What is the whole-foods plant-based way of eating?
It’s a way of eating that emphasizes plants, not animals, as close to the original plant as possible. Very little oil or processing is included. Meat, dairy, and eggs are excluded, along with processed foods.
Eating this way needs to be easy, habitual, and daily. It’s not special or fancy, and once you’ve committed to it, it will be a natural everyday aspect of who you are.
Why go plant-based?
Scientific, evidence-based research has shown that eating plant-based can prevent, slow, and reverse heat disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
“Eating More Plant-Protein Associated with Lower Risk of Death,” from the Journal of the AMA. Kaiser Permanente, the largest HMO in California, prescribes plant-based diets. Years of Adventist Health Studies conclude significantly lower cancer rates among vegetarians. Blue Zones–areas of the world where people have long healthy lives–are predominantly plant-based.
What are the challenges?
Diet is cultural. Cultural change is hard. You will have so many questions!
What can I eat? How do I get enough protein? My partner won’t go along with this, argh. What about holidays? So much chopping! What can I put in my coffee? What if I’m in a hurry and need convenience food? I’m on a budget. My kids won’t give up burgers/pizza/mac & cheese. Most restaurant menus have nothing I can eat. My relatives will tease me. What about supplements? I’m addicted to cheese! It’s all too hard.
But plant-based foods can be flavorful, delicious, and satisfying. Whether you make the change gradually or go cold-turkey, your body will thank you.
These challenging questions have answers.
This site has links to resources, and I’m working on answers to those pesky questions in the form of a FAQ.