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The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, and Living Compassionately

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  777 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Take the 30-Day Vegan Challenge and see the difference a plant-based diet can make in your life!
Whether you want to improve your overall health, shed a few pounds, demonstrate your compassion for animals, or help the environment, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau holds your hand every step of the way, giving you the tools you need to make the vegan transition—healthfully, joyfully
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published (first published August 23rd 2011)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I haven't yet read this in its entirety. Maybe I will someday. I don't want to buy it, because it's meant for people who are new to veganism. Most of what she covers is stuff I already know. My mom had it from the library and I spent a few days scanning through it. It's a wonderfully thorough resource for newbies on the vegan scene, covering just about any question or circumstance you might encounter as you consider a vegan lifestyle. It also has quite a few recipes scattered throughout.

I think
Dec 29, 2014 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel slightly foolish because I bought this book mainly to support Colleen's work since I already had the first edition, which was itself already fabulous. I didn't think the second edition would be that much better than the first. I figured I could peruse it and then pass it on to a friend. Silly me. This book isn't leaving my hands. :)

Today I got my copy in the mail and as soon as I opened it up, I squealed. I kid you not. Squealed like a little girl. It is so gorgeous and, though I had read
This is an excellent book. My husband got it for me for Christmas after I told him I was interested in transitioning to being vegan in the new year. I had already been vegetarian for several months.

In January, I signed up for the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart via PCRM and decided to also take this book one chapter/day at a time through my first month of being vegan. I have to say it really helped me a lot. Colleen's writing style is down to earth and friendly, and she's incredible easy to understand. S
Tricia Rush
Jan 06, 2012 Tricia Rush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent resource for anyone just starting out on a journey of switching from a SAD (Standard American Diet) to a vegan diet. I recommend the book to anyone who has no knowledge or limited knowledge of nutrition.

The author speaks her mind about her ethical reasons for following a vegan diet, but not in a preachy way. She educates you on the horrific way animals are treated in the production of the foods we accept at our table every meal, but she writes to inform, not to influence your perso
Dec 30, 2013 Gigi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informative with some good recipes. Practical stuff for alternative "milks". I like the chart for salad ideas. However, her veganism is definitely her religion. I don't share the same views entirely, but it is helpful for expanding your diet and for healthier versions of what you may already make.
Oct 09, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little ahead of the book most of the time, but there is great information in here for new vegans or people who just want to try it out. I haven't tried her recipes, yet, but they look fantastic.
Mikey Cooper
Good if you're looking for some ideas about what's involved in veganism and how to work it into your life. The tips on how to deal with what's commonly thought of as vegan-unfriendly situations (traveling, restaurants, etc) are great for vegetarianism as well. There are plenty of great recipes throughout.

Don't be fooled by the claim that the book isn't preachy, though. Colleen lets you know very strongly her position on animal flesh and secretion consumption. She makes some dishonest, sweeping c
Dec 16, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is THE beginner's guide. If you know someone thinking about being vegan or even eating fewer animal products, get them this book. It's well-written in a friendly, helpful tone with a balance of information and tasty recipes. I can't stop making the Strawberry Bruschetta (for breakfast, snack, dessert, any time!) and who knew savory crepes (Socca) were so easy - and happen to be unnoticeably gluten free! Goudreau is one of two cookbook authors I trust and widely recommend; her recipes are te ...more
This isn't just a cookbook, though there are a number of great recipes (and meal plans/ suggestions in it). It truly is a 30-day transition to the vegan lifestyle, and a thorough one at that. Colleen has become one of my favorite authors! I love her positive, can-do attitude. She conveys such joy and peace, how could you NOT want to find out her secret? Well, the secret is revealed in this book; in detail, and she is kind enough to share many resources and answer every question that could possib ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Candace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially began reading this book because I was looking for more interesting ways to add plant-based foods into my family menu-planning. I've tried a handful of the recipes and have been very pleased with the results, so far - both in terms of ease, taste, and how it's made me feel to limit animal-based products from my diet. I wasn't expecting to go vegan, but I've made many more swaps than I originally thought I would and I've found myself actually contemplating a vegan lifestyle, including ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always joked with my husband about wanting to be able to carry Colleen around with me in my pocket. The next best thing is being able to carry her beautiful words along with me in my purse, and treasure it on my book shelf. The 30 Day Vegan Challenge is a gorgeous collection of information, reflections, recipes, tips, and topics all reflecting the ease and reward of living a vegan life. There is no better teacher, compass, and friend than the one you will find in this book. Colleen is a g ...more
May 11, 2012 Kerstin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a seasoned vegan myself andlove this book because it is so straightforward, supportive and just written in the tone I like to approach other people.
This book will help the reader to make an educated choice (hopefully for a vegan life)and / or dispell myths and worries mouthed by his peers. This book is a great gift for people interested in veganism and also for people who want to be able to give well informed support, - plus it's simply a good read, because Colleen knows her words ;^))
Dec 28, 2014 littlegworld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was impressed with the first edition (which is no longer in print), but, the author has clearly poured her soul, sweat, and tears into this updated edition. The photography is beautiful (and, at times, mouthwatering) and the information provided answers all the major questions concerning a healthful, vegan lifestyle. Even if you're not vegan, her recipes are fantastic and her tips for saving time, money, and heartache for food are simply inspiring.
Aug 26, 2011 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect book to give someone who is considering making the transition to a vegan lifestyle. Answers every question you might ever have in a kind, non-judgmental (and entertaining!) way, and includes awesome recipes too (a selection of her most popular ones from her other cookbooks). I already bought three copies to give away to friends and family, which I don't think I've ever done with a book. Colleen is wonderful, and absolutely the person who inspired me to become vegan.
I don't know why I'm reading this, since none of this is new to me, but I got it a while ago, and since I've had a vegan 2012, I thought, why not? And I must say, it's great nightly encouragement! It's kind of like vegan porn--it's super empowering and affirming and just plain beautiful (perhaps the last part is the difference between vegan and regular porn).
Dec 22, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautiful, thoughtful, and full of clear information and practical advice. It is so amazing that I have given seven copies of it as gifts in the past two months. I love to share it with others who are interested and I've learned so much from it myself (and I've been vegan since 2011). :)
Jun 09, 2015 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the way Colleen writes frankly and honestly without being condescending. A lot of the information isn't new to anyone who has been vegetarian but looking to make the transition to vegan, it was encouraging and helpful.
Sep 15, 2011 Ninav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a treasure trove of information for those wishing to explore a compassionate lifestyle. Colleen's recipes are always delicious and comforting to eat. This would also make an excellent purchase for anyone wishing to educate a friend or loved one about background of their choices.
Jan 30, 2012 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't exactly read this book, but I'm enjoying all the recipes found in it! Also, the parts I skimmed held some useful tips, so I'd recommend it.
Jan 05, 2015 Tjm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very informative, great to have the kindle edition always to hand as well as the first edition copy at home.
Anna  Schneider
Aug 14, 2015 Anna Schneider rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books out there on going vegan. Straight-forward, basic, and easy to follow. Colleen rocks.
Sep 05, 2011 Dana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on-it
This book relies on replacing animal foods with fake foods that immitate the animal foods.
I would rather eat whole, unprocessed foods than the fake food products recommended in this book.
Natalie Cartledge
Beautiful and inspiring book.
Jan 01, 2017 Sorento62 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's tone of voice in this book. She acknowledges that people choose to go vegan for a variety of reasons; health, compassion toward animals, etc. Clearly her reasons include compassion toward animals -- so if this is not one of your compelling reasons her writings on that topic can get a bit tiresome. Nonetheless, she maintains an attitude of "to each his own" and is not overly preachy about it.
I've noted a number of recipes from the book that I'd like to try but ha
Are you thinking about becoming vegan? Are you a new vegan? Long-time vegan? Maybe even just curious about veganism? Then pick up “The 30-Day Vegan Challenge” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau! This remarkable guide to veganism shares invaluable information about following a plant-based diet, from how to get necessary nutrients like protein and vitamin B12, to eating amazing vegan food on a budget. Scattered with recipes like my new favorite, vegan Alfredo sauce, “The 30-Day Vegan Challenge” is a prac ...more
Laura Anderson
Sep 11, 2016 Laura Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, non-fiction
This is a good starting place for anyone looking to go vegan, and for someone like me who hovers between veganism and vegetarianism, it gave me some interesting things to think about.

Of particular interest to me was her "intention, not perfection" mantra, which I've started using myself. It can be so easy when you're vegetarian or vegan to berate yourself if someone messes up an order, or to deny yourself food that may have been cooked in a kitchen with meat, or chocolate from a factory with mi
Aug 26, 2011 Niki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is for anyone who is curious about being vegan, knows a vegan, or has ever loved an animal. While I believe that I am not here to "convert" anyone, I do strongly believe that we all have a responsibility to educate ourselves about the things we put in our bodies. This book does a nice job about explaining that. I was surprised to find that this book, as opposed to other vegan guides I have read, really bases all of its information on research.

On a personal level, I have been vegan for
Nov 28, 2011 Lizzy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited to get this book. I was looking for something to help us to get more in habit of eating fruits and vegetables, and looking for a few recipes to add into our regular meals. But I also needed something that would give me what we needed to eat (otherwise I could have just gone online and found all the information).

After going through the book and the meal plan I found I could not implement it for my family. I am a breastfeeding mom, and have a 4 and a 6 year old as well as my hus
Feb 16, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm considering going vegan, and read this book as an introduction to the lifestyle. I found it to be incredibly helpful and informative, and unlike some other veganism "guides" I've read, not at all judgmental or pushy. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a great writer, and she does a wonderful job of considering all aspects of the vegan lifestyle in her book. She covers the basics of what to eat and what not to eat, and covers the more nuanced topics of supplementation and nutrients in an accesible m ...more
Emily Crow
Even though I've been vegan for a couple of months now, I decided to get this book because I could really use some inspiration for eating healthier. Unfortunately, many of my old favorite junk foods (tortilla chips, onion rings, beer) are already vegan or have delicious vegan substitutes (Daiya makes a vegan mac and cheese that is to die for). And I will say that this book served that purpose, with a lot of facts and inspiration plus amazing recipes! The only thing I didn't care for was that, in ...more
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