Eat Your Way to a Slimmer, Healthier You!

tried diets and counting calories, but still can’t zip up your favorite pair of jeans?

feeling so tired and sluggish that even RedBull can't give you a "pick me up"?

have a challenging health problem and would love a life without meds?




  • 50 lbs overweight
  • infertile
  • depressed
  • diagnosed with pituitary adenoma and hypothyroidism


  • wasted thousands of dollars on doctors and specialists
  • put on medication for the rest of my life
  • couldn't conceive even with medication

But I decided I could live on my terms--healthy, slim, fertile and without meds.

I spent a year in research, then implemented what I learned.



  • reversed hypothyroidism
  • lost 50 lbs
  • cured infertility


  • depression free
  • medication free
  • had a baby!

How did I do it? I ate my way to being healthy and slim!

And when I did, I put everything I learned into an easy-to-follow, comprehensive program I called "BODY BY PLANTS," so you can do the same, because everyone deserves a healthy, slim body

Body by Plants

is an exclusive 30 Day online program. In this program I teach you how to use whole, plant based foods to get the health you deserve.

Creating Health

The nutrient rich plant based diet I will teach you to eat can heal/improve even the most hopeless of conditions.

I've worked with hundreds of people with health challenges ranging from hyper- and hypothyroidism, infertility, inflammatory bowel disease, Hashimoto's, acne, IBS, to life threatening heavy hitters such as strokes and heart attacks. Working hand in hand with them and their doctors, we've been able to improve and even resolve their health issues.

Melt Those Love Handles for Good!

You want to lose weight. But do you want to count every calorie you put into your mouth?

I want you to slimify into your favorite dress without feeling terrified that you will have to starve to do it.

With BODY BY PLANTS you won't count calories or dream of licking muffin cups because you're starved! BODY BY PLANTS is a dietary plan that will help you EAT YOUR WAY into your skinny jeans.

Yes, EAT! That means--no dieting, no meal skipping, no point counting!


when you enroll in the program you will get:


get an email consultation, in which we will review your health and dietary history, and set personal goals to ensure the program is tailored to your current health status


learn why and how to consume a health promoting, body slimming whole foods, plant-based diet


get email access to me for the duration of the program to answer your most pressing questions


learn how to follow the proven path hundreds of others have taken to become healthy and lean for the rest of your life


I will help you set achievable health and weight loss goals


learn why and how you should exercise regularly 


get lifetime membership to online Body by Plants community for support and accountability


Program Materials

When you enroll in Body by Plants Program you will get two manuals.

they include:

133 delicious vegan recipes, including:

main (cooked and raw) dishes and soups

salads with dressings & dips

drinks, green and fruit smoothies

delicious desserts, snacks and cereals

bread and pizza recipes

program instructions

plant-based health and nutrition eCourses

ten 45 minute workout routines

workout schedule

stretching exercises


Start When YOU are Ready! 

The moment you register is the moment you can start BODY BY PLANTS program! You will receive program materials and instructions the moment you sign up!

Frequently Asked Questions

I don't want to be vegan. Can I still do Body by Plants?

While science shows that we do not necessarily have to be vegan to be healthy, I always highly recommend that Body by Plants students go full-fledged whole foods vegan for at least one months.  30 days--that's it!

When you do everything that I ask you to do in the program, including going vegan for a month, you will reap the most benefits in the shortest amount of time.  When the month is over, I will teach you how to make the decision that is right for you--to vegan or not to vegan (no judgements passed!).  If you decide not to remain vegan, I will teach you how to include some animal foods into your diet without compromising your health. 

I have a serious health condition (ex: T2 diabetes, autoimmune disease, had a stroke or a heart attack). Can I still do the program?

Absolutely! While certain health conditions, such as autoimmune diseases (think of Hashimoto's, Crohn's, RA, MS, etc.) will require some modifications (I will guide you through those during your initial consultation), the foundation of this whole foods, plant based program is safe and beneficial for everyone.  Science shows us that it is not only safe, but desirable for people with serious health conditions to eat a plant based diet.  

If you happen to be on medication for your condition, you will work with me and with your doctor, as you get better, to make necessary adjustments. 

I heard that a vegan diet can lead to deficiencies. Is that true?

It cannot be farther from truth! There is nothing that you find in animal foods that you cannot find in plant foods, but only in much better quality.  That includes: protein, vitamins and minerals.  After all, animals eat plants to get their nutrients. By the time you eat the animal that eats those plants, you will lose majority of the nutrients they consumed.  So, we will simply cut out the middle man (animal) and go straight to the source of nutrition ourselves.

 A plant based diet is known for its healing properties (I will teach you all of this science once you are in the program).    

In addition, I have been a whole foods vegan for nine years, and can assure you that I am lacking nothing, except for my old health problems.  I am feeling better now than I did when I was ten years younger.  

I have also helped hundreds of people to transition to a whole foods plant based diet, and none of those who are compliant with the program, have had any health issues or developed deficiencies. 

On a plant based diet we have no need for supplements, since we eat all of our nutrients, vitamins and minerals, except for vitamin B12.  That is the only supplement I recommend taking once you begin Body by Plants program.  It is easy to find and is very inexpensive. I will teach you all that you need to know about B12 once you join the program. 

I have an injury and cannot work out. Will I still get measurable results and lose weight?

I do not want to sound redundant, but ABSOLUTELY! While physical activity is a must for healthy living and strong bones, I have had many clients with physical disabilities and injuries, who were able to achieve amazing health transformation and even lose weight, making dietary changes alone, until they could begin to add fitness to their daily routine. 

I am not a great cook. Can I still succeed with Body by Plants?

Yes! The program comes with a recipe book. Most recipes are very easy to make and are easy to follow. And they take very little time to prep. As a busy individual, I have a rule even for myself that unless I can cook a meal in 30 minutes, I do not bother with it, except for special occasions.

I strongly believe (in the words of Gusteau, a little chef from the cartoon Ratatouille), that anyone can cook! As long as you can hold a knife and know how to turn on your stove, you can do Body by Plants successfully.

I travel a lot for my job. Can I still make it work?

Indeed! A lot of hotels and restaurants now offer vegan and vegetarian options.  When you enroll in Body by Plants, I will teach you how to talk to cooks, chefs and wait staff at any restaurant, to ensure that you get the best food for your health they can offer.

I would like to do the program, but I fear that my friends/family won't be supportive. What can I do?

While peer pressure is a very real issue even with adults, at the end of the day you will have to decide if your health and well-being is important to you than people’s opinions.  

When you enroll in the program, I will teach you a few approaches that you can use with your loved ones to help them see why eating healthy is important to you and how to even enlist them to become your accountability partners, helping you ensure your success. 

I've had many individuals in the program who did not have support of their immediate family and friends in the beginning, but with enough patience, education and conversations, they were able to not only succeed in the program, but to also help others see its benefits and transition with them to eating and feeling better. 

I want to do the program, but isn't it more expensive to eat healthy?

This is one of my favorite myths to bust.  In fact, I wrote an entire article on this topic, Myth Buster: Eating Healthy is Expensive.

The cost of poor health (medical bills, doctor's visits, tests, time lost from work and away from your family, losing body parts and even your life), always financially outweighs any investment you put into buying health promoting plants.  

Make sure to read the article to see the actual financial breakdown, based on USDA's numbers, how you will be able to save money by eating healthy. 

Will I have to do a lot of cooking?

While you will need to prep most of your own foods, the amount of cooking you do will be totally up to you.  If you decide that you want to make a new dish every single day, you will do more cooking, as opposed to, if you decide to precook your meals ahead of time, and to make them in larger quantities. Most meals from my recipe book can be refrigerate or frozen, which means that you can prep your meals for a few days at a time and spend as little time in the kitchen as you determine is appropriate. 

With that said, if you are eating a standard American diet (SAD), transitioning to a whole foods plant based diet will be a learning curve and you will spend more time in the kitchen than you might have been used to.  However, as with all new things we learn, before long, cooking this way will become your second nature. You will create your own time saving tricks before you know it. 

I am almost convinced, but want to know what and how I will be expected to eat. Can you provide a sample menu?

With pleasure. 

In Body by Plants I encourage eating frequent small meals.  This means that you will be eating more than you might have been used to.  You will also be getting hungry faster, since plant foods are easier for your stomach to digest.  However, your body, being the amazing machine that it is, will get used to this new regimen in just a week or two.  

Here is a sample of what you might eat in one day (and remember, we do not count calories--we eat them, so you will be eating as much as your body will require). 


  • Green smoothie, and/or 
  • oatmeal with berries


Choose from

  • fruit, dried fruit, veggies, such as: carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers
  • green smoothies
  • home-made trail mix
  • whole wheat sandwich
  • veggie sandwich
  • salad, etc.


  • Options: vegetable burrito, veggie sandwich, salad with grains and legumes


  • Green smoothie
  • Chili with whole wheat bread and salad 
Will I have to eat only what I find in your recipe book? Or can I eat other plant based meals?

You can choose what you do with your food. You can follow my recipes strictly.  You can adjust them. You can create your own recipe that align with the program guidelines, or you can scavenge the net and the libraries for thousands of plant based recipes that are out there.  As long as they fit into the program, you can enjoy them.

I have a problem with portion control. How big or small are BBP portions?

We don't measure out portions, don't count calories or track points! With a whole foods, plant based diet, your body will be flooded with fiber, which naturally helps to control your portion sizes. It leaves you feeling satiated faster than a fiber poor diet would.  It would be hard to overeat on beans, greens, grains and fruit.  

We follow one rule in the program--we eat when we're hungry and stop when we feel full.  That's it!  

If you ever struggle with portion control eating BBP way, we will develop a strategy to help you retrain your mind, so you can succeed. 

I am desperate to lose weight. How many pounds can I expect to lose and how fast?

Weight loss does not happen in vacuum.  It is a byproduct of a clean diet and exercise. 

When you eat Body by Plants way, if you have weight to lose, it should start coming off.  How fast and how much will vary from person to person.  Weight loss will depend on these factors: 

  1. How much extra weight are you carrying?  The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to lose more weight during your first few weeks on the program.  If you have only 5 lbs. to lose, weight loss will probably happen a little slower. 
  2. How committed are you? If you do everything I recommend in the program, you are more likely to lose more weight faster. If you decide to take breaks, allow treats and skip exercising, you are more likely to get stuck and see no tangible progress. You will get from the program only as much as you put into it. 
  3. Are you on medications? Certain medications prevent weight loss.  When you begin the program, I will review your health history. Together we will review side effects of any medications you might be taking.  That way you will be well equipped to speak to your family doctor at your next visit. 
  4. Do you have a serious medical condition? Certain medical conditions, such as PCOS, for example, can predispose people to retaining weight and gaining it faster.  While weight loss might be slow in the beginning for some people, as your body heals on a plant based diet and you include regular fitness into your regimen, however, you should be able to lose weight. 

To give you some real life examples--I've had students who lost 2-21 lbs. in one month. You can read their stories in the Success Stories section.

One last question. How do I know if the program is right for me?

Answer these questions: 

  • Are you ready to do whatever it takes to be healthy and lean?
  • Do you hate counting calories or points?
  • Do you love eating delicious foods?
  • Do you want to lose weight without restricting your diet?
  • Do you want to look younger than your friends?
  • Do you want to feel vibrant and energetic?
  • Do you want to live to be a hundred without slowing down and popping the entire pharmacy into your mouth every day?
  • Do you want to stop wasting your time and money on diets and methods that don't work?
  • Are you serious about your health and the quality of life you have or will have as you get older?

If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, then the program is for you.

If you are not certain that you are ready to do whatever it takes to be healthy, lean and happy, then you might want to give it more time and come back when you feel ready.  Because at the end of the day, I would not want you to waster your money or time.  

Program Plan Options


best for...
months in the program
email access to Elena
food journal reviews
program manuals
goal setting
lifetime online community access
all Vegalicious eProducts
access to live webinars
additional benefits


best for... : those who want to learn how to employ a plant based diet to lose weight and achieve optimal health
months in the program : 1
consultations : 1 via email
email access to Elena : weekly
food journal reviews : 4
program manuals
goal setting
lifetime online community access
all Vegalicious eProducts
access to live webinars
additional benefits: 25% off one live consultation
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6 mos
best for... : those with existing health conditions and/or those who desire ongoing personal support with substantial weight loss and achieving optimal health
months in the program : 6
consultations : 1 live, 1 via email
email access to Elena : unlimited
food journal reviews : weekly
program manuals
goal setting
lifetime online community access
all Vegalicious eProducts
access to live webinars
additional benefits: 40% off unlimited live consultations

NOTE: if you suffer from IBS, Crohn's or ulcerative colitis, you will need to go through a modified initial program before starting Body by Plants. The program is available to be added to the Concierge Package. Additional charges apply.  Contact me for details

Body by Plants Success Stories

As of today, I lost a total of 105 pounds since starting Body by Plants!

susan-before-afterI was admitted to Southwest Medical Center, on February 27, 2012, to deliver my beautiful son; I was an astonishing 273 pounds!  Some of that was baby weight (all 8 pounds 8 ounces of him), and fluid retention (I was in Stage 3-4 Edema), but the vast majority was just poor eating choices while I was pregnant.  I could have never dreamed that I would become vegan, and embrace the health that it has shared with myself and my loved ones.  I was a meat eating, deep fried loving, junk food eating American.

I spent some time researching various diets and programs. I knew I needed more than just to count points, or eat this portion controlled piece of cardboard.  I needed to overhaul my lifestyle.   

In August, I came to Elena at 252 pounds, and started my first month of Body by Plants.  I was HOOKED!  Elena showed me a new way of living. 

That first month, 20 pounds came off!  Through strict discipline and radical changes within my home (and mind), I’ve been able to accomplish my goal of losing 50 pounds by my son’s 1st birthday.

As of September 2013, I am 105 down!

The program works!  I simply cannot state how much I appreciate Elena and all that she’d done for me and for my family.


I am off four medications and live PCOS symptoms free!

When Ashleigh enrolled in BBP, she had been suffering with PCOS for 13 years, with depression for nearly 10 years, was over her optimal weight, and was on 3-4 medications with severe side effects.ashleigh-after2  Asleigh’s condition was so poor that she did not want to leave the couch and had no energy to be the Mom she wanted to be to her daughter.

Today Ashleigh lives medication free!

She lost 34 lbs., no longer suffers from depression and has no PCOS symptoms.

Ashleigh’s body healed with the help of nutrient dense plant foods and she now has normal cycles without medications.

She has a ton of energy and can keep up with her 10-year old daughter.

In one month I lost nearly 16 lbs.  2.5 months later, I am 30 lbs down!

I was ready emotionally, physically and spiritually to heal my body and embrace a new way of life.  Elena’s program showed up and I knew it was meant for me. I wanted to learn a new way to live in harmony with a healthy life style.

The program was very easy to follow.  I did not have any trouble adapting.  I found the manuals to be very detailed and easy to follow.  The recipes were easy to fix and delicious.

By the end of the Body by Plants program I felt that I was well on my way of meeting my initial goals. I felt better and lost nearly 16 lbs.  Now, 2.5 months after starting the Body by Plants, and I still adhere to its guidelines, I am 30 lbs down! And I have never felt better.

~Laura J.

I noticed positive changes in my metabolism and with my thyroid. 

I really needed to overcome an addiction to sugar and I also wanted to work through issues with overeating, so I decided to give Body by Plants a shot.

The program was very easy to follow.  The recipes were wonderful; it really helps keep you on the plan when you have recipes to follow.tandi

Having personal access to Elena helped with motivation and knowing I had to report at the end of the week helped when those cravings hit.

I found that following the BBP plan helped me to achieve my goal.  The evening green smoothies REALLY helped curb sugar cravings and it also helped me lose weight and avoid eating sugar after dinner. Body by Plants also really helped me start making healthier food choices.  I slept better and I noticed positive changes in my metabolism and with my thyroid.  My basal body temperature has been consistently higher than it used to be.


In one month I have lost 10 lbs, and 55″ overall!

I have been at the same weight for 6 yrs. and definitely knew I wasn’t doing something right. I wanted to be healthy and reach an ideal weight for health reasons. 

Elena is an excellent teacher. Her materials are so easy to follow and her recipes are amazing. The BBP support group on Facebook is the best—you relate with so many people going through the same things as you—it’s like a family. 

Personal contact with Elena was the greatest motivation–to have her believe in us and make us believe in ourselves was invaluable--it’s like having a personal fitness and nutrition trainer. 

My weight has never moved…until now. In one month I have lost 10 lbs, and 55″ overall. I also don’t feel tired that easily anymore. I used to have knee pain which has kind of disappeared, and I am eating less now. Lots of extra flesh on my face is gone and also from my waist.


I lost 3 lbs., 10 inches, developed better digestion, better elimination, shiny and healthier hair, clearer skin and went from a size 14 to 10!

I stumbled upon the Vegalicious site, and signed up to be on the mailing list. When I heard of the Body by Plants program I was really intrigued by it and decided to sign up. My goal was to lose weight and get closer to optimal health since I will be turning 40 very soon.

It was fairly easy to follow the program.  Recipes are simple to make.  It sure did help to have email access to Elena to help decipher questions and hurdles as they came up.  The personal aspect of the BC was most helpful.  It is very reassuring to know that Elena can be reached via email.  Her prompt responses made it even more positive.

By the end of the program, I saw big numbers in inches lost.  And overall I feel so great! I’d lost 3 lbs., 10 inches, developed better digestion, better elimination, shiny and healthier hair, clearer skin; went from a size 14 to 10; I am now able to fit into a pair of jeans from 5 yrs. ago. I now have a feeling of clean and light from within.


I gained better mental clarity, better sleep, and much more even tempered attitude and moods.  

I enlisted in Body by Plants to get to an even cleaner diet than I had, understand some more about a full plant based diet and its benefits, have support and accountability during the 30 days, get healthier both physically and mentally, and if weight loss happened then that was just “icing on the cake”….without the sugar and processed ingredients!  I also wanted to achieve better mental and physical health.

Elena was always so responsive and helpful—from email, to Facebook, to the weekly calls.  She always had great advice and answers for everything, and if she did not, she helped us locate them.

By the end of 30 days I gained better mental clarity, better sleep, a much more even tempered attitude/moods, and even had some weight loss.  

I plan to continue living and eating this way from now on.


I lost 15 lbs. and 14 inches! I feel great, my stomach has stopped hurting when I eat, and my metabolism improved. 

I had to enroll in Body by Plants to get new recipes and make sure I am eating the right way with my change of diet from SAD (Standard American Diet) to plant based diet. Before going plant based, my stomach used to hurt after eating, so I wanted to change that as well.

I found the program easy to follow. Everything was planned out. 

By the end of 30 days, and combining this with the 3-Day Green Smoothie cleanse results, I lost more weight than I anticipated (15 lbs. and 14 inches!), I feel great, my stomach has stopped hurting when I eat, and my metabolism improved. 

I would recommend Body by Plants with Elena to others and plan to continue with this lifestyle from now on.

~Amanda M.

I lost 6.5 lbs. and my husband lost 18.  We both felt great and energized.

I had lost track of my previous vegan ways toward the holidays and my husband needed help with getting his weight and eating under control.  

My goal was to get back to a vegan diet, lose some weight and feel good about myself again.  My husband’s goal was to lose weight.

In the end I was feeling very good and happy again.

Elena is very easy to get a hold of and answered emails/Facebook messages quickly.  I thought this was great.  Almost like a personal trainer that I could talk to all the time.  Her story in itself is very inspiring.  The weekly call aspect of the program is very cool too.

By the end of  30 days, I had lost 6.5 lbs. and my husband lost 18.  We both felt great and energized.  I also started taking more B12 and that made a huge difference.   I plan to continue with this lifestyle.


Body by Plants was Life Changing. I lost 13 lbs. I plan on continuing this for the rest of my life

As I was eating handfuls of M&Ms , knowing full well I was out of control, when I saw BBP announcement.  Eating a whole-foods vegan diet has always been something I looked as being ideal.  I wanted to get on the road to true health and to lose weight, so I enrolled.

Having the manuals and the support group (and the calls!) was essential! The accountability was great and Elena is a butt kicker, not a coddler! I like that!

I lost 13 lbs. in 30 days and it really set the stage for me going for the long haul! My belly is shaped different now! I don’t even miss meat or dairy WHATSOEVER! I want health—bottom line!

In a phrase: Body by Plants was Life Changing. I plan on continuing this for a very long time– most likely, the rest of my life.

~ Amanda W. 

By the end of the third month my thyroid is now normal. I have lost almost 20 pounds and around 35 inches!

I joined Body by Plants to get off my thyroid medication, get healthier, lose weight and keep it off for a change. Also want to have more energy, look and feel vibrant.

It was very easy for me to follow the diet. I knew I needed to take my health to the next level if I wanted to get off the medication I was on for thyroid as well as lose weight. Manuals were easy to understand.

Having support was very important. I knew that if I was in a store looking for something and had a question I could put it on Facebook or email and get an answer pretty quick. Also loved the calls. That helped me see that others just like me struggle with the same stuff!

After the first month I lost 9.5 pounds, 23.75 inches; I have more energy, overall feel better, stopped taking my thyroid medication.

Later I decided to re-enroll for another two months to get my thyroid in balance.

By the end of the third month my thyroid is now normal. I have lost almost 20 pounds and around 35 inches!

~ Valerie C.

Results of the program vary based on several factors: 1. effort and commitment, 2. health history, 3. underlying health issues, 4. use of certain prescription medications which might prevent weight loss. 

Cancellation Policy

Effective 06/07/2015

Body by Plants materials are sent out within 24 hours of registration. Once downloaded, the cost of digital items becomes non-refundable. You can see price of each individual item in Vegalicious eStore

Once registered you have:

  • 48 hours after payment has been received to receive 100% refund, minus the cost of any downloaded materials
  • 72 hours after payment has been received to receive 75% refund, minus the cost of any downloaded materials
  • 96 hours after payment has been received to receive 25% refund, minus the cost of any downloaded materials

No refunds will be issued after that.


Body by Plants is a program designed to help individuals transition to a whole foods, plant based diet. It is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Elena (Vegalicious) is not a physician, a dietitian or nutritionist, and does not claim to be such. She will not be held liable for the use or misuse of the information in the program. Talk to your own physician or healthcare provider to determine what is right for you.

All information in the program is intended for your general knowledge and education only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Elena cannot and does not give medical advice.