Ellen: Kathy Freston Vegan Challenge & Finding a Life Purpose


Ellen: Kathy Freston Challenge

Kathy Freston is the author of a new book called The Lean, a plan to help people make healthier life choices and changes in just 30 days.

Ellen DeGeneres had the audience look back at Betty and Jeff, a family who took the challenge to learn about the Vegan lifestyle from Kathy Freston.


Ellen: Kathy Freston Vegan Challenge

Author Kathy Freston helped a family learn about Veganism to improve their overall health. (image Credit: lev radin / Shutterstock.com)

Learn more about Kathy Freston’s book, The Lean.

Kathy Freston Vegan Challenge

Kathy visited the family at home to help them learn about the health benefits of Veganism. Jeff had high cholesterol and hypertension.


“Within one week of eating a vegan diet, the weight starts to drop,” Kathy said. “And within the third week, your Cholesterol drops significantly.

Kathy invited her friend, vegan chef Tal Ronin, to teach the family how to cook great Vegan recipes, including beefless tips, which the family loved as a taco substitute.

The family was thrilled to get Ellen and Kathy’s help one year ago.

Ellen: Kathy Freston Family Update

Kathy had an update on the family’s progress over the last year. They are doing “unbelievably well,” she reported.

Betty has lost 30 pounds eating Vegan and is now a marathon runner. “She’s got so much energy,” Kathy said. “She’s become this powerhouse.”

Jeff was focused on finding alternatives that still had a great taste and flavor. Now his blood pressure and cholesterol have dropped, and their health is on a good track. Plus, their kids are getting a healthy example and are sharing what they’ve learned in their schools.

Have you ever thought about going Vegan?

Ellen: Kathy Freston & Finding a Life Purpose

Ellen asked Kathy about a step she shared in the book, finding some purpose in your life.

“When you’re doing something purposeful, you’re stoked. You feel like you’re on fire. You feel like you have a reason to be, a reason to get up in the morning,” Kathy said. “It takes your mind off of obsessing about whether or not I should eat the cupcake.”

From dog walking to volunteering for charity, Kathy said you should find something that you connect with, that drives you and gets you excited. “It’s a body/mind/soul approach,” Kathy explained of her 30 day plan in The Lean.

She said that combining small changes in these aspects of your life can add up to big changes in a short period of time.

“It’s a very compassionate way to live,” Ellen said.

Click here to find your own copy of Kathy’s new book, The Lean.


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