Evidence is mounting that people who follow a whole food plant-based eating plan (WFPB), enhance their mental and physical health.
“The major benefits for patients who decide to start a plant-based diet are the possibility of reducing the number of medications they take to treat a variety of chronic conditions, lower body weight, decreased risk of cancer, and a reduction in their risk of death from ischemic heart disease.”
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Prep a few days' worth of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and brown bag lunches. Planning ahead saves time and helps prevent impulse eating
Eat a wide array of cooked and raw veggies, as variety helps cover all your nutrient requirements and a rainbow of colors adds fun to eating
Learn why it's key to get your orange and yellow on
Surf the Web, bookstores, and library for WFPB recipes. See what I found? Vegan Stuffed Zucchini Boats from Judee Algazi at Gluten Free A-Z Blog is delicious, nutritious, and simple to prepare.
Grow your own fruits and veggies. Connect with earth energy and become more self sustainable
Take it slow by experimenting by adding one new plant-based ingredient a week
Be daring and substitute plant-based protein for animal protein in more and more meals
Find an unsweetened variety of nut milk you enjoy, and drink it instead of cow's milk
Substitute unsweetened applesauce or a banana in cake recipes that call for a lot of sugar or oil
Assemble salads and serve them as one dish meals. Whole food plant-based entrée salads satisfy hunger, fuel your body so it can work at peak efficiency, and aid digestion and elimination.
Say nix to the toppings on most conventional salads including bacon, cheese, eggs, and fat laden salad dressings. This will eliminate cholesterol and is good for heart health
|Basil and Spinach are Rich in Phytonutrients|
Cook up a big pot of veggie chili, black bean soup, or other type of bean or legume. Freeze some, and use the rest to add to soups, salads, and wraps you eat during the week
Switch from white to brown rice, white to whole grain bread, and processed to unprocessed foods
Discover why beets and beet greens are tops.
Eliminate processed salad dressings, and mix up your own. One example is a high protein oil free recipe for nonfat bean dressing
Savor split green or yellow pea soup, lentils, and peanuts for good taste and high protein
Educate yourself and consider this advice from Michael Greger MD. Not all plant-based foods are equal
Take time to shop and read labels, discover awesome reasons for cooking meals at home, and eat whole foods that are colorful and seasoned well
Eat most meals at home to sustain your momentum of eating quality foods
Be selective about dining out, and patronize establishments that offer cooked from scratch meals that are good for your health. One fine example is The Tasteful Kitchen in Tucson, AZ. Chef Sigrid and Host Keanne Serve Delightful Vegan Fare.
|Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowl with black beans, fajita veg, fresh cabbage, and avocado crema from The Tasteful Kitchen|