We often refer to eating ‘plant-based’ or ‘whole food plant-based’ (WFPB) as a “diet”, which for many is how it starts out. However, the reason why a plant-based diet succeeds where others fail is because it’s not really a diet at all: it’s a lifestyle.
Unlike traditional diets, a WFPB lifestyle isn’t a short-term punishment charged by guilt. It’s not made up of complicated meal plans, confusing labels, or calorie-counting. It’s simply a return to whole foods, fresh flavors, and natural health.
If you’re ever confused about what you should be eating then remember – just keep it simple! Do most of your shopping in the produce section of the store. If it’s a whole-grain, fruit, vegetable, or legume, then it’s great to eat! If it comes in a jar, a box or a wrapper, but doesn’t have any artificial additives, animal-derived ingredients, or added sugar or oils, then that’s good too. If you’re still unsure, then check out our final chapter or refer to Dr. Esselstyn’s comprehensive list of optimum-health dos and don’ts, HERE.
As we’ve learned throughout this guide, the benefits of being mindful about what we put into our bodies are enormous and, when you adopt a whole food, plant-based lifestyle, you’re likely to:
- Lower your risk of prostate, breast and other cancers
- Prevent and even reverse heart disease
- Prevent and treat diabetes
- Lose weight
- Fight depression
- Improve your brain health
- Have more energy
- Live longer
- Feel empowered
It has never been so easy or so relatively effortless to achieve such profound benefits, so what are you waiting for? Clear out your cupboards and start your health-promoting WFPB lifestyle today.