veganook-me:plan success stories

“They are EASY to follow: the recipes are easy to make – even for kitchen challenged people like myself; they are TASTY with wonderful combinations of food that I would never have thought of putting together ever; and of course the meals are nutritious and NUTRITIONALLY BALANCED.”

Jennifer, Richmond BC CANADA

“Heather, I have to commend you on your body of work and the contribution you are making to teach others, like me, to navigate through the mass of conflicting and confusing information about eating healthily as a vegan, and just health in general. As a newly minted vegan, your site has been a godsend. What I specifically love about it is that I can get whatever level of support I need – when and whether I need it. There are MEAL PLANS (see the P.S. below) that I can follow precisely, or somewhat. There are WORKOUT PLANS that I can follow – entirely, mostly, or not! There is a volume of INFORMATION that goes from the basic to the in depth that allows me to delve into a topic as my own pace and need. And of-course, there is you ONLINE – and I am amazed at your patience, kindness, and continued enthusiasm that you genuinely exude in your responses. So, what I am saying is WOW and thank you! PS: Your MEAL PLANS are my particular favourite – because they are simply brilliant! They are EASY to follow: the recipes are easy to make – even for kitchen challenged people like myself; they are TASTY with wonderful combinations of food that I would never have thought of putting together ever; and of course the meals are nutritious and NUTRITIONALLY BALANCED. Did I mention tasty? I did? well it stands to be mentioned again – your meals are tasty. Please do more of them!”

“It has given me more knowledge to be able to innovate and get culinarily creative with cooking.”

Maria, Cincinnati OH

“You have been such an motivating inspiration for me! I bought your 7 day meal plan 3, maybe even 4 years ago by now and it has been such a helpful resource that has given me more knowledge to be able to innovate and get culinarily creative with cooking like I did as a vegetarian and before that as a meat eater. I am so grateful that you followed your passion, took a big leap into what I know is your purpose in life, supporting people so they can feel amazing by honoring and nourishing their bodies with delicious nutrition.”

“Your meal plan made me see what a meal should “look like.” I’m continuing to lose weight and finally made it below 200lbs!”

Terry, Bardstown KY

“I really enjoyed your meal plan. It helped me stop grazing all day and instead eat only what was on the plan. I found that before using your meal plan I was just eating lots of healthy food thinking that I was ok because it was healthy. My portions of healthy food were big and didn’t think much about calories. Your meal plan made me see what a meal should “look like.” I’m continuing to lose weight and finally made it below 200lbs!”

“Day 1 down and I’m soooo thinking this way of eating could be a lifestyle for me.”

((((Hugs))))) Lisa

“Loving the recipes so far: day 1 down and I’m soooo thinking this way of eating could be a lifestyle for me. 🙂 I have tons of cookbooks (great ones) and mark sites/recipes/etc. But I relate to you and love the ease and recipes on this plan. I also have your cleanse plan………so in short— I love your stuff. So Thank You Thank You Heather!! :)”

“It is normal, down to earth food, and seeing as she is a sporty lady herself, she knows what an active person needs.”

Mariz, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

“I like the approach Heather takes, it is normal, down to earth food, and seeing as she is a sporty lady herself, she knows what an active person needs. Recipes are very tasteful and easy to make, it’s easy to substitute an ingredient if you want to swap something. If you have questions or remarks, you get a reply really soon after emailing Heather, can only recommend!”

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“I have made so many of Heather’s recipes and they are delicious and easy to follow! If you keep healthy staples on hand, you can put together so many of her ideas and feel full, satisfied and quite pleased with yourself!”

– Jenni in FL

“Your meal plans have given me a great deal of different formulas for a balanced menu throughout the week. What I love is that following these is a great way to reboot your nutritional goals and nutritional health when you slip up. Thanks Heather :)”

– Kerim

“I love the fact that you use Maple syrup and peanut butter!”

JD the 37 year old trucker

“I’m a truck driver who’s been unhealthy for the last 20 years! I’ve studied all kinds of healthy foods or programs, raw, vegan, Dr. Furhman just to name a few…I have to say that the 28 days meal plan I purchased from you 2 years ago made me feel the best cause you calculated all the natural daily recommended vitamins and nutrients. Dr. Furhman is great but way too much ingredients & veggies everyday and could drive ourselves insane after a while with these huge 4 gallons salads with weird salad dressings plus eating all kinds of beans everyday. Variety is the key for everyday eating in my opinion. All programs seems to ban certain kind of healthy food just because the owner of the program just don’t like it and sometimes trying to prove that certain food is not a healthy food which isn’t true! Every kind of food have its place for us unless we’re allergic to it and also important not to eat too much of the same cause it always backfires us. I love the fact that you use Maple syrup and peanut butter! Every programs reject peanuts just because it’s dangerous for the ones that are allergic to it but to me it’s a healthy food but moderately and even though it’s not a nut, it’s still the best tasting of all the nuts when it comes on recipes!”

“Invaluable! Not only the plan covers all nutritional needs and various food sources, but the recipes are so well put together that they are simple to make for the culinary challenged like me, yet they are creative and very delicious. Thank you Heather!”

– Hani

“When changing the way you eat, it is so hard. It is so important to have a good balanced meal plan to follow. Lots of meal plans are just too complicated though – your meal plans are just what I need and I am very grateful for them. Hopefully some time it will all become second nature – until then the guidance is greatly appreciated. “

– Janet, Leeds UK

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“I am no longer fearful of planning my own often “un-balanced” meals, and she has taught our entire family so much!”

Kathy

“I often am worn out at the end of the day, and cooking balanced, delicious, inspiring meals are out of the question….”Enter Heather!!!!!” I am no longer fearful of planning my own often “un-balanced” meals, and she has taught our entire family so much! We all share in the preparation, depending on who gets home first. All we have to do is follow the pre-planned meals, or adjust to fit our needs. It couldn’t be simpler, and it’s brought us together as a family in a fun, easy, way. Thanks Heather, we love you!!!!!”

“I went in wanting to lose weight and after one month on the meal plan I am down 9lbs. Food tastes great and is pretty easy to make, just be sure you prep the night before….makes it so much easier. GREAT PLAN!”

– Jackie, Tooele, UT

“It has helped me to get all the ingredients together I need and to prepare great meals that taste good and a has a variety of different types of food. Without it I was eating haphazardly at random times of the day.”

– George

“The food is so good! Heather has such a great way of putting flavors together. I am really loving the food! Thank you for helping me know how to do this.”

– Cara

“Heather’s meal plans are great. The food is really good and the menus are super easy to fallow. I’ve completed three of the meal plans over the last year or so and in addition to losing weight, they have helped me maintain a clean vegan diet, without getting overwhelmed.”

– Steve

“Hey Heather, I think it’s only fair to let you know that your meal plans work. Beside the content which I find very satisfying and nutritionally sound, the way it is put together is what makes it all workable. It’s obvious; Your love and dedication to healthy living is what makes this possible! Thank you!”

– George, Ont. Canada.

“Heather’s meal plans are wonderful! The recipes are easy to follow with easy to find ingredients, and the plans are reasonably priced, too! I’ve remade many of the recipes (taco salad, chocolate krinkles, guacamole to name a few). I’m very thankful to Heather for showing us how to make healthy food taste good!”

– Meilin

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“After 3 weeks on your meal plan my cholesterol went down from 245 to 196, and after 4 months my cholesterol was 173.”

– Jacqueline

“I am 61 years old. I had excellent health until about age 52 when I started feeling bloated and tired and suffered from joint pain to the point that it interfered with my everyday life. I saw many doctors and specialists for years without relief. They just treated my symptoms. The rheumatologist gave me pain pills for joint pain. In 2005 a gastrointestinal specialist diagnosed IBS for which I was told to take Citrucel daily. The endocrinologist found Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2009 and another gastroenterologist found acid reflux (GERD) in 2010. I take Synthroid for my thyroid. I was taking omeprazole for the acid reflux, but I still had much bloating. This summer my cholesterol was flagged at 245. The doctor advised me to go on a low fat diet. I didn’t want to start taking even more pills. I had wanted to change my eating for too many years. I started buying vegan books, but deciding where to start was overwhelming. Because of you, I feel I have successfully changed my eating for the better. After 3 weeks on your meal plan my cholesterol went down from 245 to 196, and after 4 months my cholesterol was 173. I haven’t had to take medication for acid reflux as well, and I feel my digestive system is healed. I certainly don’t need Citrucel anymore. I was recently told my complexion is smoother and I think my eyes have become more blue. My dental technician even commented that my teeth and gums are the healthiest she has ever seen. My sister who is 59 is considering eating healthier now because of the changes she has seen in me. I don’t miss eating animal products. I feel good. I am very grateful for your work. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

“My cholesterol went down by nearly 2. My doctor was impressed she said whatever you are doing keep doing it.”

– Kathy, New Plymouth NZ

“My goal was to feel healthier and hopefully loose a little weight. I am normally a meat eater who avoids dairy and gluten. I found the plan worked well for me, as it already was dairy free and had gf options. I lost a kilo a week for the 28 days. I went back to eating meat but did a lot more vegan meals now I have some favourite vegan recipes. I lost a further 6 kilos over the next six months. My cholesterol went down by nearly 2. My doctor was impressed she said whatever you are doing keep doing it. My husband did the plan with me it was great he was included in the plan. He still requests the chili burgers. “

“Following your meal plans takes the guess work out of vegan cooking, because you plan them in such a way that I know that they are nutritionally well-balanced and at the same time help me stay slim.”

– Barbara

“Heather, your recipes are very tasty and easy to make after a long day at work. I like the fact that you prepare your meals from scratch so that when I follow your recipes there are no mysterious processed foods involved. Following your meal plans takes the guess work out of vegan cooking, because you plan them in such a way that I know that they are nutritionally well-balanced and at the same time help me stay slim. My all time favorite recipe are still the brownies with kidney beans. They are so moist and delicious while containing nutritionally valuable beans and no “empty calories”. How much more fun can vegan cooking get?”

“I’ve got far too many vegan cookbooks and I’m always overwhelmed when it comes to choosing something to make – too many choices!!”

– Fiona, Toronto ON

Just wanted to write to you to let you know how much I’m loving this plan. The recipes are disarmingly simple and delicious!! I’ve been eating mostly plant-based for almost two years (I went back to cheese in the summer) and was looking for a way to kick start getting back to vegan eating but without having to do much meal planning (or thinking). I’ve got far too many vegan cookbooks and I’m always overwhelmed when it comes to choosing something to make – too many choices!! Also, I really need to lose weight and needed to get away from the pasta default. So thank you thank you thank you!! Keep up the great work!”

“None of the recipes are intimidating. You do not need to be a master chef to cook great meals. You never feel that you are on a diet. One is simply making nourishing meals that taste great.”

– Ian, New York

“I must give you an update. I started with your healthy meal plans about 4 months ago. Last week I had blood work done before I saw my doctor for a check up. All the test results were great. I was only low with vitamin D which is not too surprising for living in upstate NY in winter. The recommendations were to take a vitamin D supplement get more aerobic exercises and keep to the healthy eating choices. So a big thank you from someone who never eat junk food but never really figured out how to cook healthy delicious meals.”

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“I have tons of energy and I don’t feel sluggish any more.”

– Jitka, Cleveland OH

“I love your website. Great info (well structured and easy to follow) and great videos, recipes etc. I have been somewhat (not exactly to a “T” with slight modifications – still staying whole and vegan) following your 7-day meal plan I purchased recently. At first I was struggling with my addiction to cheese but now I feel great. I have tons of energy and I don’t feel sluggish any more. Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this.”

“Your meal plan has changed my life. I could never thank you enough.”

– Susie

“I admire you for all the work and thought that you have put into this. What an array of foods that are healthy and what I want and need to eat! This is a wonderful new start for me. Cookbooks just were too much for my mind trying to figure out what to cook when. Your menus seem to be easier. And by the way the Black Bean Taco Salad is to die for!!!! Your meal plan has changed my life. I could never thank you enough.”

“This is doing our bodies so well and enjoying the numbers on the scale too. Thanks for all your hard work. It is worth it in gold for our family.”

– Alesha, Holly Springs NC

“This is amazing, just unbelievable, priceless, wow, you have out done yourself!!! We are loving the easy planning and the fact that we can change the calories and stuff. We are getting used to things and really just blown away by the greatness of it all. This is doing our bodies so well and enjoying the numbers on the scale too. Thanks for all your hard work. It is worth it in gold for our family.”

“The food is beautiful and colorful and delicious, and I feel so good to know that I can make something so tasty and healthy.”

– Lauren, Vienna ME

“I just want to tell you how much fun I’m having with all of this! I never knew I could cook, but it appears that I can. And right now I’m madly in love with you! LOL
The food is beautiful and colorful and delicious, and I feel so good to know that I can make something so tasty and healthy. There’s so much food that I just can’t eat it all when I’m “supposed” to. You may (or may not) remember that I originally said I wasn’t planning to become a vegan; that I just wanted some healthy, plant-strong recipes to combine with what I usually ate. Well, I’m only a week in but now I can’t imagine any reason why I wouldn’t keep eating like this!
Thank you for making this so easy. It’s exactly what I needed: a simple recipe, directions on how to put it all together, and a grocery list of what I need to buy in order to cook for the coming week. In other words, I’m buying healthy ingredients and I know that I will be able to use them up because you are going to tell me what to do with them!
Even washing dishes is simpler. I’m always surprised when I return my plate to the sink and get ready to do the dishes because I just ate something that tasted great and then I look around on the kitchen counter and I’m mostly seeing a knife, measuring cups and spoons, and little glass containers that I’ve used to hold the food that I’m chopping up so that when I’m ready to cook, it’s all there ready to use. (Sometimes I feel a little bit as though I’m cooking all day long, but I know that will get better as I get more familiar with what I’m doing. It’s all good!)”

“I feel much happier on this diet and have felt a sense of well being. My family feel the same and the house is so peaceful.”

Elizabeth deHavillan, Spalding Lincolnshire in England

“Please could I begin by saying you are an absolute inspiration! I live in the UK and have recently turned to the vegan diet. I feel much happier on this diet and have felt a sense of well being. My family feel the same and the house is so peaceful. If it was not for your videos which enlightened me, I would not be in this fortunate position today. I will purchase your other ebooks soon, it is absolutely wonderful and very simple to understand.”

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“The ingredients are so “normal” that I either have them in the house already or will be able to get them in the neighborhood grocery store on the way home from work. Perfect for a working mom!”

– Barbara

“So there we are…. School with a heavy schedule and mountains of marking will start again tomorrow. But thanks to you, my meals will have already been planned…. And these meals will hopefully help take a few pounds off my hips! I have already looked at tomorrow’s meal plan. The ingredients are so “normal” that I either have them in the house already or will be able to get them in the neighborhood grocery store on the way home from work. Perfect for a working mom! Thanks for all your great and inspiring work. I love to see you in your videos resplendent with energy and good health!”

“My goal was to lose weight and I must say that I have! I have lost almost 12 kg and this is mainly due to healthy eating thanks to you.”

– Stefan, Belgium

“To be honest I’ve done the plan at least 5 times, so I feel I should really write something about it. The thing is, I don’t really know what to write about it. Obviously I am happy about it otherwise I wouldn’t keep on doing it. My goal was to lose weight and I must say that I have! Since around Christmas until now I have lost almost 12 kg and this is mainly due to healthy eating thanks to you. I am now back in the healthy BMI range. I’m exercising more now also so that goal should certainly be in reach. Thanks for the wonderful resources Heather!”

“It’s an inspiring plan and worth every penny. The meals are so yummy.”

– Jennifer, Fair Lawn NJ

“I highly recommend Heather’s meal plan. For me the 7 day grocery list lasted me 2 weeks and only cost $100 in ingredients. It’s an inspiring plan and worth every penny. The meals are so yummy. And I’m taking her advice and using it in other recipes. For example, the flax seed, berry, and oat breakfast cereal is soooo yummy and filling! Thank you Heather! And it’s true, your grocery list and videos of how you make the food have been so inspiring and have saved me sooooo much time!”

“I really like that you can personalize a recipe by simply checking the gluten free etc.”

– Bernice 🙂

“I haven’t encountered a recipe that I did not like on my eating plan I like the variety a lot! Your website is very user friendly and full of information!! I really like that you can personalize a recipe by simply checking the gluten free etc. The videos are great as well I like being able to get the recipe and watch it being made. Your commentary about the ingredient and why it is good for you is beneficial as well! Keep up the great work Heather!!”

“If you can create any recipe with squash that I’ll enjoy, that’s a major accomplishment…and you’ve done that.”

– Andrea, Fontana CA

“The reason I bought the meal plan was to get some quick recipes for the work week that would provide balanced portions of calories and nutrients. I enjoy cooking and I have made some major changes to my diet over the last year. However, I felt that I still wasn’t getting enough nutritional food, mainly vegetables. And, as much as I enjoy being in the kitchen, my time is limited when I’m working. I sincerely feel that the meal plan has provided the information I was seeking. If you can create any recipe with squash that I’ll enjoy, that’s a major accomplishment…and you’ve done that.”

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“I know that if I follow the plan I will save money because I will no longer have rotting veggies in the fridge.”

– Sheila, Broken Arrow OK

“I joined this site because I have tried to go vegetarian multiple times but did not know how to combine nutritious foods to make them taste good. This was especially challenging since I am celiac. I found myself eating plain quinoa and oats and tofu quite often (I hate tofu). Your whole food choice is perfect for me. I barely know how to boil water but I have been able to fix all the recipes so far on week one. I love all the different flavors that I have experienced so far. Everything is very quick and easy to fix. I love the grocery list. I know that if I follow the plan I will save money because I will no longer have rotting veggies in the fridge. The portions are more than I can eat most of the time. I’ve never gone hungry that’s for sure. The nutrition is packed into every delicious bite. The photos of the foods are wonderful. I love it that you give the nutritional info also. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this site!!! Thank you so much for providing so many delicious but easy recipes.”

“And specialty ingredients, Lord knows, I have enough already and every vegan recipe I look at seems to use just one more specialty item, which as you know, can be quite expensive.”

– Kat, Newport News, VA

“Initially, I was leery of paying so much for this program. But after reading your FAQ I decided to purchase it. I have not regretted it. I have been on the plan for 2 weeks now and have enjoyed everything! I am looking forward to the next 2 weeks. I love the menu and grocery lists. Usually, I don’t like the eating plans, such as the ones on Eating Well.com. They always contain meals I am not going to eat. I don’t eat soy, so I’m glad you have not used any in your recipes. The ingredient lists are short as well as the directions. I also like the way the recipes and grocery lists can be adjusted for the number of people who will be eating the meals. So far, your plan is far above other plans I have looked at. Thank you. Like you, I don’t like a lot of seasonings and I want more streamlined recipes. And specialty ingredients, Lord knows, I have enough already and every vegan recipe I look at seems to use just one more specialty item, which as you know, can be quite expensive. Thankfully your plan is simple to use and follow. So I am most pleased with your program and look forward to losing weight and getting healthy.”

“What you bring is not some kind of diet plan but pointers for a healthy lifestyle.”

Ian

“I am using your revised 7 day plan and it makes such sense. I am lucky I live 5 minutes from a food coop/farmers market where local and organic produces and ingredients are always available. So your recipes taste great and are quick to prepare. What I like so much is that I am not intimidated by the preparation. The videos are an immense help to me. Your 1200 cal recipes are very helpful since I want to eat healthily and lose a bit of weight at the same time. All your other helpful hints make good sense. What you bring is not some kind of diet plan but pointers for a healthy lifestyle. Again thank you.”

“You’ve managed to figure out exact ingredients to make a meal taste good while including the exact balance of nutrients.”

– B.J. Pheonix, AZ

“End of 3rd day and I am quite impressed! I’ve stayed on the diet without even being tempted by SAD food. I’ve been quite intent on learning and following your diet and your advice. My energy level may have increased a bit because, at 67, I find I quite often run out of energy and need to sit and rest. I’ve had the energy to do all that I need to do for this new lifestyle, and I’m even making separate meals for my husband, who refuses to eat a healthy diet. I must tell you, the recipes have totally surprised me! In 3 days I’ve had 9 meals and a few snacks and everything is really tasty! I can’t believe it! You’ve managed to make every recipe palatable and enjoyable. AND the scales were down 1 1/2 lbs this morning – and hopefully it won’t go back up tomorrow – as I do tend to fluctuate a few pounds from day to day. The meals usually fill me up though I do get hungry before it’s time to eat again but nothing I can’t deal with. I didn’t want to send kudos prematurely, but I doubt the quality of the recipes will change – so – thank you and KUDOS!! You’ve managed to figure out exact ingredients to make a meal taste good while including the exact balance of nutrients. Can’t wait to taste the next recipe!”

“I am really enjoying the taste, real taste, of going vegetarian. Thanks for simple ingredients, easy instructions. My husband enjoys the ‘new’ recipes – he’s not difficult to please, mind you, but it is gratifying to find him lingering round the kitchen & sampling without my ‘urging’. Keep well & keep cooking”

– Cheers, Ann Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada

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