Quit Dieting Today: Meghan Telpner’s UnDiet Review + Giveaway

Tonight I have the special honor of featuring a new book from one of my blog friends, Meghan Telpner. I’ve been a fan of her work since her blog was named, “Making Love in the Kitchen” so when she emailed and asked if I would be part of her UnDiet virtual book tour, I happily agreed! It’s always super exciting when fellow bloggers have the opportunity to write a book and I must admit, this one is particularly awesome.

You all know that I’m all about making healthy lifestyle choices rather than switching from one diet to the next and Meghan thinks the same way, hence the title of her book, UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health. Love it!

First, here’s Meghan:


And here’s her new book:

UnDiet By meghantelpner

The book hasn’t even hit the store shelves yet (it will be available next week on April 2), but I received a copy for review this week and I’ve been reading through the pages each night before bed and bookmarking tips that resonate with me and recipes I want to try.

So, what is this UnDiet book all about anyway?

UnDiet is a practical, and modern guide to true health. Without ever using the word “diet,” Meghan encourages major life changes small step by small step with help from the latest nutritional science, a fun and encouraging voice. This book is ideal for those seeking a plant-based, health promoting way of living.

It answers the question many people have when they realize it’s time for a change in their diets, a change in their health, and a change in their lives: Where do I start? UnDiet offers a simple, attainable, and most importantly, maintainable approach to living life well. Meghan shares her background, the health issues she experienced and how she made healthy lifestyle changes to heal herself from Chron’s Disease.

What I love about the book is that it’s not just another diet book with rules of what to eat, when to eat, what not to eat, etc. It’s includes a wealth of information on transforming your life —  what to eat and drink, but also how to end your cravings, deal with your emotions and change your attitude. There are also chapters on changing what you put on your body (if it doesn’t belong inside, it’s not being smeared on the outside) and how to minimize food waste.

The book includes an easy to follow 8-week transformation (with three to five tasks to focus on each week) and a seven day UnDiet meal plan with recipes. I haven’t had a chance to make any of the recipes yet, but I’ve made recipes from Meghan’s blog before (her kale chips are ahh-mah-zing) and know they’re going to be spectacular! Want to try some of her recipes right away? Check out her Berry Season Smoothie (recipe below) or her Thai Green Curry with Sprouted Tofu.

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If the book sounds interesting to you and you’d like to learn more about it, you can download Meghan’s free UnDiet Test Drive with a 3-day, 5-challenge program as well as a few recipes. It will give a small sneak peek of all the amazingness that you’ll find in the full book.


The best part about being part of the UnDiet virtual book tour (besides getting to preview the book) is that I get to giveaway a copy of UnDiet to one lucky EBF reader. Yay. I LOVE getting to share cool goodies with you guys!

To enter the giveaway, simply leave me a comment letting me know what part of the UnDiet book seems most interesting to you. The giveaway will end Sunday at 11:59PM EST and I’ll announce the winner early next week.

Oh and if you’re interested in ordering UnDiet right away, you can pre-order it here! 🙂

Full disclosure: I was offered two free books for this review and the link provided is an affiliate link. My opinions are my own and as always, I only accept product reviews for items I would actually spend my own money on. 

Edited to add: This giveaway has ended. The winner is Christine Price! Congrats Christine.

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  1. My Husband was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease so I am very interested in hearing how Megan has changed her lifestyle to heal herself!

  2. My husband was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease so I am interested in hearing about how Megan’s lifestyle changes helped heal her!

  3. I would love to hear about her journey with Crohn’s because my fiance has Crohn’s and is trying (albeit struggling) to control it through diet.

  4. Her meal plan and tips for transitioning to a plant based diet seem the most interesting to me! 🙂

  5. I am most interested in the recipes in this book. I struggle with being consistent in my healthy eating. So I would love some new recipes and ideas!

  6. Tina Campbell says:

    I have noticed a real sugar dependence recently (since turning 30) and the description mentioned help with curbing cravings! I am generally healthy but I consider myself a sugar addict. I am interested in knowledge advice and recipes that could help me overcome my need for sugar. I’ve noticed it’s starting to affect my health and my weight. I do not think weight is necessarily important, but I do think it can be a reflection of poor diet and an indication to other problems. I am very interested in this book.

  7. I am interested in reading more about her healthy lifestyle tips and her recipes! That blueberry smoothie looks delicious!

  8. I’m interested in reading about her story and how she came to this approach to a healthy lifestyle!

  9. I’m interested in the recipes for ending cravings.

  10. I am really interested in how I can live a clean and healthy lifestyle without labelling myself as having a diet. It’s been one thing that I’ve struggled with, as I feel like eating healthy for me sometimes feels like I’m restricting!

  11. I am in the process of trying to improve my eating habits, so I would love a guide.

  12. Alyson Drost says:

    I am always interested in gluten free recipes and look forward to reading about products we wear too! I am currently working on changing my beauty products!

  13. I would be interested in both the curbing cravings and the emotional aspect of eating information. The whole book sounds good. Those were just the two that jumped out at me 🙂

  14. I am interested in the idea of embracing a diet as a lifestyle and not a short burst that will end at a specific time. I have found this lifestyle method to be working well already and I would love to see her recipes.

  15. The emotional aspect interests me. Mind/Body connection.

  16. I am most interested in reading more about what we put on our skin. Sounds like a great book!

  17. I would love to incorporate some yummy gluten free foods in my diet. Would love to learn more about improving my lifestyle and get rid of cravings! I want to try the sprouted tofu curry!

  18. I’d love to read this book to find out more about how foods really affect our bodies. It’s amazing that just by eating different food we can heal and help prevent sicknesses. My husband and I have just recently been venturing into plant based eating. I would love to have more information about it!

  19. Stephanie says:

    I’d love to read about both adding more plant-based foods to my diet and ending cravings – I particularly struggle with cutting back on dairy products and feel the book could be a big help!

  20. I need to learn how to minimize food waste! This book sounds awesome, Brittany! Thanks for sharing!

  21. meredith says:

    i have crohn’s too so i’d love to read more about how she’s made herself healthy with food :). thanks!

  22. I am impressed that Meghan has taken an active role in control oc her own health! I would live to read about her and try her recipes. I am happy to hear about others who share my passion for health through diet and lifestyle!!

  23. I’m really interested in the part of the book about dealing with cravings. I’ve been plant-based for awhile now, but still struggle with cravings a lot of the time. I’d love to get her take on how to deal with them.

  24. I’m most interested in the recipes! 🙂

  25. Alexandra Panas says:

    I would love to have a chance to read this book. I’m all for making little changes that end up making a big difference. I would also enjoy getting to share this book with my younger sister. She has gained the notorious freshman 15 and is at a point where she realizes she needs to make some changes in the way she eats. This book would be great for her to realize what real nutrition is.

  26. I’m excited to see how does the 8-week transition program can actually make us feel better about ourselves, because actually that’s what I’ve been struggling with, I’ve never had enough confident about myself

  27. I’d love to see how she deals with emotional eating and cravings…plus the recipes!

  28. I would love to use her recipes – thanks!

  29. I love that this is NOT a diet but focused on health and wellness. I’m really interested in the plant based aspect of this book as I’ve been a vegetarian for many years and have toyed with the idea of veganism for awhile. Looks like a great book!

  30. I am always interested in finding Good books on nutrition that I can recommend to others. There are so many ‘bad’ books out there, I love to find one that I can recommend. I can’t wait to read this one.

  31. I am most interested in trying her recipes. The few that I have seen sound delicious.

  32. kristina says:

    The idea of small steps to get started sounds great to me! I’ve kind of fallen off the healthy life wagon due to life issues (read a death in the family, stressful job, husband’s travel, etc.) and am having a difficult time picking myself back up. Small steps make me want to buy this book!

  33. I love to incorporate changes to my lifestyle without resorting to diets

  34. Alexandra says:

    I have Celiac disease so I have no choice but to eat gluten free – however, I really want to try and focus on eliminating processed foods and incorporating a plant based diet into my life. Just because I eat gluten free does NOT mean I make teh healthiest choices 🙂

  35. Well, first of all, I love that she’s a Megan too! 🙂
    Second, I like that she breaks things down with small tasks so it’s easier to make the changes slowly.

  36. I am always looking for new ways to find new healthy, gluten free recipes for myself and my family that leave me feel satisfied. Although I am the only family member on a restricted diet, I often am forced to make a meal for myself while watching the rest of the family chow down on something I can’t have. We do this for efficiency, however I am often left feeling jealous of their meal and unsatisfied with my own! If this book could help me better curb cravings, and cook healthier for my family I would greatly appreciate it!

  37. I would love to read this book for the recipes and to read about the lifestyle changes she suggests!

  38. I love that it’s not a diet, but a way of changing your health for the better! I’m interested to read more about how the 8 week transition works.

  39. I love the title and totally agree with her beliefs and passion. I am studying at IIN right now and love testing out new lifestyles that I can eventually incorporate into my clients lifestyles.

  40. my family needs to cut back on sugar, and this sounds like a great transformation program!

  41. I have struggled with an ED for years now, and sometimes really struggle with figuring out a healthy approach for myself. This book seems like it could change my life and perspective! I love that it’s gluten-free 🙂

  42. This book looks so different from mainstream “diet” books. I love that it’s called undiet. It’s like the end of yo-yo dieting. 🙂

  43. I am interested in the daily tips.

  44. gluten free AND plant based?! sounds like a winner to me! I love the concept behind this book and cant wait to dive in!

  45. I am interested on the transformation of what goes in and on the body. The whole concept appeals to me. I’ve changed some but there’s so much more I’d like to know.

  46. Hi there! After watching the movie Vegucated, I have been a little concerned about my use of animal products. I am thinking about switching to a mostly (if not all) plant-based diet and this books like it could be a great help in making that move. Love your blog, by the way! I love your story about weight loss and running. I’m a runner too :). Cindy

  47. I would love to read the information on ending cravings. I think that’s something every deals with!

  48. Two things stuck out at me from your review –

    – how to end your cravings
    – how to minimize food waste

    I am interested in hearing what Meghan has to say about these two topics

  49. Tabitha Eden says:

    I love new ideas on how to eat clean and healthier…and I love trying new recipes!!

  50. This book looks amazing! I’m very interested in the recipes of course, I love adding more GF recipes to my shelf but I’m also super intrigued by the challenges and tips on minimizing food waste. Looks awesome!

  51. I’m looking forward to reading those weekly tasks. Makes it seem much more manageable when broken down.

  52. Totally interested in the recipes! I love getting in the kitchen and trying delicious new foods, especially when they are healthy!

  53. I recently watched the documentary forks over knives which makes a lot of good arguments for a whole foods plant based diet. I’d love to see how this book supports or differs from their view points. The recipes look great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. I have recently been dealing with Gastritis for the past few months and really feel small lifestyle changes will help my heath. I like how you mention the book focuses on making small changes to improve health. I think this could help me overall for health and for the gastritis.

  55. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 2 years ago and am still struggling with the same flare that knocked me down then. Despite doctors orders, I have been trying to heal my body using natural methods like diet and supplements. I follow Meghan and am inspired by her story of healing herself without harsh medications. I’d love to have the chance to use her book to help me in my own journey! : )

  56. That you can stop dieting and should just eat healthy food. Makes it sound so much better than denying yourself foods that are good for your body! I need this!!!!

  57. I would be most interested in the 8 week transformation. Doing small changes every week would lead to long term change! This looks like a great book!

  58. I would love to try some new recipes! I am also interested in the 8 week transformation.

  59. Thankfully I have never been one to need to diet, but this book looks very insightful into living an overall healthier lifestyle. I would love to try some of her recipes!

  60. I would love to learn how to eliminate food waste, that is really important to me, alongwith all the other things this book has to offer.

  61. Dealing with the cravings and emotions around dieting is always the most challenging part for me, especially when it comes yo clean eating. Id love to hear what the book has to say on these matters

  62. I’m alawys interested in reading how people were unhealthy, but were able to change. It’s inspiring!

  63. I am interested in reading more about her healthy lifestyle tips.

  64. I would love to read about how to end cravings… those suckers tend to creep up on me!

  65. I am most interested in how to transition to a plant based diet. That’s the scariest part for me.

  66. I love the concept of this book, and I’d enjoy learning about more ways to improve upon my plant-based life!

  67. I would love to win this book! I love her concept of making healthy life changes and I am always on the lookout for new recipes to try!

  68. The part of the UnDiet book that seems the most interesting to me is learning about how to minimize food waste. I’d love to win a copy!

  69. I have not been a dieter, always shrugged it away. Always believing that I was a slave to whatever I wanted at the time. Why be nagged by my brain about food? This concept speaks to me. More more!

  70. So happy to see the plant based diet becoming more mainstream! I’ve been plant based for about a year now and love it! I’ve learned a ton but, of course, would love to win the book so that I can learn more. More than anything though, I’m just glad to know the good, plant based word is spreading. It’s good for our health, the health of the planet and I’m pretty sure the animals appreciate too:)

  71. I LOVE reading others’ meal plans! The eight-week transformation also sounds really interesting. It looks like a great book and plan on checking it out regardless!

  72. This book sounds great! I’d love to read more about it. I just switched to a plant-based, vegan diet about a month ago and have been feeling really, really good on it. However, there are times where I know I’m not eating enough of the right things because my body still craves junk every now and then.

    So nice to hear about another positive, lifestyle-change perspective on eating!!!

  73. I am interested in how to minimize food waste! I feel so guilty throwing out food that I let go bad or parts of veggies that I don’t use (like broccoli stems, don’t like em!)

  74. I like the idea of starting with small steps, I think I sometimes get over-whelmed and give up on eating healthy!!!!

  75. I like it because it is a well balanced, unextreme healthy living plan! Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Melissa B says:

    I like the fact that she incorporated how to end cravings, those get me every time!

  77. I would love to see more of the recipes in the book!

  78. I would love to win this book. I love the idea of eating whole foods and am new to gluten free cooking. I am very interested in the recipes and how Meghan got her health back.

  79. I am always looking for more wholefoods recipes, and I love that this book addresses ways to beat cravings. I would love to get my hands on this book!

  80. Madeleine says:

    The “8-week transformation plan” has really peaked my interest as I’m currently overhauling my life! Thank you!

  81. Christine says:

    Thanks for posting a great giveaway! My favorite aspect of this book is a healthy, plant-based outlook on life!!! LOVE!

  82. Katherine says:

    The weekly “tasks” sound really interesting. I love challenges, so it seems like a fun way to challenge yourself to be just that much healthier!

  83. This whole book sounds great, as I’ve been moving towards a whole foods diet, with a larger part being plant-based.

  84. Jennifer says:

    I would love to win this book. I honestly don’t know which interests me more- the GF recipes or how she was healed of Crohn’s.

  85. It inspires me when I hear/read about people who have healed themselves through life changes with food and exercise. In a society where most people rely on drugs to fix them, it is a real challenge to go against the norm.
    Congratulations to Meghan for making it happen and sharing her story!
    Much love <3

  86. I of course would love all of the yummy recipes, but also the information about how to eliminate food waste! I absolutely hate wasting food!

  87. Christine Price says:

    Ive recently found your blog and love it! I’m a personal trainer and a nutrition specialist working with people that really struggle with food and diseases that have come from a poor lifestyle. What I love more than anything is teaching people that eating healthy – not on a diet- is really what changes EVERYTHING. I’m always looking for inspiration that I can pass along to my clients and this book looks like its filled with it! Can’t wait to read it! Making your cauliflower crust pizza tonight…looks relish.

  88. I am following a gluten free diet at the moment and I love it! I would definitely love some more recipes to add to my collection!

  89. Living a healthy, balanced life, and not “dieting”.

  90. I’ve been vegan for 8 months and gluten free for almost 2 months to help with IBS, I’d love to read everything in Undiet because it sounds like it aligns with alot of what I’m striving to do nutrition and lifestyle wise 🙂

  91. can’t wait to read meghan’s book…i’m a fan! everything about her radiates good health and glow so i’m anxious to see just how she does it!

  92. I’m really interested in going gluten free–this seems like a great way to kickstart new g-free habits!

  93. I would love to hear more about the mental aspects of her eating lifestyle

  94. This books sounds so good! I switched to a plant-based diet last fall to help treat my IBS after I had pretty much been given up on my doctors. This way of eating (along with going gluten free) has helped me tremendously! Since I’m new to this, I’m always looking for more information and more recipes. 🙂

  95. I’m starting to go gluten free so I would love some recipes!

  96. I would love, love, love this! I am in such a diet rut right now as I’m preparing to move across the country and start a new job; I think the 8 week challenge sounds perfect, especially with weekly areas to focus on to keep it fresh!

  97. I love that the recommendations are attainable. So many recipe books are created for those who are further along in their lifestyle adjustments than I am!!

  98. This book sounds great! With tips, recipes and challenges! The more books (and blogs) out there with all the information we need to live healthier lifestyles, the better!

  99. I almost preordered this yesterday! I’m always up for new ideas and the small tasks to a big transformation seems right up my alley. It just kills me when coworkers share their “dieting” secrets with me when I’m eating clean (such as telling me that I can eat a Hardee’s breakfast if I save ‘points’ all week! Barf.)

  100. Sara Leptuch says:

    I would love to try some new recipes and read about some healthy tips!

  101. Heard the interview on Fresh Air on CBC radio. Meghan really got me thinking about what I eat. She has a very simple outlook which seems very practical. Looking for ward to reading her book when it’s released. Really interested in finding out her solutions to ending cravings.

  102. Jennifer D says:

    I really like the idea of specific small tasks to focus on each week… seems like a great way to actually succeed at making lifestyle changes!

  103. i’m interested in eating more gluten free without feeling like i’m restricting my diet, so this book would be a big help!

  104. What a cool concept. My dad has Chron’s Disease and has had a lot of luck cutting things like aspartame and diet sodas from his diet. I’d love to win a copy of the book so that I can share with him diet changes that may help his symptoms. Thanks!

  105. I would love more information on the best things to put on your body.

  106. Mary-Lynne Santary says:

    I would love to win this book because I want to “eat to live rather than live to eat”. I have aches and pains that my doctor has pills and therapies for but I think I would rather try changing my diet to something clean and healthy first. I want to be healthy as I enter retirement.

  107. Stephanie D says:

    That sounds like an amazing book! I like the idea od changing your attitude and the thought of a lifestyle change versus a “diet.”

  108. The most interesting part of UnDiet seems to be the way it brings together plant-based recipes, that are GF and without processed sugars. It’s so difficult to find recipes that address all of these considerations. I love Meghan!

  109. This sounds like a great book. I like that it doesn’t tell you exactly what to eat and when but makes suggestions on lifestyle changes. Would love to try it!

  110. I’d love to read this book and learn more about reducing or getting rid of cravings, especially for salt and sodium-based foods.

  111. Amanda Bowen says:

    I love new recipes that improve health! So much food has a deleterious effect on our overall wellness, and healthy food requires creativity. So I would really enjoy some new meal ideas.

  112. I’m excited to see the recipes!

  113. I just want to get off the “wagon” of fake-dieting forEVER! I live a relatively healthly lifestyle, but still manage to jump on and off of bandwagons of dieting. I dropped weight after I began running (after 30), but I have since started with running injuries, so the weight is creeping back on, hence the dieting yo-yo. I’d love to undiet and live a healthy balanced life – approaching 50 next year – love your blog!

  114. Jennifer says:

    I am eager to learn more about nutrition. I am most interested in what foods I should eat and drink. I have issues with dealing with cravings and realize that my emotions have a lot to do with my cravings. I would like to read more about what Meghan has to say. Thank you.

  115. Stephanie P says:

    I would love to learn how to cure my sweet tooth cravings!!

  116. I would love to learn how to control cravings and emotional eating… I love trying new and healthy recipes. Even if I don’t win I’ll try to buy it! Many thanks for the review and the recommendation!!!

  117. The title of this book is the most interesting aspect to me! SO many times you see books with “diet” in them, promising a flat belly, lean muscle, etc etc. I like the idea of getting rid of these ideologies and going to a healthy diet that is maintainable and not temporary! I also want to read how she was able to heal herself from Crohn’s Disease, all with the aid of just healthy eating!!

  118. I really need to read the section on ending your cravings!

  119. I’m a new mom and am ready to begin my undieting new life. This book will help with baby steps 🙂

  120. always looking for healthy new recipes.

  121. I would love to learn about the 8 week transformation in order to make a permanent lifestyle change to e a healthier, happier me! 🙂

  122. This sounds like a great book – I love that it’s not about restricting yourself, but more about learning what’s good for you!

  123. sharanya says:

    I am a fan of meghans recipes too! Looking forward to the nutritional insight in addition to the recipes.

  124. Would love to add another plant-based cookbook to my collection.

  125. It’s really refreshing to have a book that doesn’t focus on the word “diet.” There’s too much stigma associated with that word…plus I’d love to learn some new gluten free recipes since I’ve recently gone gluten free myself 🙂

  126. I am interested in reading her approach to dealing with cravings and attitudes!

  127. was diagnosed with crohn’s this past year was on methotrexate for 6 months and about to try humeria as of this week kind of scary these drugs are very expensive and can have side effects if i could change things naturally i should consider trying

  128. Kiersten says:

    I love that it’s not a diet, seeing as though I can never follow one for more than like a day. The portion on ending cravings sounds really interesting and helpful! I have IBS and so far doctors have been unable to help me much so I’ve been trying to help myself through food. This sounds like a really good resource.

  129. I think the recipes sound fantastic!

  130. I’m interested in the part about changing what to put on your body.

  131. Jessica says:

    I love that this includes a gluten free lifestyle!

  132. I’m always excited to try and find healthy, clean recipes. Her approach to eating seems natural and easy compared to most diet books with all the calorie restricting and lists of “bad” foods.

  133. the recipes sound delicious!

  134. Who won? The suspense is killing me! 🙂

  135. I would love to try the 8 week transformation!

  136. i can always use motivation to stay on the path i have chosen and i have found books like these to help reaffirm my choices

  137. The gluten free aspect — I’m trying to eat less gluten and cut out simple carbohydrates completely. I need some help with recipes!

  138. Having a son with (many) food allergies, I have branched out and found new ways to cook and look at food. I am always interested in finding out more about healthy lifestyle alternatives.

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