Why eat a whole food plant based diet?

First, let me explain what eating a whole foods plant based diet entails. It is eliminating all meats (including fish), all dairy products (butter, yogurt, cheese), and eggs. It is also eliminating all oils (which are highly processed and pure fat with no nutrients of value). So what do you eat? Everything else! Including lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, non-dairy milk, and potatoes…. You may have tried or heard of Paleo, Atkins, ketogenic, and many other types of diets out there, and while you may temporarily lose weight on these diets, they are not health promoting in the long term. With a whole foods plant based diet you get to experience all the numerous health benefits of plant foods without damaging your body, and your body will most likely reach its healthy weight as well.

So why not eat animal products? Studies have shown the consumption of animal protein increases cancer risk. Plant proteins don’t have this effect. The connection between animal protein and cancer is so strong that cancer can literally be “turned off and on” by adjusting the amount of animal protein consumption in Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s studies. Cancer was promoted at only 20% protein – which is a normal amount in the diets of Americans. Even when rats were exposed to carcinogens, if they were on the low protein diet, they did not develop cancer. Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s work was put into medical practice by Dr. John Kelly with truly amazing results when he placed cancer patients on a whole foods plant based diet. Animal proteins tend to increase blood cholesterol, promote heart disease, increase osteoporosis, increase obesity and diabetes risk, and it is linked to Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and kidney stones. Studies show how animal proteins and all oils (yes, even olive and coconut) damage the endothelial cells that line the inside of our arteries, which leads to heart attacks. Animal foods also create a state of metabolic acidosis in the body, which leads to chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. Many studies are now also showing how the gut flora (bacteria in the colon) differs between meat and plant eaters and how beneficial to overall health the gut flora of vegans are. Several doctors (Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Barnard, ect.) have actually had great success with reversing heart disease and diabetes in their patients by using a whole foods plant based diet.

When looking at maps and population studies that have been done it is easy to see the connection between chronic diseases and diet. Immigration studies have shown that diet is a much bigger predictor of disease risk than genes. As people move to western countries with diets rich in animal foods, their disease risk rises to that of the population they now reside in. Did you know that the countries with the highest dairy consumption also have the highest rates of osteoporosis? Our bodies do not need meat or dairy, in fact they are harmful to our bodies. A whole foods plant based diet will provide your body with all the protein, fat, vitamins and minerals you need, plus lots of fiber, which is very beneficial.

A whole foods plant based diet will also naturally lead to weight loss in overweight and obese people. Most people will experience lower blood pressure and cholesterol and better blood sugar control. It is amazing how quickly these results are achieved. In just a few weeks most people have a dramatic improvement in their blood values. A whole foods plant based diet is important for children as well. Studies have shown that plaque build up in arteries can be seen in the teenage years and more and more children are suffering from obesity, diabetes, asthma, and early puberty.

I encourage you to do your own research and learn more about the benefits of a whole foods plant based diet for you and your whole family. Humans don’t have to expect chronic diseases as part of their destiny. You can take control and prevent them and improve your own health. Once you have decided that a plant-based diet is the way to go, check out my services page and let me help you get started on a journey to wellness.

I would like to leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes from Dr. Esselstyn.