Globally, there are 2 billion people who are considered either overweight or obese, and 40 million children under the age of five are overweight. For the first time in human history we now have more individuals that are overfed versus underfed on our planet. What happened?
Our natural guidance system that ensures the optimal amount of rest we need every day has been overridden by modern inventions such as artificial light, and blue light emitting screens of all shapes and sizes. Fortunately, more and more people are becoming aware of the great benefits that a good night’s sleep can provide.
We are increasingly finding ourselves in an environment where it is more and more difficult to make healthy food decisions. A key strategy to healthy eating is to make health promoting food choices as convenient as possible. By organizing your life in ways that make healthier food choices easy, and unhealthy food choices more difficult, you can improve your health considerably.
The best way to describe a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet is to understand it in the context of other broad lifestyle diets. The first thing that needs to be made clear is that even though a WFPB diet is called a diet, it is in fact a lifestyle.
The benefits of adopting the whole food plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle are irrefutable. The consumption of foods as grown in nature, that are nutrient dense, but calorically sparse, is the optimal diet for human health and vitality. Here are a few tips for implementing this lifestyle.
The availability of inexpensive rich foods is now on offer to most people in modern society, and this has created a proliferation of the “Diseases of Kings,” that was reserved for only the privileged in the past. In present day any individual with $7 can purchase 1200 - 2000 calories of poor-quality nutrition on many street corners in major cities.
A WFPB diet is nutritionally dense, and calorically sparse. In order for our bodies to function properly now, and into a ripe old age, it is imperative that we acquire all the nutrients that are essential to life.
When considering the switch to a 100% Whole Food Plant-based (WFPB) diet, a diet void of any animal products, one is often met with the concern of family and friends regarding their impending protein deficiency. Their concern is misplaced. The truth is, protein is abundant in plant foods, and our bodies are in desperate need of more of these health promoting foods.
The nutritional difference between an intact whole grain and a processed grain is monumental, I would go so far as to say that they are different foods that behave differently in our body, the former a fiber and nutrient rich powerhouse of sustained energy, the latter a simple carbohydrate that offers sparse nutritional value in an energy source that acts like simple sugar in our body.