PLAN OF THE MONTH: Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet (WFPD)
A whole food, plant-based diet consists of whole, unprocessed, unrefined, nutrient rich fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and healthy fats. It excludes animal products (including dairy), processed foods, refined sugar, bleached flour, and most oils.
If this diet had a slogan it would be:
Consuming a whole food, plant-based diet is an ethical and environmentally friendly way to live.
Some of the many benefits of a plant-based diet include:
- Lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar
- Reverses or prevents heart disease
- Lowers risk of cancer and diabetes
- May slow the progression of certain types of cancer
- Improves the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
The only essential nutrient you do not get on a WFPD diet is B12, therefore, I will take it in supplement form while on the plan.
I will be referencing the following books, blogs and cookbooks this month:
- Eat to Live, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
- The China Study, by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- The Crazy Sexy Diet, by Kris Carr
- Oh She Glows, by Angela Liddon
- Thrive, by Brendan Brazier
To learn more about industrialized farming and food production, I recommend the following documentaries:
- Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
- Food Matters
- Food, Inc.
- Forks Over Knives
- Hungry for Change
- May I Be Frank
- Supersize Me
Now I’m off to frolic with the tree huggers and eat all things organic. Groovy man! Until next time, this is psychedelic Mare saying, “PEACE OUT.”