A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PLANT BASED DIET?
Research over the last four decades in China and Cornell or at the Cleveland Clinic; eat to prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease (while helping the planet)? Or maybe you are suffering already from an autoimmune condition, obesity, or other health problems and want to get started on a plant-based diet to reverse or improve your condition.
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF GOOD PLANT BASED MEALS?
Google “Plant-based diet” and thousands of meal options will amaze, inspire and enlighten you. Your palate will be tantalized by meals you see on Pinterest. Butternut squash lasagna, Chickpea nuggets for kids, Sun Dried Tomato and Asparagus Dip, Jackfruit tacos, Avocado and bean burritos, lemon bars is made with a fluffy sweet potato filling that sets over a layer of ‘hidden’ fresh berries.
It also traces the journey of several Americans as they move from a lifetime of eating mostly animal-based and processed foods to a whole food plant-based diet, and the extraordinary medical results that follow.
IS THERE A PLACE THAT PEOPLE CAN VISIT FOR PLANT-BASED RECIPES?
Forks Over Knives website – they have meal plans, etc.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PLANT BASED DIET AND BEING A VEGETARIAN? My husband teases me all the time -says he’s going to write a book called “The Unhealthy Vegetarian” -REFINED SUGAR IS THE DEVIL. Leads to inflammation, etc. Most vegetarians just don’t eat foods derived from meat sources. Some are pescatarians (eat fish) . However, eating processed foods, candy, sweets, sugary desserts, soda, juices, white flour pasta, etc can still be vegetarian, but these foods, although they are allowed on a vegetarian diet, are not providing the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
HOW IMPORTANT IS FOOD TO OUR HEALTH?
Say it with me…”FOOD IS MEDICINE” -What you put in your body is what determines HOW YOUR BODY WILL BEHAVE. Nutrients from foods fuel us, and some can even block diseases.
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Dr. Contessa earned her undergraduate degree at Xavier University, then she went to St. Louis University for her medical degree. After graduating, she joined the Navy as a flight surgeon and learned to how to fly planes.
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