UnDiet Review

I’ve had the pleasure to work with the amazing nutritionista Meghan Telpner from Toronto, Ontario.  Specifically, I made a custom straw designed with her colors in mind. (check out the picture below!)  It is incredibly fun and inspiring to create this special piece of functional art for Meghan.  Not only do I work with Meghan but I follow her personally to see what is new in the world of nutrition.

Meghan recently penned a book entitled “UnDiet” and she was kind enough to include me in the list of people allowed to preview the book and review it.  And review it I did!  This book is written as a handbook on how to live.  People who are curious about my lifestyle; why I don’t eat fast food or pure junk (even as a so-called “treat”), or wonder why bowel movements matter so much, or the theory that runs my business – there is no throw “away”, I can hand this book to them and save my breath.

The blueberry pancakes are out of this world!  If you have pancake obsessed little kids like I do they won’t even notice that these are great for them.  And her syrup blew my mind, so simple and nutritious – why didn’t I think of that!

Meghan has hit the nail on the head with this book.  Quit your crazy diet and just get this book, change your lifestyle and change yourself and the world around you.
Below is my interview with Meghan, it’s a fun one so you have to read it!  And then comment and tell me the wackiest diet you’ve ever been on (or why you don’t “diet”).  One person is going to win a copy of Meghan’s book and a glass straw from me! ~ Daedra

Word Association – tell me the first thing that comes to your mind
1. – Cauliflower: “Curry”
2. – Coconut oil: “Essential”
3. – Fast food: “BarfTown”
4. – Poop (my kids made me add this one): “Make it a good one.”
5. – Kitchen: “LOVE”
6. – Weight Watchers: “Ugh”
7. – Water: “Strawesome”
8. – Raw Honey: “sweetness”
9. – Plastic: “poison”
10. – Cellulite: “cottage cheese”

Now for a few questions about the book:
I have my own favorite recipes in the UnDiet book but what is your personal favorite?  Is it your favorite because it was easy to create or because it tastes so great?

“There are just over 40 recipes that cover everything including almond milk, granola, oatmeal, and power smoothies, soda alternatives, homemade crackers and  main course meals like my Life Affirming Chili and Booyizzle White Bean Green Curry. There are great desserts and treats like the Almond Power Cookies, Almond Butter Cups and amazing  Cinnamon rolls. Everything is plant-based and gluten-free. My favorite though? Yowza- that’s like choosing a favourite sunset, or favourite child. The recipes I shared are all my favourites- they are my own staples, what I make often and what I make when friends come to dinner. I wanted UnDiet readers to gain confidence in the kitchen and have their creations work- so they feel encouraged that the whole UnDiet lifestyle will work. What’s your favorite?” My favorite is the veggie rice wraps.  I stocked up on rice wraps and make these a few times a week for lunch.  I love them! ~DS

What inspired you to create UnDiet?  How long had you dreamed about it before it came to fruition?

“I have always wanted to write a book. I LOVE writing. I attempted a few times. The first book was a love story. The second book I called “Three years, nine jobs, my career in advertising” but that was too stressful to relive. UnDiet came about, very organically (no pun intended). It is really a culmination of the lifestyle and philosophy I developed beginning with my diagnosis with Crohn’s all the way through to being a teacher of this knowledge and these practices. When my editor called, out of the blue, over two years ago to talk about what my first book looked like in my mind, the vision was clear.

The inspiration- well it is the thousands of students I have had over the last five years that inspired me. I was on the slow transition plan and it becomes hard to remember what it was like to feel totally confused and overwhelmed. Every time a new person stepped into my kitchen or joined one of my online classes, there was a whole new set of questions. I wanted to write a book that answered those questions. This was why it was so important to include not just what we should eat, do, think and all of that, but also the how to make it happen and why we should even care to try.”

I see so many people in my social circle who try different diets and they work temporarily but they always end up failing.  I love to hear success stories, do you have any personal accounts of how UnDiet has helped readers?

“I have loads! If you go on to instagram or twitter and search  #UnDiet- the success is right there. If someone makes a smoothie for breakfast, drinks a little more water, or even ditches their plastic water bottle or straw for a glass version, or ditch the diet soda and fake butter products- that to me is success. We get so tied to a goal weight, or a size of jeans- but that type of success doesn’t work. If it did, we’d all be right where we want to be. Success in the UnDiet sense is really simply- just doing the best we can with every decision we need to make. So UnDiet success is about living in a real, health promoting way ongoing.  Instead of profiling UnDiet success stories on the blog, we’re sharing UnDiet Living In Action stories– this is where lasting health is going to come in. And health is the goal.”

If I’m feeling down I notice a huge difference if I eat a certain vegetable, it literally will pick me right up off the floor! Is there one food that can do this for you? If so, what is it?

“I know I will sound like a total nutrition dorkus malorkus- but green juice is like an injection of life straight to the source of my energy. When I sip up my green juice every morning I feel like my cells are giving me a standing ovation, pulling out their pom-poms and happy dancing, back flipping and high-fiving. Our cells know when they’re being taken care of and that moves up into all part of us, mood included. Eating vegetables, drinking clean water, eating a home cooked meal at a table intended for dining- these are all signs we are fuelling our life and what we get out of our life when we do this- wow! It’s not just our mood that picks up, our whole life changes and it’s so simple!” BTW – I’m a even bigger dorkus malorkus because my pick me up food is raw cauliflower.  I get royally depressed if I can’t find a organic one at the market! ~DS

Childhood obesity is at a all time high, do you think the time will come when you will write a book geared toward children?  (My kids love your food, but not every kid is conditioned to eat this way) 

“Maybe one day if I have my own. Most of my friends are now mom’s and I have six nieces and nephews and childhood obesity really doesn’t have a lot to do with the kids. The kids aren’t buying the cheese snacks, or the fruit juices or the cakes and cookies- at least not at home. I know a lot of kids who are fed crap at home, as an occasional “treat”, and don’t really get the moderation thing, and kids who have been taught about food- not as a reward for good behaviour but as a connection to their body and the earth and it’s a completely different relationship. Until parents really get what UnDieting is, the traps of Healthwashing and the fact that calories don’t count, they will have a losing battle in getting their kids to eat better.”

After finishing this book are you inspired to write more (You MUST have more to say!)? 

“YES! Book two was in the works from the day I handed in my manuscript for book one. I have lots to day, Lots and lots! Even my 1,500 blog posts haven’t covered it all!”

Meghan Telpner is a Toronto based nutritionista and sought after media personality thanks to her refreshingly humorous, engaging and real approach to healthy living. Her online cooking courses and health programs are improving the lives of people around the world. Meghan’s bestselling book UnDiet, Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health is creating a revolution in how people think about their health. Join Meghan’s community on twitter @MeghanTelpner. For more visit MeghanTelpner.com.

To be entered into our giveaway please leave your comment below and we will choose a winner on Friday, June 14, 2013.


Comments (34)

  1. I loved all you do before this review- now I know we’re a perfect match owing to your use of “dorkus malorkus!”

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
    • Thanks Meghan! 🙂

      Daedra Surowiec
      Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  2. There has been a lot of talk about Meghan’s new book within the Toronto veg community. She’s an inspiration to many!

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  3. Oh Strawesome! how do we love your product! and Meghan’s book would be the perfect pairing for an amazing combo!

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  4. Great post! Reminded me to start living my dreams now… As Meghan says: Today is the day!

    Martina Soos
    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  5. I’ve only done 1 diet and it was to fix my gut-The Body Ecology Diet. Followed it for 90 days and it worked. I don’t think it was too crazy. Otherwise, I eat whole foods, local foods and organic foods but don’t bother with quantity or calorie counting. That’s for the birds!

    Monica Pelletier
    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  6. This book sounds great, it would be an interesting read.

    Ashley Hipkin
    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  7. “UnDiet” sounds right up my alley. I would love to read it.

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  8. I’ve been following Meghan’s page for a few weeks now, and I’ve really been trying to incorporate more of a whole-foods diet into my family’s life for a few months. I THOUGHT that I was eating relatively well before, and I certainly became much more conscious of my eating habits while I was pregnant with my first daughter. I nursed both of my daughters (now 3 1/2 and 1 1/2, made all their baby food, and tried to make good food choices. But it wasn’t until I started doing some major reading and watching a lot of documentaries (spurred by Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead) that I realized just how much room for improvement there was. The more I learn, the more I realize how little I knew before — and I’m a pharmacist!! I should have known more — but I never did! In university, I tried a million ridiculous diets to try to lose the weight I gained with a sugar-laden, caffeine-driven, super-low nutrient diet with little to no physical activity (I spent a lot of time at the library). I remember my favorite drink was skim-milk with Splenda and vanilla extract (keeping it low-cal). And my veggie-intake often consisted of microwaved frozen veggies topped with salsa. Now I find that I’m doing my very best to keep things as whole, as plant-based, and as nutritional as possible for myself, my husband, and our daughters. I see too much illness at work to NOT try to make improvements in our diet. And I feel like I need to learn more so that I can teach my patients to make better choices so that they can improve their health and their disease conditions. Phew, that’s a book! I’ve been eyeing up Meghan’s book, and I would love a copy of it 🙂

    Elena Duperron
    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  9. Sounds interesting and makes sense. Gotta go find the book. Wackies diet, my 16 year old mind came up with chicken bouillon and crackers. That was my summer diet. Felt horrible, but lost weight, and started my life long weight struggles.

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  10. I love this review and I love UnDiet. The wackiest diet I ever followed was the cabbage soup diet, it was crazy. My cousin swore by it so I thought I’d try it. It was an epic fail for one I don’t even like cabbage. And where in awesometown did I think it was ok to eat nothing but bananas and milk one day and then tomatoes and beef the next lol. Luckily I came to my senses and I follow the UnDiet way to Vibrant Health

    I already have UnDiet but I would love to win a copy for my sister. UnDiet is sold out every where and even more difficult to get where she lives so here’s hoping 🙂

    Julie 🙂

    Julie W
    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  11. This book has been on my “wish list” for the past month! I started my journey with clean eating in April and cannot believe how much better I feel now that I’m primarily on a plant based diet!

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  12. Megan’s book is on my to-read very soon list! And the word associations were so fun to read.

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  13. I bought the Undiet book on a whim, I hadn’t heard anything about Meghan, but am happy to say I love her book and her outlook on nutrition. It doesn’t have to be hard. “Just eat real food”. Thanks Meghan!

    Melissa McLaughlin
    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  14. love this! especially the word association 😉

    Ami L
    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  15. Sounds like a great read! I loved the word association game.

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  16. I adore Meghan Telpner! She’s a huge inspiration and as a fellow nutritionist just starting out – she’s definitely someone to look up to. I read Undiet cover to cover! It exudes passion, emotion, colour & love! It just makes me SO happy! One of my favourite Meghan Telpner recipes is her bean and veggie burger with cashew sour cream! It’s to die for! If you don’t follow Meghan already – you should! She’s a breath of fresh air.

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  17. I love the word game. And what a fantastic interview!

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  18. This all made me giddy, so I guess I also fall squarely in the nerd category. It is so vital for us to change the way we think about food and for healthy living to become an accessible lifestyle for everyone.

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  19. I recently “discovered” Meghan and her wonderful Undiet world! Although I already own a copy of her book, gifting it would be a fantastic way to spread the word about how amazing Meghan is and how wonderful and attainable her vision of health is! Of course, I’d keep the Strawsome straw for myself, as I’ve been eyeballing these beautiful creations!

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  20. I used to count calories and stuff but that was no fun and didn’t work anyway. Just made eating a chore and encouraged “cheating.” Now I just eat whole foods

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  21. super interesting! i love the idea of veggie rice wraps… sounds like you could make a bunch ahead of time too!

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  22. I never had to even think about dieting until I turned 21 and discovered the world of fast food. It took me a few (ok, maybe a lot) of years to realize how detrimental this was to my health (and weight!). Now I just try and eat as many plant-based foods as possible. When I do that, I have no cravings for junk food and don’t overeat at all because my body is so nourished.

    Julie Lublin
    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  23. I love following your facebook page, looking foward to getting new ideas and tips on improving our health. I’d love a copy of your new book undiet!

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  24. She is someone i look up to sooo much, she inspired me so much and i recently met her and had been following her for a while, i changed my career back to nutrition after reading her book and going to her class here in Toronto, i can’t wait to read her second book and i can’t wait for the CNE course!
    oh and her blog is my go to for recipes over the weekend 🙂

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  25. Thanks for the fun interview of Meghan! I loved the word association!!

    Jun 11, 2013 Reply
  26. Great interview! The word association was a great idea and very entertaining, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from Meghan. I convinced my Mom and my Aunt to buy Undiet when they were looking for something different to help them lose weight. Of course I always said “focus on being healthy and the weight will fall where it’s supposed to be.” They both love Undiet and I think they are seeing things from a totally new and awesome perspective. Thanks for all you do!

    Jun 12, 2013 Reply
  27. I would love to get my hands on Meghan’s book, it sounds amazing! I also love your straws, I use one every morning to drink my lemon water.

    Jun 12, 2013 Reply
  28. Meghan’s book sounds amazing! I would love to win this book to inspire my food journey 🙂

    Jun 12, 2013 Reply
  29. I tried the Atkins diet when I was a teen and it was horrible! Now I don’t diet, I am working towards a way of eating healthier for life, and I love trying out new recipes!

    Alicia Booth
    Jun 12, 2013 Reply
  30. Never tried a diet. They’ve all seemed too limiting and, well, unfun. Food should be fun! Which is why I love Meghan’s approach. So full of love :). Borrowed her book from the library and would LOVE to win a copy for my kitchen.

    Jun 13, 2013 Reply
  31. I like the title UnDiet. I really do not like dieting because it NEVER works for me. I’ve tried the cottage cheese and yogurt diet years ago, lost some weight (with a constant nasty feeling in my mouth) but gained it back and then some on some serious rebounding. I’ve tried the smoothie only diet, lets just say a lot of people felt my wrath during that time. I was going to try the water and cayene pepper only diet but…please refer to smoothie diet, don’t think I’ll go there. Diets feel so forced and come with so much pressure.

    I just want to live.


    Jun 13, 2013 Reply
  32. Steppne, you’re our randomly chosen winner! Congrats! I’ll email you for your contact information.

    Daedra Surowiec
    Jun 14, 2013 Reply
  33. […] out one person’s plastic straw usage at a time. Truly StrAWESOMEtown (see what I did there?) I was thrilled to be interviewed by Daedra and to be hosted over at Strawesome for the book tour! The word association game alone is reason to read this interview! Plus- I learned we both use the […]

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