28 Day Challenge and “Tuna” Salad

I can’t believe it’s the middle of October! I usually feel a lot more prepared for the holidays by now. The fact that it was still over 100 degrees in Texas until the beginning of October has just really made the fall season fly by! Now..it’s the middle of October, which for me, means I only have a few more sacred days in my thirties.  Oh my!

I’ve had an interesting few days, but the thing that stands out the most was the lovely and super-sweet Natala from Engine 2 reaching out to me asking me to read the Engine 2 Diet and then to try their 28 day Vegan Challenge! In the spirit of it being so close to my (ahem) Fabulous 40th, I gladly took her up on it! That, and the fact that I have been so close to being vegan for a while now anyway, after watching Forks Over Knives (WATCH IT), it just seemed like a logical next step for me.

Natala asked me to meet her at a vegan trailer here in Austin.  Has your city caught on to the food trailer rage yet? If not, look out – it’s coming!

So my Friday night came along, and I headed to the Counter Culture. We are talking about one… unique….experience – and oh, how Austin! The food was WONDERFUL (I had the “tuna” sandwich and the “PacMan Caesar”) and I highly recommend this place if you live in Austin!

When I got there, I introduced myself to Natala, she gave me the book (thank you so much, Natala and Engine 2!), and then my family and I pulled up a few chairs and watched a screening of a health documentary called “To Your Health”. When I say screening, I’m talking about watching a movie on a sheet hung over a wood fence that was probably someone’s backyard fence! I LOVE YOU, AUSTIN!

The movie featured a lot of the same people that are in Forks Over Knives but provided additional information – it was almost like a supplement to Forks Over Knives. I enjoyed it, although the experience of the whole situation was the best part! :-) I felt like somewhat of a dork and much less like a true vegan than the other smart people who were there. Hopefully, I was able to play off the “Austin vegan” well enough that I didn’t stick out like a sore thumb!  ;-)

That long winded story was to let you know that I am now in the process of reading the Engine 2 Diet – and then I am doing the 28 day vegan challange! And just in time for my fabulous 40′s! I’m hoping a few of you will help cheer me on as I go through this, and I promise to share all the good recipes I find while I am doing it! I’m really excited to start – but I’m going to need a little support!!  :-)  I’ll let you know before I start – and I’d love to know if anyone out there has also gone through this.  Need tips!  :-)  I’m going to try to talk my other healthy mammas into doing this with me, too!

In the meantime, as I read the book, I am already playing with some vegan recipes. I thought I’d make my own version of a “tuna” salad one night this week and it was SO GOOD!  I used the Counter Culture’s “tuna” salad and Melissa’s vegan “chick” salad recipe as inspirations, and here is what I came up with. It’s basically the same as Melissa’s chick salad, only with some substitutions, because of what I had in my fridge! I wanted to lick my bowl!

Kim’s Vegan Tuna Salad
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Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 1 min
Total time: 6 mins
Serves: 2
  • 1 Can Chickpeas (drained)
  • Small handful of spinach
  • Smaller handful of cilantro
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1/4 (or a little less) of onion (I used a white and red onion blend)
  • 1 peeled garlic clove
  • Few pinches of himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard (I used a spicy brown mustard)
  1. I blended it all in my Vitamix on low, adding the beans last, and served it over a bed of spinach.

Hopefully I can get through my book this weekend and give everyone an update early next week!  Wish me luck!!

Health and hugs,


“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

Albert Einstein, physicist, 1921 Nobel Prize recipient


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About Kim

I am the mother of two wonderful kiddos, Allen and Zane - and happily married to Lance (HealthyDaddy). :) I love learning about healthy eating and my journey led me to finding a way to keep all of this truly exciting information in one place. I found that I was forgetting recipes that I loved a year ago - or misplacing them. This website is a way to keep it together, while sharing with the world (Or the 5 people who will read this!) what I have learned. I'm trying to change the world...or at least our eating habits...one meal at a time. :)


  1. Melissa says:

    LOVE your post Kimmy!! I must go check out Counter Culture! Can I take the vegan challenge if I’m already vegan?!? ;) Actually, I would like to try the oil-free part of the Engine 2 diet…so, I need to go get myself a copy of that book! :)

  2. Cathy says:

    HI Kim,

    Good for you for taking the 28 day challenge. Thank you for your well-wriiten post. I’ve been eating the Engine 2 way since January 2010 and I love it. The Whole Foods here taught me about it and I’m so grateful they did. I thought I was eating healthy by eating salmon, using olive oil, and drinking lots of skim milk. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. Now I eat Rip’s big bowl most mornings, his delicious lemon-cornmeal pancakes and french toast the other days. His soup recipes are really good and I like his black bean dip. Rip’s N.Y. TImes Veggie burgers and his Sweet Potato Bowl are two of my favorite dinners. Fruits and veggies taste better to me now than they ever did before. Best wishes to you.

  3. Emily says:

    Inspired indeed! And Kim, with all my food sensitivities, I could have eaten dinner with you without picking a single thing out! Sooo…..I might be in for your challenge too. Giving up my last bastion of animalism – fish – would be a challenge, but hey, what’s a gal without a challenge :) ? Em

  4. Kristin says:

    I wrapped up my thirties with the Crazy Sexy Diet 21 Day Cleanse (vegan and gluten-free, and full of green juices) and loved it! It was great to turn 40 no longer beholden to caffeine and white sugar. Good luck!

    • Kim says:

      Oh Kristin, that is awesome to hear! I am a HUGE fan of Kris Carr too! Maybe I”ll do the 28 day challenge, then move onto the 21 day CSD cleanse! With my bday in December, I have time for both!! :)

  5. Dana says:

    Hi Kim!

    Found your website through a post on my good friend, Julieanna’s facebook page (she wrote and produced “To Your Health!”). I LOVE your site and I’ll be cheering you on through your 28 day challenge!

  6. Deanna says:

    I’ll do it with you. Have you started yet? My 21 wedding anniversary is in December this will keep me motivated.

  7. Katie Stewart says:

    Welcome to the other side! LOL Its been almost 5 weeks for me and there is no going back. Although Engine 2 has good recipes I throughly have found amazing ones with happy herbivore (who makes a mock tuna that would knock your shoes off) and peas and thank you. Either way- congrats and good luck! You girls are the ones who motivate me each day!

  8. I will be 40 in March and while reading the China Study and watching many documentaries on health and diet, I decided to embark on my own little vegan experiment. It wasn’t guided by the Engine 2 book, because I haven’t read that yet. It was simply a personal decision inspired by my need to feel healthy again. I am on day 26 of my 30 day experiment and I feel wonderful.
    You can do it! You are worth it.

    • Kim says:

      That is awesome, Tiffany! I’d love to hear more about your experiment!! :) I turn 40 in December and hope my experiment has great results as well! :)


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