“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates
Why would you want to consider eating this way? It has the potential to prevent or reverse chronic diseases, lead to weight loss, improve mental clarity, lower cholesterol, and reduce or eliminate inflammation. An added bonus is reducing your carbon footprint.
To adopt a plant based diet you’ll need to grocery shop differently, and possibly more often, since you’ll eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. The more foods you purchase and eat in their whole, natural state the better.
You’ll also want to become a label reader. Many foods contain added sugar, sodium and oil. Avoid them if you can and purchase healthier alternatives. At first it’ll take you longer to shop until you become familiar with the brands that have less additives.
Not sure what you’ll cook? There are lots of great plant-based recipes. You can find them in cookbooks, magazines and on blogs. You won’t need to relearn how to cook, you’ll just do it a little differently. Many traditional dishes can be prepared with a few tweaks.
If you think a whole foods plant based diet seems radical, consider this quote from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. “Some people think a plant-based, whole foods diet is extreme. Half a million people a year will have their chests opened up and a vein taken from their leg and sewn onto their coronary artery. Some people would call that extreme.”
To learn more about a WFPB diet, read any one of the following books. The China Study, T. Colin Campbell PhD and Thomas Campbell, MD; How Not To Die, Michael Greger, MD; Eat To Beat Disease, Dr. William Li; or Eat For Life, Joel Furhman, MD.
Watch the Forks Over Knives documentary, available on Netflix. Pick up a copy of the quarterly Forks Over Knives magazine. To learn more click one of the following links, Plant Based 101, Nutrition Facts, or Forks Over Knives Diet.
You may find it easier to slowly ease into dietary changes rather than jumping right in. For a gradual approach, focus on one meal, or a day’s worth, at a time. You will most likely eat more food as whole plant foods are not as calorie dense as the foods you may be used to eating.
If you are looking for a natural way to improve your overall health give a whole foods plant based diet a try. You may be amazed at the results.
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