eating habits is spot on. Now when we have clients in need of some nutritional guidance we direct them to Angela immediately. Thank you for being such an amazing advocate to this new style of living.
I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years. Last year I participated in the 28 day challenge. It changed my life in so many ways. Not only did I lose weight which was a plus, but I managed to cure my diabetes. My doctor could not believe how I was able to change my numbers. She asked me what I did and I said I changed my life and the way I eat. Thank you Angela, you are an amazing woman and you have helped so many people change their lives!
I finally joined the Clean & Lean System and it has been pretty incredible. I’m no longer as exhausted as I used to be, and I had gotten used to thinking that was normal. I forgot how it feels to be better! Down 12 pounds and counting.
If you want to be healthy and more energetic, you need to do this program.
I am down 24 pounds and counting! I am losing more inches than anything. I am back to be pre-baby weight (pre first child baby weight!) and couldn’t be happier. I recommend this program to all my friends and coworkers.
This is the most thought provoking, ah-hah program that I have ever done. I get it now. Oh, and in addition to feeling fantastic, my skin is glowing, and I’ve lost 12 pounds in 8 weeks! The coolest part is that I know that I won’t gain them back. I know what to do now and it finally feels like I am working with my body instead of against it.
Angela, I just had to say THANK YOU! The information you are providing here is simply phenomenal. You changed my life in a month, and I am in awe of all that you know. I’m so excited and feel like I finally have the tools and guidance that I need to make positive changes in my diet and in my life as a whole.
I haven’t felt this much energy in years. I am shocked at how much clearer my mind is and how great my skin looks. I keep getting compliments and it has only been two weeks.
This program has reacquainted me with food and my relationship to it. Really a great experience. I’m feeling better and am sleeping a ton better. I lost of layer of something I don’t miss and am fitting into pants that I haven’t worn in a year or two! Yay! It feels great to have more energy and actually want to move and be active.
This program is AMAZING! I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn how to stop dieting and feel better in their skin. I had been moving from conventional doc to doc and my symptoms were not being solved. I feel fantastic and I’ve dropped 22 pounds without really focusing on it. Angela is so supportive. If it wasn’t for her I would not be functioning. She is wonderful and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
I just wanted to first say thank you Angela for this program! I definitely think I’m on the right track! I’ve lost 10 pounds and 7 inches from my waist and hips, and I’m feeling really good overall!
Angela at Clean and Lean revolution has taken the time and attention to create a WONDERFUL healthy eating plan. It is so simple and full of fantastic recipes that are easy to make and so good for you. I am a huge fan of the Clean and Lean way of eating for my health and balance of mind body and spirit. Go Angela!!
Working with Angela and has brought back health and well-being to my life after unknown and undiagnosed serious food allergies caused major health troubles. through her programs I lost 60 lbs of "weight" that was really inflammation and using the whole body and mind approach with the Clean and Lean program, I am healthy, happy, and energetic gain! Highly recommend for anyone who really believes they can be happy in health again!
Yes! A wonderful aspect of the Clean & Lean Revolution community is that the members can access it from anywhere! For example, my husband and I are traveling the country in our motorhome, but I can benefit from having meal plans created by a nutritionist, contact with a health coach, and access to yoga and meditation, no matter where I am from Panama City Beach (where I am now), to the MidWest, to the Oregon Coast (where we started our trip). :)
I have tried SO many diets and failed in the past. There are so many weight loss plans, quick fat loss diets that may work temporarily but then you revert back to your old ways because you didn't learn how to eat to live. The Clean and Lean Revolution is life changing for me. Angela (the creator and expert nutritionist) has taught me how to nourish my body through whole food and also drives focus towards the 5 essential keys of health. I am learning to live a healthier life style both mentally and physically and these are things I am also teaching my children. I am losing weight steadily and slowly and I am okay with that because it is a lifestyle change. I am even documenting my health journey on Instagram @missionfitchick and following the CLR's 5 aspects of health and the plan. I highly recommend the Clean & Lean Revolution as everyone should learn how to live a holistic, healthy life.
Mission Fit Chick
Love the work that Angela is doing! It's essential and impactful. Thank you Angela!
The Clean and Lean Revolution will set you on the path towards life-long health. Angela is so knowledgeable and makes choosing healthy options everyday, convenient and easy. The vast recipe base at your finger tips, daily eating plans to keep one on track and the affordable price are a plus. All the tools the Clean and Lean Revolution provides and that you need for a healthy lifestyle will set you on the road to success for not just today, but for the rest of life.
The Clean & Lean Revolution addresses health from so many important angles, covering areas of nutrition, movement, mental and emotional well-being, sleep, and sustainability. I love that C&L recognizes the important fact that our best health cannot be achieved without taking into account these multiple facets of wellness. What also makes this program so unique and effective is that it provides an education for its members, empowering them to make their own healthy choices--for life! It's a highly supportive community that is available to its members at all times, wherever they happen to be.
Thank you for your support and expertise. Since I joined the quarterly Challenge, I have lost eleven pounds in eleven weeks. More importantly, for the first time in my life, I am doing the work all for me:) Your thoughtful and affordable program has truly enhanced my life.
Hi Angela..Just wanted to tell you thank you so much for all that you do. So far I am down 22 pounds and feel better than I have in a long time. I hurt myself very early in my weight loss journey (started Jan 17th and sprained my ankle Feb 4th and found out I have arthritis in my knee soon after) so I am only allowed to really walk to ride my bike. I am thankful for your site b/c it helped me stay on track and keep focused. Just b/c I can’t run or work on my intervals, doesn’t mean I can’t lose weight! ♥ So I stayed focused and kept on going, with your help!
I’ve lost 120 lbs in 13 months!! I started working one on one with Angela last year. Then I transitioned over to the membership to use as a maintenance plan. I’m hooked. I plan to be a member for life!
My total weight lost since april 2013 is 45.3lbs.. still got alot more to go but I will get there one step at a time! I am focusing on moving more each day..sleeping better. This is a real eye opener – i didn’t know that my sleep patterns affected how i eat.
I’ve lost 50 lbs in 6 months!
I lost 5 lbs the first week that I removed gluten. I was hoping that gluten wasn’t an issue for me. After the program I tried bringing gluten back in and shot up 6 pounds. I know that this is water weight – but wow was I amazed at how much gluten affects me. I wouldn’t have figured this out without this program. I am down 18 pounds total – this was my initial goal. I am hanging out at my goal weight for the first time in 20 years!
I’ve lost 47 lbs since Jan 1st and 8 dress sizes. This is the only plan that I have ever stuck with. I feel like I am not dieting. The weight is just shedding off and I feel fantastic. Thank you Angela, for helping me get out of the dieting cycle!
I have lost about 50 lbs in 4 months, just by changing my focus from a diet to healthy living. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and inspiration!
I have lost 33 lbs in 3 months. I no longer have to shop in the Plus section! I have about another 42 to go! Just 1 at a time…..I never realized that eating healthy could taste good. I thought that I would have to eat low calorie food without flavor to lose weight. I really love this eating plan. I finally feel like I have found a plan that is doable long term!
You will be happy to know I have been cooking from home each weekend. I am making large batches from the recipe options. I also feel more fit. Last night, my boyfriend and I went out on a double date for the first time in a while. Our counterparts ate two HUGE cheeseburgers and downed several beers each. My boyfriend and I had just eaten a healthy, wholesome meal at home and I had absolutely no food envy. I felt content, healthy and maybe even a bit snobbish. I knew that they would not be feeling good the next morning, but I would feel energized and healthy. What an experience. Thank you Angela!
This program is simply refreshing. It was the biggest ah-hah moment – focus on healthy habits and stop focusing on weight loss. I lost 12 pounds the first month by focusing on being more active, working on my pattern of eating and eating more whole foods. It is that simple. I feel like I was fighting my body for so long and now I feel like I am working with my body. I highly recommend this program.
I’ve lost weight and it’s soooo good. I get compliments that I’m looking great, I feel great too, and I have the energy as well to juggle both my sons who are 2 and a half years old and 2 and a half months old.. I love it that this is my new life!!
I Lost Seven pounds in the past three weeks! I feel a lot smaller. I can’t believe how many inches I have lost. My eyes aren’t puffy in the morning anymore and I don’t feel like a need a nap every afternoon. This program has made a huge difference in my life.
I have more energy than I ever imagined! I have TONS of energy. I literally jump out of bed. It used to take me an hour to wake up in the morning. This is the best program that I have ever done!
I opted to follow the meal plans. At first I was really overwhelmed thinking that I was going to have to prep everything. That quickly changed when I started making the recipes. The majority are fast recipes (wait till you try the parchment paper salmon!!) and they create a lot of servings so I could spread these out across the week. If I can say this… I am SO proud of myself for sticking with this and cooking for myself. I would always make the excuse that it was ‘just me’ and I didn’t want to cook for myself. That has now changed and I am really seeing the difference. I am down 23 pounds and have around 10 more to go. I know that I will reach my goal!!! Thank you Angela!!
I just found your FB page last month, and decided to join. I started to change my eating habits. I threw away all the junk and processed food in my house. I am having no problem staying at or just under my cal. limit with your recipes and I don’t feel deprived of anything! Finding your website was the best thing that could have happened for my weight loss.
I lost 75 lbs in 12 months by eating all natural food. I abandoned all fake sugars and all processed, chemical and preservative filled food. I look forward to moving each day. I look forward to waking up and getting my day started. I tear up when I look in the mirror – happy, happy tears.thank you Angela!
You are a genius! This approach to nutrition is so rational and seems very do-able, I love it! You have given me just the inspiration I needed to make some common sense, healthy changes for myself and my family~~Thank you!!
I lost 6 lbs this past week (first week)!! Woot woot! Thanks for putting such an easy to follow plan together.
I lost 11.8 lbs and 4 inches in all the right spots (chest, waist and hips). I did not stick to the plan 100% (probably 80%) on weekends and this will be my goal for the next challenge. I found that the amount of information covered and on your site to be a bit overwhelming. I do swim and workout a few times a week however I did not have time to absorb all of the information for the Heart Rate Zone training. I think I maintain a reasonable amount of exercise on most weeks. I do have more energy since I started the program and I enjoyed learning all of the new recipes. After I return from vacation in one week I am going to start over again on the challenge and continue on it until I reach my goal weight. I love the way that Angela responds to absolutely everyone. She must have a super amount of energy to keep up! Having one session under my belt should make the next one much more manageable and I can focus on other aspects of the program.
The most useful part of this site for me is the meal planning - weekly shopping list plus menu planner plus recipe – thank you for helping me take the guesswork out of what to eat!
I think your program is fantastic, perfectly organized and very thorough. I value it very highly and would recommend it to anybody who wants to improve his or her health.
Before coming into the program I had daily issues with IBS and was just miserable. Now I have it under control and know what triggers me to feel horrible, so I avoid those foods. I feel like my toxic load has decreased immensely. Also, while I've always felt that I ate somewhat healthy, this program showed me how to better my diet and what were my best choices. I never knew how to really incorporate all the veg. and fruit and now I know! I don't eat any processed foods anymore and I'm really, really proud about that. Overall, this was a great program and really helped me. I'm fortunate that I found this program and will be continuing on with it. Thank you so much for your help and providing this at a very reasonable cost for us all.
I thought I would not lose any weight, as I am not considered overweight. But, I lost almost 8 pounds. I really liked the meal plans and it made it easy for me to keep on the plan. I planned on doing all of the extras like the add 20 and improving my sleeping habits, but I could not keep up with it all. I was successful with the eating, so I think if I incorporate more exercise and try my best to keep up with the eating I will have a nice lifestyle change and I am excited. I really loved to participate! And I want to thank you for preparing all of this - I think it will really make me feel better and make better choices.
I lost 5.5 pounds and 5 inches. I was already at a healthy body weight before the program started but had a doughy region around my waist/hips that is now all but gone! I sleep soundly at night and wake up before my alarm feeling rested and ready to go - previously I would hit the snooze at least twice. I feel calmer and more prepared to handle life challenges ahead. I don't feel full or icky after eating, which leads me to believe I have some gluten or dairy intolerance I wasn't aware of (will transition back to these one at a time and see how I feel). Overall, I feel so much more healthy and energized. I highly recommend this program!
I lost 11 pounds in my first month. All of my clothes are too loose now. Not sure about how many inches I've lost because I didn't seem to measure exactly the same way consistently and keep finding no change when I measure. I am sleeping at least 7 hours on average per night. My stress level is better. My skin is clearer. I have fewer stomach aches. I get up from my desk more often. I have more energy and don't feel bad about how I look.
I really like this format and the community support. There is so much you can do with it, it often felt like it could be a full time job! I am a perfectionist, so would get frustrated if I didn't get to everything that you (Angela) recommended. What I really like about how you've changed the program is that you note several times that it's ok to not cram it all into one experience, that you can do it again with different emphasis each time. I love the multi-part approach: diet, exercise, stress reduction, detox. It touched on everything that is of interest to me – THANK YOU!
I have lost 8 pounds so far and I am simply loving this program!!
I feel like I am finally in control of my cravings, that I had eliminated some bad habits, and enjoyed trying new food combinations. I am off to a great start. I look forward to practicing what I have learned in the membership and doing the challenges along the way as a refresher. THANK YOU!
I am no longer constipated. I lost 7 lbs. not sure how many inches but it was noticeable. I get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I am less stressed. However I would like to work more on becoming even less stressed. I bought a fit bit. It helps me reach and strive for my goals. I'm really glad I did this program. I will continue eating this way so I don't get constipated again. I have had that problem for a long time and nothing ever helped . I was always in pain and bloated. So thank you. I am looking forward to being a long-term member!
I have lost 10 lbs so far during the program. I started feeling better after a couple of weeks. I felt more energetic. Unfortunately, I did not follow through with the pedometer (and I have one!), the exercise, the increased sleep, or the meditation, which I sorely need. I know I lost inches, even though I did not track them, because my clothes were looser. I couldn't wear some pants without wearing a belt to help hold them up. I am looking forward to continuing as a member and working on these additions because I know how important they are to my long term health. I am amazed at how much support Angela is able to offer to each participant!
I am sleeping an hour more each day. Still working on gaining the steps up to 10 K. I'm averaging around 6500 a week. Weekends I am able to incorporate a lot of steps (been doing 5K run/walks). Learning the importance of powering off the electronics before bedtime. I have an organic veggie/fruit delivery every week and try to eat everything. I feel like I am on a new healthier path! Thank you Angela!
I lost 9.5 pounds and approximately 5.5 inches at the five week mark! I am looking forward to continuing as a member!
I lost 4 lbs. and 1 inch on my waist- 1/2 inch everywhere else - my clothes fit better and
I feel wonderful. Stress level is still pretty high need to work on that - this is one of
the reasons that I am looking forward to continuing as a member! I also need to exercise more and learn to stick to this long term – I am looking forward to the year ahead!
I am very excited overall with how I did. After the 28 day challenge I remain smoke-free. I have lost 10 pounds - 2 inches from my waist and hips, 1 inch from my thighs. I am more mindful of sleep and movement, generally hitting my goal to sleep 7 1/2-8 hours a night, when before I was often doing between 6-7. Another great benefit is my attentiveness to drinking enough water. I had gotten bad about this - 1-3 glasses a day. Now I am at 7-10.
Doing the challenge again after a year and a half provided the momentum I needed to get back on track with healthy habits I learned the first time. It realigned me with my values, and renewed a sense of pride and joy in my body.
Lost 8 Pounds and 6 inches. Definitely on way to losing last 5 before summer
THANK YOU! The food is so good – my husband and I will use these as our go-to recipes for years to come!
I love this program!
I think I have a better more balanced approach to maintaining my health which is what I really wanted. I didn't follow the program religiously, but I really tried to experiment with some dedication. I think I have a really good road map for the future and I appreciate the help! Now that I’ve learned the program and I can start pulling more of the steps/advise into my daily habits. I think this program does a great job of preparing us and helping us taking steps. Angela is amazing with her response time. THANK YOU!
I'm a member of your 28 Day REV Clean and Lean Challenge and will be begin week three in a few days. It is THE most thought provoking, thorough, detox and diet reform I've ever experience and stuck with! I wanted to personally and publicly thank you because I haven't yet completed the challenge and you've changed my life! I highly recommend not only that everyone visits your site and takes the challenge ( cleanandleanrevolution.com ), but that they rethink what their health is worth and revisit what "healthy" diets really entail. I've always been a fitness nut and thought I did not need a nutritionist to sort out my diet because I ate healthy foods. However, I recently discovered I was totally off base thinking a helping hand from a nutritionist would be silly for someone like me. The food is very tasty and the diet lifestyle becomes, like anything else including your current eating habits, second nature...with the added bonus of feeling 120% better than you do right now. So many pesticides and preservatives make eating on the go in our society incredibly convenient for busy schedules and incredibly inconvenient for a healthy body. I no longer need to binge on coffee for energy, and my sleep schedule has completely changed for the better! It's really surprising hoe much diet effects everything regarding your body's ability to function properly-you are definitely what you eat. You can't make a better investment that one for your well being. I can't say enough good things about Angela, so thank you thank you thank you!!!
Looking forward to doing the challenge again adding more aspects to the program. I'm continuing the food plan and have lost 10 pounds, but more importantly, I feel so much better!
I lost 8 lbs and 1 1/2" from my chest, 2 1/2" from my waist, 1/2" from my hips.
Angela, I just want to applaud you for your outstanding program! Having worked with you individually, and on the vegan challenge, I must say your knowledge and delivery of information just keeps getting better!
Angela, this challenge has given me the kick in the rear that I needed! Down 21 pounds and loving my new lifestyle!! Thanks again.
I lost 6 lbs and 17 inches overall. The sleeping part I need to work on. I wake around 5am and am not sucessful in sleeping beyond 6 to 6.5 hrs. I'm not very fond of the job I currently do and try to enjoy my evening as much as I can so I don't get to bed before 10-11pm. My stress levels have improved mainly due to the training program. I used to walk on a daily basis and do some resistance training but the interval and longer resistance trainings help even more with the stress. Getting to the 10,000 steps every day is a challenge as I work from home but once the weather improves I'll be able to go outside to walk in addition to doing interval on the treadmill. Overall I do have to say that this has been a very positive experience and in no way ever felt like a 'diet'. Instead this is definitely a life style change and the weight loss/loss of inches is an added bonus! I feel better than I have in a long time and to be able to say that at the age of 48 is a great thing! So a very big 'thank you' and I'm looking forward to the next year of working with you!
I lost 7 pounds; 9.5 inches. I am sleeping 7-8 hours regularly! This is a great program!
I lost 6 lbs and 4.5 inches. I'm sleeping about an hour more each night. My stress levels are still pretty much the same. I attribute this to me not incorporating stress reducing activities, aside from yoga. I feel healthier, happier, and finally back on my vegan diet. I'm cooking again, real actual cooking, not box or microwave cooking. I'm starting to exercise more, which I've been talking about doing but not actually doing. I have set clear eating/drinking goals and accomplished them. Awesome!! Thank you so much for offering this program and the extended membership! It is such a relief to have finally found a vegan nutritionist. When I went vegan years I ago I did so much research and what I desperately wanted was a nutritionist. Someone to guide me and help me make right choices. I am so thankful to have had this experience. Being able to continue with help is monumental. I believe I have found the golden ticket to my dietary success. :)
I lost 10 lbs, 2 inches off my hips, 1 inch off my waist, 1 inch off my bust and 1.5 inches off each of my thighs. I had a baby 5 months ago and it has been awesome seeing my body transform into what it was before I had her. I was very strict with the meal plans minus maybe 5 meals. I had more energy and my stomach felt better at the end of the program. Now when I eat foods that aren't so good for me I get a stomach aches. Because of the results I saw, I plan on repeating the plan again and hopefully I can get down to my goal weight.
I lost about 14 pounds total! Getting processed sugar and foods out of my diet makes my temperament more even keel. I surprised myself by totally staying on plan, when I had extra snacks, they were always allowed foods.
I just wanted to say thank you Angela, my crazy busy life made it difficult to be as involved online as I would have liked. I started a new job two days after the challenge started; I'm in the process of getting my house ready to put on the market, and doing it almost all by myself due to recent divorce. I still managed to cook most of the meals and they were delicious, my 17 year old daughter did this with me and she loved all the recipes also. Funny thing is, I am used to working out regularly, but since I started my new job, I have barely been able to fit in my exercise. I still lost 5 bls, but probably would have lost more if exercising, although I only really wanted to lose about a total of 8lbs anyway. I plan on continuing to eat a plant based diet and follow the food plan for the most part, just not a strictly. Thank you again.
Weight lost: 5.2lb Inches lost: 9 inches (mostly on core area). I have been sleeping a lot more than before. 7hrs during the program. I'm working on sleeping even earlier to get my 8rhs in. But before I started the program I was only l sleeping 4-5hr. I have also noticed an incredible change in my digestion. I used to be constipated all the time, now I have a bowl movement each day. I call this a HUGE success!!
I lost 6 lbs and a total of 5 inches. I couldn't do some of the measurements since I live alone, so I'm sure that number could be higher. Had i exercised more the numbers would be higher too. Regardless I feel amazing! I had two surgeries within 6-1/2 months last year, and still in healing from the second so I'm extremely happy with the results. I know I've begun the detox from all the pain meds, anti-inflammatory, and steroids. I'm sure there is more to go and that is one of the reasons why I'm continuing with the membership. I haven't had a migraine since starting the challenge either. My neurologist said that if I keep this up, I can start weaning off the Topamax. That is huge. Thank you Angel for providing us with an incredible amount of information & support.
Thanks a lot for the information. I am very excited to continue this program. When I started this plan, my only focus was to lose weight. since I cannot starve myself or go on low-carb diets, I thought this plan could help. At the end of three weeks, I have not only lost weight (almost close to 7 pounds and few inches) but my life just seems more organized and put together. I don’t feel like I am always running around anymore though I still work a lot. I get at least 7-8 hrs of sleep in contrast to 4-5 hrs of sleep before. Thanks a lot for all the guidance.
I started this program because 8 months ago I found out I was pre-diabetic. Every check up after, my numbers slowly kept creeping up, no matter what I did. I had my endocrinology appointment this morning, and my doctor was happy to tell me my blood glucose levels are within normal ranges!!! In just these past few weeks, this program has helped me beyond what I ever imagined. A very heart felt thank you to Angela and all the amazing members on here for all the support! Now I know I can lead a happy and HEALTHY lifestyle!!!
I lost 2 lbs and 6.5 inches. I've added an extra hour of sleep, extending from 7 hr to 8, consistently used the healing meditation, the opening heart meditation (THANK YOU for including these, by the way - I felt they were essential for what occurred in my life), and the 1 hr music audios. Definitely experienced more peacefulness, energy (while still low ;-), and a greater sense of well-being. I'm continuing on for the next quarter to implement the things I didn't have time or energy for...the pedometer and HR monitor, interval training consistently, I also plan to do the REV Clean & Lean Challenge on my own starting next week using your menu plans. I'm quite excited about this. I have been with you through 2 Vegan Challenges and now this REV Clean & Lean Challenge, and it just keeps getting better. I would be more specific, but I love everything about what you're doing. I love having the manual as a reference, the daily emails from you, the forms to track what we're doing, the podcasts, the audios, access to your resources...EVERYTHING. As well as your personal attention when a question needs to be answered. As I'm trying to simplify my life, you have become my "go-to" for health and wellness.
One of the main reasons I decided to do this cleanse was the results of my last cholesterol test in December. The dr. wanted me to return and talk about my levels. I asked them to mail me the results and my total was 205. When this challenge was offered I decided to see if really changing my diet would help. I went to a free screening 2 weeks ago and received the results this weekend. Total is now 190 and I've lost 7 lbs. This challenge has convinced me I can change some habits of my eating and start to be more healthy. I feel better, sleep better and work better.
I am so thankful to have participated in this challenge. Everything you've ever taught me is finally sinking in. I feel amazing and owe it all to you for guiding this program. FINALLY, I am truly craving plant based foods, and see how dairy and gluten have been affecting me negatively for years.
I lost weight, inches, am sleeping better and best of all - my hot flashes stopped! I just started having them about 3 months ago. Now they are gone. I've been a vegetarian for almost five years but have not fully moved to being vegan. Now I plan to do that with the help of this program. Thanks!! It's a great program with fantastic food and guidance. I can't think of a thing to change. :)
I lost 3 pounds and 4.5 inches. Feel much better digestive-system wise. Less bloating, stomach upset, MUCH LESS HUNGER!
I lost 10 lbs and my cholesterol went from 205-190. I'm on blood pressure medicine and intend to be done with that some day. Overall I felt healthier, recognized what I do need to eliminate (processed foods) and enjoyed cooking more plant based foods. I noticed my recycle was smaller and trash was smaller.
I understand my body and its relationship with food better, now. I also am really clear that I am a stress eater and a sugarholic. If I have cookies in the house, I can't stop myself! But when I eat the foods on the menu plan, I feel lighter and have more energy. Thank you for offering this program. I plan to do it again!
I started this program because I was pre-diabetic for 8 months. Everything I did, wasn't working, and my numbers just kept creeping up. After 3 weeks on this program, my blood sugar levels are now within normal ranges! I've lost a total of 5 pounds, and total of 11 INCHES! Amazing!
In December, i weighed 285 and was bound and determined not to hit 300. By the start of the program i weighed 270 (and I am only 5'4"). I weighed yesterday and was down to 259, but for me the looseness in the clothes is more satisfying than the number on the scale. I did not track inches but I can tell a difference in the way my clothes fit. I definitely think I would have done better if I could have reduced more stress and slept better and those are definitely things I plan to work on more over the next year through the continued program.
I did my measurements this morning, and since the beginning of the program, i've officially lost a TOTAL of 11 inches!!!!!!! Incredible!! All thanks to you Angela! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom! I'm very much looking forward to taking this knowledge, and applying it for the rest of my life!
Oh, and I've lost about 8lbs, and my husband (also on the challenge) lost 21. We will both be upping our workouts and calories to keep up with our fitness goals. THANK YOU!
Lost 13 lbs and I feel great. I'm making this new way of eating part of my life. I love the food and I don't feel deprived.
This has been the best experience of my life. I haven't weighed myself but I know I've dropped several inches and feel closer to being swimsuit ready. Will recommend this program to everyone I know. Thank you for all the great recipes. Such a wonderful program to help with lifestyle change. JUST SAY NO to dieting!!
I have to add how much I have loved this program. My weight loss is now at 17lbs!! And I can run 3 miles whereas before I could not even jog for a full minute. So thank you for all that you do!!!
I lost 3 lbs and my husband 8! He is so excited. We both have about 5 lbs to go. We are now working on exercising a bit more to help with this. I still have a challenge putting our weekly menus together; but am getting used to it. All is good!! We are continuing with a more plant based diet and bringing back some chicken and fish. Thanks for all your hard work in helping us learn and stay healthy!!
Angela, You did a fabulous job putting the Challenge together. Thank you.
Angela, thank you for the program. It was perfectly suited for me. I am (was) an active 57 year old with poor eating habits. I wanted to lose 10 pounds and learn about proper nutrition and I found out a lot more than I thought I would. I went from 185 lbs to 172 and feel great. I had a blood draw 2 weeks in and my HDL was down from 170 to 140. Your approach is very practical and easy to understand. I particularly liked the weekly planning concept. It taught me how to plan ahead to make the "newness" translate into "habit" very easily. While I'm sure I'll go back to meat in moderation, I realize now that I don't need it. My favorite recipe is the paleo banana and date muffin. I give this program a 10 out of 10.
Three weeks into the program and I have lost 10 pounds. I lost inches on every measuring site. I have sleep apnea, which I am addressing so improvement in sleep will come later. I followed instructions about getting away for any screen an hour before going to bed. My stress level improved with my new positive attitude and new bedtime routine. I enjoyed the program very much and plan to continue eating in accordance with the weekly plans, substituting meals I liked best for those I did not like. I hope to incorporate more exercise when my sleeping improves. Thank you for this opportunity!
The information in the Manual on cortisol was particularly useful for me -- how I wish that I had that information ten or even 20 years ago!! It would have made a huge difference in my health, but it is never too late. The information about hormones, sleep, and health is powerful and I really felt that if I just let that information 'jell' in my brain. It's a great program, I love the way that you set it up, I now listen to meditation music prior to bedtime, and the reminder to really get to bed on time and get plenty of sleep was worth the experience for me.
This was a great way to learn healthy eating habits. The eating pattern, what each meal should incorporate, exercise & improving sleep habits. The explanations you provide for each component of the program is wonderful. I really learned how it all works together for a healthier me.
Just want to say I'm extremely impressed with the 28 Day Challenge. I learned a great deal, feel great, lost inches, getting plenty of sleep, and although I didn't manage to get the HRZT in during this challenge (felt like I got the heart rate monitor too late) I have increased exercise and will incorporate HRZT beginning this week. The support and expertise you provide is fantastic. Although initially I wished I had known how comprehensive and involved this would be, maybe diving in and just doing what I could was best. You make it possible to feel good about whatever level of participation. THANKS!
I'm challenging myself to take what I've learned and run with it. I look forward to continuing to incorporate all I've learned.
My clothes are fitting looser especially around my tummy which I need to reduce. So that is a plus. I lost 7 pounds but I got sick in the middle so ate less anyway :) I have compliments on my face looking brighter.
I have had a problem with insomnia since my first pregnancy 12 years ago. It would take me hours to fall asleep then any tiny noise would wake me and I'll be up for the day, only getting about 3 hours of sleep a night. After the first week on the challenge I was sleeping 8 Hours!! My husband and I couldn't believe it, I've tried so many things including prescription meds in the past and nothing worked until this challenge. Thank you! I have been a vegetarian for about 5 years now but wanted to learn to be a "better" vegetarian. I didn't quite understand how to get all the nutrients I need and cooking meats for my family I often got lazy and would just eat the sides to the meals. I needed a change. This challenge has helped me to understand the balance of proteins, grains, veggies and my own body. I have never eaten so well! I am very excited to say I have lost 19 pounds and 3 inches off each my waist, hips and 2 inches off my thighs! It has become a new way of life for me and I am very excited to continue living this way. Thank you!
Because I get obsessive about numbers, I weighed only twice and didn't do measurements. In the last 3 weeks, I lost 5lbs. I am guessing I lost 3-4 the first week, for a total of 8-9lbs! All my clothes, shirts and pants fit so much better, so I know I lost inches everywhere! My sleep hours are the same, but I am sleeping better and waking rested. I have consistent energy through the day and have incorporated lots of positive habits into my mornings, like Bible study and walking. I need to get my cholesterol checked, and am hoping the numbers went down. First, I want to say that the new structure, compared to the Vegan challenge, is awesome! So much more attainable in regards to moving towards plant based eating. And all of the other elements of stress reduction, sleep, exercise, etc are fantastic and also attainable habit changes.
Lost 9 inches and 7.6 lbs. I am taking away a balanced way to eat. Vegan isn't my thing but thinking about lean protein and the introduction of quinoa has made a difference.
Lost 4 lbs. it was awesome to always receive a prompt response from Angela on every query posted.
I gave up dairy for 1 full week and plan on moving to eliminate it totally (except for the occasional East Coast pizza - my most favorite food). Though I have very little and what I do have is either from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, I stopped eating my daughter's snacks. I am more aware of my need to sleep 8 hrs and aim to do it. I actually started using my elliptical that has sat for a long time. I just joined Weight Watchers and plan on applying the whole food/life things you taught me to their calorie restriction plan to lose the weight. I eat well, but I eat too much. Oh and on my commute home yesterday (45 minutes for 15 miles) I was listening to a talk show where people were calling to complain about their favorite item being discontinued. Everyone that I heard called to complain about 3 D Doritos, some McDonald’s stuff, cheese flavored crackers, Propel flavored water –and I thought GROSS! What’s wrong g with my state! No one complained about their favorite heirloom tomato being gone and that’s when I thought of you. So though I did not lose much weight (3lbs) I have a better mindset to get moving to lose more. Thanks!
I really like the way this Challenge is set up. The food plan/shopping lists are terrific and the recipes where tasty and satisfying. The Forum was a good place to get further information. I found that most of my questions were already asked and I also learned from reading the questions I didn't ask. I look forward to doing this again and incorporating a few more steps into my daily habits.
Well after 32 days on your program and a loss of 18 pounds I feel better than when I was 30. No more coffee, sweets, desserts. I no longer crave sugar or salt, use my sauna everyday and look forward to my 5:45am workouts. Your program provided more than I expected BUT I now need a tailor to adjust my Hong Kong hand made suits. But thankfully my Tux fits like it never has before and I'll be wearing it out for my 30th wedding anniversary. I will not stay a pure vegan but for the most part I will follow the program for years to come. Thanks for the experience. It exceeded my expectations and was fun.
Dr. David-Paul Zimmerman
Happy 2013 New Year Angela! I want to let you know that I am doing well and still feeling the results of my program last spring. Down 30 pounds from when I started and I have fewer aches and pains. Thank you!
L.M. Spring 2012
I lost about 5 lbs. More important, I became able to decrease bp meds by half. This was a surprise, since I was not cutting back on salt and did not think that my diet had been altered. in a way that would lead to this. (It is also a function of retiring from working this year , with the decrease in stress. I also felt less thirsty at night and overall less bloated (except when eating beans). Overall, I think it is a good program with great use of social media. Keep up your good work.
I lost 10#. I felt energetic throughout. Mostly, I learned so much more about nutrition and new and delicious and healthier foods. Thank you Angela!
I lost about 8 pounds in the end (including the week or 2 after the program), which was a nice side benefit. But more to the point I felt much more aware of my digestive process and more in tune with my body's needs. Although my digestive symptoms were not entirely alleviated by the vegan diet, they did improve significantly and I am continuing to make plant based foods the basis of my diet after the program. Using the tools I learned during the challenge I am continuing to play with my diet to determine my food sensitivities and find the right balance.
Cee Cee M.
Though I had a hard time with diet soda cravings. It felt good to challenge myself in this way. Enjoy learning healthier ways to cook nutritious meals.
Lost 11 pounds. Better sleep, lost sugar cravings. I loved this web site! I loved getting all the great recipes. I really loved hearing Angela’s opinion on how to have good, well balance nutrition on a whole foods plant based diet. I think that is what I really need to know. Its ok to just start eating plants and cut out meat, but how do you make sure you are not cheating yourself of needed nutrients that will start some imbalance or new kind of illness for you?! Thank you Angela for sharing your wisdom and knowledge.
I have lost about 10 pounds this month, learned some practical ways to change my eating habits. the most impressive component of this program was learning to stop and pay attention to what I am eating and how it tastes and feels in my mouth.
I think you have designed an excellent program and SOOOO appreciate that you don't treat veganism like a religion, but as a sensible option (which it is). My intention in enrolling in the program was to change my very bad eating habits, and I feel that I have come out the other side having accomplished that. The program was long enough to instill good habits (especially the reward part of the cycle) for the long term. Although I won't do it again, I will definitely recommend it to anyone who starts kvetching about their poor diet. All in all, great job, Angela!!!
I really appreciated the resources offered - manual, emails, forum, videos, etc. I loved that the program was more than just detoxing with diet and included meditation, yoga, etc. My blood sugars and blood pressure also improved!
I lost 5 lb, enjoyed trying the new recipes and hearing other people's adjustments to the recipes.
I feel more calm and able to handle life's stressors. This may seem extreme, but I feel that the meditation and paying attention to how I feel and how I react to stress in relation to food has been really helpful. I increased the mindfulness in my daily activities, including food. I cannot participate in January because I will be in Kenya during that time and I would not be able to be on-line participating. I hope I will have the opportunity to participate another time.
I lost about 5 lbs and would have lost more but halfway through my motivation wavered. My digestive system worked excellent tho! I was surprised and have since decided to keep going gluten-free. Also, my skin became clearer within the first week
I only lost 4 pounds, which I found astounding. I was eating way less food and way better foods than I normally eat. I thought the weight would fall off. However, I definitely noticed I was sleeping better, AND my allergies actually went away - awful nasal stuff with headaches and sniffling all the time. What a great bonus!
Lost about 10 pounds I could never loose, gained a lot more energy, mot over tired and groggy. This is a wonderful program to introduce a healthy lifestyle without intimidation.
Lost 8 pounds without trying!
I was already vegetarian, and eating relatively clean, mostly organic. However my diet was largely grain based. During the challenge, I eliminated gluten, and tried to eat a mostly plant based diet and focus less on grains. I also reduced the amount of bottled water I drank, bought a shower filter, and bought organic natural soaps and lotions. After making these changes I feel that I have more energy, my mood is enhanced, and I am a more peaceful person. I didnt drink any coffee, nor did I feel like I needed it! That says alot- I have a crazy schedule- I work both days AND nights in the ER, and generally get very sleepy from time to time because of the inconsistent schedule.
I cut the dose of my depression medication in half at the beginning of the challenge, and I actually feel happier during and after the challenge. Overall the challenge was a success and I feel great! I will be joining the challenge again in the future!
Lost 4 pounds, but more importantly I lost what looked like fat which was intestinal inflammation, not all of it but a lot. I learned what it felt like to eat for life than stuffing myself at meal times. It feels great…
Lost approximately 10 pounds, but most importantly, became more mindful of what I was eating. The website was very helpful and provided a great deal of information. Not sure if I missed it during hurricane sandy and subsequent loss of power and lingering loss of Internet, but I was not clear on the juicing option. I would have liked specific juicing recipes. In summary, would recommend this program and have signed up for extended enrollment.
I've been eating consciously for a while now . . . organic, free-range, non-gmo, plant based, etc. My biggest concern has been getting ample nutritional benefits from a limited diet. I really enjoyed learning how to balance the food choices to create complete meals.
I suffer(ed) from bad headaches. Seemed to get them in the mid afternoon. I did not get a single headache the entire time I was on the cleanse. Since my food really did not change that much, I have begun to associate the headaches with caffeine. I have always loved coffee but gave it up for the cleanse. Now that that the cleanse is over, I am still not drinking coffee daily. I only have it on the weekends or special occasions. I treat it much like a dessert.
The weight on the scale did not change but I noticed my clothes are fitting loose. People have commented that I look leaner (primarily in the face) and that my skin has a glow. I also have sustained energy throughout the day because before the challenge, I would have energy in the morning and then in the afternoon I would hit a wall. Sometimes I would even take a nap when I got home from work. But now, I wake up early and feel great throughout the day with no naps! The other part that I loved was the 28-day supplements. They really helped to cleanse my body and eliminate the toxins.
Before I enrolled in the program I always had the desire to try a vegan/vegetarian diet to see what kind of benefits I would experience. This challenge couldn't have come at a better time because it was what I needed to push myself and try something new. I have learned a lot from this program and experienced several positive advantages that I'm happy to say that I am now a vegetarian. I couldn't stay a vegan because the diet was too strict but I'm happy with being a vegetarian. The plan for me and my husband is that we're going to continue to eat recipes from the website during the week and splurge a little on the weekends (but still eat meatless). Thank you for giving me and my husband this opportunity. We greatly appreciate all that you have done for us participants and look forward to January's challenge.
I have an insane work schedule that doesn't allow me time to cook, or shop on a regular basis. In addition, going out for breakfast with my son once a week is my only social activity, and I never intended to give that up.
HOWEVER, I did intend to learn about nutrition and so while I didn't follow instructions, I did participate. I kept the food diary and stocked my kitchen with the foods from the shopping list (except yogurt, which makes me gag). I studied the nutritional balances in your very-comprehensive book, and concocted some interesting recipes. I love veggies, and mixing in seeds and flax seeds and crumbled tofu isn't much of a stretch. I LOVE the lemon water and used it to cut my coffee consumption dramatically.
I've always been skeptical of veganism, especially since I have five laying hens and recognize how thousands of years of animal husbandry have made the "vegan" cause incredibly wasteful (a modern chicken lays an egg every 26 hours, whether you eat it or not, and meat birds have been bread to die of heart attacks, etc. within 6 months of their hatching due to their quick growth). My laying hens love cooked quinoa on a cold winter's morning and nuts and veggie greens, and by feeding them all the weeds, kitchen leavings, and extra produce from a veggie garden they are the ultimate nutritional recyclers.
BUT I also realize that my family's cultural tradition--my German grandma's wheat-based, high-carb/fat/calorie cooking--isn't relevant to folks who don't work a farm. I incorporated eggs into many tofu- and veggie based recipes, making interesting variations of Iri dofu. I've played with nut milks as alternatives in cooking and baking. And I have embraced quinoa as a great carb alternative (it's good mixed with rice too). It's also kinda interesting to grow, along with soybeans if anyone is so inclined.
So while I don't feel that I earned the medal, I did learn a lot by following from the sidelines. Angela has put together a beautiful program – I enjoyed every bit that I participated in.
I learned a LOT! Which is very important to me. I loved learning about nutrition from someone who actually knows what they're talking and has a background in which i greatly respect. I also was very interested to learn about toxicity, I had no idea how bad it all was. FYI - I really enjoyed these last weeks with everyone, and I can't thank Angela enough for all the amazing information she shared.
First off, my blood pressure which hovered around 140/90, dropped to 107/70. I started the challenge at 137 and ended at 129. My husband lost 12 pounds as he followed the plan with me. We both noticed that our bellies were flattening out, and bloating was greatly reduced. We both felt great and never really experienced severe withdrawal from caffeine, which I thought would be a major problem. Thank you Angela!!
I feel better about myself , it feels great to be good to me , in the beginning it felt like is was so hard but now is part of my life , is crazy how much we don't know what we are putting in our bodies , now I'm happy because I feel great and I can't help does who I really care about ... This was such an informative program. Thank you Angela!
I lost 10 lbs....woo hoo! I am continuing with incorporating my grains, vegs, fruits, quinoa-no caffeine on by everyday eating. I feel like I finally know how to eat!
I get my blood work done in December, so I'll see then how much this helped me. As a whole, I thought the program was very well organized and found the information useful.
Thank you so much Angela!
Enjoyed the education aspect and learning! I lose some weight and lowered my blood pressure. The time frame was good. I do well with short term goals to keep me on track and your program did that. I signed up for the extended for exactly that reason...to stay on track, especially through the holidays. Loved the recipes. I am a recipe cook and am new to vegetarian/vegan cooking to include gluten free. Have a folder of them now and a few I already love. I changed what I carry in over 2/3 of my pantry. I will be trying some of the supplements you recommended when they come in next week and will monitor if I notice a change. Angela, you helped me get started to a new way of living. You offered a unique program that reached many. Thank you.
I lost 9 pounds. My blood sugar has never been better and I feel amazing. The program changed my life.. Thank you so very much. Cannot think of anything I would change about it.
I lost 7 pounds and expect to lose more. I had a health screening today and my cholesterol is down 30 points since last June; my glucose is down 20 points. I was a junkfood junkie until I started this eating plan. This is amazing!
I lost five pounds. I slept incredibly well. I have continued to eat a plant based diet. I will do this again!
i lost about 2lbs a week, and felt that my sleep was more restful and my energy level improved. i thought that it is well done, and i hope to incorporate vegan eating, if not full time, at least several months throughout the year. thank you
I took your 28-day Vegan Challenge in the Spring. Although I didn't participate online as actively as I'd hoped, I just wanted to share with you that I am still eating primarily vegan. Going through the program with you has given me the knowledge and motivation to completely change how I've structured that part of my life: I'm eating organic, cooking for myself (my family is grown and gone and it's been a 15 year adjustment to get used to cooking for one), and juicing...my body is probably healthier than it's ever been! I feel good and I have great energy!
I'm looking forward to the October challenge and being able to utilize all the tools available now that I have the basics under my belt (so to speak :-) I've shared what I've been doing with friends and family, and many have expressed interest. Hopefully this translates into business for you!
Anyway, I wanted to share with you what a huge impact you've made in my life...
I was already eating plant-based and I didn't take part in the detox part of it so it wasn't a big change. That said, I was suffering with terrible digestive issues and through this program I made HUGE progress. A combination of probiotics, plant enzymes, reducing fluid intake during meals and slowing down has done the trick for me. I am SO grateful. Angela did a great job fielding all the questions and the manual/forum was a great resource. It was worth every penny for me! Thank you so much!
I was already vegan or vegetarian, wanted to learn the right way to balance nutrients lost about 10-15 pounds. More importantly, I jump started long-term changes to the way I eat. I plan to continue to eat the right foods, in the right combinations, and utilize responsible portion control! Thanks Angie!!
I only lost 3 lbs but feel much leaner. No health issues but after the first few days I felt amazing and full of energy. I did not meditate or do yoga which in hindsight I should have. I loved this program, changed my life and how I look at food. It has helped me make better choices and I now have healthy balanced snacks at the ready. I do not like keeping a food journal after the first week as it makes eating a drag for me. I feel like once I know the right choices I can run with it!
I've noticed that I'm happy with oatmeal in the morning, it used to be toast and coffee. I've also been able to kick the one cup a day coffee habit (those first few weeks were difficult). The most positive change is dairy. As a vegetarian for the past year I was heavily leaning on cheese, butter and ice-cream and now that I've kicked that I'm feeling really good.
This is my first introduction to plant based eating and I loved it! I lost a few pounds, feel great and I am looking forward to continuing to eat this way. I am doing yoga, meditating… surprising myself with all the new healthy habits I have added. I highly recommend this program!
I lost 5 lbs but also lost inches and swelling. my overall diet is improved and I find myself having more energy and sleeping much better. I feel the difference in my hair (though I realize part of that can be hormones too).
I wasn't sure what I needed or what would work for me. I listened when I could and read everything usually the links too and learned a great deal. I followed the program about 80%. I have been going through some medical issues and at this point I am "pre-diabetes" with also a possible diagnosis of "celiac" and "hormone imbalance" but we are monitoring my blood sugar levels and food intake in a log to give me a better idea of my issues.
While diabetes and Celiac disease are a big part of my day to day life (my father and daughter), I myself have not dealt with it for me. The Vegan Challenge taught me a lot and also seemed to work for me. I am able to incorporate it into my lifestyle on a much more prevalent level. I am comfortable and I like it and I have lost 5 lbs. I need to incorporate more personal time for exercise so I need to re-evaluate and find a better balance of my responsibilities of work, ranch, children and parental care for my elderly parents. I have been a widow for 13 years and I am only 50 so I simply have to re-organize my time.
Overall, I loved it! Thank you for an excellent experience.
I was looking for two things, which I achieved
1) Better health - I wanted to get rid of problems with regularity and head-aches.
2) Be a plant-based eater with balance (carbs and enough proteins).
Lost 10lbs, learned to eat without dairy and eggs! Amazing veganism is demystified. Actually spent less on food and wasted a lot less by planning.
I lost a solid 3 lbs, and would have lost more had I been consistent with exercising. Have been going a major transitional period in life, but navigated it with an underlying sense of well-being, I believe from the Challenge, and confidence...knowing I was taking care of all aspects of my body. As well, my digestive tract has not worked well for years (I even talk with my doctor about this at my last annual physical). For the first time in forever my body is functioning optimally! I appreciate you making this available to us, Angela, and for your expertise and the work that went into putting this program together.
I'm 5'11" and started the program at 178. I lost a little over 10 pounds during the program. At the end I did a 2 day juice fast and lost a few pounds more. I was especially impressed at Angela’s response time to questions on the forums and the amount of resources available before, during and after. More than I needed personally but it was great to know it was there. The manual was amazing, too. I'm just really proud of myself for doing it and I'm so happy with the weight loss that I'm going to continue to follow a good portion of the diet plan from now on (as well as being the proud owner of a kickass juicer). It's been a very enlightening and positive experience and I'm going to encourage my friends to try it out. Thank you!
I lost 15 pounds, feel better, and look better!! Need I say more?
I felt more in tune with my values of doing no harm. It felt good to be eating, knowing that everything I was putting in my body was healthy. Angela - This was an incredibly well organized and well run program. So much information, I loved the forum - so many good questions that opened up more information.
Thanks for doing it. I am not sure I'll do it again, but I am eating differently. I am now really watching my carbs - I've gained 10 lbs in the last 8 months because of stress in my job and falling into carb cravings - really bad cravings. I am eating way lots of vegetables and allowing myself fish, low fat cheese and eggs. In one week I've taken off 6 pounds. I might come and talk to you about this. Wish I had signed up for the extended months!
I am a vegetarian but wasn't eating healthy. I have read a lot about eating balance food, but was never able to come up with a daily food plan and determine the serving sizes. I wanted to learn from a resourceful nutritionist. Changing our eating habits is a big commitment, especially getting the other members of the family to follow suit. So, I think this program is a good start for me. I still have long ways to go. The food plan especially helped me. Angela is running a GREAT program!
I lost a few pounds and feel more in-tuned with my body. These are both big steps forward for me. I stuck with it (only a couple of cheats) and feel accomplished. I may do this again (another big step forward for me).
I had a hard time sticking with the program – live with omnivores and I do all the cooking. That said, I enjoyed the program and learned a lot. I joined to lower my blood pressure. I followed the program about 60% of the time and still had good results: less mucous, clearer mind, less body pains, weight maintenance, a bit more energy, but a bit more emotional. Diastolic went from 92 to 84. Still prehyp, but better than before. I felt a bit calmer, despite issues at home. Less headaches. Clearer whites of eyes. I may try this again and go ‘all in.’ I am sure that I would get even better results.
Lost 10 pounds. Felt some aches and pains the first two weeks from detoxing, but after that, I felt great!
I lost 3-5 pounds on the program. I learned some great recipes, and feel like I have more tools for eating clean.
I learned how to eat to curve those sugar highs and lows. My blood pressure improved and so did my cholesterol.
I lost 9 pounds and my knees are very appreciative. I was amazed that I could leave the caffeine behind so easily. Now I have started drinking a little coffee but don't really need it. I just like it and it is a treat. I think my inflammation issues have been better on the vegetarian diet. Spring came early to Ohio this year and I am not having as many problems with pollen. I've also noticed that my gums are less inflamed and the arthritis in my hands is slightly better. I became more conscious of everything I was doing to the extent that I realized some right heel pain was due to a poor walking posture I'd developed. My heel pain is now almost gone. The dog I am sitting has also lost weight and is looking very shiny and healthy because we've been walking 2 to 4 miles a day. I also feel mentally and emotionally clearer.
I am surprised by how connected I feel with my body – I wasn’t really looking for weight loss, just healthier eating guidance and this was a nice perk! I am looking forward to the fall challenge!
I was able to quit my 15 year habit of nicotine gum, and experienced over 30 mornings without coffee. I have also discovered the benefits of eating gluten free. I also discovered the delicious and nutritious benefits of cooking with coconut oil and drinking hot lemon-ginger water. Thank you.
I started this program as a vegan that needed some help learning how to eat a more balance diet that would allow me jump start my weight loss. I lost a total of 6 pounds but several inches all over. I continue to lose weight and feel more in tuned with my body. Additionally, I have learned that meditation helps me to reduce my stress level and makes me feel more balanced. All in all I enjoyed this program and have continued to follow its principles. I love the liver detox supplements! They were very helpful during the cleansing process; I would recommend that everyone should purchase and use them as part of this program.
Excellent program. Recipes, recipes, recipes -- the more, the better. Enjoyed the education and look forward to maximizing better on my end. Thank you for everything. Very warm, welcoming, encouraging.
I experienced a rapid detox and loved the relaxation meditations. This program pushed me into the next stage of detox and I started more treatments at my current naturopath. I feel completely different than when I started. Thanks for kicking me in the butt.
Not a lot of weight - 3 or 4 pounds - but I was definitely eating plenty of nuts and nut butter and was not interested in losing a lot of weight quickly. My chronic knee discomfort and stiffness improved dramatically and my chronic diarrhea pretty much disappeared. I’m sold!
I lost 7 pounds on program! I do intend to continue being vegan, but not strict. I do not intend to stay glute free, although I'm very conscious of this now and know more grains to eat.
I joined because I wanted to reverse my diabetes. My blood sugars dropped from 189- 220 to 80-110 in the first two weeks. I did add exercise in, but credit most of this to the eating plan. I didn’t want to learn how to count carbs and eat diabetic food. I wanted to learn how to eat. I lost 10 pounds too and still counting. Thank you Angela!
I lost about 6 pounds. I finally got all my energy back. I stay up later and get more done. Which prior to the program I was just coming home to couch potatoing. (is that word?) Not my usual routine to say the least but I had no energy.
My sinuses cleared up. I had been seeing acupuncture doctor for digestive problems and something called plum pit - because this is what causes SVT (at least in my body). I have not had another episode of SVT since I started eating a vegan diet. Need to rmap up my exercise and now that I have the energy, I will be doing more. Thanks for the awesome program!
I lost five pounds and will carry these habits forward. I dabbled in plant based eating in the past and realize now that I simply needed some guidance. I will do this again.
I'm not sure exactly how much weight I lost, but I would guess 15 lbs. I felt more energy than I normally do and I felt better overall! I am looking forward to doing this again.
I lost five pounds. I hadn't expected to lose any, since I was actually eating more than I normally do. However I understand how that contributed to the pounds I did lose. I feel much more in tune with my body because of being more aware of when/what I'm eating. I really enjoyed the audio meditations, and find myself using the techniques in any given day when needed. I am still eating 80 - 90% plant based, and thoroughly enjoying it. I have dealt with digestive issues since I was born. Having my meals be pain free over the 28 days was extremely encouraging. I've decided to make this my every day, with very careful deviations from the plan.
I was already trying to eat gluten free and more planted based. The program reinforced this and I enjoyed reading the blogs even though I did not add much input myself. I did pretty much wean myself from caffeine with this program. I am looking forward to the extended program and fine tuning my regime. Thank You Angela!
Lost 8 lbs. Got motivated to begin and continue an exercise plan. Just felt good about "taking action". Looking forward to the extended enrollment and doing this again!
Lost 7 pounds! Felt better overall. Helped my reflux condition – daily issue is virtually gone.
Lost the last 5 pounds that I had been struggling with and have great energy. I feel “lighter" and expect lower cholesterol at next check. No pain/DOMS even in arthritic right foot!!
I had a great experience on this program! I was surprised by how much I participated and how much I wanted to participate. I just felt so good following along and working on things. I know how to eat now and definitely plan on doing this again. I lost 10 pounds too!
I'm more conscious of my intake. I see the positive of healthier living. I will carry many of these healthy habits forward. This is a great program!
I found the vegan portion of the program difficult for me because I started having what felt like heart palpitations and it made me believe I wasn't eating enough protein. I saw my doctor and my heart is fine and it was likely low blood pressure because he discontinued one of my bp meds (yay!) and very low vitamin d levels. I stayed pretty true to the vegetarian portion of the challenge though.
Angela, I have to send you an email to personally thank you. I am doing your 28 day detox program and it has changed my life! The organic markets are now my candy store, I love to take my time to read labels, shop and embark on a new eating adventure. I love your approach of if you make a bad choice it is ok, just do not let it become a habit. Let's face it, we are not perfect. I did not feel great the first few days but now I am doing well with lots of energy and no tummy troubles.
This program is affordable and you have found your calling in doing this program online. It makes me want to share the news, just left a stressful corporate job and may go back to school for nutrition. I would love to educate kids about this as I already lead a green club at my son's school and am an avid vegetable gardener. Thank you again and keep up the great work!
I learned so much about a plant-based diet! I have an improved overall well-being. Symptoms that were probably food related have disappeared (occasional painful night leg cramps, occasional heartburn, constipation, headaches). I plan to continue on this plan of eating and to add walking, swimming and yoga (which I didn't include this time) to my daily life. Thank you!
I lost at least 5 lbs...maybe slightly more, feel more toned around my "middle". I have a better understanding of how to eat a more balanced vegetarian diet. now just need to convince my better half of these concepts. I really enjoyed the different types of forums (manual, podcasts, interactive forums, etc) that were available. It was challenging to do EVERYTHING that was suggested but I felt that I made significant changes and feel aware of additional changes that could be made. This is a great opportunity/service for people! Thanks
Loved the program! I got much more out of it than just how to eat a vegan diet. My whole schedule and outlook has changed. I wake up 1/2 hour earlier than before to do an AM yoga workout and then enjoy ginger/lemon tea every morning. I am now also doing a 45min. workout during my lunch break at work instead of sitting in the lunch area. I've lost a few pounds, my energy level is up and I just feel happier overall. I've also discovered that I love roasted veggies- who knew! Food journal was a big wake-up call for me as well. Thanks for the great program Angela!
Entire family lost weight (though it was not our goal); wife lost about 7 pounds, husband about 19, and kids look better though did not weight. Entire family seems to be feeling better overall so probably more in-tune, e.g. consistent moods, less hungry overall, kids had no stomach aches, etc. We discontinued volume eating replacing with moderate/fairly measured portions according to the program. It took several weeks of 'mindful eating' though our bodies have adjusted to smaller portions.
I felt empowered by the eating regime and my digestive system was less stressed out. I lost weight (but don't own a scale) - pants that were growing quickly too tight for me are now too loose. That's good enough for me.
The entire project was fantastic for me. I had had enough with my weight and decided that this would be a good way to kick start myself! I lost 13 pounds, but more than that, i discovered how much convenience food had been worked into my family's life. Most of it, not healthy. I loved making fresh vegetable based soups, I fell in love with brown rice and wild rice all over again and I realized how much I had missed vegetables. My family had been getting by with just the occasional side salad or handful of carrots. I wilted spinach constantly during the month, couldn't get enough! I discovered I love quinoa and gluten free bread...which I found at many grocery stores I had already been shopping at! I am pretty sure that my stomach shrank a bit with the smaller portions....often I wasn't hungry and had to make myself have lunch! I looked forward to my hot lemon and ginger water every morning! I am actually going to continue that! Man, it tastes good! Overall....fantastic experience for me. I learned so much, I feel and look so much better and I lost my need for several cups of coffee and honestly, I don't even think I want to drink again after not having any for a month. Funny how that glass of wine is really not that important after all! I hope I do a good job continuing this healthier way of approaching feeding myself and my family...they enjoyed it, too!
I have enjoyed the program immensely. Everything about it. I've wanted to do this for years and I'm so proud of my progress. My husband made a positive comment about my ''life change'' and felt compelled to follow suit. I have such a great admiration for my man and feel flattered that he respects my hard work.
I've proven to myself that my desire to be healthy and happy fuels the dedication to do whatever it takes to achieve my goal. No sacrifice is too great, no action is too difficult.
I finally feel balanced. I did something the other night that I haven't done in ages. I sipped tea and read a book. It sounds so simple, but I've been so frenetic for years, I couldn't turn my mind off to focus on reading for long enough to enjoy a book...
I feel calm, finally, and now that I know how to get here I'll return to this place often.
This is truly the best birthday gift I've ever given myself. Thanks, Angela!
Although I haven't been active with the Blog, I just wanted to let you know that I've enjoyed my 28 days and learning how to eat and what to eat. I am so not tempted by white flour/sugar/butter desserts now and I'm an avid label reader in the grocery stores. I love soups and roasted veggies. I USED to drink wine and/or cognac in the evening and tea is just fine now. I am changing. I USED to eat a lot of chicken and tonight when I went to the grocery store, the look of the roasted chicken with all the fatty skin grossed me out.
This 28 day challenge is over but I don't feel like eating any other way. I'm sure I'll add some foods back in. Eggs for sure. And a little cheese. I know I need to drink more water so I'll continue to work on that.
The last time I weighed myself was January 11th. I weighed myself this morning and I've lost 8 pounds. I'm happy with that and I'm looking forward to continuing my healthy journey.
I want to thank you! People thought I had really lost it when I told them I was doing a month without animal products and gluten. I felt that I really needed something drastic to get me back on a healthier track. I have enjoyed this challenge so much that I am planning to continue eating a more plant-based diet free of processing and additives. Even though I did the challenge for health reasons (I celebrated my 57th birthday in January), I have had the pleasant side effect of losing 12 pounds. I have a long way to my goal, but I have felt great through the challenge and I am really focusing n being kinder to myself. I joined sporkonline.com for vegan cooking lessons and recipes to keep this fresh and fun. Thanks again for all your support and wonderful ideas.
Thank you for offering your program Angela. The first week was awful, but I have been steadily feeling stronger, more alert, and much, much happier! I hope to continue with the regimen, perhaps adding occasional eggs and cheese. I have had a long-standing goal to become a vegetarian and your program has given me an excellent start to a new way of life! Thank you again!
This challenge has really enhanced my quality of life in the last month. After a few weeks under my belt of sticking to the plan and feeling like food is working for me and not against me, its become easier to associate good choices with the benefits that come with them and avoid the pitfalls of the food that my digestive system can no longer handle. Not only was I successful during this month, but so were a few hostages of mine; my family. They were really impressed at how satisfying and flavorful some of the dishes were that I made and they've requested them to be put on the regular menu.
I regained the ability to smell again. I'd lost most of my sense of smell over a year ago. Body is more flexible. The texture of the extra weight I carry is softer more pliable. Skin tone looks more oxygenated. Less body pain and stiffness.
I lost about 4 lbs on the program, but the overall best thing about it was how great I feel! My sleeping patterns are improved and my energy level much more constant. I would love to participate again and incorporate the supplements as well (during a period when I am not traveling at all and can really focus for the entire period).
Thanks for providing this wonderful adventure!
I enjoyed the program very much! I learned a lot about how to get the most out of my food. I now have lots of new foods to cook and enjoy. In all I lost 12 lbs and feel much better overall. Thank you.
I lost 2 pounds during the challenge. However, I feel 'lighter' as a result of following the program. Another benefit was that my congestion cleared up, and I had my first air travel in years without blocked ears... I'll be following up to target more specifically the cause for this result! This was my first official diet ever and I found the resources quite helpful to support the program. I'd encourage others to try as well!
Thanks, Angela. This was great! Each time I do this I incorporate (or leave out :( ) one more step. This time I was able to get to a super relaxed state, maybe next time I'll be able to actually meditate. This time I juiced for one day, next time maybe two...
I found that my energy improved, after going through the detox period.
As I am and have been on medications which are harmful to the liver, I was especially interested in the foods that helped detoxify the liver. As I had been a vegetarian or vegan for almost 30 years I had been consuming many of these foods already and knew of some, but after becoming more informed added more of them to my diet and found some great new recipes in the process! I look forward to participating again!
Weight loss, although my measure was how my clothes fit rather than climbing on the scale. I was vigilant about removing known food sensitivities (wheat, dairy, eggs, soy) and my energy has improved, brain fog reduced, and dark circles under my eyes diminished.
Initially I was interested in learning how to incorporate a plant based diet into my life. Thank you. Your program was a great motivator in helping me to jump start eating a more plant based diet all the time.
I did not lose weight, but my pre-hypertensive flux in blood pressure stabilized and declined. I also felt let's agitated and irritable. I had more energy and better sleep with a sense of feeling rested. My rosacea even improved. I think the program is well designed and very supportive. I highly recommend this program!
Great program! I really like the balance and nutrient advice. Lost 5 pounds and I feel great!
I feel much more in-tuned with my body and I will definitely participate again in the future!
I have learned so much from this process and there are many elements that I intend to incorporate into my life post vegan challenge. Even though I feel like I wasn't able to fully incorporate all aspects of the program in the past 28 days, I feel proud of what I've accomplished and simply know I have some things I can keep working on. I was shocked and embarrassed to see in the preparation week food journal that when I ate "normally" I averaged NO fruit and only 1-2 vegetables per day. It is amazing how much better I feel now, and everyone in my life - friends, coworkers, family have asked me what I'm doing and commented on how amazing I look. I've been doing a daily post on Facebook about my detox and so many people I never would have expected have been totally fascinated by my journey. I am passing along your website and recommending the program to everyone I know. THANK YOU!
I truly learned a lot and I loved all the recipe ideas. I enjoyed my juice fast and this program has really put me in a different and better mind set when it comes to choosing what types of food is best.
I have lost a total of 8 lbs. I really hope I can keep it off. I started working out at the gym again and meditating. It is a lot of work between business, baby and time for myself, but it feels good doing it and I feel so much better mentally and physically.
I am having a blast trying to find new recipes to make and really trying to think outside the box when cooking with so many veggies. Tonight I made the Vegetable Chickpea chili and edamame hummus. Both were delicious! Tomorrow it will be the butternut squash apple soup. Thanks for everything!
Angela, Thanks for hosting the program. It was an excellent opportunity for me to incorporate some good habits. I like the idea of drinking ginger juice first thing in the morning, and have been making some strong ginger tea pre-breakfast (5-7 tablespoons of freshly juiced organic ginger, a 1/4 lemon, and a teaspoon of agave).There are certainly many areas for improvement with my diet, and this was a great first step to begin getting me back on track. Thanks again for your professionalism, knowledge, and assistance.
I completely changed my relationship with food. I now plan meals more deliberately, and think about the "balance on my plate". I've cut my reliance on fast food. I look and feel better, stronger, healthier. I've discovered all kinds of foods that I enjoy that I had not been incorporating into my diet. I learned that it is possible to have home cooked food even when you are busy and sustain it over time!
I feel great. I lost a total of 5 lbs. I liked the juice fast. It made me cook differently and it made me look for new ideas. I really loved it. The program has gotten me back into my meditation practice, which makes me very happy. I plan on continuing with a vegan diet at least 50% of the time. I also liked having a partner to do it all with via email!
WOW! This was better than I could have imagined. I thought I would just receive some meal plans and had no idea the education, community and support I would get. I feel like the effort I put in will last, because now I know why this works and it feels like a habit. The recipes were all tasty – really like partnering for added support. It was nice to have someone keep me accountable. I am looking forward to doing this again next year!
I liked trying all the things I've never eaten before and renewing foods that were put by the wayside because I was just cooking quick, fast meals that weren't always the healthiest. The main thing I'm surprised with is that I didn't eat the sweets that I used to consume this whole month! I hope I can keep up and not fall back into my old regime! My willpower is usually pretty slack, but I'm so proud of myself for sticking to this program for the entire month.
What a fantastic experience! I definitely plan on doing this again and working to incorporate the yoga and meditations more. I really like that I can revisit this and work to a deeper level. Angela, you’ve really created a great program. I felt a profound shift in my body and how I relate to food. Thank you!
Your program is very thorough....from an excellent manual, great recipes (w/pictures), Q&A, discussions, meditation videos, etc., etc. Thank you!
I thought that this was a great, well laid out program. I can see how much work you put into setting it up. I feel I definitely got my money's worth! I am in good shape and don't really have any health problems (and I am almost 60!) but I much appreciated the challenge of trying to eat vegan for a month. I won't stick with this strict of a diet for the long run, but I know I will incorporate some of what I learned. Thanks a bunch for a good experience. Yay nutritionists!
I think that I've changed my taste for processed or overly sweet or salty foods (all of which I craved before). A few years ago I ate a vegan diet for a year, though I did not make it a healthy diet. I consumed too much processed foods and rebelled against all salads. Now, I'm loving all the fruits, veggies, grains and beans that I'm getting in my diet. I lost a few pounds and I feel like I have more energy and a renewed interest in nutrition, healthy cooking, and working out. I love the balance that I feel in my diet, my body and my life.
I've been a pesco vegetarian for about a year and a half. The first time I tried eating vegan it was a surprise as the resort I was staying at was vegan rather than vegetarian... I suffered greatly from not being prepared. I remember saying "I don't think vegan is for me". Your program provided an excellent preparatory period and great resources so that I've actually enjoyed veganism. I intend to eat vegan the majority of the time going forward. Who knew I could live without dairy? I think your eating guidelines were more educational than programs I have done in the past (taught me to fish rather than giving me a fish). It's only been three weeks and I've already lost a dress size (couldn't tell you the weight change as i don't own a scale). I do love the way I feel.
I am much more mindful in my eating choices now. The program is well put together and helpful. I wish I had taken even fuller advantage, but I did benefit a good deal.
I felt lighter, more clear headed, and just had better energy overall. The first week was very difficult - headache for almost a week straight with caffeine withdrawal, but now I feel amazing. Also I made an effort to work out more, often doing 5-6 days a week. Weight loss was not my goal, but in general I feel amazing!
I have to say, though, that I LOVED the information in the manual. My new favorite breakfast is the quinoa/millet cereal with a handful of nuts, cinnamon, and maple syrup!! And, as I mentioned in one of my blogs, I used to be very disciplined about meditating every day but have not done anything for quite a while. This program got me back in the habit!
I did not monitor my weight, as when I do, I feel that I allow the scale to dictate how I feel about myself. However, I found that my bloating was greatly reduced. Right now, I can ware any outfit in my wardrobe and it all fits! I also think my concentration was greatly improved. I was able to write, my profession, without the usual distraction. My yoga practice was enhanced because I had more physical endurance and mental focus to hold postures as well as spend more time in daily practice. Thank you for the regular emails, the updates to the site, the links to cooking blogs. The cooking blogs I found through the site gave me the confidence to create vegan meals for my family. The expansion of my cooking will greatly enhance my ability to sustain a vegan (or mostly vegan) diet.
I lost 4 pounds.... I had routine blood work done and was not anemic..liver enzymes were within normal(I had Chemo for Breast Cancer 4 years ago and that took its toll on my body. Gave up coffee...not having afternoon need for nap or coffee. I think this is a good program. I would love to participate again in the future.
I did lose a few lbs, but the best result was level blood sugars and increased clarity, better mood, and more energy. In the end, it was good! The challenge forced me to re-look at old compulsive eating issues.
I found this program to be very supportive during the process and prior to getting to the cleanse portion of the program. It is a very well thought out program and gives you all the tools to be successful during the 28 days. I was amazed at resources this program has to keep you on track. Loved the recipes and there is alot of books out there to help with menus. I did not miss meat products or my morning coffee I did my yoga with my local yoga studio and did alot of walking. I have learned a new way to a healthy lifestyle. I would recommend this program to my family and friends. I lost 7 pounds and was dealing with constipation, prior to this program. The shift to vegan eating (more fruits and vegetables) corrected this.
Although I don't have a weight problem, I do have issues with nutrition and not eating enough throughout the day. The regular suggested snacks and the information about fats, proteins, and carbs gave me better ideas about how to manage these things. I highly recommend this program – I learned to eat healthy long term and that was my primary goal.
I went through the challenge last round and loved it so much I am going for round 2!
Much to my own surprise when I finished it last month, I realized I didn't really have the urge to return to meat and abundant dairy products (which I have always been an advocate of in my life!).
Besides just feeling GREAT after completing the first round, I found that I really no longer had the cravings for meat (which I had every intention of returning back to post detox), since April I am successfully maintaining a plant based diet, I implement it as vegan during the week and vegetarian on the weekends (as I just couldn't give up eggs!)....learning how to properly combine my meals was paramount to the success I had, so the education itself to me was priceless....I did lose some weight as well! I don't weigh myself so I'm not sure exactly the amount, but I definitely felt that wonderful feeling of having just the right amount of weight on my body and my clothes hung like I like them to!
This vegan challenge is a great program! I will definitely follow it again in the near future. I discovered I am gluten intolerant.
i lost about 5 lbs, this was a bonus as i really do not need to lose weight per se.
Angela, I see you are passionate about this, that is why I know I came to the right person for advice. Thank you for all your help and support. You're a magnificent person for doing things like this for people like me.
I lost 7 pounds the first go-around (April) and have lost 5 more during the in between time and the June session. The biggest part for me is keeping it off which so far I have done.
I have a more stable energy level, getting rid of the caffeine has done wonders for my energy and mental state. I don't have the mood swings or cravings I used to have and am very interested in choosing beneficial foods. In-between the April and June sessions I continued to eat mostly a plant based diet but did incorporate some eggs and seafood to allow for some protein variety.
The first go around I think I had better luck digestively, but with both my eczema has cleared up, I don't get much acne and my menstrual symptoms are markedly reduced. Additionally, I have been borderline anemic for years, but still try to give blood a few times a year. I have been turned away From donating a couple times for being anemic, but when I went two weeks ago my hemoglobin levels were higher than ever! Overall, I have really good energy that lasts all day and still have enough to exercise after work!
Angela, I appreciate the very positive and understanding approach you take. I feel encouraged to keep going with this as a lifestyle. It was easier than I expected. I am very glad I signed up!
I enjoyed the cleanse, it helped reset my food expectations and taught me how to eat correctly. However, it wasn't until I worked with Angela one-on-one that I really started making progress. I'd like to do the cleanse again next year for the detox benefits.
I lost 5 lbs over 2 weeks of the program. (I was sick for one week of the program and it was hard to get back on track to finish well.) The weight has stayed off for the past 5 months. Have not eaten completely plant based, but have changed the way I eat: start most mornings with lemon/ginger water & steel cut oats, added more and better variety of leafy greens, added raw nuts, have changed dinner for my family to include at least one vegetarian meal a week - with no complaints from my "meat & potatoes" husband or teenagers. :)
I had a great experience with this program. I lost 15lb and I have continued to eat vegan at least 3-4 days of the week.
I lost 5 lbs during the program and another 5 lbs after the program ended. I also feel an improved clarity of mind, etc.
I loved it…I feel more in-tune with my body and have continued to eat a plant based diet well after I completed the program. Thanks for all the wonderful advice on proteins & meal planning!!
Thank you so much for such a comprehensive program.
The program was really informative - I think would get a lot more out of it the second time! I lost about 10 pounds, had sustained and more energy, felt cleaner, and looked forward to cooking!
I lost 12 pounds and have kept the weight off, even after returning to my old diet. In addition to weight loss I felt great and found I slept better while on the challenge.
I lost 12 pounds by changing the way our family eats. We have meat only twice a week now and the rest of the time, it is based around grains and vegetables. I have a garden and grow many different greens, so I'm always looking for ways to cook or (eat raw) our harvest of kale, beans, peas and cabbages etc.
I have more energy throughout the whole day, I am able to be awake for 16 hrs straight, don't need any caffeine or sugar to keep me awake, I sleep less because I don't need it only 6 hrs, my face is so clear and more glow. and I notice that my waist line has sunken. I'm able to wear my 8 yrs old pants that was too tight for me. I had bad constipation before, now I go to the bathroom everyday and majority of them comes out naturally without struggling. Mentally I'm more alert than lethargy.
I lost weight, my IBS symptoms are gone, my chronic sinus symptoms… gone, I think much clearer these days. Great program! Thank you Angela!
I felt so much better. No wine, no caffeine and a balanced diet I felt so healthy! Positive energy all around. Without cravings, you really only need a small portion until you're full. I can easily continue to eat less and feel full. I have lost 11 pounds so far!
Great program and thank you for all your hard work!
I felt so much better. My IBS was gone, I felt more intune with my body and I just felt healthier.
I learned so much about what I need to do to in order to lose weight and become healthier. I now shop at the food co op and eat vegan at least two days per week. I added a filter to my shower and stopped using dryer sheets. I also stopped using antiperspirant. I think my liver is very grateful I participated in the vegan challenge.
After the end of my second week I felt so in tuned to my body. I lost 20 lb which was a plus, because I did the program to detox not to lose weight. I really learned how to put a balanced meal together. And get true understanding of veganism and to see how beautiful of a lifestyle it can be.
I lost 8 lbs, I felt better with more energy. Better focus. I have always been a meat eater so I thought it would be very hard to stay off of beef and pork. I had no problem at all staying off of meat. I have since gone back to eating meat, however instead of twice a day, 7 days a week (14 times/week) I now eat meat once a day 2-3 days a week (2-3/week).
Ever since I adopted a nutrient dense, plant based eating style I am a changed woman. I have accomplished so much, have so much more energy and a whole new outlook on life. I've lost 22 lbs so far too! You can do this – like Angela says, it is only 28 days!
I feel better about my body and more aware of what I need.
I've lost 8 lbs and I feel great!! Before the challenge I was gradually gaining due to depression (the recession hasn't been good to us) depression led to no energy. I'm almost back to my maintenance weight and I have more energy than ever! I find that eating every 3.5 hours gives me a boost rather than eating 3 meals and feeling so full I can't move. I'm definitively making this a lifestyle.
I also have lost 8-9 lbs, and feel like i have more energy than usual. I am going to try to do a juice fast his week hoping to lose total of ten by end of cleanse, but going to stay on track even after this week, love eating vegan.
I lost 8-9 lbs so far, its at the 3 week mark so I am very pleased. I find losing weight to be almost effortless, since it seems almost impossible to over-eat. I also find that my calorie count just comes in around 1800-2000 per day eating vegan, which is precisely what I need for weight loss. I also have found that Tofu can really satisfy for a long period - meaning 4-5 hours before any hunger shows up, so I make sure I consume with salad or something like that.
My energy is way up, my sugar cravings are way down, even my emotions are more stable and most of all, my food preferences have switched, I'd honestly rather have fruit than a cookie and a good salad over a hot dog. So that is saying more than the scale ever could. However, if I feel tempted to cheat and peak at the scale, Ill remember how useless it is!
I lost 3 and then gained it back but who cares what the scale says because I feel like I lost 10 pounds! The bloat is gone, my skin is healthier looking, I'm not as irritable. Amazing!
I have lost way more than I had expected to. I've lost 8 pounds so far, but trust me, I have a lot to lose, so it's not surprising that my body is happily releasing some weight. My pants are looser and I'm feeling really good. Keeping the food journal is really helpful for me to gauge my hunger level and really know that I'm eating for the right reason. Also I think the meditation has helped my stress triggered eating/cravings.
The first few weeks are the hardest; everyone thought I was crazy for trying this program and it seems like everything is made with dairy or eggs. But soon enough I started feeling more energetic, thinner, and better than ever, which makes it all worthwhile!
"Be sure to take vitamins." - Seriously?!?! This is what a well-meaning friend posted on my Facebook in response to my status about doing the 28 day vegan challenge. It really opened my eyes to people's perception about their own nutrition. I wanted to write back, "Seriously?!?! You should see what I'm eating!" I think it is amazing that people who are eating the S.A.D. believe they are getting more nutrition than what we're eating and suggesting synthetic vitamins really surprised me. Perhaps she needs to take some vitamins! I know it is possible to eat vegan and have very little nutritional value, I mean French Fries can be vegan afterall, but I've never eaten healthier in my life than I am now! It has not been easy, but certainly worth the effort. My husband, who is also a member, has had heartburn nightly for months but hasn't had one episode since we started this program! And we're eating spicy, flavorful foods so clearly that isn't the culprit! You think it could be saturated fats??? Lol. Feeling great and in control of my own health.
I wanted to thank you program so much. I have lost 15 pounds over the last four weeks. I have to tell you when I first started I was skeptical for several reasons. First I, like everyone else had tried every single imaginable diet and NONE worked. I am sure you have heard this story so many times. Plus I could tell every time I went off of one of the FAD diets my body paid for it. I felt tired and unhealthy. I feel so good. I still have about 10 pounds to go, but I know I can do this! I feel like I can do this on my own and I just know what to reach for now. This experience has been a huge blessing in my life!
I had gastritis, so going off of alcohol, coffee and meat really helped repair my stomach lining. Since it was likely caused by stress, the stress relief aspects of the program really helped a lot, too. I have not had any stomach issues since.
I lost 10 pounds, stopped having sinus congestion!
I learn about how to eat a plant based diet with variety and have continued to eat this way well after the program. I have continued to enjoy these recipes and ideas after the program ended. I feel more in-tune with body!
I lost 8 pounds. I know that "going vegan" is really not hard. I ate really well, was always full and I liked being conscience about everything I ate. I enjoyed pulling out new recipes and researching some new meals to make.
Just wanted to say thank you for all the amazing advice/information on the website!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!
I lost 12#, my B/P went from 160/84 to 128/74 & my doctor was delighted... my cholesterol & triglycerides also went way down into the "normal' ranges! :) I learned SO much. Thanks, Angela! :)
I have noticed that since the Vegan Challenge I do eat a smaller portion of meat and incorporate more veggies onto my plate. This year I even planted kale in my garden, a vegetable I first tried, ever, from the manual. I have to say that the Vegan Challenge helped me fine tune my eating habits by opening doors to other meal possibilities... and 4 months later those lessons are still sticking. I did steer away from the yoga about a month after the challenge was over, but started back up two weeks ago. I realized I enjoyed the yoga and the effects it h ad after a session. Overall, I still use the challenge's recipes today (mainly breakfast and snacks) and appreciate the platform the challenge gave me to help build a healthier, happier lifestyle. Thank you! (once I eat all the meat out of my freezer, I plan to do the challenge again)
What I wanted most out of this program was more energy. I was tired of feeling fatigued all the time. By the second seek I felt more alert, woke up less and less groggy, felt more rested and overall I felt enough energy to start back into my workouts. I highly, highly recommend this program. I even traveled a bit during the program and was still able to stick with it.
I lost about 8 pounds and I’ve been able to maintain it for three months now!
I lost about 10 pounds on the program. I was already eating a plant based diet, but this program really helped me learn how to balance what I was eating and become more aware of how food affects my body.
I did the challenge twice. The first time was great and I lost about 10 pounds. I really felt lighter and more alert while I was eating vegan as well. This was a great experience to see if I could actually manage to eat vegan for a month. I learned a lot about new foods that I had never tried. I was extremely conscious of the foods that I chose to eat and I paid close attention to how they affected my body. All in all, a wonderful experience.
I lost 8-10 pounds and feel so much better. I learned a ton about the right way to eat!
Since following this program, I lost 28 pounds and have lowered my cholesterol by 92 points. While the health aspect is fantastic, it is my love of animals that keeps me vegan. My conscience is clear and I feel good about the example I set for others, even if they do not follow my path.
I have learned better blood sugar control with snacks that I was able to incorporate into my unpredictable work schedule (eg: apple with almond butter). I feel more connected to my body and my health conditions improved – a visit to my doctor showed better blood sugars and blood pressure!
I lost 12 pounds and have kept it off. I can’t believe I was so dissociated from my body.
This was an educational thing for me as I am a personal trainer. I still apply a lot of the info I have learned to my diet and pass it along to other. I loved the simple food journal that you have designed.
I ended up losing about 8 lbs, which was great because they were a hard 8. I think I also figured out somewhere along the way that wheat might have been part of the problem... This was a really great program.
I lost 10 lbs. and felt much better - more energy, focus, peace, etc. Something else interesting happened - my sense of smell and taste became much sharper. Thanks for the program! I really did enjoy the food and I try to incorporate this way of eating in my daily life.
Angela, thank you so much for such an informative, well organized, well designed and user friendly website and program. I have learned so much in these few short weeks and will be able to follow your program indefinitely. I have had very few cravings since the first week and am amazed I feel so terrific. I have incorporated yoga, Pilates and meditation in my schedule and know I will be able to keep this up, as well. Your program has drastically changed my life. My BP is down, I have lost inches and I am losing weight. I know the weight loss will continue. I am so happy I joined with my husband, Reuben.
I tasted food for the first time!
I lost 10 lbs and my husband lost 30 lbs!
I correlated definitive 'cause-and-effect' body reactions from eating/overeating different foods...physically and emotionally!
I felt GOOD!
My opinion is that you are providing a very helpful service and I am grateful!
Usually I have suggestions and advice, but you seem to be covering all the bases that I know of :)
I feel good and have lost nine pounds
I lost nearly 10 pounds -- and I've kept it off. I appreciate the rainbow/grain or starch/protein approach -- and the grain/protein snack idea. It has helped me build more balanced vegetarian meals. (I've been a vegetarian for over four years, but put on weight when I started.) Thank you Angela!
I felt really good after the detox and more connected to what my body needs. I wish I had been more careful about staying on the diet because I don't feel as good now.
I just felt better in a non-specific way. I can't really pinpoint whether it was more energetic or something else - it was subtle. The main thing that I am grateful for is that the diet broke my caffeine/splenda habit that I had every morning. i have not returned to that and I am grateful. Another advantage was that it forced me to prepare my food in advance, giving me more control, and gave me a strong incentive to not eat the sweets that are always in the staff lounge at work. I was vegetarian before I started and my daughter is vegan so the food prep for the detox was not so foreign to me. But since the detox, I am now pretty much vegan. The only thing that I have added back after the detox is gluten. I thought the program was great and really quite easy for me.
I love this 28 day detox! It has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. I am completely in-tune with myself and my loved ones around me. I highly recommend anyone to just try it and see what happens :-)
I found plenty of information for implementing the basics. My life took a turn & I could only do so much so, I did what I could do an to this day I feel good & have energy eating gluten free!
I have better energy overall and feel much more in-tune with my body. This was a great experience!
Lost 9 lbs. Sleep better.
I lost about 15 pounds and continue to eat a lot of plant-based meals. We eat far less meat and dairy and have broken many bad habits. My mood improved and I just feel great.
I have learned more about nutrition in the past 28 days than I ever thought I could. Angela has created an inspiring program that helped me at so many levels. I never knew I could feel this good! Thank you Angela! My sister is signed up in your next class!
I lost 15 pounds and have kept it off for over 6 months. I stayed gluten free for awhile but have drifted away from it. However, I have retained a few good food habits including eating breakfast, starting with a green smoothie, cutting out most dairy and eating balanced snacks like Kind bars
My energy level is pretty consistent all day long, and most surprisingly, I don't miss caffeine one bit in the morning. I'm no longer stuffy when I wake up and my sense of smell is MUCH better. My body seems to be needing less sleep, I'm still feeling awake past my normal bedtime, and I'm waking up earlier. Barely any cravings, before this program I was a big muncher in the evenings, that's gone away for the most part!
I feel I’m present in my life again, was i in a constant food coma before this? Knowing when your body needs this FUEL and just the overall great sense of self gained. I seriously love this challenge. But it is kind of hard to explain to others - especially with it being so sudden. Thanks angela, for sharing this program with the world! Prior to this challenge, I would go long periods of time without eating and when I did I would make poor choices, definitely lacking in nutrients. It now makes complete sense to why I’m feeling so great. I highly recommend this program!
I love this challenge! I feel so hyper aware of my hunger and fullness. Plus, I'm really paying attention to every meal - to make sure that there's a whole grain, protein & "color". I've noticed that I've misjudged the amount of protein eaten before this challenge, which I'm sure makes a huge difference. I'm less bloated and just feel so at home in my body.
I was a vegetarian for 6 years before trying this challenge and never quite had such a shift in mind/ body awareness. I'm present in every moment, I notice when I'm hungry but am realizing I'm not often as hungry as I was previously. I'm not sure what the difference is, but my body feels a million times better even though its only been 7 days.
I’m so glad I found this program! Until now, eating was very boring to me. I was eating all the wrong foods to rid myself of boredom and that was part of my problem for gaining weight. Angela has made food fun again!
The food? The food is fabulous and I LOVE all the ideas I'm getting for new meals and also that I'm learning how to properly balance each meal.
Angela, I really appreciate all the time and effort you have offered our group. I asked so many questions (sorry about that) and you answered them all! I feel well informed and like this experience is going to change my life, has changed my life! Thank you!
Wow! Definitely a zing - watching the sugar intake while on the cleanse, but this is really tasty and just seems restorative. While my diet was probably healthier than the Standard American Diet (SAD) prior to the cleanse, I loved finding new things to include. I've noticed that the organic, fresh foods have such vibrant tastes - what a new concept.
Thank you so much for this amazing site. I have spent the last two days re-reading through it and have really learned a lot. It is a wealth of knowledge. I appreciate all the work you have put into it and look forward to continuing to explore eating vegan and feeling better and better in the weeks to come.
Since becoming a vegan the intestinal problems that I dealt with for the first 42 years of my life disappeared.
My husband just came home after a two week business trip and said that my skin is glowing!
I woke up this morning and noticed the strangest feeling...my sinuses were clear! Probably for the first time in 30 years.
I haven't had this much energy since I was a teenager.
I did it! Thank you for all of your support. I've lost 10 pounds, leaned out and never knew I could feel this good.
A little over a year ago I was on Lipitor with a cholesterol level of 234 and was about 25 pounds overweight. I was also on allergy and nasal medications and had the beginning stages of arthritis in my fingers. After learning how to adopt a vegan diet through the 28 Day Vegan Challenge, my cholesterol dropped to 160, my allergies are gone, the arthritis is no longer an issue, I've lost over 25 pounds and was able to eliminate the usage of all medication. I have much more energy and feel consistently better now. My husband also joined me and at 6'6 was close to 250 pounds with a cholesterol level of 199. After adopting a vegan lifestyle, he lost 45 pounds and dropped his cholesterol to 158. Both of us just turned 60, and wish we would have adopted this non-processed, vegan way of eating long ago.
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