Chia Seed Black Bean Burgers Free PD Recipe

2013-07-09
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This recipe produces six thick, hearty and flavorful burgers. The chia seeds make them firm and hold them together. These trump store bought veggie burgers by eliminating oils, eggs and chemical food additives. Chia Seed Bean Burgers are so delicious it’s hard to resist eating them raw when forming the patties.

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Comments (31)

  1. posted by Loedon on June 22, 2016

    These were delicious. I followed the recipe exactly but I had a problem with the hamburger press. They stuck terribly and I could not extract them from the press without them following apart. Any suggestions?

    • posted by Julie Marie on July 7, 2016

      Did you watch the video to see how to remove them from the press. Whenever there’s a video watch it.

  2. posted by lmcleod on January 3, 2016

    These burgers came together very well, just like the video. They had a nice smoky flavor and kept their shape when handled carefully. They made the house smell good before they even went into the oven. A great sandwich patty for work. Thanks Julie.

  3. posted by chitownjayzgirl on July 23, 2015

    Hands down this is my new all time favorite burger!!!! Thanks PD!!!

  4. posted by CathyF on July 9, 2015

    Has anyone tried to make these grain free? Wondering about subbing a small amount (1/4 cup?) coconut flour for the oats.

    • posted by Julie Marie on July 15, 2015

      Hi Cathy,

      Substituting flour for oats will result in a different texture. You’d have to give it a test run to see if they will hold together. I wouldn’t recommend the use of coconut flour on a Protective Diet due to it’s high fat content.

  5. posted by Ilana Cember on May 26, 2015

    This makes WAY more than 6 burgers for me. I made a double recipe and had so much left over. Also I stuck the batter in the freezer for like 45 minutes and it was totally fine.

  6. posted by Ilana Cember on February 9, 2015

    These were really good. We cheated and put the bowl in the freezer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, and then hand formed them. They’re a bit bland, so make sure you have lots of toppings – the mayo is fantastic.

  7. posted by jane saavedra on August 8, 2014

    These are great. I love the bbq flavor, how thick they turn out, and how much they actually feel like burgers! I need to make these more often to freeze and have them in my weekly rotation. I couldn’t stop eating the batter to even get them in the oven!

  8. posted by stoumi on July 5, 2014

    I made these last night…again for 4th of July. While I didn’t grill them, I did however substitute Julie’s Health Hottie Sauce in place of the red pepper flakes. In fact I am watching for the Chi-racha sauce recipe to be released then I will be Chi-racha Burgers! But the HHS added a very nice kick to the burgers. Depending on how hot you like it. I added 2 tablespoons in the mixture. Tasted great.

  9. posted by stoumi on July 3, 2014

    Following a plant based diet for about 2.5 years and one of the easiest meals to get even an omni to eat are veggie burgers or in this case bean burgers. I had tried a number of combinations and McDougall recipes when it came to making burgers. Some were better than others, with a variety of flavors depending on what ingredients I processed together.

    Many of the recipes seemed to be missing something, which I could not put my finger on. Maybe it was that BBQ’d flavor from cooking burgers (meat) over an open flame. Not quite sure, but ask me right now my FAVORITE bean burger recipe and none jump to mind, until now.

    I had seen the images and read many different comments on Julie’s Chia Seed Bean Burger that last night in conjunction with the PD Burger Buns I decided to feast on these patties. I need to remember to read the directions through before I start, sort of like man using instruction manuals (we don’t need to sticking manuals!), I saw that the mixture was to chill for 12 hours. I think I got about 30 minutes, while the buns cooked to let it cool.

    What was great about this recipe I think was the addition of parsley and liquid smoke to the recipe. I think those two ingredients made this a great burger. I had used the other ingredients before, but as I said something was always lacking in my burgers. It was all I could do not to eat some bean mixture while I cooked.

    I expected the tomato paste, tamari, water and chia seed to thicken up more than it did. Maybe I used too much paste (was I eyeballed it), but it appeared thick when I mixed it up before adding the chia. I mixed it well and let it thicken after adding the chia. I also noticed my food processor had a hard time with very little liquid when I attempted to mix it. I had to stop it quite a few times to moved the mixture around in order to break down the beans.

    In the end I got a fairly smooth mixture, which was added to the chia mixture, followed by the oats. After I let it cool for 30 minutes I cook a ice cream scoop out and started to press patties. I do wish I had a burger press, which I didn’t so I hand formed each burger. Two burgers were a bit bigger and thicker than the rest, but I was able to get 6 good size patties, which were placed in the oven for 25 minutes.

    I shorted the cooking time, just to make sure I didn’t overcook them. I did add 2 more minutes at the end of the cooking cycle before I took them out to cool for 10 minutes. Once they had cooled I placed on top of the warm burger bun and added condiments, lettuce and tomato.

    The taste, AMAZING! Full of flavor and very filling, I ended up eating 2 burgers and probably could of had a third, but I would have left stuffed. The burger stayed together very well, each bite was filling (I would say meaty, but that didn’t sound right) and left me wanting another. I will work this burger, as well as sliders into my recipe rotation. I would think my wife and son will like these (keeping my fingers crossed). Thanks Julie!

  10. posted by Brittany on April 24, 2014

    These burgers are the BEST plant-based burgers I have ever made. My favorite way to eat them is just plain, cold. Highly recommend!

  11. posted by Brittany on April 21, 2014

    Great plant-based burgers! I doubled the recipe so I have lots for the freezer. I didn’t have any cooked black beans and I was feeling impatient so I used all pinto beans. They turned out beautifully.

    I also rolled some of it into balls to make meatballs. Can’t wait to top spaghetti and Julie’s quick red sauce with the chia burger “meatballs”!

  12. posted by Dewi Rees on April 15, 2014

    Ive made some of these delicious burgers for the first time and froze some. Can I just put one straight in the oven from frozen? Thanks

    • posted by Julie Marie on April 15, 2014

      Baking from frozen may change the baking times therefore I recommend defrosting then baking. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes.

  13. posted by tina iovine on March 20, 2014

    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! I loved it!!! Thank you Julie for another great recipe!! love love love!!

  14. posted by Penny on January 14, 2014

    These are delicious, the only down side is having to let the mix sit overnight. Good idea about freezing them I will make a double batch next time. Thanks for another great recipe juile!

    • posted by Penny on January 14, 2014

      Oops, sorry for misspelling your name Julie. 🙂

  15. posted by lori h on January 11, 2014

    I made these today and used purple onion this time. Gave it a great flavor. Also made them using the ball jar lid and they worked out perfectly. They made way more then 6 and I’m excited to try to freeze some uncooked and see how they do. We are having them tonight with your hot sauce potato wedges! Delicious!

  16. posted by newhopeden on January 4, 2014

    They make huge burgers that squish out all over the place but they taste good!

  17. posted by La Brandt on December 5, 2013

    I would like to add some sunflower seeds, are they allowed as chia seeds are used? I like the texture. thank you

    • posted by Julie Marie on December 6, 2013

      Sunflower seeds are high in Saturated fat. Please read the article under FAQ about nuts. This will give you a good understanding why we are eliminating saturated fats in nuts and seeds. Chia however are low in fat and we don’t supplement with them. We use them to thicken dressings, bind burgers or gel up pudding or jam.

  18. posted by La Brandt on December 4, 2013

    Hi I have an allergy to soy, could I substitue coconut aminos and still be on plan, or if not what would you suggest? thank you

  19. posted by Jmglackin on November 25, 2013

    I absolutely love these burgers! The flavor and texture are great. I was vegan for a year before starting PD and I ate a lot of the pre packaged frozen processed veggie burgers…I honestly like these better and they are cheaper, easy to make, & nutrient dense. They freeze and reheat wonderfully. I love always having them on hand in my freezer!

  20. posted by Sheree Britt on November 5, 2013

    I made these and love them. They don’t fall apart, cook up wonderfully, and freezer perfectly. Such a great burger. No more Boca or Garden Burgers for me!!!

  21. posted by Alicia Jackson on August 22, 2013

    I made these tonight for guests and even the carnivores loved them!

  22. posted by PlantstronginTEXAS on August 5, 2013

    I just made these tonight and they are very good! I like the fact they don’t fall apart . The flavor is very good also ! Thanks Julie for coming up with this delicious recipe!

  23. posted by Denise on July 16, 2013

    These were so good! I had them on an Ezekiel Roll with your Ketchup and House Mayo, lettuce and tomato. Will definitely make them again!

  24. posted by huclkengirl on July 15, 2013

    I think I am in love! I really enjoyed these and want to make a ton more and freeze them and have them available for whenever I want one. Don’t get me started on the mayo! YUMMY!

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Two Wonderful Months I have been Blessed to Eat Fabulous Protective Diet Meals! I have lost 21 pounds and gained a whole new perspective on food, eating, and Nourishing my body! This last month has been filled with a variety of experiences and learning. The new experience of BCS (baggy clothes syndrome) has been fun, Click to comment “Two Wonderful Months”

Dianna H

Plant-Based Nutritional Intervention Results are typical on a Protective Diet Maria’s Testimonial

Maria

Three Years, 125lb GONE!! Three years have passed since I started a whole food, plant-based diet. I have lost a total of 125lb. The best part of all this is that my health has improved! I have gone from a size 24 to a size 6. My start weight was apx 265lb and now it’s Click to comment “Plant-Based Nutritional Intervention Results are typical on a Protective Diet Maria’s Testimonial”

Maria A

Drop in Cholesterol – Thank you protectivediet.com!!!

My cholesterol readings have long been my biggest health issue. I was once tested as high as 333. I have been fighting being 20-50 pounds overweight most of my life. The only thing that ever seemed to lower my cholesterol before this was regular exercise. But, I could never get it below 285. After becoming Click to comment “Drop in Cholesterol – Thank you protectivediet.com!!!”

Suzette K

I have never felt better!

When I came to Protective Diet three years ago I wasn’t very far from being 400 pounds at 379 lbs. I was wearing a 5X top and a 4X pant. I was taking two different meds for diabetes, I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, GERD, uncontrolled asthma, allergies, and thyroid issues. I had been Click to comment “I have never felt better!”

Dorothy B

PD Works!

Well, you found your way to my testimony. Good for you. Here’s my true story: I’ve been doing PD for two years now, and it has been working wonderfully for me ever since. It’s greatly reduced my Ulcerative Colitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms, I sleep better, my skin looks great, and I have been able Click to comment “PD Works!”

Robinlee G.

Support and Sustainability

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I saw the movie “Forks Over Knives” in early January of 2013. I started studying the video and the written works of Doctors Esselstyn, Campbell, McDougall, Bernard, et al and knew that the WFPB was truly the best choice for healthy eating. I tried it briefly but was unable to stick to the plan. These Click to comment “Support and Sustainability”

Sandra S.

Joanne

March 1, 2015, about 9 am. That moment is sealed in my memory. I ran into my esteemed co-worker Robinlee Garber in the hallway for the first time in months. My jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe how she looked! It wasn’t just that she clearly lost a significant amount of weight, but her skin glowed Click to comment “Joanne”

Joanne Wright

Results are typical on a Protective Diet

I have lost over 12in around my waist, moved my belt over 7 loops and clothes I never thought I’d ever wear again are too big. I thought I was a good cook but now I am an expert. When I’m tired from work and the last thing I want to do is cook, I Click to comment “Results are typical on a Protective Diet”

Marci R

Results are typical on a Protective Diet Kat’s fibromyalgia testimonial

I am a see it to believe it kind of girl. Protective Diet has proven itself hands down. The most amazing thing is that my skin has started healing and I have not had a migraine since changing to PD. My skin from psoriasis kept me from many activities. I used to have to take Click to comment “Results are typical on a Protective Diet Kat’s fibromyalgia testimonial”

Kat

Dorothy B.

Back in 2012 after six months of talking with a naturopath doctor finally convinced me to do HCG injections. My gut was telling me this wasn’t right but she was convincing and finally I said okay. I weighed 379 pounds. I took the injections for six weeks and lost 40 pounds. After three weeks of Click to comment “Dorothy B.”

Dorothy B.

Lynda

Day 60! The picture on the left was taken as I began this journey, 2 months ago and the one on the right was taken this morning I’m down 14.5 lbs. I admit I was disappointed this morning with weight loss. Today I start mindful eating……I have another 6 pounds I hope to lose. My Click to comment “Lynda”

Lynda

162 – 127 in under a year!

I can’t believe how much I’ve shrunk and how great I feel! If you are thinking about doing it; JUST DO IT!!!!!

JoAnn W

I was skeptical… at first!

I have to admit when my mother suggested this idea of no meats, dairy, oils, etc. I was highly skeptical. Those are all the things I love about food! Then we made some of the recipes, starting with sauces like the sweet mustard dressing, ketchup, etc. I loved them. We then moved on to snacks Click to comment “I was skeptical… at first!”

James Michael Elmore

I struggled with weight for over 20 years. Not anymore!

I struggled with weight for over 20 years. Not anymore! I tried all the popular diets and workout plans. I was successful on them for only a short time and then I gained all the weight back. When I heard about Protective Diet I decided to commit for a year. Put it to the test. Click to comment “I struggled with weight for over 20 years. Not anymore!”

Andy R

Protective Diet works!!!

I’m down 15 lbs after 15 weeks on Protective Diet! I just looked at my myfitness.com app which I used regularly to count calories before finding protectivediet.com It shows a nice steady drop since beginning the protective diet. It amazes me that I can eat until my tummy is happy, eat food that I thoroughly Click to comment “Protective Diet works!!!”

Suzette K

Rosa Lee

When I started PD in April of this year, I thought I’d just begin to integrate it into our way of eating, just doing the best I could using the free recipes. Then as I did this, I found that I wanted some of the Premium Recipes. I decided to subscribe for the premium membership. Click to comment “Rosa Lee”

Rosa Lee

I love PD

I just realized I forgot to post Mike and my progress from our first 30 days back on PD. Mike is down 15 lbs, I am down 13 lbs. Mike’s BP is back in the normal range, he is off Nexium for heartburn/reflux. He is having normal BM’s 2-3x a day. He has more energy Click to comment “I love PD”

Becky S.

Jennifer P.

I wanted to let you know about a website, eating plan, and support group that is AMAZING! Julie and Jerry Christensen have created Protective Diet (PD) (protectivediet.com). This low fat plant based program has helped me to shed the most difficult to lose last pounds. I lost 25 pounds easily in 5 months before my Click to comment “Jennifer P.”

Jennifer P

PD Changed My Life!

Before starting PD, I had tried so many other ways and plans to lose weight. Sustainability (or lack thereof) and feeling deprived were the two biggest hurdles I faced. I had even tried being vegan for a time but found it difficult due to lack of recipes. In November of 2014, I met with a Click to comment “PD Changed My Life!”

Melissa H

Lori R

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The Protective Diet plan is so wonderful. Between the live class, the website and the interactive group on Face book, it’s like 24/7 support. Even though it can be a little hard in the beginning giving up foods you are used to or always felt were healthy it doesn’t take long to become a believer Click to comment “Lori R”

Lori R

A Tale of Two Sisters

As I pass the August 1, 2016 two-year anniversary of adopting a Protective Diet, I’m reflecting on my journey, and that of my sister, Cathy. I’ve been a “foodaholic” all of my life. I’m 66 now, and since I was a young girl, I’ve struggled with my weight. I’ve never been considered obese, and the Click to comment “A Tale of Two Sisters”

Sally G.

Just what I was looking for

I had a health scare back in August, 2000. I found out at my first mammogram I had breast cancer. I always thought my diet was ok but now I realized I was in for a battle of my life. I went the “traditional” route of a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. During that time I Click to comment “Just what I was looking for”

Marie C

Thank you, thank you!

Just a little over 30 days following PD, down 20 pounds. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Julie & Jerry for your incredible wisdom in developing this life altering program! Debra from Phoenix, AZ.

Debra H

52 pounds less at 5 months 100% PDL!

So, my 5 month weigh in I'm 52 pounds less than when I started!

Michael A M

Jacquelyn B.

Jacquelyn

50/50 Challenge is over but I will continue. I am 20 lbs below the goal Weight Watchers set for me before I started Protective Diet. I have shed 68 lbs in 11 months. When I visualized being thin, I never saw myself going from size 22 to baggy size 8! Prior to this challenge my Click to comment “Jacquelyn B.”

Jacquelyn B.

First 30 Days

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I started PD July 21st. Reporting my 30 days results a tad early because I have family coming tomorrow for a week vacation and I will be away from the scale… July 21st weighed 362.2 lbs Aug 17th weigh 340.8 lbs Weight lost 21.4 lbs Thank you to Julie, Jerry and each of you who Click to comment “First 30 Days”

Meg W.

Sheree B.

I weighed around 300 lbs for over 30 yrs. In that time, I tried every diet, from Adkins to Weight Watchers, with little success. 12 yrs ago I went vegan thinking that would be my answer. Sadly, I was still obese, tired, sick and depressed. In ‘13 I received bad results from my blood test. Click to comment “Sheree B.”

Sheree B.

Judi B.

April 4, 2014…it was a new beginning for me. Over the past few DECADES, I’d gotten into some pretty nasty eating habits and I was wearing the consequences all over my body. I was arguably one of the worst fast-food junkies I know. McD for breakfast, most lunches, and many dinners…and fast foods and TV Click to comment “Judi B.”

Judi B.

90 days on Protective Diet

90 days on Protective Diet has totally changed my life. I now enjoy my Vegan diet VERY MUCH. The recipes make the program so EASY to follow! I don’t miss meat or dairy at all. I can’t believe how much my grocery bill has dropped! My weight at 90 days is 177. I did begin Click to comment “90 days on Protective Diet”

Suzette K

Today is my 6 months PD anniversary! I am down 62 pounds!

Hi! I am Colette Marie. I joined Protective Diet in February, and went 100% PD on March 30, 2017. Today (September 30) is my 6 month anniversary, and I’m so thrilled that I discovered Julie Marie and Protective Diet! I’m currently down 62 pounds. I feel hopeful and excited to see how eating plant based Click to comment “Today is my 6 months PD anniversary! I am down 62 pounds!”

Colette Marie

Steven M.

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“This is just TOO MUCH!!! Your photos are SO APPETIZING!!! I have chewed part of my screen off trying to taste them. Beautiful stuff! My wife has promised to start making some of these recipes (as a result of which I may never leave the house!). In case I do venture outdoors, please provide guidance Click to comment “Steven M.”

Steven M.

Angela and the Onewheel

Recently, at age 52, I fell off of a motorized skateboard. I know… I know… but I love to skateboard! Anyway… I broke my knee. LUCKILY the insurance fought me and denied the MRI twice so by the time I had it done it was 5 weeks later. During this time I ate PD, used Click to comment “Angela and the Onewheel”

Angela S.

PD Success on month 3!

PD Success on month 3!

So, I’m happy to report that I lost 6.5 pounds during the winter holidays for a total of 28 pounds since October 5, 2015! It was rough some days but I never really fell off my horse. Just slipped in the saddle a few times. The best thing for month three is I HAD to Click to comment “PD Success on month 3!”

Melinda G

Lost Weight, Gained a Smile and a New Outlook!

Today is my last day of the 30 Day Detox! In 30 days, I have lost six pounds without being hungry, counting calories, or feeling deprived. The food on a Protective Diet is delicious. The support that Julie, Jerry, and the rest of the PD family provide is the most caring, thoughtful, and knowledgeable I Click to comment “Lost Weight, Gained a Smile and a New Outlook!”

Rachel F

Kristie C.

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PD has changed my life forever! There are so many amazing recipes that keep me on track:) I have done so many diets and joined different plans. I couldn’t stick with them long term. I always gave up! I have been on PD for over 6 months now;) All my blood work is perfect! I Click to comment “Kristie C.”

Kristie C.

Shannon O.

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Hi Julie! I hope you have a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving! I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your support, encouragement and inspiration during my journey to wellness. I cooked my first vegan Thanksgiving and it turned out marvelous! FYI a homemade cranberry relish it was so so yummy! When we first spoke Click to comment “Shannon O.”

Shannon O

Maria A

November of 2012 a co-worker told me about Forks Over Knives video. Her doctor had told her that she should watch it and give it a try. I had never thought about becoming vegan. I grew up on a dairy farm. Meat, potatoes and cheese were basic staples growing up. I loved my meat and Click to comment “Maria A”

Maria A

Superb Food & Football

It is amazing how much better healthy food can taste when its prepared the right way. I enjoyed an outstanding Thursday night Football dinner with Julie and Jerry and was pleasantly surprised by how tasty their healthy food is. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and cooking for me Julie!

Alex M

Kristie C.

I just wanted to encourage you if I can! Just a little over 2 years ago I was 300 lbs! I was super depressed and was thinking I would be overweight forever! I never saw the light at the end of the tunnel! I tried so many diets and failed! I may have lost some Click to comment “Kristie C.”

Kristie C.

Plant-Based Nutritional Intervention Results

When I started practicing a Protective Diet I quit the gym due to lack of time. The weight fell off and I could eat all the starches I adored. Sometimes I pinch myself to see if this is a dream. I’m not in the gym, I’m not counting calories and I eat until I’m full Click to comment “Plant-Based Nutritional Intervention Results”

Julie Marie Christensen

Six months PD

Wow! I never thought I’d make it this far! I’ve tried every diet out there since 1999 when I quit smoking and gained 25 pounds. I would lose a few pounds and then get so hungry I’d eat anything and gain it right back. I had been on statins for high cholesterol until I followed Click to comment “Six months PD”

lynsul

Updated testimonial

I am answering Julie’s challenge to post a pre-PD photo with a current photo. The photo on the left was taken exactly 3 years ago. The one on the right is from July this year. I began PD 100% on 11/29/15.

Tece M.

30 Day Detox Progress

I am excited to share my progress so far! Today is Day 22 of my 30 Day Detox. I am starting to feel rising energy levels and a great deal of mental clarity and emotional evenness. The pictures show my progress, the one in the gray shirt my daughter took of me the day before Click to comment “30 Day Detox Progress”

Rachel F

Barb B

I began my PD journey March 1, 2014. It all started because my FB friend posted a food picture from Julie’s website protectivediet.com. Since starting protective diet, I have lost a total of 62 lbs in a little over 9 months! I didn’t really have any health problems before starting my new plant based diet Click to comment “Barb B”

Barb B.

July 20th makes 6 months on protective diet!

6 months on the protective diet has changed my life completely. My weight dropped from 188.5 lbs to 171 pounds . 17.5 pound loss, plus I have lost more than 10 inches of fat. I went from size 14 to size 10. From large size to small size. The smaller clothes that were in my Click to comment “July 20th makes 6 months on protective diet!”

Suzette K

Teri S.

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Ok, So the No Fat – Not Yo Cheeze Sauce was insanely good! I made the home made tortilla chips too. I highly recommend this and Protective Diet!

Teri S

Results are typical on a Protective Diet

Just a little story…… I had a yearly Doctor appt last week. Apparently at one time, (when I weighed 204 lbs!!)they snapped a photo of me sitting in the chair from the iPad they use. The nurse took me back to the room and said apparently you have been up to something because you look Click to comment “Results are typical on a Protective Diet”

Barb B.

Continuing My Protective Diet Journey on Protective Diet

My 3 Month update in my On-going Protective Diet Journey has me down 30 pounds now! I am SO enjoying not being driven by the thought or craving of “Food”, but the Freedom of enjoying the opportunity to Nourish my body with every bite I take. This Month I noticed another “mind shift”. I have Click to comment “Continuing My Protective Diet Journey on Protective Diet”

Dianna H

Results are typical on a Protective Diet

About 90 days after beginning my PD journey it was time for another round of blood tests. By this time I’d lost another 30 lbs. or so, and I was not taking BP meds. My total cholesterol had dropped to 132, and I was no longer “pre-diabetic.” The nurse had taken my blood pressure (it Click to comment “Results are typical on a Protective Diet”

Judi B.

For My Health and Happiness

I’m very proud of all members who have chosen to change from an unhealthy diet to a healthy eating lifestyle. I’m just starting all over again…..today, Nov 19, 2016. I was eating clean, not eating meat, exercising, drinking water, etc. etc. And then one day about three months ago, I decided to just eat a Click to comment “For My Health and Happiness”

joann9991

Grandma

I always knew it was in the food, but could never quite hit the winning combination until September 2015. After visiting a Vegan MD and having him review my food journal he immediately told me to loose the fats, nuts and convenience Vegan foods. Then I met Angela at a buffet at Lake Tahoe and Click to comment “Grandma”

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Liz R

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I was just going to reach out to you as I just received my blood test results……total cholesterol is 170 (down from 245)!!!!!!! Everything that was off last time (Vitamin D & Iron ) is all normal as well. I seriously wanted to have a party, I was so excited! My parents are so proud Click to comment “Liz R”

Liz R.