So, what exactly is a whole food plant based diet (or lifestyle)? Whole food plant-based eating focuses on foods that come from plants and are not heavily processed (unrefined, or minimally refined ingredients). This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. Although I subscribe to a vegan whole food plant based approach, there are plant based forward eating patterns that include animal products but are used sparingly, more like the condiment of a meal rather than the main course.
There are many myths circulating about plant based eating. For example, you won’t get enough protein or nutrients, or you feel hungry all the time, which deter some from eating plant based. However, there are many benefits to eating plant based. There’s excellent scientific evidence that many chronic diseases can be prevented, controlled, or even reversed with a whole-food, plant-based diet. Also, research shows those who eat plant based tend to be leaner and able to better manage their weight. Eating whole food plant based can also help you save money on groceries. Avoiding processed and animal food products saves money. These items are usually the most expensive. There are a host of other benefits as well.
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