Are You up for the Challenge?

Take the Daily Dozen Challenge

Today we are launching a Daily Dozen Challenge to help more people discover how easy it is to fit some of the healthiest of healthy foods into their daily routine. I’m kicking it off by publicly challenging three of my friends and you to try to check off all the Daily Dozen servings for one day (based on my Daily Dozen checklist).

Watch the kickoff video here. Then you challenge more people, and on and on, and soon lots of people will be eating healthy! 

Join me by:

  1. Accepting the challenge: Pick a day to eat the Daily Dozen, and then release your own public announcement asking others to do it.
  2. Posting a picture or video about your experience and tagging 3 more people to challenge them: Use the hashtags #HowNotToDie and #DailyDozenChallenge in your announcement post and ask others to do the same. Let people know they can track their Daily Dozen on our free iPhone and Android apps. You can challenge 3 people personally, or ask all of your friends!
  3. If you or your “challengees” are unable to complete the Daily Dozen challenge you can ask them to consider donating $12 to help spread this life-changing life-saving info to others.

If you don’t have it yet, my new cookbook has tons of green-light recipes to help reach the Daily Dozen (all of the proceeds from my books go to charity). My neat new video on The Daily Dozen is going live on tomorrow, March 30th, but you can catch it early on our YouTube channel

As we roll out this challenge, keep an eye on our social media pages where we will be doing contests for books, shirts, and even the beautiful Daily Dozen poster



Get the App

Just in time for the Daily Dozen Challenge, we released our totally updated iPhone app! Those of you on Android have had all these nifty features, and now our iPhone users can check out the updates here, which include the option to track your progress over multiple days and enable a daily reminder to record your items.

We are honored that the app was recently featured as an iTunes app-of-the-day, which you can read about here.


Now Hiring!

Thanks to an incredibly kind donation from John and Jeanne Esler, we’re excited to be able to open up a new position at We’re looking for an experienced Media and Events Director to enhance our global reach and manage my speaking tours. Job description and application are here.



Get Our Best-Selling Hoodie

You’ve asked for it, and here it is: Our Plants Are the Best Medicine was a best-seller in our fundraising campaign last year, and now it’s available year-round in the store. As always, all proceeds go to keeping alive and thriving.  






Comments on USDA Dietary Guidelines

I’m excited to share this press release—hot off the press from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. As a founding member and fellow of ACLM, I’m asking all followers to join ACLM’s call for participation to help shape our U.S. Dietary Guidelines! The deadline to submit a comment is tomorrow, March 30th. en Español 

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One Night Only

Eating You Alive, the documentary which dramatically shows reversal of chronic disease, will be screened in approximately 600 theaters across the country for a one night special event on April 5th. This will be the largest theatrical exhibition of a plant-based film in history and we invite you to be a part of it.  See if it’s playing in your town:


Live Q&As

Every month I do Q&As live from my treadmill, and April 26th is the next one.

  • Facebook Live: At 1:00 p.m. ET April 26th, go to our Facebook page to watch live and ask questions.
  • YouTube Live Stream: At 2:00 p.m. ET April 26th go here to watch live and ask even more questions! 

You can now find links to all of my past live YouTube and Facebook Q&As right here on If that’s not enough, remember I have an audio podcast to keep you company at

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

23 responses to “Are You up for the Challenge?

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  1. This challenge is no problem for me … I’ve been eating the daily dozen every day for many years now … shortly after I discovered Dr Greger and the website :-)

  2. Wow, that is all very exciting!

    Sounds like you are going up to the next level of influence.

    I laugh, because I already challenged a few people before you put up the challenge and was just texting with someone about her question “Why did we stop eating real food?”

    Not sure that I will do the App, but I have been sending tons of people either here or to buy your book and I have invited someone to the movie.

    II laugh, because I opened a Facebook Account just to watch your last Live Q & A and I have been sending all of the soy police to your soy videos and that can take all year.

    1. I also will probably be giving How Not To Die to a few people who have Cancer.

      my vet was so interested and I need him to be alive for a long time, because he told me that my dog has already outlived what is expected for his breed, but my dog started eating the kale that dropped on the floor and he loves the kale so he might be around more like the Gentle Giants dogs and I don’t want to switch vets.

        1. Thanks Blair! Have they had any problems on a WFPB diet? I have pondered serving my dog WFPB, but I read some science, saying they have different needs, and I couldn’t follow whether the person was right or not and there aren’t a lot of pet owners showing me vegan WFPB dogs, who live long lives. Gentle Giants is showing me 27 year old dogs on their package, so I have stuck with them.

          I got the blood work and liver and kidney test results back and my dog is healthy in every area and the vet said that he expected him to die already, because of his age. He said it looks like he could live an extraordinary length of time.

          Now I have to work on my vet living a long time and myself not ending up with brain issues or other health issues.

          I did talk with three people about Dr. Greger’s work today, but I sent one to his book, one to his web-site and I didn’t mention the challenge to either of them. The third was actually a web-group, so that technically might be 10 if that counts.

          1. Blair, you were right. Boy, I love that video!

            I just remembered, I spoke to someone else about Dr. Greger’s work this morning and that person listened to the story of his grandmother and said that she is going to go vegan.

            So I did three people, but only shared the Challenge with the web-group

            She said before that, “I am not interested in all these diets, I just want to be as healthy as possible.”

            I have been here long enough to have the Adventists study in my mind and I could give her the right answer.

  3. I am going to try to find your foods versus Cancer videos again, but I feel like the foods which heal diseases need their own special link.

    I say it, because they get buried further and further down and that foods versus Cancer series is one I could send to people all day long.

    I am going to try to post that on Cancer sites. I have a vision of it can save lives. I have never been interested in social media, but I like the concept of saving lives.

  4. I find that the easiest way for my family and me to meed the Daily Dozen is to make sure all of the foods are in the house! Similarly, the easiest way for us NOT to eat junk is to NOT have it in the house. Which all comes down to having a complete shopping list and recipes planned.

    1. Julie, I agree.

      If I don’t have it in the house, I don’t eat it.

      I am in the middle of organizing my kitchen cabinets toward WFPB and bought clear containers, where I can open my cabinets and see how many lentils, split peas, dried beans, cereals, grains, and nuts I have and I have reorganized my can goods and am going to have a list of what I have so that I don’t miss anything.

      Those are stocked for a quarter of a year.

      Produce is what I have buy every few days. I don’t buy more than 3 days worth, because it goes bad.

      I haven’t started putting a can of beans in the fridge yet, but that is a good idea. I have put the stick on type of product to extend produce life on every shelf of my fridge, because produce is what I have in the whole thing.

  5. It looks like the U.S. Dietary Guidelines people are asking specifically for comments in favor of or against the topics and questions listed – not the answers. What would be the best approach for a comment that will be helpful in getting the questions answered based on real evidence?

    I was thinking of writing in a comment that I agree with the public comments made by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, but I’m not sure what comments were actually submitted and if they would know which comments those are to know which I am in favor of.

    1. Liane, I think it is okay to comment as you wish. I was reading the comments and it is the Low Carb and Vegans who are there. Make your voice known as a Whole Food Plant Based Vegan.

      They will be swayed by this if one side shows up and the other doesn’t.

  6. Honestly, the USDA Dietary Guidelines is hurting my heart tonight.

    I can’t even explain it to those of you who grew up closer to WFPB, but there is still so much disinformation and we watched television news and teachers and presentations at the school and listened to the logic of what to eat and we kids were more like my father, but my mother ate more like the guidelines and we ate more like the culture.

    Back then, I can believe that the people doing the process just didn’t know any better.

    If they don’t do it now, it will be more like they would be killing people.

    I watched a PBS show on the violins used in the Holocaust and it is so painful that the NAZI’s took something so beautiful and used it maybe as a way to calm people down when they should have been up in arms.

    I feel like we should be up in arms about the fact that so many people are poisoning us and poisoning us left and right and they are using some sort of logic, which makes it okay — and because they pleasure us rather than fight against us, somehow, we as consumers are using some logic, which makes it okay. It is not okay.

    It is ridiculous that Dr. Barnard could get people off of insulin in a matter of weeks or that Dr. Ornish could reverse heart disease and Cancer and the people in power are puppets in the hand of people with money or just lack moral conviction.

  7. I am not trying to lessen the Holocaust by using it as an example.

    People are dying from these decisions and tomorrow is the last day people can make their voices heard.

  8. I used the analogy, because culturally, in a very real way, we are entertaining people while we are killing them and they are being poisoned by their water, air, fish, meat, eggs, dairy, Round Up, Preservatives, Flavorings, colorings, Genetically Modified foods, processed foods,, etc.

    Then, they get Cancer and we are still using chemicals, which link back to World War I and II.

    I watched a video and they said that some of the chemicals were the chemicals used by Hitler. I am not a science or history person to know whether the person who said it was right.

    It just made me wonder who had what motive to take those chemicals and use them on our people. That is unconscionable. I don’t have words for how traumatized I am that people can get healed and doctors and schools and the government aren’t facilitating it.

  9. If it is true, I want the violins to play to get rid of those chemicals.

    Are there even Jewish people who are eating foods with the chemicals.

    I know my brain is broken, but tonight, my heart is broken at a higher level than my brain could ever be.

  10. Hey, i have a general question.
    I eat mostly vegan, and experience a lot of gas since i started about a year ago. I notice it is especially significant when eating legumes and grains even if i sprout them. My question is, is the gas a sign of something wrong going on in my body? Or should i just live with it?

  11. Hi Shahar taste, thank you for your question. The way to prepare legumes can also help to reduce the gas. Soaking your beans overnight and then pouring the water out and rinse it a few times before cooking. Also by adding baking soda to the soak water of dried beans before cooking (about 1/16 teaspoon per quart) significantly decreases the content of the raffinose family of sugars which is a starch that is poorly digested due to a lack of the enzyme galactosidase. I hope this information is useful to you.
    Does adding baking soda to soaking beans reduce gas?

    1. I see. But I’m interested as a whole whether this kind of gas is an indication of me hurting my body or just an insignificant side effect

  12. This challenge is a brilliant idea, I’ve shared the video on fb and have challenged my loved ones, lets hope it kicks off here in the uk too.

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