I know I say this all the time, but it's worth repeating....a whole food plant based diet will give you SUPERIOR HEALTH...it's that simple. People do not realize how powerful nutrition is. Unfortunately, we have been blinded in regards to what's healthy and what's is not so healthy. The primary goal of the food industry is to increase their profit margins, not worry about the health of the American people. Therefore, the marketing people come up with brilliant, creative marketing ideas enticing people to buy their "food products". This is the "nutritional advice" we are exposed to. Well, I'm sorry to say, what these people "feed" us, is not nutritional advice....it is so far from it! In the meantime, we are in an epidemic of overweight people that have all kinds of medical issues.
A whole food plant based diet, (WFPB), will give you your health back. It does require a little bit of planning, but putting a little effort into what you are feeding your body will pay you back with HUGE rewards. People eating a plant based diet eat a wide variety of vegetables, beans, legumes, fruits, whole-grains, nuts and seeds, while eliminating animal products--meat and dairy. The major goals of starting a WFPB diet is to get off medications, lose weight, decrease the risk of cancer and heart disease, as well as many other chronic diseases.
A WFPB diet is not an all-or-nothing program, but is a way of life that is tailored to each person. However, a person that has a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, or GI issues, this way of eating is especially beneficial. The benefits people will get is dependant upon the level of adherence one has to eating vegetables, beans, fruits, whole-grains, and eliminating the animal products as well as processed foods.
I see so many people each and everyday that come into the doctor's office with bags of medications. As I am writing down all the drugs and dosages, I think to myself how does this person get all this medication into themselves in a 24 hour period? Some patients take 10, 15, 19 different medications a day!! How does this happen? Can you imagine the amount of money people could save in drug costs alone if they just changed the food they were eating??
It's very unfortunate for the American people that the majority of physicians are not well versed in nutrition--that's not what was taught in medical school. Physicians are good at diagnosing a disease and prescribing a pill to "manage" it. Unfortunately, when it comes to health, we have this backwards. Patients need to understand how to PREVENT diseases from even starting....or, if the disease has begun, patients need to know how to get to the root of the problem and stop it.....without medication.
When people are prescribed a medication for a certain medical issue and change nothing else, it's like the person mopping up the water from the overflowing sink with the faucet running. The "cause" has not been addressed...the "cause" is still there...so we just keep on mopping....nothing really changes.
However, stop the cause....problem ends. I believe people need this knowledge to make informed decisions. Get rid of the foods that are making us fat and sick, and replace those foods with vegetables, beans, fruits, whole-grains....foods that will NOURISH our body, prevent so many horrible diseases from even starting, and, reverse damage that has already been done. This can all be accomplished with FOOD!!
I know it sounds so simple....IT IS! I have experienced it first-hand as well as taught others how to take control of their health. There is nothing more rewarding to me than helping someone take charge, change their eating habits, lose weight, and get off of medications.
Yes it requires some effort, yes it requires grocery shopping and making most of your meals at home....but the effort it takes is so WORTH the end result. I can't tell you how many people come back to me and thank me for saving their life....my response to them is that I didn't save their life, they did....I only gave them the tools to get there.