Studies have proven that populations with mostly plant based diets have not only longer life spans but their lives are lived healthier, with less disease.
Populations that eat mostly animal products have higher rates of chronic disease. Before the westernisation of communities and the intake of larger and larger amounts of animal foods, disease such as heart disease, cancer, obesity etc where very rear or near on absent in more tradition communities.
Food like products, such as fatty foods and sweets (made-made foods) offer no nutrients and create addiction-like cravings
These foods are high in sugar, sodium, trans fats, and preservatives, to make them additive and tasty, they are stripped of original nutrients, then added back to the food with a something to the like of an ‘all natural’ label to tell us it is healthy. REAL food from natural does not need a label.
While in our busy modern lives, we certainly are more than just what we eat, science is catching up with what mother nature already knows, that what we put in our mouths affects your health in so many ways.
Choosing which foods, Nature-made OR man-made that we choose to put on our plates and into our mouths, gives us an unprecedented power to live longer, healthier lives.
With the SIMPLE but POWERFUL act of choosing WHOLE PLANT FOODS, we can:
Flourish in life
IT QUITE SIMPLY IS THE MOST POWERFUL ACT YOU CAN PERSONALLY TAKE TO HEAL YOURSELF!
There’s no tracking, counting or portioning,
It’s pretty simple: you’ll enjoy a wide range of whole, unrefined plants including vegetables, whole nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits and grains.
You can eat when you’re hungry and eat until you’re full, because these whole plant foods are filled with nature given nutrients and minerals, which send our bodies all the ‘right’ information which tells our brains we are satisfied and full.
There is NO ‘food like products’ that our brains and bodies do not know what to do with, which send signals that cause disease within our bodies.
YOU CAN EAT!
YOU NEED NOT BE HUNGRY!
FOOD IS MEANT TO BE ENJOYED!
FOOD CAN BECOME AN EMPOWERING TOOL OR A SOURCE OF STRESS AND EVENTUALLY SICKNESS.
Leafy greens, broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, etc
Potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes, beans, lentils, peas, corn, squash, plantains
All whole fruits, as found in nature (NOT dried, juiced, etc)
100% whole grains, oats, whole wheat etc. Choose whole cooked grains, limit pasta’s even whole grain pasta’s for fat loss, if you suffer from gluten intolerances you may need to avoid grains and stick with starchy vegetables.
Water, unsweetened plant “milks,” decaffeinated coffee and tea, green tea
Chia seeds, ground flax seed
Meat (unless free range or organic)
Fish, poultry, seafood, red meat, processed meat
Dairy (unless free range or organic)
Yogurt, milk, cheese, half and half, cream, butter and buttermilk
Liquid oils (vegetables oils, canola oils, corn oils etc margarine
Eggs (unless free range or organic)
Vegan replacement foods
Vegan “cheese” and “meats” containing any oil, (limit these food like products).
All wheat flours that are not 100% whole wheat, (basically all bought processed foods).
Predominantly “added sugar” foods
Candy bars, most snack/energy bars, cookies, cakes, etc
Soda, fruit juice (even 100% pure fruit juice), sports drinks, energy drinks, blended coffee and tea drinks (Frappuccino, chai tea, etc)
Many of the foods in the “sparingly” list of the food guide above are healthy foods.
Nuts are healthy, so are avocados and seeds, they have many many valuable nutrients our bodies need.
BUT…… Sometimes when people are are trying to avoid their olds diets and eating habits, which include unhealthy fats, cheeses, and rich cuts of meat, fast foods, fatty foods and meals, they may think just because these food are healthy they can eat as much as they like, i.e. Eating nuts by the handful when maybe your not really hungry or putting a ½ cup of cashews in every meal, or a ½ of an avocado on everything if you need or want to lose unwanted body fat.
You must still practice and follow some simple rules, or you won’t lose as much weight as you want too.
Nuts and healthy fats like avocados and coconut oil sometimes need to be limited if fat loss is your goal or you hit a plateau in your fat loss goals.
FOODS TO LIMIT IF YOU HIT A FAT LOSS PLATEAU OR HAVE UNWANTED UNHEALTHY FAT TO LOSE
Peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts
Seeds (except omega-3 sources)
Sesame, sunflower, pumpkin
Maple syrup, fruit juice concentrate, added sugars (including natural sugars)
Caffeinated coffee and tea, occasional alcoholic beverage
Refined soy protein and wheat protein
Soy protein isolate, seitan (wheat gluten protein), tofu