Friday, January 27, 2012
What is a Plant Based, Whole Foods Diet?
A plant-based, whole foods diet is the replacing of all animal foods with foods from plants. It is composed of fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
It is also an eating plan which minimizes oils and avoids processed foods and sugars.
A whole foods diet is not only the exclusion of unhealthy foods, but a focus, or concentrated effort to include an abundance of the best nutrients.
It is not a 100% raw foods diet. Whole foods includes a rich variety and abundance of both raw and cooked foods.
Individuals can cater whole foods to be rich in a variety of foods that they particularly love. Main entrees such as veggie pot pie, fajitas, cream of vegetable soups, veggie pizzas and burgers, vegan lasagnas and casseroles can be made from plant foods. Delicious and healthful sauces and creams are often made from nuts and seeds.
Proteins and fats from animal foods are strongly linked to cancer growth, heart disease, obesity, Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, and a host of other diseases and ailments including more minor things such as migraine headaches and constipation.
Extensive scientific and clinical studies have been done to strongly support these statements. (Read publications by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Dean Ornish)
In children, disease is commonly manifested through asthma, allergies, ADD, ADHD, eczema, frequent illness, and chronic ear infections to name a few.
Through a careful study and application of plant nutrition you can experience weight loss, disease-prevention, proper bodily functions, and a cessation of everyday ailments and fatigue.
I challenge you to experiment on these statements. Try it out. Give it one month and see how you feel. Learn. Become a self-taught nutrition guru. Get some plant based cookbooks, and not just a few.
Actively explore a new world of health, rich with vitality. Take control of your health and happiness by feeding your body right.
If you want help, ask me questions. Explore my blog. Watch the documentary, "Forks Over Knives." Read some books from my recommended books page, and let it change your life.