People have been eating a plant based diet for years, however, their diets fell under the category of either vegetarian or vegan. But don't let those "V" words scare you. Getting your nutrition from plant-based foods is one of the best things you can do for your body and your health. And it's easier than you think!
Many supermarkets are carrying huge amounts of plant products in every section. Even restaurants want to get in on the action--they are incorporating creative plant-based options.
Plant-based just means a way of eating foods that come from plants and avoiding animal products and highly processed foods. The addition of the words "whole food" just means that the food comes directly from nature and have not been stripped of their original packaging.
A whole food plant based diet (WFPB), has a wide range of choices, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Although these foods require very little processing and preparation, these foods can tempt your taste buds in dishes ranging from fine gourmet to casual comfort food.
While studying populations, physicians and researchers have found that a whole food, plant based diet results in optimal health. The higher the percentage of the diet that comes from whole-plant foods, the lower the risk for heart disease, many cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity and autoimmune disease.
What many people just don't realize is that diet has the power to prevent and reverse disease, according to pioneering physicians and researchers. They have documented patients who have regained their health thanks to the food they put in the their mouth! Unfortunately, we've spent the last several decades pointing to genetics as the primary reason for diseases most people contract over their lifetime. But, we've got it wrong....it's your LIFESTYLE, especially what you EAT that establishes whether or not those genes are expressed resulting in illness, or, those harmful genes remain dormant. This means the food you choose to place on your plate has more CONTROL over your health than some predetermined destiny---that's GREAT NEWS!
It's not difficult to change the way you eat...it may be different than what we are used to, but it's not difficult. There are so many recipes available that are easy, quick and delicious. Here's a salad you can whip up in no time...just use whatever vegetables you may have on hand...there is no "right" or "wrong" way of throwing a salad together.
GARDEN PASTA SALAD
Whole wheat rotini
1 T red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup yellow or red peppers
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
1/2 cup fresh basil, slivered
Whisk mayo, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper until smooth. Add pasta and toss. Add tomatoes, peppers, carrots, scallions, olives and basil. Enjoy!
1 12 oz. pkg Mori-Nu tofu ( I use any silken tofu)
2-3 T Dijon mustard
2 t white vinegar
lemon juice to taste
Agave nectar to taste, (I usually use honey)
In a blender or small food processor, blend the tofu with Dijon and vinegar until smooth and creamy. Add a few drops of lemon juice and a few drops of agave nectar and blend again. Taste and add more lemon, agave nectar or Dijon as needed. Chill until you're ready to use.