One of the first steps is to reset your refrigerator, freezer and pantry. This won’t happen overnight, but as you start cooking with more plants and whole foods, you will naturally reduce your reliance on packaged, highly processed foods. Like anything, it’s an individual process. You might dive in headfirst, while others may move step by step. Whichever approach you choose, start now and begin to make the change. It’s easier than you might think and is critical for future success.
Starch-Based Foods and Fruit Form the Basis of the Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet
The center of your plate is going to be the starch-based comfort foods most of us have always loved, but that have long been stigmatized because of a misperception that they are “unhealthy.” Yet, these are the foods that people around the world have thrived on for generations: tubers like potatoes and sweet potatoes; starchy vegetables like corn and peas; whole grains like brown rice, millet, quinoa, and buckwheat; and legumes like chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, and lima beans.
Good nutrition is the basis for healthy living, and the key element is simple: whole plant foods. These foods best meet our nutritional needs. They have the power to heal us and sustain a healthy and vibrant life.
A diet high in animal-based and highly processed foods makes people sick and overweight. But many of these sicknesses can be prevented, halted, and often reversed by eating a whole-food, plant-based diet.
We recognize that eating healthy can be tough for some people to maintain. But keep in mind, it is only hard at the beginning, when you are feeling poorly and detoxing from the unhealthy Standard American Diet (SAD). Within four to five days, you will be feeling better than ever, and watching the weight melt away as you flood your body with anticancer nutrients.
What Exactly Can you Eat on a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet?
Fruit: mangoes, bananas, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, cherries, etc.
Vegetables: lettuce, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, carrots, etc.
Tubers and starchy vegetables: potatoes, yams, yucca, winter squash, corn, green peas, etc.
Whole grains: millet, quinoa, barley, rice, whole wheat, oats, etc.
Legumes: kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, lima beans, cannellini beans, black beans, etc.
We know you can do it! Wishing you the best of health always. Eating the rainbow in naturally grown foods provides us with everything we need to live a strong and healthy life!