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    What is a Plant Based Diet

    Note: this post has been updated in September 2020.

    You hear people talk all the time about “plant-based diets.” Let’s look at what is a plant-based diet and the variations or types of plant based diets? For the most part plant-based diets centers on whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. The basic description of whole-foods is food that is unprocessed and in its natural state. Plant-based means anything that grows in the soil and does not come from any animal such as meat, eggs, milk, or honey. People following a vegan diet will not buy or use products that come from animals including cosmetics, lotions (lanolin), and clothing (leather).

    There are three general plant-based diets

    Vegetarian – eats vegetables and fruit, but also consumes eggs and dairy

    Vegan – eats vegetables, fruits, beans, grains and no eggs or dairy (may eat soy “meat” or cheese substitutes)

    Engine 2 Plant-strong/Whole Food Plant-Based Diet – whole plant foods, no meat or cheese, no dairy, and no processed foods (imitation meat and cheese substitutes)

    The benefits of plant-based diets are that they are more nutritious because you are getting the vitamins and nutrients in the vegetables, protein from the grains and legumes (beans, lentils, peas) that the Standard American diet is missing. We don’t eat enough of these nutrients per day to be as healthy as we could be.

    The whole foods plant-based diet and the plant-strong diet are essentially the same diets as in both camps these diets do not include any meat or dairy. The phrase “Plant-Strong” was coined by Rip Esselstyn. Plant-strong is the term used by Rip Esselstyn and the followers of Engine 2 which include the food products sold and marketed through Whole Foods

    What is a whole food plant-based diet?

    Without all the descriptions and names, the simplest answer is a diet full of plants without the addition of processed foods. This diet eliminates all animal products, including dairy and eggs, and anything that is processed or imitation.

    For those who follow a plant-based diet, instead of meals being based on meat with supplementary vegetables, the focus is always on the meals largest concentration being on the plant foods with grains and legumes being supplemental.

    Whole food, plant-based diet (WFPB)

    What is a plant-based diet

    Although it doesn’t include any meat, dairy, or eggs it is not the same as a vegan diet, which is defined only by what it eliminates. A WFPB diet is defined also by what it emphasizes: a large variety of whole foods.

    Foods that are included in the WFPB diet: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes (as much as you want). It also includes, in moderation: nuts, seeds, avocados, natural sweeteners, and certain soy or wheat products that don’t contain added fat (e.g., tofu, seitan).

    Foods that are not included in a WFPB diet because they are heavily-processed: white rice, white flour, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and foods containing added fat. Yes, even olive oil.

    You are probably thinking, “What kinds of meals can you make on a plant-based diet?” There are many good recipes for this way of eating on the Web. I’ve included references below to websites where you can find recipes, meal plans and nutritional information.  Don’t worry, you will not starve eating meals like these.

    Some Ideas for Plant-based meals:

    • Vegan chili –
    • Vegan Enchiladas
    • Beans and rice
    • Garden Salads
    • Falafel Bowl
    • Vegetable Paella
    • Mushroom Stroganoff
    • Grilled Zucchini and Bread Salad
    • Homemade Hummus and vegetables
    • Creamy Cauliflower Soup

    That is it, that is all there is to eating a healthy diet.

    – via What is a whole food plant-based diet

    Prescription to live a long healthy life

    From the creators of the groundbreaking documentary comes the New York Times bestselling diet plan Sanjay Gupta called “the prescription you need to live a long, healthy life”—a plan to transition to a delicious whole-foods, plant-based diet in just twenty-eight days.

    The trailblazing film Forks Over Knives helped spark a medical and nutritional revolution. Backed by scientific research, the film’s doctors and expert researchers made a radical but convincing case that modern diseases can be prevented and often reversed by leaving meat, dairy, and highly refined foods off the plate and adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet instead.

    Time to Take Action

    Now, The Forks Over Knives Plan shows you how to put this life-saving, delicious diet into practice in your own life. This easy-to-follow, meal-by-meal makeover is the approach Doctors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (featured in the documentary) use every day in their nutritional health practice—a simple plan that focuses on hearty comfort foods and does not involve portion control or worrying about obtaining single nutrients like protein and calcium.

    Whether you’re already a convert and just want a dietary reboot, or you’re trying a plant-based diet for the first time The Forks Over Knives Plan makes it easier than ever to transition to this healthiest way of eating…and to maintain it for life.

    Useful Reads:

    The Plant-Based Solution: America’s Healthy Heart Doc’s Plan to Power Your Health

    The China Study Solution: The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet

    How Not to Die: Discover theFoods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

    The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet

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