A whole food plant based diet is literally your ticket to the best health possible.
But what does that term – plant based diet – really mean anyways? What exactly makes up a “plant-based” diet, and how can you begin to move in that direction? How can you adopt this way of eating and why would you want to?
Here you’ll find the answers to ALL your burning questions.
Very simply put, a whole food plant based diet is a way of eating where the vast majority (90+%) of what you eat comes from whole plant foods.
Let’s break it down –
Whole Food = foods that are not refined, they are eaten as they are found in nature without adding or subtracting from them. Examples – an apple, NOT apple juice – brown rice, NOT white.
Plant Based = majority (not necessarily all) of the foods consumed (in terms of percent of calories) come from the plant kingdom instead of the animal kingdom. Example – beans, not steak.
Diet = all the foods we eat – NOT – restriction of calories to lose weight!
What are the types of foods on a plant-based diet?
- Fruits – apples, bananas, mango, grapes, citrus plus hundreds of others…
- Vegetables – leafy greens (like kale and lettuce), starchy vegetables like potatoes and winter squashes, and all the rest of natures colorful bounty…
- Legumes – beans, peas, lentils, peanuts…
- Whole Grains – wheat, rice, oats, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, and many more…
- Nuts & Seeds – almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, hazelnuts, flax, chia, hemp, and on and on…(high in calories/fat so small amounts are best!)
- Optional – small amounts of animal foods (2-3x per week maximum) – wild or organic grass fed …
Why might you want to eat this way?
I’m glad you asked!
A low fat whole food plant based diet has been shown to:
- make weight loss easy and effortless (without feeling hungry)
- drastically lower cholesterol
- prevent AND reverse Type 2 Diabetes and dramatically improve Type 1 Diabetes
- prevent AND reverse heart disease and high blood pressure
- bring relief to digestive disorders such as IBS, colitis and chronic constipation
- slow the progression of and/or reverse autoimmune disorders such as MS and rheumatoid arthritis
- clear skin issues such as acne, psoriasis and eczema
- fight against the development and progression of cancer
- improve or eliminate asthma
- improve immunity so that common colds and flu are somewhere between infrequent and nonexistent
- and much, much more…
A whole food plant based diet may seem like a foreign way of eating, especially if you were raised on meat, dairy and processed foods, like I was. You may be thinking that it can’t be an enjoyable way to live.
You might also be thinking that this is just too hard, expensive or overwhelming. Please, stick with me and we’ll get through this together. I promise.
FAQ’s About a Whole Food Plant Based Diet
(Please bear with me, I’m a work in progress…answers coming very soon!)
Isn’t eating a plant-based diet expensive? Eating Healthy on a budget…
What steps should I take first?
If I don’t eat a lot of meat, where will I get my protein?
How do I find the time to eat like this?