Testimonials


8 Comments | Last Update: April 4, 2013

  • Kristie C. Let me start out by saying I was a mess! I was depressed!Didn’t want to go anywhere! Every piece of clothing I had was baggie and ugly!I had it because I was limited on what I could buy to cover my 300 lbs body! I was just so miserable! I tried for years to lose ...
  • From Addiction to Food Freedom My story begins, as many do, in my childhood. I started gaining weight at an alarming rate after being molested by a family member. My weight went up and down, but I was always on the heavier side. I used food to sooth my emotions and continued this behavior my whole life. I was the ...
  • Cindy A. After having 2 babies in 1 year, I was at my heaviest. I discovered when my daughter was 2 weeks old that I have chronic mononucleosis syndrome (chronic mono). By the time she was a year and a half, I had mono twice. It was incredibly difficult trying to take care of 2 little ones ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sheree B. Logo and FaviconThings are definitely happening after 18 days on PD. I love raisin bread and after finding out at our last PD-Ed class that Eziechiele brand is ok, my sister bought me some. I toasted it tonight and was so excited until I bit into it. Oh my gosh! It is so, so, sweet! I told ...
  • Kacey M Logo and FaviconJulie, I think you are truly a inspiration. All of your recipes are so simple, yet so delicious! You have helped me to realize the benefits of a vegan diet and begin on my own health journey. So THANK YOU! – Kacey M.
  • 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 ...
  • Karla F. December 1, 2013 I found Protective Diet after someone in another Facebook plant based diet group mentioned it. I went immediately to the website and I just knew it was for me. I joined PD-Ed right away and started eating a Protective Diet. I’ve never looked back. I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. After ...
  • A few days from being on PD 6 months! AllyAfter studying the oil free, plant based, whole food movement for around a year and a half I was diagnosed with pre diabetes. I knew I could reverse that from all of the reading I had done. But I had tried going plant based before and got great results regarding weight loss but I could ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hurray! I love protectivediet.com!!! I am now on week 8 on a Protective Diet (PD) and I can’t be happier with the program! I was feeling thin today, so I jumped on the scale to see the scale at 180! Yes, 180 means 8.5 pounds lost in the last 7 weeks. The best part is I LOVE what ...
  • 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 being ...
  • You Are Never Too Old To Change Your Life With PD by Sandy Underwood In May of 2015 upon returning from a 3 week vacation, I found that my blood pressure (been high and on meds since I was 50) had reached 220/110 at my Dr’s office. I also had a cholesterol reading of 235. I was in crisis; a heart attack or stroke waiting to happen.   After ...
  • 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 ...
  • Teri S. Logo and Favicon“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.
  • Edith H. Logo and Favicon“My Hubby loved this soup (Creamy Potato and Kale) He said It’s a Keeper” – Edith H.
  • Angela It’s the small things. ~Like being able to cross your legs without feeling awkward or uncomfortable. ~Or wearing a new pair of shoes that aren’t designed around your Planter’s Fasciitis that no longer exists. ~Going to a party and not feeling the need to eat everything in sight. ~Going to a party and realizing that you are not the ...
  • Kristie C. Logo and FaviconPD has changed my life forever! There is 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Amy M. My weight has been a lifelong struggle & I was up to 246 lbs at one point. I’ve tried every diet and exercise program available. I lost a lot of weight & health following a low-carb diet. I became a Type II Diabetic with High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, severe Reflux, stomach ulcers, adrenal and ...
  • Jennifer P. Logo and FaviconI am loving Protective Diet Ed! I have been studying plant based nutrition for about 2 years already, but I have learned so much from Julie. Her courses taught me about food additives and helped me make my McDougall style plant based diet even HEALTHIER! I feel great and continue to lose weight and have ...
  • Maria A. I have lost 75lbs since starting the Protective Diet (PD) in July ‘13. My total weight loss has been 100Lb since becoming vegan in Nov. ‘12. Before PD I was pre-diabetic, had a high liver count, high cholesterol and acid reflex. I was on medicine for acid reflex and my doctor wanted to put me ...
  • 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 to ...
  • Pattye O Update It’s amazing the tricks your mind likes to play on you. Today is my 3 month 100% PD anniversary, so I stepped on the scale. I was a bit disappointed. I had wanted to lose 10 pounds this month, instead I lost 8.5. 8.5 is not bad, but it didn’t put me into the next ...
  • Jackie J. Logo and FaviconI want to thank you for all that you have taught me. The confidence and information you taught me is priceless. I am a new women, with a second chance at life! I’m down 25 pounds, 50 points on my cholesterol and feeling like a million bucks. I now cook for myself and pack my ...
  • Shannon O. Logo and Favicon“Julie, I have to take a moment to thank you. I currently have your spinach lasagna in the oven baking and I am looking forward to dinner tonight! I changed the way I have been eating a few months ago but I have yet to actually cook a actual recipe. I have never eaten tofu ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. I ...
  • Marci R. Since Aug ’13 Protective Diet (PD) has saved my life. PD has made it fun and easy to prepare food. Even when I’m tired, I get such joy from making dinner and lunch for the next day. My grocery bills have dropped $40/week. I especially like that PD is environmentally amazing: no palm oil, less packaging ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sharon H Sharon and ScottMy husband Scott and I began following Protective Diet sometime right around the end of March. We had been 100% plant based since January 2012 when I randomly ending up watching Forks Over Knives on Netflix to occupy myself one very cold Saturday here in Minnesota. As we do with everything, we plunged in 100% ...
  • Kathryn J Logo and FaviconI can’t thank you enough Julie for all of the information you have given me. I am even more excited about my decision to eat a plant based diet. It just feels like the best thing I have done for myself in a very long time. I made Julie’s Creamy Potato and Kale Soup along ...
  • My Protective Diet Journey On November 29th, 2015, I was led to the Protective Diet website by a testimonial that I saw on another whole foods plant based group on facebook. (Thank you, guardian angel, Judi Bryan!) I had already embraced the WFPBNO lifestyle several years previously, but I had been plagued by recent weight gain and not ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jessica D. I completed my first 30 days yesterday. Although Julie encourages us to throw away the scale, I’m not yet ready to part with it. I do recognize however that I’ve given it far too much power in the past, letting it determine the type of day/week I’m going to have and my confidence in my ...
  • Protective Diet changed my life! by Karla December 2, 2013 was the day I changed my life. I found Protective Diet the night before after someone in another plant based group mentioned the name. After going to the website and reading the details, I just knew it was for me! My highest weight, 371 here and my current weight Mid August, 2016. ...
  • Two Wonderful Months – Dianna H. 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 BCC (baggy clothes syndrome) ...
  • My PD Journey – April 2015 to January 2017 Before PD I had tried MANY weight-loss programs fighting obesity all my adult life. A few times I even got the weight off for a few months; but I was never able to maintain long term. By the time I started PD I had some health issues I was concerned about and the excess weight ...
  • Tina C. Logo and FaviconMy note from my husband last night: “Dinner last night was great!” I tried two recipes last night from Protective Diet. I’ve never thought non fat could taste so good! Kids would love these nachos! Inexpensive and turned out great! Un-Fried Black beans and Not Yo Cheeze Sauce with Baked Toritilla Chips- Tina C.
  • Denise Logo and FaviconI’ve been following the Protective Diet for 90 days! I’ve stuck with the plan 100%, and it’s paying off. I want to say that it’s been effortless, but that isn’t true. I’ve made the effort to plan my meals, to make sure that I always have the ingredients I need at home, and to take ...
  • Karen P KarenEight months into my PD journey and today I hit the 30 lbs gone mark! I never imagined I would see the 150’s again (haven’t been this weight since high school). I started my WFPB journey on Jan 1st but was floundering with knowing what to cook and struggling to find compliant recipes that I ...
  • Deanna R. Logo and FaviconI was really scared to go cold turkey with the no oil no sugar thing, but I had been “trying” for months with no success!! Reading many of your progress stories and Facebook posts gave me the courage to DO IT!! OMG, I am SO, SO glad that I did! The first few days were ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sandra S. Logo and FaviconI 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 ...
  • Maria A Logo and FaviconNovember 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 ...
  • Marci L Protective Diet saved my life. Baked chips entered my kitchen in May 2013 when Julie suggested I try baking my own from a vegan weight loss group. In June 2013 I went 95% Protective Diet. I had considered my diet healthy as a 14 year vegan and gluten free for the past 5. I wasn’t ...
  • Diane O. New-Testimonial-pic-Diane-O[1]My whole life I’ve fought a weight problem. My highest was 243 in 2003. I’ve been on so many programs and diets. Joined gyms and bought workout videos. I could lose weight but I could not seem to stay with the program to keep it off. About four years ago I finally made it to ...
  • Stephen T Stephen-Before-and-now[1]August, 2011 had me utter the word, “vegan” for the first time. After my yearly physical total cholesterol had climbed to 264 mg/dL and would continue to increase unless I took preventive measures. My family physician prescribed me a statin, which was told would help “control” my TC but not reverse the condition. Weeks later ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 lbs in 30 days and still Going As I think back to the person I was 30 days ago I am amazed. I felt a desperation and obsession when it came to food. My life revolved around the next meal and the next diet I was failing. I was introduced to Protective Diet when I seen the butter sauce recipe almost 2 ...
  • Shannon O. Logo and FaviconHi 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 ...
  • Wow! 30 Days Completed on PD Wow! 30 Days Completed on PD, and What an Amazing Journey this is! SO Many Changes and New first experiences in 30 Days! As I look at my “Calendar of Achievements” for the last month, some of my new experiences include: being back into the 100’s! I started at 211.0 pounds, and at 30 days ...
  • Lori R Logo and FaviconThe 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 ...
  • Lost Weight Without Hunger! I first began the whole foods program in February of 2012 at the age of 43. I had gained some weight and was miserable. I was having severe issues with uterine fibroid tumors, with heavy periods lasting 2 to 3 weeks, which in turn resulted in fairly severe anemia. I was lethargic and weak. I ...
  • Pattye O I was 60-70% PD from November – May 10. I definitely felt some benefits – feeling better and SLOWLY losing a few pounds. May 11 was my 100% PD first day. Today I am down 20 (yes, TWENTY) pounds in 2 months. I feel so much better. I am more active than I have been in ...
  • Continuing My Protective Diet Journey on Protective Diet – Dianna H 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”. ...
  • Kathryn J. Logo and FaviconI have made almost all of Julie’s recipes, every single one was delicious and easy to make. I just made the mushroom gravy for the first time on Tuesday ( I can’t believe I waited so long to make it ) one of my favorites for sure! Not only has she provided all of these ...
  • Three Years and Counting! Three years have passed since I made the decision to start Protective Diet. I have overcome several health concerns and achieved many goals. I have grown and learned so much over these years. I enjoy helping others achieve their goals, sharing my experiences and teaching them about PD and how this way of life can ...
  • Jonathan K The high number was taken back when I found out I had Type 2 diabetes December 17th of 2012… The low number I took recently during detox on PD… My doctor said if my numbers are under a hundred when I wake up in the morning…. then I can stop taking my medication. April 8th ...
  • Ted M. Logo and Favicon” Julie, I want to say the creamy tomato sauce was delicious! Really enjoy your videos. Thank you” – Ted M.
  • 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!!!!!
  • Lori S. Logo and FaviconThanks Julie, I feel so inspired to be the very best I can be; finally for the first time in my life, plant strong and healthy! I appreciate you, Kath and Dr. Esselstyn’s kind words and great advice. Your recipes are so easy, delicious and fun to make. Again, thanks so much Julie. It’s interesting ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jacquelyn B. Jacquelyn50/50 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 ...
  • Bridgette I am really excited that I am finally able to fit into some of my older dresses. Thanks to PD, I was able to shed 33 lbs. A special thanks to Jacquelyn for introducing me to this wonderful group, and for being a great inspiration to me. Thanks to Julie for sharing these delicious recipes ...
  • Theresa S. I started writing about my 30 days and this is a quick summary of my first 30 days on Protective Diet. On the morning of April 19th I checked my email and came across an email from Julie Marie with Protective Diet. I don’t remember subscribing to emails through her website but it’s possible I ...
  • 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 ...
  • never has losing weight been so easy Logo and Favicon15 pounds in 36 days! Never have I had such success losing weight – and never has losing weight been so easy or so pleasant. I know things will slow down as I get closer to my correct weight, but what a great feeling this is. Julie Marie Christensen you sure are a good teacher!
  • 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 purchase ...
  • Kristie C. KristieI 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 for ever! I never saw the light at the end of the tunnel! I tried so many diets and failed! I may have lost ...
  • 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 ...
  • Liz R Logo and Favicon“I was just going to reach out to you as I just received my blood test results……total cholesterol is 170 (down from 245)!!!!!!! Every thing 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 ...
  • I was skeptical… at first! I have to admit, when my mother suggested this idea of no meats, diary, oils, etc. I was highly skeptical. Those are all the things I love bout food! Then we made some of the recipes, starting with suaces like the sweet mustard dressing, ketchup, etc. I loved them. We then moved on to snacks ...
  • Meg W. Logo and FaviconI 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 have supported me during ...
  • Thirty days ago today… – Renae I. Thirty days ago today I had an appointment with my primary care physician. During this visit I told her I wanted to get off so many meds. Why am I taking an ulcer med when I’ve never been tested for an ulcer? Also taking heartburn med. Blood pressure, cholesterol and depression, incontinence, bladder control. OTC ...
  • Steven M. Logo and Favicon“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 ...

Comments (8)

  1. posted by chitownjayzgirl on June 26, 2015

    Is there a PD tofu scramble recipe?

    • posted by Julie Marie on June 28, 2015

      No, I haven’t added one due to it being such a common recipe. I will write one up in the future for you.

  2. posted by Mark Mikowski on December 9, 2014

    Julie and Jerry,
    Your recipe collection is incredible and delicious!
    Thank you so much for all your hard work and vision!
    Big Regards,
    Mark Mikowski

  3. posted by Cindy matter on December 5, 2014

    I could live off of the zucchini bread with strawberry chia jam and the chocolate brownies! Sooo good!

  4. posted by michael baker on May 28, 2014

    what kind of breakfast smoothy can you come up with….wife loves her breakfast smoothy

    • posted by Julie Marie on May 30, 2014

      This week’s PD-Ed recipe will be a Protective Diet Breakfast Smoothy. It will be published on Tuesday at 12:00 AM.

  5. posted by Wendy Bellows on August 31, 2013

    Can one cook pancakes that include no oil (e.g. Rip’s Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes) on a nonstick skillet? I fail repeatedly 🙁

    • posted by Julie Marie on August 31, 2013

      I’m not a big fan of non stick cookware, but you should have no problem with oil free pancakes on a non stick pan. Make sure your pan is hot and remember the first one never turns out well. It’s for the cook

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