Dr. Rhonda’s 90-Day Vegan Challenge

by Bert Jackson on January 31, 2011

My sister-in-law, Dr. Rhonda Waters, has been working on bettering her health for some time now. She has integrated serious changes to her lifestyle and relationship with food, and as a result she’s dropped many pounds and developed some pretty good habits. But like a lot of us, she has hit a plateau, and wants to have a push toward not only an ideal weight, but a greater sense of well-being.

Knowing that we all experience success more often when we travel the road together, Dr. R is using her network to challenge her family, friends, colleagues and audience to join her on this quest. So I’m with her, and here are my guidelines for the next 90 days.

  • All meals will be vegan, except for one allowance of fish or chicken during the week. No dairy, eggs or other animal protein.
  • Avoid white flour and sugar
  • Exercise 5x per week
  • Meditation 5x per week

This is the commitment. I’ll check in from time to time for an update on how it is going. And if you want to join in, let me know!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Dr. Rhonda February 1, 2011 at 5:39 am

Hey Bert!
So glad you are joining the fun! Any recipe ideas will be welcome from yout store of vegan ideas.


Bert February 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

Whole grains make a great, satisfying breakfast. These include brown rice (I prefer medium or short grain in the AM), barley, rolled oats. Try it with a garnish of chopped nuts, or even some steamed vegetables. Once you start thinking outside of traditional breakfast foods, the sky is the limit. Anything you have for lunch or dinner, you can have for breakfast.

There was a time in my life where I had my “dinner” for breakfast, that was my main meal of the day. My mid-day and evening meals were much lighter. We are all different and have different needs, even at different stages of life! Explore what works for you now, let go of preconceptions of your own past habits.

Teresa March 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm

so, I’m curious … the other big diet trend is still the no-carb approach, which seems to be exactly the opposite of the 90-day vegan approach. Can both be true? Or is there some commonality (like maybe in both you just end up eating less and being aware of what you consume) ? BTW, leftover rice zapped in the microwave with a splash of milk (sorry!) with a handful of dried cranberries or those gigantic traderjoe raisins is an awesome breakfast too, one more example of thinking outside the tradtional western breakfast box 🙂

Bert March 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Teresa- you lead me in to one of my favorite topics: biodiversity! We’re all different, which means that there are no rules, only truths. Truths we discover about ourselves. I do very well on a low fat, whole grain carbo diet. Other family, who have sugar issues, need a much lower carb intake with a higher ratio of protein and fat. There is no one-diet-fits-all, so we go back to intent, and awareness. By observing our reactions to the food we eat, we learn what works for us. The key is to learn to observe, which gives us tools for managing our own, evolving personal biology.

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