Making the switch to a whole food plant-based lifestyle can seem like a daunting task to suddenly feel like you need to cook three fancy meals from scratch everyday. I'm here to help! I'll show you simple ways to prepare healthy meals that will still satisfy your taste buds.
Not only does a plant-based diet support your immune system but plants have essential nutrients that you can't get from other foods. Many studies have shown that a whole food plant-based diet reduces your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, autoimmune and many more.
Other great reasons to choose Plant-Based:
The term WFPB describes foods that are minimally processed. Many eventually give up the diet label in favor of lifestyle. Perhaps that’s because the popular notion of dieting has become so confusing. A WFPB lifestyle should be simpler. It’s It’s not a set of complicated meal plans. It’s a return to whole foods, natural flavors, and optimal health.
Keep it simple—eat whole, unprocessed foods derived from plants. Whole grains & ancient grains- oats, quinoa, brown rice. Legumes- black beans, chickpeas, green beans, lentils, peas, soybeans. Greens, root vegetables such as potatoes (all colors), other greens, fruit, omega-3 rich seeds, organic whole soy products, spices and beverages such as decaffeinated coffee and green tea, herbal teas, unsweetened plant-based milk substitutes and water.
This essential nutrient is not made by animals or plants. B12 is made by microbes, bacteria that blanket the earth. These bacteria are common in the gastrointestinal tract of animals and so animal foods can be sources of B12. Few plants actually contain vitamin B12. I recommend that everyone take a daily B12 supplement.
You may be surprised to learn that I don’t use added oil in my food. The reasons are plenty! Oil is a processed food source of concentrated fats without any nutritional value. When we extract oil from seeds, the nutritional benefits are left behind in the discarded solids. Oil is the most calorie dense food on the planet at 4,000kcal/pound! It is my opinion that oil is a high fat food that contributes to insulin sensitivity and should be avoided by anyone living with any form of diabetes. In addition, those with a disease, especially heart disease, fatty liver or high cholesterol should adhere to a low-fat WFPB diet and steer clear of added oils. For healthy individuals, if you must use oil, a high quality olive oil is best in moderation.
I will provide you with a grocery list of items to buy and travel to your home. We will cook 2 meals of your choice, and I'll answer any questions you may have about plant-based eating and how it can easily be incorporated into your lifestyle.