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

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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,...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Ballantine Books
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Jeanette (Most of My Favorite Authors Are Dead)
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...more
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...more
Tricia Rush
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...more
I enrolled in the online version of this book- The 30 Day Vegan Challenge online- while reading the book at the same time. Without this class I don't know how I would have been able to make the transition. When I started I wasn't sure I could do this. By the end, I was completely confident that I could. It would have taken me years to learn all of this by trial and error. The content of the book is slightly different from the online program, so I highly suggest using both. It isn't entirely nece...more
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
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).
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.
This is the perfect book to introduce you to a vegan lifestyle. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau discusses all of the important topics: how to get essential nutrients (calcium, protein, iron, fiber); dealing with combative carnivores; achieving and maintaining weight loss; going out to restaurants; and shopping for vegan fashion products. In addition, she also offers amazing recipes (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) that you'll actually want to try! I am so glad The 30-Day Vegan Challenge was the first...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Kerrie Wooten
I love this book! I wish I'd had it around almost 8 years ago when I first went vegan... or even before that, as it took me 9 years to transition from vegetarian to vegan. I thought it would be so hard! And it wasn't - luckily, people who are currently in my position from 8 years ago have this informative, well-written resource that shows everyone just how easy being vegan is. I'm amazed at how much Colleen has written, and as usual I love her eloquence and inviting narrative style. I cannot wai...more
I'm pretty familiar with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and I've listened to almost all of her podcast episodes and heard her speak in person. This book was good, but I would not call it a "30 Day Guide". It's more like 30 chapters of vegan-related info. And I've heard 98% of this information in her podcast episodes. So if you want to read this book but don't want to buy it or would rather listen to it on tape, you can get all the same info from her Vegetarian Food for Thought podcast episodes!

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
Megan Watson
Since I am already vegan, this is a great review for me. I am reading it to refresh and to know what it says before I pass it in, but I have already recommending this book to many people who are curious about going vegan, or how to eat healthy without harming animals. It answers all questions about soy, protein, vegetables, meal planning, what to do about cheese (which is possible) and why dairy doesn't make sense. It is a great informational source for anyone interested in eating better, not hu...more
This was set up in a very interesting way - the recipes are not in any sort of main dish, dessert, soup order. Each day of the challenge had some sort of vegan information (why you should, substitutes, brands to try, nutrient needs and so on) and then a few recipes. The pictures were lovely and in bright color. The set-up made it a little hard to find what I wanted, but it wasn't enough to really bother me.

The author uses a lot of soy/fake meat and I avoid that so a lot of the recipes weren't of...more
Elaine Mccracken
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I started to read this like a novel as I have done with similar books, but...there is so much information in it that I decided to do it as if I were taking the challenge--one day at a time for 30 days. It's not overwhelming that way. Colleen is thorough, very thorough, and well-balanced but she calls it like it is using humor, kindness, and logic to support her information. She talks a lot about the reasons "why" one should eat a healthy, plant-based diet, but she also gives the reader the "how"...more
This was such a colourful, informative and inspirational book! The opening chapters explain the basics of a vegan diet and then the 30-day 'challenge' has a different focus topic for each day e.g. eating in restaurants, packing lunches, eating with friends. The recipes are a little simpler than some of the ones in this author's other cookbooks, which I appreciated. I feel like there was a lot to absorb in this book and it definitely merits a re-read. The book looked great when viewed in my Kindl...more
Mike Rooney
Great book for a new vegan or someone interested in what being vegan is like. I'm sure most people have some misconceptions about what being vegan means or what the experience is like. This book can answer your questions. You can in fact not eat animals for thirty days and not miss out on eating delicious food. Why not give being vegan a try for thirty days? What do you have to lose? Only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it would have been easy for her to include more about the reas...more
Ashley F.
This is a great guide for those who are wondering about veganism or new vegans who want to live a compassionate life that goes beyond food. It has a lot of great info on different vegan food products as well as recipes with full-color pictures. Some of the recipes are a kind of boring, in my opinion, but there are a few techniques that you can use to come up with your own creations. Overall, a good book that you can read all at once, in 30-days, or just use when you need some compassionate inspi...more
This book, from one of my favorite vegan authors and all-around heroes, is the perfect guide for people looking to transition from the standard omnivorous diet to a compassionate vegan lifestyle. As a long-term vegan myself, I've been told by countless friends that they would love to be vegan, too, if they only knew how to do it. Well, now they will! This book spells it all out. I've got a pile sitting next to me that I'll be shipping out tomorrow to all of those aforementioned friends!
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.
An excellent comprehensive resource for vegan cooking and living. Tips, resources, ingredients, vegan nutrition, etc. along with 100 recipes and all done in a non-pushy, supportive tone. Great for new vegans or those interested in a vegan lifestyle but useful for more experienced vegans too.

I made the Mushroom Gravy and it was delicious. Here's the link:
Really liked this one. Set up with chapters to walk you through a 30-day vegan month, but a useful read if it's up your alley, even if you're not following along 100%. Good recipes that comfortably straddled the line between the Too-crunchygranola-difficult-to-find-ingredients camp and the Put-a-veggie-burger-on-it Betty Crocker School of Vegan. Thanks, too, CPG, for addressing the topic of "Is there life after cheese?"

The difference between this and other vegan recipe/cookbooks is Goudreau not only included great pictures but step-by-step helpful hints to maintain or change into this diet with ease. It captured my attention and the recipes are delicious. Chef's these days really underestimate the use of great food photos and large colorful fonts for their cookbooks, it will make the biggest difference for us younger readers.
If you are a new vegan or have been at this for a while this book is simply a must ready. Collen lends her voice to those that can not speak. Offering dietary solutions for health and environment, her arguments are compelling and well researched. The recipes are a collection from her prior amazing cookbooks, they are delicious, easy to prepare and healthy. Plenty of tips for everyday life. Highly recommended!
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.
Jeni Dick
This book is amazing. I cannot recommend this book enough! It truly is the ultimate guide to living a vegan lifestyle. If you have been vegan for 5 years or just what to find out more information about a vegan lifestyle, read this book!

I will be giving this book as a gift to family and friends because it is packed with vital information!

Thank you Colleen for writing such a fabulous book!
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