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Colorado chef Tess Challis is on a mission to prove that weight loss and detoxification don’t have to be drudgery. Her latest book, The Two-Week Wellness Solution: The Fast Track to Permanent Weight Loss and Vitality, addresses a topic that more than 60 million Americans face—the struggle with obesity.
Challis (a vegan chef, wellness coach, author, and self-described “food nerd”) was obese herself for many years. “Most detox and weight loss programs leave you hungry and don’t have real recipes. Feeling deprived doesn’t work long-term for us foodies,” says Challis.
Challis’s newest book contains a foreword by Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, who states that her book “provides you with the total health package.”
Her book and program have been gaining a loyal following. The participants (or “rock stars” as Challis calls them) report more energy, dramatic weight loss (up to 22 lbs. in two weeks), and greatly improved health while following her program. And yes, her program does include cheesecake – as well as lots of other tempting fare, including Mexican, Thai, and Indian dishes.
Her book includes 15 success stories, and more are being reported every day. That list includes Gina Houck Horn, a Michigan librarian. Houck Horn says, “Tess’s program has transformed my life. I lost over a pound a day and now I actually have energy to spare—all while looking forward to every meal.” Danielle Schmidt of Indiana has lost more than 60 pounds so far using Challis’s program. She says “I have never, ever felt as good as I do now. I wish I’d known sooner how much I could love foods that were so good for me.”
Challis first used a color-coded system in her previous book, Radiant Health, Inner Wealth, to help her readers understand balanced eating. Her new program also includes tips on “inner wellness” such as meditation and visualization techniques.
Challis has been vegan for more than 19 years and resides in southwest Colorado. She is currently working on a children’s cookbook with her 7-year-old daughter.