The Ideal Human Diet

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“The ideal human diet looks like this: Consume plant-based foods in forms as close to their natural state as possible (“whole” foods). Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, and whole grains. Avoid heavily processed foods and animal products. Stay away from added salt, oil, and sugar. Aim to get 80 percent of your calories from carbohydrates, 10 percent from fat, and 10 percent from protein.” *

Can it really be that simple? Is this what it takes to feel healthy? To be able to stop taking medicine for heart disease, increased blood pressure and diabetes?

According to doctors and researchers who have spent their professional lives studying the effects of a whole foods-plant based (WFPB) diet – this is the prescription for preventing and reversing heart disease, and reducing cancer, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, strokes, migraines, erectile dysfunction and more.

Or ask their patients who have over 20 years experience with the life-saving effects of the WFPB lifestyle. Many were given a death sentence from their cardiologists. They were too weak for more stents or bypass surgery. Today, they are living full, drug-free, lives.

Eating a WFPB diet is not just good for your health, it is also good for the health of our society and the planet.

There is an epidemic of obesity in this country and other western societies that is costing all of us in increased healthcare costs to deal with the diabetes and heart disease that are caused by eating the traditional western diet of meat, dairy and processed foods. Eating a WFPB diet keeps you at an optimal weight and prevents these diseases from occurring.

If more people ate a WFPB diet there would be fewer factory farms that raise and process chickens, cows and pigs. This will reduce water usage and groundwater contamination, allow more food to be used to feed people rather than animals and end the deforestation caused by the need for more and more farms to raise animals for slaughter.

This is a quick overview of the WFPB lifestyle. I’ll provide more information and lots of recipes as we go along. In the meantime here are some links to get you started on your whole food-whole life journey.

Forks Over Knivesthe movie that started me on my new journey. Also read the book and the cookbook

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease – the website for Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. and his book by the same name – the research behind WFPB and lots of great recipes

T. Colin Campbell Foundation – author of The China Study and Whole – Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

Keep it Simple, Keep It Whole – book by Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman – featured in Forks Over Knives

Engine 2 Diet – the website for Rip Esselstyn, author of two books – The Engine 2 Diet and My Beef with Meat

* Excerpt From: T. Colin Campbell & Howard Jacobson. “Whole.” BenBella Books, Inc., This material may be protected by copyright.

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