Whole Food Plant Based Eating
Saturday, June 02, 2018
Wanted to draw attention to this wonderful way of eating!
My persistent post-menopausal high cholesterol, angina and stubborn weight gain, was no match for WFBP eating.. its given me a new lease on life.
WFPB, aka Whole Food Plant Based eating, with its emphasis on whole fresh food, involves a radical shift away from the traditional "SAD" Standard American Diet.
So what CAN you eat?
WFPB is just like it sounds... you eat whole plant foods, raw or cooked.
This includes tubers like potatoes, leafy greens, crucifers like broccoli, arugula and cabbage, fresh fruits... any and all produce you can imagine.
Fats... avocados, nuts and seeds. No oils bc they are refined.
Starchy carbs...all grains like wild rice, quinoa, buckwheat, adlay, teff, all the different types of wheat, barley and rye if you're not gluten intolerant.
Protein...1.5 cups of beans or lentils.
If you're interested and want to find out more, visit the Nutrition Facts website of Dr Michael Greger. He's got two books on the New York Times best seller list, Now Not to Die, and the Now Not to Die Cookbook.
Look for them in your Library, or drop by his Nutrition.org website to learn more.
There's also a free daily dozen app, which makes it easy to you track the dozen or so things he recommends eating in a day.
All the profits from his books, go directly back into the website, to spread this valuable, scientific based advice on optimal nutrition.
Happy eating, take care of you!
PS. Hi Sparkers! Thanks to everyone who left a comment. I would like to credit "One Crazy Dog" for turning me onto Dr. Greger's WFPB diet.
Morticia also brought up a point about supplementation, for which I am grateful!
One of the things missing from vegan foods is B12. I do take a supplement for that in the morning, and also use "nooch" ... Kal Brand Nutritional Yeast Flakes, on my dinner of beans and veggies every night. I love that stuff, its been proven to enhance the immune system and is fortified with a whole range of B vitamins.
I also take 2000 IU per day,of a mixed tocotrienol (vitamin E).
A calcium gummy, which I divide in quarters and take with meals, or with tea and a fruit snack.
Although I take flaxseed or chia seed (great source of calcium btw) for omega 3 fatty acids, I found that at my age, my body isn't great at converting the ALA they contain into DHA and EPA. So I take a fish oil cap for that. There are vegan algae based alternatives, but the cost is more than I can reasonably justify on my small fixed income. I also take a primrose oil cap for its GLA, since I'm post menopausal,.
Pycnogenol, and Thorne K2 (different from K1... leafy green veggies are the highest source of K1) bc I have varicose veins and I've been taking these 2 for that for decades.
So my supplement list is:
B12, D3, Fish oil high in EPA or DHA, calcium... which I've always taken and which is good insurance for any diet, but particularly healthy for WFPB.
Pycnogenol, GLA and K2... which is specific to me.
I'm going to be blogging more about the specifics of what I eat. I'm just trying to figure out how to upload photos from my Google+ account... I think I'm going to have to download them to a folder on my computer first, which I also don't know how to do, urrrrrrgh why is life so complicated???? hahaha