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21-Day Vegan Kickstart

A three-week plan to test the vegan lifestyle.

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It used to be that veganism was only for the extreme eaters who in abstaining from all meat and dairy products received some tough criticism from nutrition and medical experts.

But attacks on vegans are becoming less frequent as health and medical professionals have discovered just how healthy, albeit disciplined, this way of eating can be if it's done correctly.

On the heels of Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet comes the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart, a three-week plan masterminded by Dr. Neal Barnard, one of the country's leading health advocates and a member of The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Beginning January 1, 2010, Dr. Barnard introduces you to the vegan lifestyle so that you can explore the benefits of a plant-based diet and experience the improvements in your health such as weight loss, increased energy and reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes.

All you have to do is to sign-up on Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine website. From there, you will receive an outlined plan which includes a 21-day meal plan, webcasts from Dr. Barnard himself, tips from celebrities like Alicia Silverstone, daily messages, access to a community forum and a restaurant guide.

Neal Barnard, M.D. is a physician, clinical researcher, and adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and has authored the books "Breaking the Food Seduction," "Turn Off the Fat Genes," and "Foods That Fight Pain."

  • Well-outlined plan is an introduction to the vegan lifestyle
  • Debunks many myths surrounding the vegan diet
  • Created by a medical doctor and a research-oriented medical organization
  • Only need to commit to three weeks of eating a vegan diet
  • If followed correctly, you may likely experience improvements in your health
  • May be too strict for some
  • Existing biases against meat-free and dairy-free diets may prevent some from participating
  • May not be the healthiest approach for maintaining weight loss

The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program is a meat- and dairy-free diet that shows how you can improve your health and even knock off a few pounds by abstaining from animal products. In addition, you will abstain from eating added vegetable oils

During the three weeks of the diet, you will receive daily emails, vegan eating tips and a meal plan that will make living and leading the vegan lifestyle easy, flavorful and healthy.

Created by the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, this plant-based approach to eating encourages a diet full of vegetables, fruits, plant-based proteins like soy and legumes, moderate amounts of whole grains and nuts and seeds.

The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart diet is a low-glycemic plan that banishes processed sugars and flours from your diet as well as other foods that cause great increases in insulin levels like white potatoes, wheat flour products and most cold cereals.

Instead, you will learn how to eat foods that pack a lot of low-calorie volume (think veggies and legumes) and fiber.

A typical day on the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart might look like this:

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins or pumpernickel toast with jam
  • Lunch: Green salad with lemon juice, vegetable broth or legume-based soups
  • Dinner: Vegetarian stir-fries, fajitas or lasagna

The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart does not outline a complete fitness guide.


The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is an introductory challenge to experience what veganism is all about. Created by Dr. Neal Barnard and The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, and with celebrity diet tips from vegan enthusiasts like Alicia Silverstone, this three-week diet, beginning January 1, 2010, is an organized plan that shows you how to banish all animal products from your diet and keep your appetite satiated while improving health.

If you are curious about veganism and are looking for an organized and step-by-step way to test it out for a limited amount of time, then consider giving the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart a try.

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Related Diets: Quantum Wellness, Thrive in 30, Vegan Diet, Vegetarian Diet, The Kind Diet, Glycemic Index

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would you be able to recommend a vegan cooking class that I can go to in Rochester,ny

posted May 9th, 2016 8:43 pm


Excellent diet. Great introduction to whole-food plant-based eating. I tried it and I am very glad I did.

posted Jul 20th, 2015 3:12 pm


I tried his approach two years ago and haven't looked back. Weight has been stable and my cholesterol is 107. As for vegan recipes, try Appetite for Reduction by Chandra Moskowitz. Chickpea Piccatta, super easy and really good. Eat your kale!

posted Jul 20th, 2012 1:10 am

Lois Siegel

How to eat vegan while dealing with Gerd I have Gerd and this plan, with all the tomatoes and spices has caused a problem with my Gerd. I enjoy the vegan way of eating but need to find recipes that will not cause a Gerd problem. Any suggestions!

posted Aug 14th, 2011 10:13 pm

Eliot Sencion

Absolute no nonsence to lower your blood sugar

posted Mar 6th, 2011 8:13 pm

Christine I. Massey

I am a type II diabetic and would like a good diet

posted Sep 24th, 2010 12:14 pm


I had a heart attack 3 weeks ago and nedd to up the antie

posted Apr 14th, 2010 7:33 pm


Only diet Ive lost weight on, felt good, ate more than enough.

posted Dec 31st, 2009 5:10 pm


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