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Wildfit 90-Day Challenge: An Honest Review


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I first heard about the WILDFIT 90-DAY CHALLENGE in 2018, when watching Mindvalley’s founder, Vishen Lakhiani, talk about the awesome results he had experienced. In early 2019, my boyfriend and I decided to jump in! We finished the Wildfit 90-Day Challenge in late May 2019.

Here is what we honestly think about the programme.

Is the Wildfit 90-Day Challenge Really Worth it?

I’d like to start with a summary of the pros and cons, based on my personal experience with the programme. Later in this article, I will dive more into our experience and how we feel about it now that 3 months have passed since the end of the programme.

PROS of the Wildfit 90-Day Challenge

1. You Improve Your Food Awareness and Mindset

I thought that I was already pretty aware and mindful about food, eating and how my body feels as a result. Well, this programme took me to the NEXT LEVEL! I pay much more attention to the WAY FOOD ACTUALLY FEELS. And I think this one is essential: you get an incredible TOOL to IMPROVE your diet constantly! Here is what I would call a “Food-Awareness-Feedback-loop” (FAF).

  • What does my mind THINK it will feel like?

Tasty? Delicious? Well yes, very often this is what I THINK the food will be! Now that I pay more attention to this, I ask myself: “What was it ACTUALLY like, last time you ate it?” Because very often, you DESIRE some food just because it belongs to a certain category.

But you don’t even really like it! I for my part am addicted to sugar. But guess what: while I find SOME sweets delicious, others are really not worth the trouble. For instance, I love delicious chocolate soufflés or crême brûlées. Even some types of home-made cookies. But I don’t really like most chocolate or creamy cakes. But it is SUGAR.

So, very often, my mind tricks me into wanting it anyway. Because “at least it’s sugar”. By becoming more aware of this, I could focus more on ELIMINATING the foods that are bad for me in any way. I go MORE FOR QUALITY now.

  • What do I HOPE to get from it?

Happiness? Stress-relief? Or any feeling related to my past? I am more aware of the fact that commercials, nostalgia and other emotions are the biggest contributors to my POSITIVE ASSOCIATION WITH BAD FOODS. It is amazing how much progress I made thanks to the Wildfit Challenge to realise what I ACTUALLY will get from the food in the end. White bread is a good example.

I had a very positive association in terms of savour and nostalgia with it. See, I grew up in France, where “baguette” is the queen of every meal. Now, however, when I look at white bread, I see EMPTY FOOD. I will still it some at times, especially when visiting my family, but I do not crave it and would not buy it myself.

  • What does it ACTUALLY FEEL LIKE when I take the first few bites? Is it as delicious as I had expected?

I realised how many foods were actually not that tasty to me. My EXPECTATION of the food was MUCH MORE DELICIOUS THAN THE ACTUAL FOOD. Of course, some unhealthy foods still feel absolutely delicious. BUT I have since noticed other sensations that come with them, which are not as great.

When I eat sweets, like high-quality chocolate or ice cream, I now notice some scratching and burning in my throat and mouth. And that is amazing because THIS REMINDS ME right there and then that those foods are literally making me sick when I overdo it.

  • How do I feel when I am HALFWAY through it?

Some foods seem delicious at the beginning, but halfway through they are nothing special at best. I try much more to be aware of this now. This is a good tool as we normally eat up what we get presented on our plate without thinking much about it.

  • How do I feel AFTER eating the food?

That one helps for food like pizza! The first bite is delicious. Halfway through you start feeling really FULL. But AFTER eating a full pizza, it feels soooo bad!

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Feeling full after eating a pizza…

It is amazing how paying attention to that reshaped my whole relationship with the food…

2. Healthy Food Becomes Appealing to You

Using the Food-Awareness-Feedback-loop will not only bring much clarity as to your attraction to bad foods, but it will also HELP YOU APPRECIATE HEALTHY FOODS. I realised how amazing and important leafy greens are for me. Now, I CRAVE GREEN SALADS and green-only smoothies.

I know how they help my system clean up and get rid of the bad stuff. And I literally can feel my body’s “relief” when I eat them. On top of this, the programme helps change your TASTE. You start noticing more flavours. And your preferences change. You start liking some vegetables that you did not care for before. I started finding CUCUMBERS really, really sweet! And I am NOW SNACKING ON CHICORÉE.

3. The Programme Makes a Good Job at TEACHING You the Logic Behind Their Approach.

I found that the Wildfit Challenge was a very EMPOWERING programme. Instead of just receiving instructions, you get tons of videos and documents to dive into the WHY you should or should not eat something. Additionally, the weekly calls help you get DIRECT contact with the Wildfit team.

You can ask your questions and talk about how you are feeling. I have not personally been attending them, but I could always watch the replay. And it helped me tremendously to see that I often had the same struggles and questions as others did. Not to mention the motivating answers and feedback to it.

4. The Logic Behind Wildfit Makes Sense

Of course, it is hard to say whether the logic behind Wildfit is scientifically legitimate for a non-expert of the field like me. But I have to admit that most of what Eric Edmeades (the creator of Wildfit) says, even when it is just a hypothesis, really appeals to my logical brain. And BE IT “SCIENTIFIC TRUTH” OR NOT, this is very important because of the placebo effect: you HAVE TO BELIEVE in the programme for it to WORK AT ITS BEST. So there is a bonus point for that!

5. There is NO Absolute

Very often during the programme, participants are trying to get ABSOLUTE answers to their food decisions. And although it is often easier to just get a straight “yes” or “no”, life is more complicated than this. The Wildfit programme forces you to FIND OUT what is GOOD FOR YOU and to stop relying too much on external sources.

Of course, it provides you with a lot of guidance. But Eric Edmeades makes it clear that EVERYTHING IS AN EXPERIMENT. So, as long as you are learning, and feeling healthier progressively, that is great. The SEASONAL approach of the Wildfit Challenge fits well into this philosophy, which I like. According to it, it is all about HOW OFTEN you expose your body to a certain food. SUGAR, in the form of honey, fruits and sweet vegetables, for instance, is NOT A BAD FOOD IN ITSELF.

But if you eat it daily, it may become a burden to certain parts or organs of your body. And the SAME GOES FOR SUPER HEALTHY FOODS. Eating a lot of one veggie every single day may become a burden as well. Which is why a seasonal rotation makes sense (but again, I have not checked the science behind this).

6. You DO Feel Noticeable Health Benefits

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A lot of participants to the challenge seem to see their health improve during the challenge. This was also the case for me. The first thing I noticed was how MY SKIN CHANGED for the better. It regained colour (it was starting to become grey) and all skin imperfections almost completely disappeared.

That is something that had NEVER happened in my lifetime up until then. My ENERGY LEVELS rose to an all-time high if you consider the last 3 years or so. I thought it was just normal to be tired very often. Sometimes to the point that you almost cannot think but are close to falling asleep.

I was having “afternoon lows” of about up to 3 hours. I believed this tiredness, as well as my greying skin, were just normal and related to age (after all, I hit 30 almost 3 years ago).

But while in “deep spring” as they call in the Wildfit Challenge, after 2 weeks I started feeling full of energy and I needed much less sleep at night. My afternoon lows disappeared.

I have now been able to confirm this change, as both my skin and energy level get back on track when I go into “spring” as described in the Wildfit Programme. Last but not least, I was FINALLY ABLE TO IDENTIFY SOME SORT OF FOOD INTOLERANCE, which has been causing me much pain for about 10 years now.

Much better even, I have found that if I eat enough leafy greens and salad, even if I eat some of the food I am intolerant to, I FEEL NO PAIN AT ALL! In that sense, I must say that in my case, the Wildfit 90-Day Challenge solved pretty much all of my (apparent) health issues.

7. (MOST) People Lose Weight

A lot of people lose weight during the Wildfit Challenge. Most begin seeing changes about 6 or 7 weeks into the programme, but of course, it is highly individual.

So, how much weight will you lose in 90 days? Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to this. I, personally, lost about 3-4 kilograms of fat. And I would argue that I could have lost more weight hadn’t I started to binge on nuts. I have since improved the whole process and feel more in (healthy) control of my weight.

It feels like I FINALLY KNOW HOW MY BODY WORKS AND WHY IT WORKS THAT WAY! This, to me, means LESS FIGHTING AGAINST my body and MORE GIVING IT WHAT IT NEEDS, while ripping the nice side benefits off it.

This means that after a vacation or any excesses, I make an extra effort to get back into “spring” (which means you get into Ketosis) and start burning fat again. And the best thing is, the “extra effort” now actually feels great, as my body starts craving it when I’ve been exaggerating otherwise!

8. Wildfit is Incredibly Motivating, So That You Manage to Eat Really Differently

With all the videos, the community, the live calls… You are incredibly motivated and most people stick to the Challenge until the end. Which means that you manage to CHANGE THE WAY YOU EAT almost completely (for most of us). This is not easy, but the Wildfit 90-Day Challenge helps you get there progressively, as your tasting buds start working differently.

9. Wildfit Gives You Good Tools to Manage Yourself and Make a Plan for the Future

I want to put emphasis on this point, as it is very important! 90 Days is enough for you to suck in the knowledge and GET GOING ON YOUR ON. I feel like I have fully absorbed the information. I rarely go check my notes or the Wildfit material. And, on top of that, I have my own rules that keep moving. I KEEP EXPERIMENTING and iterating. And it definitely feels like PROGRESS.

CONS of the Wildfit 90-Day Challenge

1. Wildfit is Generally Quite Expensive

The Wildfit 90-Day Challenge is expensive in itself. I bought it via Mindvalley with a discount. But even so, the programme remained quite pricey and I thought about it for 4-5 months before I decided to jump in. On top of that, if you want to follow the programme the best you can, it will also most likely require money to buy higher quality food.

To improve your health via food – which is the aim of the Wildfit Challenge – you are advised to buy organic ingredients. And since at some point you will be eating a lot of vegetables and animal protein, and completely cutting out on the cheap stuff (e.g. pasta, rice, bread…), this will also cause your expenses to spike. I would say it was all totally worth it. But unfortunately, a lot of people could not even afford to try it out.

2. Wildfit Can Be Really Difficult for Vegetarians and Vegans

Although you can definitely do the Wildfit 90-Day Challenge being a vegetarian or a vegan, it will for sure be MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. A lot of types of food get cut out which will affect vegetarians and vegans.

As mentioned above, grains will be cut out, and all of the meat-like vegetarian or vegan products are not really recommended either… You are normally supposed to eat quite some animal protein in “spring”.

And this helps bring more diversity into your meals. Cutting out this one additional element is really hard and can be frustrating and cause cravings. Nevertheless, it is still feasible and I would still say that it is worth a shot.

3. You Have to Be Dedicated and Invest a LOT of Time

If you want to do the Wildfit 90-Day Challenge right, you REALLY HAVE TO DIVE IN AND SPEND A LOT OF TIME in it. There are a lot of videos to watch and some material to read. And at some point, you will HAVE TO COOK for yourself.

The food outside will most likely NOT fulfil the requirements, even in places that are considered healthy restaurants.

cooking people for wildfit
Wildfit 90 Day Challenge

It will all require extra time because you are new to this. GROCERY SHOPPING WILL TAKE LONGER because you will be scanning through all food in your supermarket until you realize that you only can eat about 5% of the processed food there (which is still not recommended but can be tolerated under certain conditions).

Then you will finally find out 2-3 meals that work for you and you can cook easily. But after a couple of days, you will feel bored and will have to look for creative alternatives again, hence spending a lot of time on the process again. We were lucky to be able to invest the time to learn all this. And we thought it was well worth it. But it was really difficult and time-consuming.

4. Wildfit Gets Extra Challenging When You Travel

There are good tips in the programme to help you out when you have to travel and still want to eat Wildfit. But it IS CHALLENGING and I, for my part, still fall out of it when I get kicked out of my routine and home.

5. It is Not a “Miracle” Pill as Some May Expect

Although the results most people seem to be having with Wildfit are exciting, it is NOT A MIRACLE SOLUTION. It does REQUIRE WORK and after the 90-Day Challenge, you will still need to keep making progress. 3 months are not enough to change an entire life of habits!

For instance, I still have cravings. Very much so actually! My cravings have changed and some foods do not appeal to me anymore at all (which I consider great progress!). But I am still a sugar addict and when I allow myself, will have trouble to limit myself. This is why I also regained almost all of my lost weight during summer vacations.

I ate much sugar, bread and cheese, and drunk wine. On the positive side, I have made so much progress and NOW FINALLY UNDERSTAND WHY my body puts on weight, my skin gets worse and I feel tired all the time. So after vacation, I am back into “spring” and my aim is simply to improve my ratio of being in and out of Wildfit in the long run.

How I Felt During the Programme

Before Starting the Challenge:

I had been struggling with health issues for a bit. And therefore I was highly motivated to try out something new and move another step forward. I had been thinking about doing the programme for a few months and was more than ready to start.

During the Challenge:

For me, every phase was a challenge in itself. In the beginning, I wanted to go much faster than foreseen by the programme. I would have loved to skip a step or two! It was quite difficult to contain the enthusiasm and stick to the Wildfit Challenge’s rhythm. Then came the changes, which become more and more difficult every week.

I was very happy about any of them. As each step meant going forward and trying something new. BUT maintaining the ultimate Wildfit “deep spring”, one of the programme’s said “seasons” was definitely challenging. I would say that the lack of diversity made it difficult. We found 3-4 meals that were working and stuck to them.

After a while, it gets boring and it is definitely not that easy to always find easy to make quick alternatives. But we managed to maintain it. And after a bit, WE SAW THE CHANGES. We were amazed and it was so motivating that we wanted to stay in this Wildfit season much longer.

At the End of the Challenge:

At the end of the Wildfit 90-Day Challenge, I felt so amazing that I wanted to keep eating Wildfit forever. Also, I had to identify different categories of food and classify what I was eating for myself.

This part became really interesting. Before the programme, my absolute ADDICTION was to any kind of sweets. And as an extension to this, I had an addiction to pasta or any kind of white carbohydrates (bread, potatoes) as a substitute. I was also extremely fond of cheese, especially Parmigiano.

After the programme, from all the considered unhealthy food I was craving before, only 3 foods remained interesting to me: high-quality sweets, coffee and good wine. I was truly amazed! Who would have thought that I would NOT MISS PASTA, BREAD, POTATOES and CHEESE!

What We Can Say 3 Months After Finishing the Programme

We finished the 90-Day Wildfit Challenge in late May. Then came summer... For me, it is the worst season when it comes to a healthy diet. There are so many temptations! A few days after the Wildfit Challenge was finished, I TRAVELLED to Bucarest to visit a good friend of mine for a few days. When I arrived, we went straight for lunch together, in a quite healthy place.

However, they had plenty of nice sandwiches and desserts, that would have been looking extremely attractive to me before I did the challenge. But I DID NOT EVEN FEEL LIKE EATING THOSE AT ALL. I WANTED SALADS AND VEGGIES! This is what I was truly craving!

Salad bowl
Salad bowl for eating Wildfit

Back To Zero?

However, this did not hold for long. I started trying one or the other dish that was not complying with the Wildfit diet. And then a dessert. And I got hooked again.

My sugar addiction was back on! Now, my only way ever out of this sugar addiction was to simply forbid myself to eat sweets and desserts. For me, they are either in or they are out. And this works very well, as I have learned that a life without them is a healthier, happier life for me. And 2-3 weeks in I do not even think about them anymore.

 

This has remained the case even after Wildfit. Which means that I have now completely cut out sweets again, but, I would say, not thanks to Wildfit in itself.

With all the summer vacations, fun and moments with friends and family, I was very happy to see that my boyfriend and I managed to GET BACK INTO WILDFIT every time we came back home, or on Mondays after a festive weekend. We have the feeling that it IS GETTING EASIER EVERY TIME.

We know what to eat, what to do. Now, we are able to accelerate the process and get into Ketosis much quicker. We even know what will make the transition harder, and how it feels with the little energy low before Ketosis kicks in. For instance, binging on sugar the day before will cause me to have a hard headache when the sugar is gone.

I will also feel somewhat sad and slightly depressed. Now that I have identified it as being related to the sugar deprivation, I can cope better with this. And since I have decided to cut sweets, everything goes much smoother anyways.

Gotta Love The Process

WE LOVE THIS PROCESS and our bodies have started to CRAVE THE GOOD STUFF, especially when we start exaggerating while on vacation.

We still find it HARD TO SAY NO when we are on vacation or when friends and family are visiting. I, personally, also have trouble when GOING TO A RESTAURANT.

I still do not want to be the annoying person that asks for the complete ingredient list and ends up not eating anything because it all has added sugar.

Which is why the best for me is to be able to plan ahead and COOK OR EAT AT HOME. Most times, when out, I will either allow myself more flexibility, OR I WILL SIMPLY NOT EAT but stick to mineral water or the like. I found out that this disturbs almost no one so it is a good alternative for me when I still feel like being full into Wildfit.

WE DEFINITELY WANT TO KEEP GETTING CLOSER TO WILDFIT but we see it as an ITERATIVE PROCESS. So far, we also feel like we will never be absolute Wildfitters. We want to keep allowing ourselves some great wine and diverse restaurant food every now and then. We JUST WANT TO INCREASE THE PROPORTION of Wildfit healthy food in our diet.

Final Words

WE KNOW THAT changing your habits is an ITERATIVE process, and we are extremely HAPPY with the results! We also know that the results we want (i.e. better health) will not come without efforts. But we are prepared to KEEP MAKING PROGRESS. We think Wildfit is an amazing programme that gave us the feeling that we are now MASTERING THE TOOLS to get there at our own speed.

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25 thoughts on “Wildfit 90-Day Challenge: An Honest Review

  1. Thanks for sharing your story! I’m finishing up Wildfit these days, but as a vegetarian it was almost an impossible challenge. I do like the theory behind it, but the implementation is so challenging. I didn’t feel that there was enough support on actually what to eat..

    1. Hi Dora,
      thank you so much for leaving a comment! I totally get you, the “deep spring” phase is quite hard to sustain being a vegetarian. My boyfriend and I have been trying to make it in “vegan mode” (my boyfriend wants to reduce his intake of animal products) and it was rough. Personally, I’m still thrilled about all the positive changes WildFit brought me, but I see it more as a general guideline and try to make it fit my personal lifestyle sustainably. I don’t really do “deep spring” anymore, rather “natural spring” or summer.
      Good point – having a set of easy-to-make quick recipes that work and are tasty is also part of the success – I agree – and the program in itself definitely lacks recipes…

      1. Hello Anja,

        thanks a lot for all the time you took for describing your experience.
        I am as well in the decision-phase of starting the next round of wildfit and can imagine all the good stuff you learn and this special Eric-Inspiration :-). As a big fan of whole plant based food – which in a 90 day challenge had for me the same amazing effects like they are described with wildfit.and since I am not into meat…which I have learned as well can be flammatory…how is the support during the 90 days for those who would like to stick vegan or at least with just meat once in a while ? thanks in advance, Silke

        1. Hi Silke,
          thank you so much for your lovely comment 🙂 I’m really so glad I could help with the information!
          So, all-in-all, Eric does say that it is good to eat vegan most of the time. Apparently, he was vegan for years and came to the conclusion that it’s a great way of living, but that one should eat some meat/fish/eggs from time to time.
          However, there is a longer phase in the Wildfit 90-day challenge where you would eat in a more extreme way than what’s recommended in the long-term. I think that’s where vegans and vegetarians struggle quite a lot.
          I guess to answer your question, the Wildfit team does address the issue and try to come up with suggested workarounds. However, I’m not sure how good a solution they are, since I didn’t have to implement them myself.
          Hope my answer helped, don’t hesitate to ask again if I missed an aspect of your question or you want more detailed information…
          I could also make a longer video on YouTube for that matter if it helps, let me know 🙂
          Best
          Anja

          1. Thanks for underlining this fact. I am vacillating. I think having that extra challenge would be too much. How can a vegan/vegetarian work with this program to fulfill protein requirements. I’m guessing beans and tofu are off limits. I’d love to hear more about it. Also, about the seasonal eating that you mention.
            Thanks Soorya

          2. Hi Anja,
            I appreciated your honest disclosure of your journey. I would like to understand why it’s so difficult for a vegetarian/vegan eater to do this program. I’m guessing that there are no beans or tofu or tempeh, no beyond meat products one can choose. So how does one get the protein. I eat eggs but not fish or meat.

            I’d love to hear more about this and I’d like to know how to address protein intake as a vegetarian who eats yogurt and a little goat cheese and eggs. Mostly vegan otherwise. I also really appreciated your insights in your free e-book about how to change habits. Thanks!

          3. Hi dear Soorya,
            thank you so much for your comment and for asking these questions.
            So, as I’ve mentioned very often, I’m in no way a professional in the area, all I know is from reading a few books, trying out programs, and personal experience.
            When it comes to protein, one thing the program talks about is that we tend to overestimate how much protein our body actually needs. And, apparently, there are many vegetables and plants (such as nuts and spinach, apparently) out there that cover our protein needs just fine. I must say that I’m hearing/reading this opinion more and more often, including from scientific/medical literature (but I’m not a medical doctor, scientist or expert so this is only my overall impression). When in doubt, it would make sense to perform the change of diet under medical supervision, with regular checkups with your doctor. They will be able to say whether your blood levels and other physical indicators are moving in the right direction or not 🙂
            To further answer your question, you are absolutely right, normally Wildfit recommends to take beans, tofu, etc. out of the diet, at least for some time during the challenge. That’s one of the reasons why it can be more difficult to do for vegetarians/vegans, because the change of diet seems much more radical and much less diverse, as you don’t have so many food options left.
            Here is an article I thought could help you on this specific topic: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/best-sources-protein-vegans
            I hope I could help you and answer your questions – I’m sorry not to be able to be more specific, I just want to be careful as I am not a doctor or expert on nutrition 🙂
            Thank you so much for your feedback on the e-book! It makes me very happy 🙂 I’m only starting here and sometimes it can feel daunting – I’m always wondering whether my content is useful or not, so many thanks again! I’m also happy to receive any feedback you may have
            Let me know if you have more questions or would like a video or maybe even a live Q&A regarding this whole topic. I’m no expert but willing to help as I can 🙂
            Best,
            Anja

  2. Hey Anja, thank you so much for this great review, it was really helpful as I am trying to make a decision right now. It’s a lot of money to invest in it so it is a big decision.
    I have a question about allergies, I have allergic rhinitis for allergens such as mold, dust, pollen, cats, and dogs but not any food that I know (I have done tests before), would you say there is anything in Wildfit that would be helpful?

    Thank you!
    Best,
    Esther

    1. Hey Esther,

      thanks so much for leaving a comment 🙂 I totally understand, I had the same hesitation about the program… but, like you, I’d tried tons of diets and tests to figure out where my pains and health issues were coming from, and nothing had really helped before…
      From my point of view, Wildfit definitely includes elements that could help you regarding allergies – and it’s a question that is being addressed by Eric Edmeades during the Wildfit 90-day challenge… And it may be good to know that other participants seem to have had positive effects regarding their allergies. However, I can’t tell whether it will work for you, specifically…

      After all the hesitation I had, I can also tell you that the experience was worth the money for me – I wouldn’t have thought it could solve my pains and health issues… But more than one year later, though I’m not perfectly sticking to the Wildfit “diet”, I’m still living without pain, with better sleep and more energy…
      Hope this helped, if you have any more questions, let me know 🙂 And I’d be very happy to hear your feedback, should you decide to do the challenge,
      Best
      Anja

  3. Why do you include an ‘honest review’ in your title. Shouldn’t your review naturally be honest by nature? Including ‘honest’ in your title makes me think you are trying to pretend like you are being honest. It just doesn’t make sense. A review should be honest, so why do you have to say it. It’s like saying ‘real’. Well of course it should be real. And of course it should be honest. So, why include it in your title?

    1. Hi Jody,
      thanks a lot for this cute comment 🙂 There are a few reasons why I included the word “honest” in the title:
      1) it never hurts to state the obvious, in my personal opinion
      2) some people do reviews with the intent to sell a product… that’s why I wanted to signalize to people that I genuinely wanted to share my personal experience, with the pros AND cons of the program in mind.
      3) people actually do search for “honest reviews” on Google, because they seem to know that, sometimes, reviews are made from people who may not even have tried a program or product by themselves… or just want to sell it…
      Those are just some of the reasons that come to my mind, hope you understand why I formulated the title this way.
      Best and thanks again for the comment,
      Anja

  4. Hi Anja,

    Thank you so much for your blog. I am a vegetarian and generally, I see the fact that the WildFit 90 day program seems the solution to diets. Is it only one part of the phase or entire 90 days difficult being vegetarian?

    Please let me know.

    Thank you
    Vaishnav

    1. Hi Vaishnav,
      thanks a lot for your comment!
      I would say being a vegetarian is a challenge for about 50%+ of the time. The first few weeks you should be fine, and it will become gradually more difficult… But the wildfit team does address this issue and try to give support/solutions for vegetarian/vegan people…
      Hope this helps 🙂 let me know how it all goes!
      Best
      Anja

  5. Hello Anja,

    thanks a lot for all the time you took for describing your experience.
    I am as well in the decision-phase of starting the next round of wildfit and can imagine all the good stuff you learn and this special Eric-Inspiration :-). As a big fan of whole plant based food – which in a 90 day challenge had for me the same amazing effects like they are described with wildfit.and since I am not into meat…which I have learned as well can be flammatory…how is the support during the 90 days for those who would like to stick vegan or at least with just meat once in a while ? thanks in advance, Silke

  6. Thank you so much for all the information! I’m thinking about joining Wild Fit since I have a lot of weight to lose; however, I have my doubts because I don’t really eat red meat. This note will help me make a decision.

    1. Hi Monica,
      thanks a lot for your message!
      If you happen to eat fish/eggs/and other types of meat, I think you should be fine doing the wildfit 90-day challenge. As I mentioned in other comments, the wildfit team even tries to support vegans/vegetarians. But the program should be easier if your diet can include some meat/fish/eggs…
      Hope this helped! Let me know if you take the challenge and how it goes 🙂
      Best
      Anja

  7. Thanks for your thoughts on the program. My family has made a number of changes to our eating pattern over the years. We mainly eat meat and veggies now – minimal fruit, occasional sweet potatoes, mostly non-starchy veg.. We cook at home and are pretty good at it. We eat primarily organic foods and I adore and crave tons of fermented foods. When we (rarely) eat desserts or baked goods, we use keto recipes, so no traditional sugars. And we do a modified fast for a few days about once a month. My husband has lost 50+ pounds and his blood sugar has moved from the diabetic to the normal (not even pre-diabetic!) range, but my weight and health haven’t changed. Do you think the program is worth the investment, given that this is where we’re starting?

    1. Hi Wendy,
      wow, first of all, congratulations on all of the changes you’ve made so far, I think you and your family can be really proud of yourselves!
      It looks like you have already implemented a lot of wildfit-like advice – but, from what you’re describing, not all of it yet. First of all, I’d love to know what you mean by “minimal fruit”. Do you mean maybe one fruit a day? or once a week? Also, Wildfit is not simply about eating Keto, it’s more about eating “seasonally”. The program explicitly mentions that remaining “keto” all the time is probably as bad as eating sugary all the time… That’s just one element. And, if I remember correctly, fermented foods are not really recommended by Wildfit either. I, personally, don’t know whether they are good or bad, as some doctors/studies who lean towards “natural medicine” tend to say they may be good, so the info out there is not perfectly clear to me…
      But, to answer your question more precisely, there may be one key element that you could look into (in my humble opinion), independently from the Wildfit program itself: STRESS. I, myself, am someone who gets easily stressed. And stress (especially for women) prevents weight loss and causes health issues (more often than we think). Have you been or are you under a lot of stress? It can come from the outside but it can also be self-induced… Look into this and if this could be a factor, find ways to “come down”. If nothing helps, then I still think that the Wildfit program could be worth a try.
      Let me know if that helps and if you have more questions – I’m happy to make a video or have a quick call with you via zoom (for free, of course) if that helps. I’ve had big pains due to the wrong diet for years and I’m really grateful to live pain-free now, so I’m super happy to help anyone if I can
      Best
      Anja

  8. Hy, thank you for sharing your story, I’m vegan plant based and I know about this program and understand that some things make quite a logic yet I’m not going to do it because of the fact that I’m vegan and I’m confused why Wildfit is recommending any amount of meat as this has already been proven to have long term health issues, no matter the amounts(check nutrition facts.org).I am confused because the sweet tooth we ALL have it,because we are a high fruit species predominantly and we were designed by nature to crave it, every cell of our body and brain wants it and whenever it won’t be given we will be trapped on the yo yo binge cycle…Frelee the Banana Girl in her book Raw Till Four And GoFruitYourself explains it very well…I recommend check her videos on you tube,you cand find her underThe Frugivore on You Tube and also ad Frelee The Banana Girl…she recommends a High Carb Vegan lifestyle and it is amazing and life changing!

    1. Hi Oprea Elena Cristina,
      first of all, thank you so much for sharing your comment, thoughts, and opinion here. It’s definitely a good approach to look at what science has to tell us, and it seems like the website you recommended is doing some thorough work.
      However, science is always “in progress”. There are many scientific findings which, historically, have been either proven wrong or (most of the time) incomplete. Some research is also funded by lobbies or companies, which tend to produce biased results. But I’m sure you know all of this already.
      I’ve been reading books on nutrition from medical doctors and scientists, and there are always divergences in their findings. For instance, have you heard about the “alpine cow paradox” study? Many recent studies have shown that milk products have tons of detrimental health effects (and you probably know this in-depth, since you’re a vegan). However, against all odds, the “alpine cow paradox” study seems to show that milk from happy, grass-fed, alpine cows does not have such bad effects (or at least not to the same extent).
      Quick disclaimer in between – I am DEFINITELY NOT an expert on the nutrition topic! So all of what I am writing here is pure opinion, formed on the literature I’ve read and my personal experiences of the years… So, if you find inconsistencies in the studies I mention or my logic, I’m super happy if you can point them out for me to improve my knowledge of the whole topic in the future…
      Anyways, if this “alpine cow paradox” study holds true, it would simply mean to me that there are many variations of milk product consumption, and that you would need to make many, many more studies to comprise all of the possible variations. For example: have scientific studies been conducted using milk products that were purely organic, GMO-free AND from cows that were not bred for the sole purpose of producing milk? Have there been studies conducted on the consumption of purely WILD and ORGANIC meat consumption, which would not be daily but only happened for a couple of days every few weeks or months? Maybe there were, I honestly don’t know myself… Oprea, if you know of more studies etc. I’m happy to receive the info, for sure. I’m in no way trying to discredit the vegan thesis, as it may totally be the best form – and also certainly great for the environment nowadays… And my boyfriend and I are looking into eating mostly vegan (still working on it!), with some exceptions when the meat or dairy is really “old style” such as wild-caught etc.
      Thanks a lot for sharing the sugar/carbs/fruits thoughts you have… I’ll keep it in mind when I have the time and resources to try out something new (as it requires a lot of efforts to change diet all the time)…
      In my personal and humble opinion, the only one main thing I’ve read consistently throughout all the books was eating more VEGGIES and SALADS. Everyone seems to agree on the fact that we need MANY MORE of those. For all the rest, I’m not 100% sure so far, and I’m trying to stick to what cures my pains and makes me feel good in the medium + long term 🙂
      Also, just one little thing to clarify: if I have understood the Wildfit “diet” correctly, it really is mostly vegan WHEN DONE NORMALLY after the “adaptation phase”. According to Eric Edmeades (and I didn’t verify this info, so do your own research please 🙂 ), you’d be fine with eating some meat every 6 to 18 MONTHS. That’s a really minor quantity… I think, at least 😉
      That was a very long message, I hope I didn’t offend you or bore you in any way 🙂 I’m very, very grateful for feedback of any kind and I really appreciate you sharing those insights. If I manage to try the High Carb Vegan lifestyle at some point, I’ll make sure to report about it!
      Best,
      Anja

  9. Dear Anja,
    thank you so much for this review! Good information!
    I’m thinking to join this programm, it is just so expensive!
    So maybe you could advice if it would be worth of it in case if as I’m thinking I eat allready very healthy – is this programm more than this what I’m allready doing:
    – I have NO sugar addiction (I had but I’m not eating sweets as such anymore),
    – I eat veggies and salads in 2 meals a day, a lot of them,
    – I drink green smoothy every 2d day (about 300g greens and leafs with joghurt without sugar),
    – I ead a lots of protein (eggs, fish, meat),
    – I rarely eat bread, maybe twice a week,
    – I do sports 3x a week,
    – I drink a lots of water etc
    Still I have some health concerns, like skin problems and some 2-3kg to loose in weight. And it would be a great dissapointment if this programm would teach mostly what I’m allready doing…

    I would really appreciate your help with clearing my doubt of investing in this programm!

    Anna

  10. Dear Anja,
    thank you so much for this review. I’m thinking to joind this programm, it is just so expensive!
    So maybe you could advice if it would be worth of it in case if as I’m thinking I eat allready ver’y healthy – is this programm more than this what I’m allready doing:
    – I have NO sugar addiction (I had but I’m not eating sweets as such anymore),
    – I eat veggies and salads in 2 meals a day, a lot of them,
    – I drink green smoothy every 2d day (about 300g greens and leafs with joghurt without sugar),
    – I ead a lots of protein (eggs, fish, meat),
    – I rarely eat bread, maybe twice a week,
    – I do sports 3x a week,
    – I drink a lots of water etc
    Still I have some health concerns, like skin problems and some 2-3kg to loose in weight. And it would be a great dissapointment if this programm would teach mostly what I’m allready doing…

    I would really appreciate your help with clearing my doubt of investing in this programm!

    Anna

    1. Dear Anna,

      thank you so much for your comment here and sharing your situation. I apologize for the late reply, I thought I had answered your comment already but apparently that’s not the case.

      To me, it looks like you already have a very healthy lifestyle. So, before you dive in and buy the Wildfit program, there is one thing I would explore if I were you: your stress levels. These can cause skin problems and prevent you from loosing fat. If you are someone (like me) who can find it difficult to relax, maybe you should look into this first. It’s a challenge to bring down your stress levels sustainably… but when you manage to do so, it changes a lot for your body.

      Now, to answer your question specifically, I would say that your lifestyle is not exactly “Wildfit” yet. For instance, Wildfit recommends to take away all dairy products. Also, certain veggies (such as nightshades) are to be taken with caution according to Wildfit. If I’ve understood correctly, proteins are rather “seasonal”, meaning that sometimes you’d eat quite a bit of them, but sometimes you’d leave them out…

      Besides this, I believe that there are two main benefits you could be taking from the Wildfit challenge: 1) learning to be much more aware of how the food affects us, so that, in the long-term, we’re able to decide for ourselves and feel less attracted to food that harms us, and 2) exploring a rather radical, seasonal “diet” which takes away lots of potential difficult food and, hence, may help you identify one or two intolerances that you had not found out about so far…

      But again, you are already having a very healthy lifestyle apparently, so, maybe those are things that you can explore on your own, without the need to pay for such an expensive program. If you have explored: 1) reducing stress, 2) figuring out some potential intolerances and 3) mindful eating and learning to listen to your body’s reaction to food better… and none of it has worked, maybe you can try Wildfit out.

      Hope this helped a lot, and let me know if there are more questions => I’d probably be quicker to answer if you contact me via my YouTube channel, just for info…

      Best and hope you’ll be able to find out what’s causing you these problems,
      Anja

  11. Thank you so much for posting this review as true reviews of Wildfit are hard to come by and for the $$ investment, it was so helpful for me to read your review. I am not in any place to be able to do that kind of extreme diet modification, (work full time, 2 kids, a dog etc..), but would love to find out more about the whole food decision pathway (heard Eric talk somewhere about how the decision to eat what you are craving brings about the Dopamine surge rather than the food)… And do they give tips about how to deal with the 6 different types of hunger? Thank yoU!

    1. Hi Sarita,

      what a pleasure to read your comment! I’m very happy it helped you, and I understand that it can be way too expensive for many (including me at the moment!).

      First, regarding the whole food decision pathway, I must say that I believe that is one of the most powerful parts of the WildFit challenge – because you literally train yourself to listen to what is ACTUALLY happening in your mind and body regarding to foods. So, right now, I am not eating perfectly Wildfit, BUT I keep practicing the whole “food awareness” I’ve been taught. And this leads me to great results, as many things simply don’t appeal to me anymore…

      So, for the food decision pathway:
      1. normally you have something that TRIGGERS a CRAVING for a certain food. Let’s say Icecream. You pass by your favorite ice cream store (TRIGGER) and your brain instantly starts CRAVING your favorite ice cream.
      2. When this happens, also think of all the additional reasons you may have developed this craving, initially. Such as… great childhood memories, associating the ice cream with parental love or fun moments, or some particular advertisement that makes you believe this ice cream is different…
      3. If you DECIDE to go for the ice cream, feel what’s happening in your body JUST BEFORE you eat it, DURING the FIRST BITE (does it really taste that good), then HALFWAY THROUGH (does it still taste good? do you maybe feel something scratching your throat? Is your body reacting), when you FINISH, then ONE HOUR LATER etc.
      => basically, try to be more aware of each step and how food REALLY impacts your body and mind… before, during, after 30 min, after 2 hours…
      It takes practice, that’s why the program is so great, but if you’re determined, you can train this on your own, of course.

      Regarding the 6 hungers:
      1. Thirst => drink
      2. Empty stomach => understand that this is just mechanical and actually a GOOD feeling – your body is “cleaning up”. It’s something one can get used to through intermittent fasting. BUT generally, the WildFit program actually recommends to EAT A LOT (but a LOT of the healthy stuff!) and never feel hungry, at least during the challenge, so that you don’t cave in to bad foods…
      3. True hunger => this means your body actually lacks nutrients. The WildFit Program claims that this is why you still may feel hungry after a big fast food meal, and that this one will go away if you eat plenty of healthy stuff…
      4. Emotional hunger => hunger arising because you feel sad, bored, stressed… There you’d have to deal with your emotions and get what you emotionally need, instead of food… such as calling a friend or family, for instance. I, personally, feel like journaling and meditating can help me a lot.
      5. Variety hunger => if you eat the same food all the time, your body and mind will start craving something different. For that, you need to make sure that your diet is varied and pleasant enough…
      6. Low blood-sugar hunger => normally when you eat less sugary / high-high carb stuff, you also should experience fewer spikes and dips in terms of blood-sugar…

      Did this help?
      Let me know if I missed anything, or you want to know more around all this…
      Best
      Anja

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