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.


  1. all of my kids have adhd, do you think Dr. Joel Fuhrman book disease proof your kids would help? Does this one include recipes in it?

  2. I guess I am trying to pick just 2-3 books to read and try out since my time is so limited! What 2-3 books should I read first that would have the best impact on my kids diet?

  3. Joel Fuhrman specifically outlines a diet catered to children with ADHD. It is rather strict, and takes about 3-6 months for parents and children to see really positive results. However, it's also rather simple, and it works. "Disease-Proof Your Child" is an incredible book, one which I recommend to parents above all others because the principles and concepts outlined apply to both parents and children. It is worth the time to read, and does contain recipes catered specifically to children.

    It has really helped me deal with Megan's chronic, double ear infections, which were debilitating for her and our family. For seven months in a row she had double ear infections. Which meant antibiotics, diarrhea, sleepless nights, tummy problems, appetite suppression, and misery for two whole weeks out of the month. Since being a whole foods vegan, following specifics outlined by Joel Fuhrman, Megan has had only one ear infection in 6 months (I realized later it was because I ate a bunch of dairy chocolate chips (I am still nursing), and she did, too. Seems small, but it makes a difference). For me, this is a miracle and a monumental blessing.

    Every month she still gets a small cold, as if her body is trying to get sick, and her nose gets runny. But this cold, which is usually worse, and then turns to infections, is harmless and heals quickly.