Whole Food Plant-Based Diet
What is it?
A whole food plant-based diet is defined by what you eat, unlike many diets that are defined by what you don't or shouldn't eat.
Throw out the terms, vegan, vegetarian, low-carb, low-fat, etc. They all define what you can't eat. And they leave you feeling deprived before you even start.
A whole food plant-based diet is defined by what you can and will eat including a bounty of plants in a form as close to the way they came out of the ground or off the plant or tree as possible. More specifically, it includes, fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds. Eat them individually. Mix them together. Eat them raw or cooked. There are countless ways you can eat and enjoy them.
It is easiest to understand plant-based eating when you think of it as eating single ingredient foods as close to nature as possible.
For example, you eat a potato. What are the ingredients? Answer: potato.
On the other hand, you eat potato chips. What are the ingredients? Answer: potatoes, cottonseed oil, salt, whey, maltodextrin, spices (including black and white pepper), sunflower oil, sugar, dextrose, onion powder, sodium diacetate, buttermilk, garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavors, yeast extract, citric acid, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate, malic acid, ...
I think we can all agree that it’s probably better to eat the former. One ingredient and not all the extra ingredients you may or may not know.
Many people are cutting way back on processed foods. Why? Because they feel better than they thought possible.
Let’s call it a Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle
We call it a diet, but it's really a lifestyle not a diet. A whole foods plant-based orientation to eating is a logical addition to the healthy lifestyle you are building. You breathe clean air and you seek clean water. It's only logical that you would want to complete the triangle of health, not by eating processed food with their nutrients destroyed by manufacturing, but by eating whole foods rich in nutrients.
Diets have rightly earned a negative connotation. They have destroyed many lives and continue to do so. Every time you limit your eating by adopting rules that restrict your intake of valuable nutrients, you are harming your health. You may not notice the harm immediately, but cumulatively these restrictions cause damage.
Instead of turning to food as recreation, as a pacifier, or as happiness; fully embrace food as an avenue to health.