World Vegan Day is November 1st. So what better time to have the LAUNCH DAY for our 60 day teamRIPPED Vegan Challenge!!! Are you ready??? Like I’ve said in my previous articles on this topic, I don’t expect this vegan challenge to be for everyone. Many of you are on the fat shredder diet and working hard on that. Many of you have no interest in giving up meat / dairy / animal proteins at all.
But many of you, like myself, are interested in a whole food plant based diet for not only the “outward” benefits (lower body fat, more energy, more endurance, stronger performance, less need to track calories and %) but also the “inward” benefits (less disease, lower risk of cancers, long term health).
So without further ado, I am opening up our private facebook group, “teamRIPPED Vegan Challenge”, to everyone who is interested in spending the next 60 days on a whole food plant based diet. You can do it whether you are trying to lose body fat, gain muscle, or anything in between. The vegan approach has lots of options. And you can all decide to what extent you want to “go vegan” — all the way, most of the way, or part way. We have access to some great experts, lots of recipes, and each other as we go through 60 days … and beyond … to learn about how our bodies can be their very best with a plant based diet. I’m excited to see what I learn in the next 60 days and how my results stack up to where I am now. I’m also excited to see the results of others who participate in this challenge who have a variety of goals from losing body fat to gaining muscle. Let’s see how a WFPB diet can be tailored to all of these goals!
I don’t have “rules” to be part of this learning process, other than the rule to come into this group with an open mind, a good attitude, and with a desire to get along! I don’t want people in the group who’s purpose is to cause fights between viewpoints. I know there are multiple viewpoints. This private group isn’t the place for that debate. That’s not our purpose. If you are curious and want to learn, want to get answers to your questions and concerns, and want to evaluate the research behind a whole food plant based diet, then please come join us! It’s okay if you are skeptical! That doesn’t disqualify you from joining us. I was skeptical too! But I’ve kept an open mind and have already learned a lot, and seen some good results in my own health, fitness level, energy, and strength in just the few weeks that I’ve been experimenting.
I do have a couple tips that I want you to all pay attention to!! Don’t immediately join and start asking all kinds of questions. This group has been open to several of my coach friends for over a month now, and we’ve got tons of great stuff on there that you can look at first. It will be total chaos if a bunch of new people all join and start asking the same basic questions. So get your feet wet first!!!
1) – Look in the “DOCS” (linked at the top of our private group) — we have Q&A, recipes for meals, recovery drinks, preworkouts, etc. all in the DOCS section.
2) – Also, do a “search” for any item you you want to learn about (you can “search this group” for any keyword and see all the discussion threads that have been discussed already about that keyword.
3) – Finally, listen to the 2 team calls we already had with our coaches and Monica Parodi which give tons of tips, Q&A, and thoughts to get you going. Here’s the link to those 2 calls = http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/113
So now that I’ve given you the tips to make this group a success, here’s the link to our private FB page, where you will have to ask to join and wait for an admin like myself to approve you =
Who said vegans have to be little skinny hippies? I am going to prove that you can be PLANT STRONG!!! :-)
Coach!!! Just wanted to ask a quick question: even though you're not her coach, could my girlfriend join the Vegan Challenge FaceBook group or is it only for TeamRipped members? Or should I just request to be a part of the group and she can have access that way? She's interested in getting back into the Vegan lifestyle and she's been searching for input on this since it's been years since she was a Vegan and things have changed since then. I figured I'd check with you since I'm pretty sure your group is filled with the answers that she's looking for.
Hi Wayne, I heard your national coach call a few weeks ago and I was totally inspired by your story. I love your website and would love to check out your vegan challenge Facebook page. I asked for permission to join the group. I know it has ended, but I would love to see the recipes and see how you structure a vegan plan while following P90X. Thanks in advance.
Hi Wayne, Congrats Top Coach! I checked out your website. I saw your Vegan Challenge. I been experimenting with eating vegan meal plans since last nov. I even prepared a vegan thanksgiving dinner last year. I would luv to join your vegan challenge. I'm doing P90x2. I started in Jan. but started incorporating some meats and dairy because it felt a little overwhelming trying to do this by myself. I think your vegan challenge group may be the support I need.
Hey coach, I'm glad you are giving the vegan diet a try I also have a family history of heart disease so I had thoughts to either going vegan or really restricting my meat intake. I, like you, have watched forks over knives and a half a dozen more food documentaries. I recently watched a film on netfilx streaming that I would urge you to watch before making the vegan diet permanent. Its called "Fat Head". It really puts what we know about health and nutrition and really challenges the common science that we have all been told is good for you. The first half has a bit of dry humor but the second half is when they get into the science of cholestorol, heart disease, ect...it really is an eye opener! You do a lot for us coach so I figured I would give back some good info that I believe you would appreciate!!Take care
After hearing the calls with Monica Parodi I must say im really interested in being a vegan at least for 90 or 180 days. Its pretty crazy coming from me I think im probably one of the biggest meat eater
This is AWESOME!!! I've been a vegan for over 10 years and a vegetarian for over 20. I am so stoked to see a vegan fitness challenge like this! Way to go!!! Just wish I'd seen it before it started so I could have jumped in!!
Dang! I'm really intrigued by the thought of a natural pre-workout. I can't help but feel like I'm cheating with pre-workouts. However maybe you will feel it more prominantly as the weeks go on and your body becomes more sensitive to all the natural nutrition it's getting! I will probably keep pestering you haha =P BTW last week I was just not in the diet groove 100% and so friday night when I was getting angry at myself I told myself that I was going to strictly follow your 1900 diet and fat shredder sample meals. Well LESS THAN A WEEK LATER I am down almost 2 inched around my stomach and feeling the confidence again! Haven't bonked but I'm really hungry before bed hahah but lifes not all roses and unicorns I guess. Thanks again!
I read this article chewing on Beef Jerky and looking forward to a chicken dinner tonight and steak on Friday. I don't think this challenge is for me. haha
Hey Chris, no where near the effects of a caffeine/creatine PWO. But for recovery, my vegan concoction is working about as well as R/R (although it doesn't taste nearly as good LOL!)
Thanks Steve. I don't know about the Paleo/Primal diet, because eating a lot of animal protein goes against what I'm learning about long term health. I'll definitely look at all the options with an open mind though.
I'm currently around 8-9% body fat. I wanted to test this diet out, but also need to do the fat shredder diet to lower my body fat %. Would you recommend that I stick with the fat shredder diet or will I still lose body fat on a WFPB diet?
Hey Kalvin, you can do either. I haven't developed a specific fat shredder vegan diet, but there are many in the group who have had success with losing body fat on a vegan diet. Like I said in the article above, you are more than welcome to come join us and see!
Hey coach I'm in the misfit challenge but would like to see about adding a variety to my food intake especially the pre workout can I join.
Hey Coach! I'm doing the misfit challenge, but I'd like to look into replacing some of my diet with vegan foods as well as learn some more about it. Can I join the group? Thanks.
Hey not sure what I'm doing wrong...but I made the request...I saw that one of the admins approved it already...but I am unable to see the 'DOCS' folder. Also I still see the 'lock' icon ontop of page and I dont see any comments...felling a little silly but not sure what to do next :( Facebook Newbie :)
Hayden, the "lock" icon is because it's a closed group. Right under that lock icon, you'll see the docs, so just click on it and you'll see the listing of them.
Thanks for sharing the info Coach Wayne!!!! Glad to have access to all the good info and insight... Sound like you may soon need a "Vegan" tab on your site too!