PlantPure Nation, Cookbook Giveaway and Tempeh Jambalaya!!

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Since, the debut of the award-winning documentary Forks Over Knives the plant-based movement has escalated across the nation. One screening after another, it was getting people to rethink what they were eating and how they thought about the chronic diseases rampaging our health. The excitement and energy of people had after seeing this movie was life-changing, making the film a catalyst for a plant-based revolution. Last Fall, when I heard the producer and writer of Forks Over Knives, was working with a creative team to make a follow up documentary called PlantPure Nation I was thrilled! It’s just what we need to keep the momentum going, and raise awareness about how a plant-based diet can impact not just our health, but our communities and society at large.

PLANTPURE NATION COOKBOOK

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As the film’s official companion cookbook, The PlantPure Nation Cookbook brings this powerful, science-based approach to health from the big screen to your kitchen.

Kim Campbell, Author

Kim Campbell is the daughter-in-law of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, considered by many as the “science father” of the rapidly growing plant-based nutrition movement. She’s also the wife of PlantPure Nation Executive Producer and Director Nelson Campbell. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Human Service Studies, with a minor in Nutrition and Child Development.

In PlantPure Nation Cookbook, she shares more than 150 extensively tested, whole food, plant-based recipes that she has created and cultivated over 25 years of vegan cooking. All of the recipes sound incredibly scrumptious and the pictures are beautiful! The recipes look so good that when I was first skimming through the book I was a little bummed that I had to ship it off to someone.

COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY

That’s right, I have one copy of this book to give away to one lucky winner! Thank you to the publisher, BenBella Books for sending me a book to give to my readers!

For a chance to win the PlantPureNation cookbook, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this post and leave a comment answering one of the following questions in 1 sentence or less:

1) If you’ve been eating a plant-based diet to some extent, what one of the greatest benefits you’ve experienced since making the transition to this way of eating?

2) If you look forward to starting a plant-based diet, what’s the major reason you’re choosing to make the transition?

That’s it – just one sentence in the comments section below for a chance to win your very own copy of the PlantPure Nation Cookbook!

The PlantPure Nation Cookbook also includes tips, tricks, and grocery lists for people interested in adopting a plant-based diet, along with intimate background and behind-the-scenes details from PlantPure Nation film.

COOKBOOK RECIPES

If you like the flavor and global influence of my recipes than I think you’ll love this cookbook. The recipes are very similar in that way. I also want to let you know the recipes do differ from mine in that some of them include ingredients such as maple syrup, tamari and gluten-containing grains, so this is not an SOS-free or gluten-free cookbook. However, most of these ingredients can be substituted fairly easily or just left out.

Regardless, the recipes totally get my tastebuds dancing so I’ve already ordered a copy of the book for myself. Here’s a list of some of the recipes I look forward to trying:

Edamame Burgers
Reuben Sandwich
Caribbean Quinoa Bowl
Macaroni and No Cheese
Sesame Noodle Lettuce Wraps
Twice-Baked Broccoli Potatoes
New England Chowder
Zucchini Cakes
No-Bake Chocolate-Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Power Bites

To give you a sample of how tasty the recipes in this cookbook are, I want to share one full recipe from the book. I chose the Jambalaya because I don’t have any other recipe on my site with flavor like this AND I just love tempeh!!!

Katie Mae's Jambalaya from PlantPure Nation Cookbook

Jambalaya, pronounced or , is a traditional dish of Louisiana with Spanish and French influence. This plant-based version is most similar to the Creole Jambalaya, which is also called Red Jamabalaya because it uses tomatoes or tomatoes sauce. The traditional dish has three parts to it: vegetables, meat and rice. Of course, Kim Campbell, the author of PlantPure Nation is going to change that up a bit.

Instead of sausage, shrimp or any other animal flesh, Kim calls for tempeh in this nutrient-dense, PlantPure version, which I love!! Tempeh = Ohh, So Delicious!! Plus, with lots of spices and liquid smoke, the flavor is deep and will leave you wanting more. I did make two small changes to the recipe. First, I left out the salt because it’s not necessary and I simply don’t cook with salt. The second adjustment was decreasing the liquid smoke to just 1/2 teaspoon. This was plenty of flavor for me, since I don’t use liquid smoke often. However, for people who enjoy it more often, you can definitely increase the amount. The cookbook calls for 1 tablespoon.

 

Tempeh Jambalaya Recipe

by Kim Campbell

Ingredients

¼ cup diced onion
¼ cup sliced celery
¼ cup diced roasted green bell pepper
¼ cup diced roasted yellow bell pepper
¼ cup diced roasted red bell pepper
½ cup sliced frozen okra
1 cup low-sodium vegetable stock, divided
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup chopped fire-roasted tomatoes
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½-1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 ounces tempeh, cubed and sautéed
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups cooked long-grain brown rice, for serving

Directions

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté the onion, celery, bell peppers, and okra in a ½ cup of the vegetable stock until the onion is translucent.

Add the tomato paste, garlic, and fire-roasted tomatoes. Heat through, stirring.

Katie Mae's Jambalaya from PlantPure Nation Cookbook

Add the parsley, thyme, and remaining ½ cup of the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer.

Add the liquid smoke, paprika, and tempeh. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour.

Serve over steamed brown rice.

Makes 4 servings
Ready in 90 minutes*
 

Chef’s Notes

Kim says she likes to use a slow cooker for this recipe since it requires an hour of low heat to bring out the full flavors.

If you don’t have time to let the recipe simmer for an hour, the cooking time can be minimized. You can cook the dish for as little as 10 minutes, or until the veggies are tender and the tempeh is fully warmed. The flavors won’t have time to mingle and deepen, but it will be very tasty either way.

This recipe calls for the Jambalaya to be served over the rice, but feel free to mix cooked rice directly into the vegetables and tempeh, like traditional recipes often call for.

 
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The PlantPure Nation film is coming to a city near you this spring. Check out the national tour dates here. You can also support PlantPure Nation on Kickstarter to help bring the documentary to more cities!

PlantPure Nation Kickstarter
 

WIN YOURSELF A COPY OF

THE PLANTPURE NATION COOKBOOK!

To enter the drawing answer one of the following questions in 1 sentence or less write below this post.

1) If you’ve been eating a plant-based diet to some extent, what one of the greatest benefits you’ve experienced since making the transition to this way of eating?

2) If you look forward to starting a plant-based diet, what’s the major reason you’re choosing to make the transition?

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced in 1 week from this post – Friday, May 1st. Good luck!!

174 Comments

  1. Lisa
    April 25, 2015

    Ive been eating plant based for about 3 years now and my favorite part of it all is the variety! I used to eat the same things over and over, but introducing new foods has been wonderful. My meals are more fun to put together and way more flavorful! I love making something new so often!

    • Lura Vogel
      April 25, 2015

      Hi. I have been eating a purely plant based diet since may of 2013. The being it’s are many but primarily doing so has increased my energy 100 fold, cut my pain level an equal amount, improved my hearing oh and I have lost over 160 pounds. Upon contemplating this further the biggest benefit isn’t all the above or even the fact my asthma is gone and I no longer require o2 at night, it is that I am a different person. I laugh more , move better, and do things I only dreamed about doing for most of my adult life. More sentences than requested but this way of living has given me my life.

  2. Jessica
    April 25, 2015

    I love eating plant based because it gives me energy without feeling weighed down from all the meat and dairy I used to consume. It’s been two years, and I have to be honest in that I have eaten fish a handful of times. I would love some more inspiration in this book, it looks amazing, to keep me on track.

  3. Brenda
    April 25, 2015

    I have been plant based for about four years and the best benefit has been going from seven prescription medications down to one.

  4. Katie
    April 25, 2015

    I have been receiving updates from Katie Mae after trying a recipe from her blog sent to me by a friend! I’m a hard sell, but over the past few months I have begun the transition and am so excited to continue!

    • Jill, The Veggie Queen
      May 6, 2015

      Katie,

      That is great news. I hope that you win the book and keep going. Enjoy your life and cooking.

  5. Althea
    April 25, 2015

    I’ve just started eating a mostly plant based diet. My candida has subsided, my skin has cleared and I have more energy. Definitely feeling better both inside and out

  6. Paula
    April 25, 2015

    Since adopting a vegan diet over 20 years ago, the greatest benefit I’ve received is that my conscience is clean knowing no animals are harmed because of me.

  7. Tim
    April 25, 2015

    The biggest benefit to me from going plant-based has been that I no longer crave junk foods — the sense of liberation has been life-changing.

  8. ginette
    April 25, 2015

    I have been eating WFPB for 4 years now…I work 6 of my 12 hour shifts in a row so I can enjoy a full 8 days off…I couldn’t work 2 of them in a row before..and O…I run 3 miles before work also..I am 63 getting Healthy Growing Older!

  9. Melissa Losos
    April 25, 2015

    I have been eating a plant based diet for about 3 years.
    The greatest benefit for me of eating a plant based diet, has been that I experience less over all pain and inflammation in my body, therefore, I have ben able to get off the daily dose of Prednisone (steroid) that had been prescribed for me for several years.

  10. Katie
    April 25, 2015

    The biggest change I have noticed since I started eating a plant-based diet is increased energy!

  11. Tina Knezevic
    April 25, 2015

    I would love to start eating a plant based diet and I need to eat healthier, have more energy and stay away from red meat. This book will definitely teach me he how.

  12. Lynn Putnam
    April 25, 2015

    I feel a spiritual high eating whole food plant based because I’m helping myself, helping the animals, and helping our planet!

  13. Marian Blum
    April 25, 2015

    I’ve been eating 100% WFPB since 2007. For me, the greatest benefit has been the disappearance of mood swings–my baseline is happy now! Also, I’ve been sharing health and cooking the plant-based way with others, through my work and socially, and it’s been great joy to see others make changes and thrive.

  14. Charlene
    April 25, 2015

    I’ve been WFPB no SOS for about 5 years now and the very best thing I’ve found is that my ulcerative colitis went into remission about 3 months in and has stayed that way!

  15. Katie
    April 25, 2015

    I have noticed increased energy since eating plant-based

  16. Sue
    April 25, 2015

    I’ve been eating plant-based for just three months, and my cholesterol dropped 46 points.

  17. Dina P.
    April 25, 2015

    I have been plant based for over 2 years now. I love the food I eat, I enjoy it now more than ever. The two best parts are that I have lost over 60 lbs. and have more energy now than ever.

  18. Sharly
    April 25, 2015

    My husband and I have been strictly plant-base for almost one year, and after only four months, he was able to (with physician approval) eliminate BP and Cholesterol meds!!

  19. Kim Elliott
    April 25, 2015

    The greatest benefit that I’ve seen isn’t (my) health related. I’m much more aware of animal rights. <3

  20. Lo
    April 25, 2015

    Hi, my name is Ilona, Lo for short. A plant based diet has twice given me the ability to overcome my Ulcerative Colitis symptoms. (A chronic auto immune disease with no cure). Once when I became a vegetarian in Wisconsin and then again when I made the leap to vegan in California. This has given me my life back and the ability to grow and expand my small auto shop business Smog Frog.

  21. Nancy Sauer
    April 25, 2015

    On my way to the movie premiere here in Atlanta with T.Colin Powell on 4/15, I got lost and had (caused) a car accident. I and the others are OK, but I was so disappointed to miss out on the movie!

  22. Debra
    April 25, 2015

    Very simply, I’ve been WFPB for 2 years now and I want to live till I’m 100 years old!

  23. jeff
    April 25, 2015

    I am still teetering on plant based vs. regular meat based diet (now mainly plant). I notice a BIG difference on the way I feel when waking up after eating plant based. I feel alive and good inside. I wish I knew more about the plant based items that are out there and how they are used in eating and cooking. There are fruit and veggies from all different countries sold at stores like “Whole Foods” and I feel like I should know what these are, how to prepare, and even how they taste. Someone should teach a class on what to do with this huge variety of healthy foods that are passed up every day.

  24. Laurel Paley
    April 25, 2015

    After eating a plant-based and whole-food diet for about 15 months, I am off of my cholesterol and blood pressure medications, and other ailments have disappeared. I also have lost about 40 pounds, and I feel fantastic. Broccoli for Breakfast!!!!

  25. Joan
    April 25, 2015

    I have been eating a WFPB food plan SOS free very strictly for the last 3.5 months. I feel so fantastic. Thank you for all your support Katie Mae! I greatly appreciate your help and encouragement!!

  26. LARAINE ARIAN
    April 25, 2015

    So happy you are putting out this documentary–onward and upward Vegans!!

  27. Stacey
    April 25, 2015

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  28. Susie V
    April 25, 2015

    I have been plant based goe 2 years and enjoy low cholesterol and normal blood pressure at almost 50 years of age.

  29. Barb
    April 25, 2015

    I love your books, Katie. They’ve neebpn a big help to me. Thanks!

  30. Rachelle
    April 25, 2015

    The biggest benefit I have experienced from eating a plant based diet is better health. I feel better, have more energy and don’t get sick as often. I also don’t have to worry about gaining weight.

  31. Joan T
    April 25, 2015

    I realized my email address was incorrect on my last post so I’ll comment again–thank you Katie Mae!

  32. Kari H
    April 25, 2015

    After eating mostly plant based, my skin has cleared up nicely.

  33. Susan K
    April 25, 2015

    I’m not really into cookbooks because I like taking ideas and creating my own recipes, however jambalaya and the sort seem a little more complex. Looking forward to trying it!

  34. stacey
    April 25, 2015

    I switched to a plant based diet over 4 years ago. I made the change because I was diagnosed with Lupus. I now feel better and healthier than ever!!

  35. Jeannie
    April 25, 2015

    The most exciting thing about WFPBSOS FREE eating is that I never get hungry!!!!!!!!!!! The food keeps you full and quite satisfied! I have to remind myself to eat!!!!!!!! And that’s amazing! I never feel heavy any more! I have a waistline and that used to be the biggest part of my body! And I promise you will very quickly get to where you have absolutely no desire whatsoever for all of those things you thought you could never live without!!!!!!!!!! When you get your body detoxed and clean, you don’t want to consume anything that will mess that up!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!!!! And you will love it too!!!!!!!!! Don’t wait another second!!!!!!

  36. Karen F
    April 25, 2015

    I have been eating a plant based diet for almost 5 years now. I have lost 45 lbs. fairly easily but the greatest benefit is the energy I now have. I feel better than ever and am able to be more active in animal rights now too.

  37. Vicki
    April 25, 2015

    The thing I notice the most after going plant based (2 years ago) is the energy I have. I’m 54 and have never had so much energy in my life! Also I’m always trying to see the positive side of things and dealing with stressful situations is so different now and I have a lot more patience then I used to have. I also love discovering new veggies. I just recently (like two days ago) decided I was going to incorporate sweet potatoes (I was never a fan) and boy all of a sudden I’m loving them!!!

  38. Karen F
    April 25, 2015

    I have been eating a plant based diet for almost 5 years now. One benefit was losing 45 lbs. fairly easily but the greatest benefit is the amount of energy I now have. I feel better than ever and have more energy to be more active in fighting for animal rights too.

  39. Joan
    April 25, 2015

    I have been losing weight, sleep great, and lots of energy!

  40. Mary
    April 25, 2015

    I have so much more energy eating plant based meals plus I love exploring new food and recipes for my family!

  41. Robin
    April 25, 2015

    My family and I have been eating a plant-based diet for many years. We all look & feel healthy, and feel good about the food put into our bodies. We also feel good about purchasing only plant-based food because we feel that this is extremely important for the environment.

  42. Barbara
    April 25, 2015

    I would like to eat more plant based meals, just need to be inspired!

  43. Jane
    April 25, 2015

    I eat so many more delicious foods than before–the variety is so much fun!

  44. Kari K
    April 25, 2015

    Feeling good!

  45. Michele
    April 25, 2015

    can’t wait to try these recipes…

  46. Hope
    April 25, 2015

    We’ve been plant based for about 3 years now – after slowly heading in that direction for the past 10 years. We started out with 1 meat free day a week, then 2, then 4, and finally I said, “Enough of this! We don’t need meat at all!” My father died of heart disease at the age of 47! WAAAYY too early! When I was in my 40’s, I began researching the link between meat and dairy and heart disease. I has been a fantastic decision and broadened my choice of foods, rather than narrowing it!

  47. Terri
    April 25, 2015

    I’m so excited about this movie! I can’t wait to see it! I’m currently reading The Campbell Plan and its a very well written book. Bring on the plants!

  48. Hope
    April 25, 2015

    We’ve been plant based for 3 years now – after heading slowly in that direction for 10 years. My father died of heart disease at the age of 47 – WAAAYY to young! So in my 40’s I began researching the link between meat and dairy and heart disease. My blood work is vastly improved – lower total cholesterol, higher HDL, higher iron, and no blood pressure medication now!

  49. Angelina Petraglia
    April 25, 2015

    I’ve been following a plant based diet for 7 years this April. I try to encourage as many people as I can to jump on our wagon, but I’m not pushy because then it will turn them away completely. I’ve lost over 100 lbs. I look 10 years younger and I feel like I’m 30 years old. When people see me that haven’t for a long time they don’t recognize me! What a feeling. I wish the whole world would it this way. We would all be BEAUTIFUL and live longer and stay healthy.

  50. Colette
    April 25, 2015

    I feel I will be healthier and operate on a more spiritual energy.

  51. Jennifer
    April 25, 2015

    I’ve been eating plant-based for nearly 2 years and the best thing for me is the absence of stomach pain, reduced inflammation and joint pain but mostly the creative juices that have been flowing in my kitchen as we try new recipe after new recipe!

  52. RozA
    April 25, 2015

    Not only is eating plant based healthy there is a strong sense of community online from people ready to support you with recipes, how to tips and encouragement.

  53. Al Bauer
    April 25, 2015

    Starting a plant based diet as one way of better controlling my diabetes. I work with food and am finding that staying away from meat is not a problem, but cheese is constantly calling my name!

  54. Colleen Hinds
    April 25, 2015

    I have been vegan for 11 years now and the best part about it is knowing how many animals are safe and happy with their families enjoying their lives. (:

  55. RozA
    April 25, 2015

    Eating plant-based has nourished my body to better health, weight loss, AND has opened the door to online communities ready to offer encouragement, recipes and how-to advice.

  56. Sara
    April 25, 2015

    Eating a plant based diet has improved my life exponentially: I have more energy and zest for life, my relationships with people has improved, no longer suffer from depression and my enjoyment from life is boundless.

  57. Shelli
    April 25, 2015

    Can’t Wait!!

  58. Debbi Capaldi
    April 25, 2015

    For me it’s a lifestyle. Eating plant based shows so much compassion for oneself, animals and the earth. Would love to create the recipes in the cookbook for my family.

  59. Teresa Cook
    April 25, 2015

    I’ve been eating a plant based diet for a little over a year. My cholesterol is lower and my glucose level is awesome. I feel so great!

  60. Allison
    April 25, 2015

    I had been vegetarian for a very long time but when our daughter who had controlled her bi-polar disorder by becoming vegan moved back home to save, we also did the vegan diet to help her, and guess what? We all feel great for all sorts of reasons (and funnily enough I don’t get so crazy anymore either)

  61. Doris
    April 25, 2015

    The documentary is wonderful and I recommend that everybody see it.
    I started eating a plant-based diet in August 2012 and I am slowly but surely becoming medication-free.

  62. Joan
    April 25, 2015

    My becoming plant based has been in baby steps with the junk food still plagueing me….HELP!

  63. Bethany
    April 25, 2015

    My face is much clearer when eating vegan.

  64. Diana
    April 25, 2015

    I feel HAPPIER and my body LOVES it!

  65. Elizabeth
    April 25, 2015

    Been eating WFPB for 4 months now and the greatest thing is freedom from food addiction which has been helped greatly by eating this way.

  66. Julie
    April 25, 2015

    I’ve lost 80 lbs, never feel deprived, and am the healthiest I’ve ever been!

  67. Carrie Lane
    April 25, 2015

    I no longer hurt 😉

  68. Jose R.
    April 25, 2015

    For different health reasons and a suggestion of a health care provider, I started a plant-base diet on January 2014. I had given up red meats since 1981 and I eat to live, not live to eat, so my transition to an all-plant based diet was very easy and I don’t miss what I don’t need or might harm me. Little or no craving of my ex-favorite foods.
    Within 3 months, my cholesterol went down from 216 to 165, and I am off blood pressure medications, all in one fell swoop. I am 67, my height is 5’9 and my weight went down from 160 to 145, and continues to go down, hopefully not too much more. I do have to watch my energy level and be mindful of eating the right nutrition for me, but all is fine. I am waiting for another marker in my health to improve some more to call it…defeated.

    • Arlene Hall
      April 26, 2015

      I’m a 72 year old woman, almost completely vegan, I’m on no medication and work year around splitting, carrying up from the woods, and stacking all my firewood to heat my 8 room house in the winter!

  69. cynthia
    April 25, 2015

    Better health — blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight all reduced!

  70. Ann Savoy
    April 25, 2015

    The reason I started was because I love animals and I hated that they were living miserable lives because of me. Now I don’t live with that guilt. I also have lots more energy!

  71. sandy
    April 25, 2015

    1) relief of joint pain. (plus more energy, clearer mind, peace of eating with compassion in and alignment with my values and so many more. but you said ONE!).

  72. Heidi
    April 25, 2015

    The greatest benefit is one on which I’m still working, which is to convince beloved (and in some cases, ill) family members of the joy of feeling good again…as good as I feel with one year of WFPB eating under my belt.

  73. JD
    April 25, 2015

    My wife and I are both on a mostly plant based eating program. We love it and feel much better. I am 74 and plan to see that century mark. This could not happen on the SAD program!

  74. Carla Moschetti
    April 25, 2015

    I’ve been eating plant-based for 18 years, but over the last two, my focus has been on eating highly nutritious plant-based foods. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize all the benefits of this lifestyle when I’m so used to it, but recently I came across a medical questionnaire I filled out in my 20’s and now realize I had quite a few complaints for a young person. I have none of those complaints now at 53 years old!

  75. Kathryn
    April 25, 2015

    I’m vegan, I love your recipes. Having a party next week making ginger pad Thai :)

  76. Melissa K.
    April 25, 2015

    When I eat a completely WFPB diet, the weight just melts off.

  77. Sandra
    April 25, 2015

    One of the greatest benefits I gained is peace of mind knowing that the options I make daily does not imply the suffering of animals.

  78. Janet
    April 26, 2015

    No spring seasonal allergies for the first time in 44 years!

  79. Luana Norman
    April 26, 2015

    Five years ago my husband was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer and was given 6 months to live! The day of his diagnosis we became vegan and we believe our plant based lifestyle has saved his life!

  80. Shawn
    April 26, 2015

    I hope to begin to live a much healthier lifestyle, to reduce my weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. I am hopeful for the first time in so long. I’m so tired of feeling sick. Thank you.

  81. Julia
    April 26, 2015

    I have been eating plant-based for quite a while. Besides how much better my stomach feels, what I like best is all the different flavors of the vegetables.

  82. Ann
    April 26, 2015

    I’ve lost almost 50 pounds and my bp is down.

  83. Linda Carney
    April 26, 2015

    After a heart health scare, I have begun eating a plant-based diet because I want to truly LIVE AND LET LIVE; to LIVE every minute of every day in great health and vitality through plant-based foods, and to LET our planet and the people on it also learn this secret to truly LIVE and thrive forever.

  84. Donna Zurcher
    April 26, 2015

    One might think that losing over 70 pounds would be the greatest thing for going plant based. But for me having more energy being able to walk around better being more clear minded, inspiring others to go plant-based those are truly the greatest gift to myself for going plant-based.

  85. Allison
    April 26, 2015

    The biggest change I’ve noticed is that my asthma is gone! I can breathe easy again. Eating plant-based has also helped my digestive issues, my skin, and my energy!

  86. Liz
    April 26, 2015

    Since embarking on a plant only diet one year ago I have noticed many health improvements and,interestingly enough, a much stronger cognitive function than before.

  87. Sallee Ebbett
    April 26, 2015

    i’ve been mostly plant-based since about a year ago and have been delighted with the reduction in my borderline diabetic state. The hardest thing is giving up a little bit of cooking fat that I use. Mostly olive oil. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  88. Christy
    April 26, 2015

    One of the most life-changing effects of eating a plant-based diet is healing my body from chronic acid reflux , anxiety, and depression. I no longer need prescription medication to live a normal existence. Whole foods have been my medicine for nearly five wonderful years.

  89. Christy
    April 26, 2015

    The most life-changing effect from eating a plant-based diet is healing my body from chronic acid reflux, anxiety, and depression. I no longer need prescription medication . Learning a WFPB diet for nearly five years has been the best medicine of all. Thank you! ❤️

  90. Deborah Christy
    April 26, 2015

    I began this journey 2/2/15, and in 4 days I was off my blood pressure meds, and in 2 weeks I was off the cholesterol meds! That is the main reason I chose to do this! Now, I am going the long haul and plan to eat this way the rest of my life’

  91. Debbie Stillwell
    April 26, 2015

    Changing to a plant based diet healed my arthritis and migraine headaches.

  92. Debbie Stillwell
    April 26, 2015

    Changing to a plant based diet 3 1/2 years ago healed my arthritis and migraine headaches. I feel better in my 60’s than I did in my 30’s.

  93. wynelle chadwick
    April 26, 2015

    I have been on the plant based life style since Feb 15 as a Valentines gift to True North by my daughter!!!! This has changed my life to overcome.diabetes and losing weight ! 😉 Thank you all for inspiring me! 😉 Wynelle

  94. Rita
    April 26, 2015

    Hi – my transition to plant based eating was a happy “accident” … it began as a 90 day experiment (after a medical fast undertaken to improve my sleep) … when not only my sleep improved dramatically, but all my fibromyalgia symptoms completely disappeared (after 15 years of serious disability), I realized plant based eating was my new way of life … there was simply no decision to make … I was living again!

  95. Stacy
    April 26, 2015

    I ate plant based for about 4 months and felt great. Unfortunately, I allowed life to get in the way and need to get back on track. Looking forward to getting there and learning even more!

  96. Savannah
    April 26, 2015

    Hi Katie,

    I am so excited to not only find you through Facebook, but that you are in Santa Rosa! I live in Sonoma County myself. I have struggled with stomach issues, that I am still trying to get under control, for years! I tried Paleo, I got sicker, and I have tried going to go some plant based, and hoping to do a 21 day reboot soon. I have been reading, watching shows and trying recipes. I also struggle with an eating disorder and finding a good balance.I feel inspired through the plant based community, so kind and nonjudgmental. I am excited to start on this journey. Thank you

  97. jody w
    April 26, 2015

    I’ve been plant based for over 10 years. I feel healthier in both mind and body since making the change.

  98. Maureen
    April 26, 2015

    Hi Katie,
    I am just a beginner but my interest in plants and especially edible plants has led me to this space. As a nursery we specialize in gingers-ornamental and edible. We know the many benefits of our plants but we want to learn more about all plants and their benefits. Thank you.

  99. Tracy P
    April 26, 2015

    The benefits from eating plant based have been numerous but I am most excited about the weight loss, my clear skin, my strong fingernails, and the energy I have.

  100. eve
    April 26, 2015

    With my plant-based diet since many years ago, my skin is radiant. I feel light but certainly strong. I have never gone to the hospital! Moreover and more importantly, I believe that I am contributing to the sustainability of the earth because my plant-based diet does not consume too much of the elements of life which other people need such as water and fuel and I don’t pollute the environment! I love all life-forms including animals and so I eat consciously with my plant-based diet!

    I hope to see more and more people transitioning to the plant-based diet in order to make this world a better place to live and for the Mother Earth to recover from devastation of meat-based food consumption!

  101. Ann
    April 26, 2015

    One of the greatest benefits to my adopting a WFPB diet is having my husband and children eat this healthy way as well.

  102. Colleen
    April 26, 2015

    I’ve been plant based for about 10 years, and sugar oil and salt free for 4 months. I’ve noticed health benefits, such as low cholesterol, for years, but the greatest gift of eating SOS free is that cravings for junk food and sweets are gone!

  103. Katie Hawke
    April 26, 2015

    The best thing has been gaining control over addictions to bad food, feeling satisfied after meals, losing weight and lessening the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis. So a lot of things to be thankful for really. Thank you.

  104. Cynthia Ferguson
    April 26, 2015

    Physically I feel best, more energy, better sleep, clearer thinking, better digestion, when I eat a plant-based diet. Ethically it is the right thing for our planet!

  105. Jessica
    April 26, 2015

    I follow a plant-based saturated fat diet because this improves my Multiple Sclerosis so much and can prevent new symptoms!

    Thanks for this great competition :)

  106. Charlene Spence
    April 26, 2015

    I began on June 8, 2013 after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. This film was the catalyst to health for me. Forks Over Knives was recommended to me by a co-worker and I’ve watched it over and over and recommended it to everyone I know. The biggest benefit to me from a WFPB lifestyle is that I no longer go to bed despising myself and my food choices of the day, bargaining with myself and God about the next day. I began my journey at 243 lbs, wearing size 22 pants and am now 151 lbs wearing size 10 pants. I’ve been able to reverse high blood pressure and heart disease, and I no longer suffer from hip and elbow joint pain. I had tried so many “diets” and lost weight on them all, but they were not sustainable and I gained all the weight back plus more. Knowledge is power and I continue to educate myself about food and our environment. Knowing that my choices do not cause an animal to suffer is another bonus! Thank you

  107. Charlene Spence
    April 26, 2015

    Knowledge equals power and I’ve learned what SAD does to the body, mind, and environment.

  108. Trish
    April 26, 2015

    I have been plant eating now for about 6 months my energy levels are up skin is clear and weight is down ….happy days!

  109. Phyllis
    April 26, 2015

    I have been eating a WFPB diet for a little over 2 years and I lost about 40 pounds. I have more energy and I feel better physically and spiritually.

  110. Connie
    April 26, 2015

    My plant based diet has given me freedom from hypertension, high cholesterol, excess weight, migraine headaches, and a daily diet of prescribed medications for all the above! Yeah!!!

  111. Stuart
    April 26, 2015

    I have been eating a mainly vegetable diet over the past 3 years. It really works for me!

  112. dorothy
    April 26, 2015

    Been vegan 4 15 yrs-moved 2 plant based and improved my health overall.

  113. Tom
    April 26, 2015

    Changing my lifestyle to a totally loving, healthy, body-mind-spirit vegan existence (organic whole plant foods – vegetables/grains/legumes/fruits with no animal-based ingredients, no added oil/high fat foods, no added salt/high sodium foods & no added sugar/processed foods; ahimsa-harm nothing thinking; & a LOVE everything spirituality) has reversed my heart artery blockage & ALL other diseases/afflictions (effects of thoughtless affluence) caused by the societally chosen S.A.D. (standard american diet) way of eating … Creating a strong, vibrant body…a crystal clear mind…a deep inner peace. Join me/us in realizing ALL of the plant-based benefits for the very highest good of ALL.

  114. Kristen
    April 26, 2015

    My family has been eating plant-based for 2 years and we LOVE it. I feel so so so good. I do not have any feelings of guilt after I eat because I know I am eating the best, God-made, foods. My husband and I lost a ton of weight once we turned to a plant-based diet, my face cleared up and I look at least 10 years younger than my actual age. I love this lifestyle.

  115. Courtney
    April 26, 2015

    I feel better about what I eat since eating plant based.

  116. Annie
    April 26, 2015

    The biggest benefit for me has been that I can finally RELAX. I no longer worry that my health is out of my control. I know that no one is invincible, but when it comes to my health, I now enjoy peace of mind much more often than anxiety, and that’s something I never thought would be possible.

  117. kim Ruppert
    April 26, 2015

    in less than a week on a plant based diet, I was able to walk better and reduce my vegf ratio from 386 to 86.

  118. Lori
    April 26, 2015

    WFPB Diet now for 2 months digestive problems have cleared up. BP down waiting on some test results for other improvements. But mainly after many years of learning about the unhealthy diet we eat feel good I was able to embrace the way we should have been eating all along and give up all the frankenfood..

  119. Eliza Aubichon
    April 26, 2015

    I have been eating plant-based for about 7 years and have enjoyed the health benefits of not having to go on any cholesterol reducing or blood pressure reducing medications as well as being able to maintain a healthier weight for the first time in my life.
    Eliza

  120. Lindsay Parker
    April 26, 2015

    Since becoming WFPB, SOS-free, I feel like I’m helping the planet, as well as myself, and through this lifestyle I lost weight, which resulted in better sleep.

  121. Barbara
    April 26, 2015

    Ive been vegan for 4 years and my biometrics are always perfect! The last 2 months, Ive also avoided flour and refined sugar, and lost 11 lbs. I feel im doing everything I can for my best health and wellness. Even if I did get sick (which I don’t), I believe my body would quickly recover because of the nutrition it receives regularly. Not to mention, I feel joy that in caring for my own self, Im also helping animals and our environment. its a win, win, win!!

  122. Melissa in Atlanta
    April 26, 2015

    I am just starting this journey so that I can regain my health.

  123. Martha
    April 26, 2015

    Since going plant-based, I have not been sick once in over 12 years. I used to get a bad case of bronchitis every winter. I haven’t even had as much as a cold. It is apparent that dairy was not my friend. I’d love to win the book to gift to one of my daughters who has 5 children, one with special needs. Thank you for the give-away contest.

  124. Joe
    April 26, 2015

    It’s great to be a part of this important food revolution. Am enjoying every bite!

  125. Theresa Boudreau
    April 26, 2015

    I’ve been eating whole food plant based for about 5 years and the best thing about it for me is the energy I have – especially after eating I don’t feel like I need to have a nap!

  126. Jenna Oh
    April 26, 2015

    I have much more energy! :)

  127. Margi
    April 26, 2015

    I have been plant based for a little over a year and in that time I am no longer pre-diabetic, have lost about 20 lbs, and no longer need to take blood pressure medication.

  128. Christine Parra
    April 26, 2015

    Finally eliminating salt, sugar, and oil has made all the difference in the world to me. No more overeating, still slowly losing extra weight, skin conditions are disappearing, and I feel great. This is so subtle, but so powerful. Now, all things are possible!

  129. Donna Isrealian
    April 27, 2015

    Since I am new to a plant based way of living, this cook book would be most beneficial to a newbie!!

  130. Cheryl
    April 27, 2015

    I also love knowing that I eat plant based, but unlike many replies here- I cannot lose weight. And I am concerned about getting the right balance of vitamins, minerals etc. Maybe I haven’t been eating the right plants! And what does SOS mean? Thank you for your help.

  131. Susan
    April 27, 2015

    We love a plant based diet. We live on a small farm and love to grow our food and forage for wild food. Living a plant based lifestyle makes us feel healthy, our skin and hair are pretty and we are happy people.

  132. Edwin
    April 27, 2015

    I love to eat a plant based diet because it is helping my wife to overcome multiple sclerosis and what is more important than sharing a long and happy life with the wife you love!

  133. Michele
    April 27, 2015

    Focusing more on a Plant Based Diet has changed the way I think and feel about eating, you actually THINK about it, for myself and my family. My biggest surprise when starting was the dramatic down sizing in dress size, made me clean out my wardrobe, fit into the garments I have previously felt depressed trying on, it was so inspiring. I had discomfort for a long time down my right side, my Naturopath and I tried a few different things but in the end it really just came down to FOOD and what I needed more of and what I needed to cut out. Its been a real journey of education and an on going one. I just love my introduction to a new and better way, but is actually an old way, of living a wholesome healthy life. Go in with an open mind and hang in there! 😉

  134. Natalie
    April 27, 2015

    My husband and I have been eating a plant based diet for 8 months now and we absolutely love the variety, tastes, textures and nutrition we get through plant based foods. So many of our friends don’t understand, make fun of us and say we will be getting bored with our limited choices and we just keep quite. We are very happy with our choice and hope that one day more and more people will feel the same way. We learned early on when we switched to a wheat free diet 3 years ago that giving information to most people makes them think we are pushing our beliefs onto them. So, we lead by example. My arthritis is under control with no medication, my blood pressure has returned to normal in the short time we have been eating plant based and we are so healthy. To me the benefits speak for themselves!

  135. Andrea
    April 27, 2015

    I have been eating 99.9% plant based for the past 4 months (I had one lapse) and I’ve noticed many physical improvements. I was having terrible leg pain (the pain was most intense at night, and I was unable to sleep) and in less than 2 months the pain was completely gone. The only change I had made was to my diet. My cravings (for processed foods) have decreased dramatically and I have an overall improved sense of well being. I am very grateful to FOK and every whole food plant based pioneer!

  136. Rita
    April 27, 2015

    I am in control finally–no longer driven by cravings and my skin has cleared up and glows.

    • Del Rainer
      April 27, 2015

      The greatest benefit I’ve received is that I’m 86 years old and have been a vegetarian for the past 46 years & during the past 10 or so years, have been at least 50% raw. I’m healthy and energetic and people have a hard time believing that I’m that old.

  137. Kim
    April 27, 2015

    Honestly the very best thing about being plant based for 2 years is that I eat such amazingly delicious food! My taste buds have truly been awakened, and crap food tastes just like crap now! Makes it easy to stay on track!

  138. Kim
    April 27, 2015

    Getting to eat the very best food on the planet!

  139. Donna Phillips
    April 27, 2015

    I have been on a plant strong diet now for three years. The best thing I feel I have received from this way of eating is renewed energy and just feeling so healthy and great! Before I made the change, I felt very lethergic and had aches in my joints. My whole family got on board with eating this way and we all feel great.

  140. Palmer Spaulding
    April 27, 2015

    I have been diagnosed with lupus, have a kidney disease and suffer from rheumatoid arthritis! I’m anxious to learn more about this lifestyle change! I’m 59 years young, and 100 lbs overweight which causes most of my problems! I need help!

  141. Susan
    April 28, 2015

    I love to eat plant base diet because I have more energy. Also, I have more free time to spend with my partner because I don’t spent a most of the day in the kitchen.

    • Stevie Smith
      April 28, 2015

      I’ve been eating plant based for 6 years and right away I lost weight and had more energy.

  142. Cathy Hamilton
    April 28, 2015

    Biggest advantage to going plant-based. . . . . I am no longer diabetic!!!!!

  143. Charlene
    April 28, 2015

    Since 6 bypsses in 2009, my husband and I have been on a plant based diet following Dr. Esselstyn’s plan. My husband is thriving and I have lost weight and we both feel great!

  144. Barbara
    April 28, 2015

    I’ve been eating WFPB for a little over three years now. Among the many benefits of eating this way that I’ve experienced, one of my favorites is that I have finally reached a healthy weight without having to watch calories and never feeling hungry or deprived! Love it!

  145. James McGuire
    April 29, 2015

    I have been Whole Food Plant Based for a little over a year now and I lost 40 pounds and my cholesterol is at 130. Thanks for your great recipes.

  146. Linda
    April 29, 2015

    I’ve been eating WFPB for 3 years now!! I love discovering new fruits and vegetables to expand my repertoire!!

  147. Sherrell
    April 29, 2015

    I want to begin a vegan diet and this would be very helpful.

  148. Kelli Grigsby
    May 1, 2015

    I feel FREE from food addictions! I LOVE my life! <3

  149. ChristineAquino
    May 1, 2015

    Transitioning to plant-based diet has decreased cravings for sweets, increased my energy, and helped me lose weight.

  150. Rick Atherton
    May 1, 2015

    I have all your cookbooks Katie and love them. Would like to add this one to my collection. I have been eating plant based for 2 years now and there’s no turning back!

  151. Teresa
    May 1, 2015

    I am sleeping better, my blood pressure is way better (off meds), and I recover from exercise much more quickly. LOVE IT!

  152. Shane Martin
    May 1, 2015

    I went plant-based a little over two years ago after seeing Forks Over Knives. My BP was 153/105; I was a diabetic and suffering from numerous other ailments. Since going PB, I completely reversed my diabetes and my BP rests at around 113/70. Best decision I ever made! Here’s my story featured on the Engine 2 Diet website: http://engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/engine-2-phoenix-award-shane/

  153. Lisa
    May 2, 2015

    Eating a plant based diet makes me feel good about food. :)

  154. Mary Olivier
    May 8, 2015

    I can walk from my bed to the bathroom without debilitating angina since changing my diet to whole food plant based.

  155. sue warner
    May 14, 2015

    May 1 of 2013 I had a heart attack and had a stent put in. I was 53 year old that was overweight and 289 total cholesterol! After the stent, Doctor sent me home and said: take these pills, walk and cut down on meat. Having heart disease in my family, I knew I was in for some life changes. Started doing my own “proactive health care”, read the China Study, and was then introduced to Forks over Knives movie. I decided to start taking care of “ME”! The Cholesterol pills and Blood Pressure pills were making me sick, so I went 100% Plant Based, and never turned back! Today- I am 45lbs lighter, I run and go to the gym 3 times a week, AND my cholesterol is 114!!! No pills folks just diet. Thank God that movie was on the internet!

  156. Kathy
    May 15, 2015

    The benefits of WFPB diet are too many to count. What I’ve enjoyed has been better sleep, no snoring and great skin!

  157. Jake Oude-Reimerink
    June 4, 2015

    I am looking forward to reversing heart disease, and have made some great progress on increasing my vascular circulation in my legs. 60 % up to 85 % so far.

  158. Lynn Putnam
    July 6, 2015

    I feel great knowing I’m creating abundant health, raising consciousness, saving animals from unspeakable cruelty, doing my part to reverse climate change and planet destruction, and helping my fellow man by example.

  159. Joel
    September 12, 2015

    Regularity!
    A feeling of lightness and more joy in doing yoga.

  160. Pam
    November 3, 2015

    I’m a cook who want to ensure that everyone in my family including my grandchildren, since they are our lifeline will benefit from eating and learning how to live on a healthy plant based eating.

  161. Shannon napier
    February 23, 2016

    I am just starting and looking for awesome foods to enjoy..wish me luck on getting healthy and loose weight and lower my blood pressure..I’m 40 ..

    • Katie Mae
      Katie Mae
      February 23, 2016

      Fantastic news, Shannon! Forty is the perfect time to start. Wishing you loads of success as you learn how to prepare a healthy and delicious plant-strong cuisine!

  162. Theresa Allen
    March 8, 2016

    In one sentence, the greatest benefits you’ve experienced since making the transition to this way of eating is feeling fuller while actually eating MORE…plant-based delicious, nutritious healthy food.

  163. Glenda
    March 16, 2016

    Have been on the program for a month now, still learning. The biggest benefit has been my energy and my sore joints are going away. Love it.

  164. Glenda
    March 16, 2016

    Sorry, my increased energy, and my sore joints going away.

  165. Annie Crawford
    April 15, 2016

    I’ve heard all he reports about how it transforms your body to being healthy but I can’t seem to get the recipes down so that it’s a natural way of feeding my family. I’m worried about how to supplement the right vitamin, and minerals in this way of eating. I hope to win so it will encourage me to just become whole based.

  166. Alison
    April 19, 2016

    I just wanted to get back to the state of wellbeing and vibrant health I used to enjoy when I was fed a mostly plant based diet growing up.

    • Alison
      April 19, 2016

      Have been on it two days already seeing more energy and better sleep.

      • Katie Mae
        Katie Mae
        April 19, 2016

        Awesome, Alison! …and it’s only going to get better! Congrats on making the transition!!