So glad you are here with me to embark on a whole food, plant-strong wellness revolution! If you are a health-seeker like me, you’ve come to the right place! Together we’ll find the strategies to transform the way you nourish your body and mind so that you can live an energetic, healthy and conscious life!
If you already have an idea of what plant-based foods are, start here. If you don’t, that’s okay, too! Just keep reading!
Did you know that type 2 diabetes, and many forms of cancer can be prevented and treated by using food as medicine? Did you know that heart disease, the #1 killer in the U.S., is to a very large degree, preventable, treatable and possibly reversible? Did you also know that high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, allergies, acid reflux and the majority of autoimmune diseases — from multiple sclerosis to rheumatoid arthritis — are directly tied to an unhealthy dietary lifestyle?
You have the power to protect your health and prevent disease!
We often believe that if something is sold in the grocery store, it must be healthy and not bad for us. That is just so NOT true. Many unhealthy foods may not result in disease right away, but after they’ve been consumed for a long period of time, they can have lethal results.
When we eat fatty foods, for example, the dietary fat and cholesterol pumps through our bloodstream and leaves deposits inside our veins and arteries. Count 3 or 5 decades of this food assault on our bodies, and it’s no wonder that we are often faced with a health crisis.
It isn’t just fatty foods that are the main culprit. Enter my hero, T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., and author of The China Study. He calls fat, sugar and salt “the 3 devils.” The choices we make ultimately shape our health, and the foods that are considered the Standard American Diet, (SAD) are shaping our health, sadly, for the worst.
The question I hear the most is, “what are plant-based, whole foods?”
Your body is your holy temple, and filling it with fiber-filled, nutrient-dense, plant-based foods will make many conditions you may suffer a thing of the past. The benefits of a plant-based way of life are indisputable. T. Colin Campbell says that “Nutrition must be holistic – looking at countless nutrients and mechanisms that control many diseases.”
If you eat a variety of whole, plant-based food, organic, preferably, you will be getting all the carbs, proteins, and fats you need for optimal health. Instead of focusing on individual nutrients, a plant-based diet emphasizes the overall nutrient composition that’s ideal for health.
The simpler answer:
Eat whole, plant-based foods and minimize the intake of processed and animal-derived foods. That means that it’s a diet based on foods in their most natural state. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, split peas, lentils, chick peas, herbs, spices, seeds and nuts.
- Eliminate animal-based foods;
- Eliminate all dairy;
- Avoid refined and processed foods;
- Minimum amounts of oil.
Preventing and reversing disease
According to the Plantrician Project, people with heart disease who transitioned to a plant-based, low-fat diet, were twice as less likely to have another cardiac event and were also able to reverse their hardening of the arteries. Neal Barnard, MD, founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says, “Since arterial blockages in one area can indicate systemic damage, medications that treat isolated symptoms may not be the most effective way to treat the underlying problem. Studies show that the most powerful prescription may not lie in the pill bottle, but rather on our plates.”
You have a 60% lower risk of developing diabetes if you chow down on plants, and switching to a plant-based diet can lower blood sugar levels, as well as “bad” cholesterol levels. Eating a whole food, plant-based diet can prevent and slow cancer growth. Plants are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants and phytonutrients.
So, WHY do we wait for a cancer diagnosis to sound the alarm? Disease-preventing and disease-fighting recommendations are right in front of us. Neal Barnard says, “Unfortunately that message tends to get buried. We wait until a cancer diagnosis and then try some heroic means of combating it, through chemotherapy, through radiation. It’s so much better to prevent it from ever occurring, and the answer to that is food.”
Plant-based diet benefits
- Prevents, arrests and reverses chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes
- Decreases cancer risk
- Slows progression of certain cancers
- Helps to prevent and halt the progression of a number of autoimmune diseases
- Prevents and reverses erectile dysfunction
- Lowers cholesterol
- Lowers blood pressure
- No more constipation!
- Enables healthy weight loss
- Enables healthy weight maintenance
- Improves immune function, with lower risk of colds and flu
- Can prevent and treat asthma, allergies, acne, acid reflux and a wide array of other conditions
- Longevity enhancing
- Mitigates the need for many or even all medications
- Increases energy
- Improves sleep
- Decreases stress
- Improves mood and mental clarity
One of the best motivators, to me, is how great you will feel after you start a whole-foods, plant-based diet! Those morning carb-hangovers will be gone, along with all the fullness and bloating that comes with eating a diet high in salt, sugar and white flours. There is a certain clarity that whole foods provides — a clearness that just wasn’t there before. The brain fog lifts and you’ll find that eating the way that people have eaten for thousands of years is satisfying and delicious!
So happy to have you on board!