Plant-Based Nutrition Movement (PBNM.org) aims to organize a combined effort of healthcare providers and community members to promote lifestyle changes to improve the health of America fighting the current epidemic of chronic disease with whole food-plant based nutrition.
The Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle
What do we mean when we discuss eating a whole food plant-based (WFPB) diet? To put it in the simplest of terms, we mean following a dietary pattern that focuses as closely as possible to eating plants in as close to their natural “as grown” condition as possible. These foods include fruit, starchy and non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, pulses, herbs and spices, nuts and seeds, each of which is unprocessed or minimally processed and without the need for added “chemicals”. It’s a lifestyle that does not include eating animal parts or products, which means it excludes things like meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.
While the WFPB lifestyle excludes all animal derived products, it’s very distinct from being a “vegan” lifestyle. Probably the simplest way to distinguish the two is that vegan is all about what we don’t eat (animals) while WFPB is about what we do (plants).
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Food for Thought
There is a lot of buzz about the gut microbiome and its importance in human health. With the impact of the coronavirus, understanding the connection between gut microbes and immunity is more critical than ever. Last month we looked at what foods and chemicals to avoid to strengthen the gut flora. This month, we will look at what to consume only in moderation to support the 100 trillion microbes living in the human digestive system and thereby support the immune system’s fight against all types of potential illnesses.
The study of the microbiome is still in its infancy. Even though there is still a lot to learn, there is research upon which we can draw. In study after study, the evidence shows that anyone who eats can make a big difference in supporting their gut flora. It starts by using the following common-sense suggestions to nourish and flourish your gut micro-buddies right now. You will be grateful to find there are very few surprises.
The recommendations for strengthening your microbiome fall into three categories:
- What to avoid
- What to moderate
- What to include
This month we look at what to consume in moderation. These are foods, chemicals, medications, thoughts, etc. that it may be impossible to avoid completely. Our recommendation is to decrease your exposure to them as much as possible and as often as you can.. (read more…)
COOKING CLASSES WILL RESUME WHEN IT MAKES SENSE TO SAFELY HOLD THEM
Classes are just beginning. As we’re learning about all they “whys” of eating a whole food plant based dietary pattern, PBNM is here to help you with the “hows!”th.
PBNM is pleased to offer these cooking classes to all who are interested in learning about, and how to embrace, a whole food plant based dietary pattern. Classes are just forming (some have already begun) and many of our Cooking Coaches have been independently helping others learn how to make delicious, satisfying meals while avoiding the use of any animal products, highly processed foods, or added oils (yes, cooking oil-free is not just possible, it’s easy, delicious, and avoids the health-damaging impact of added oils.)
Classes are just getting started, so check to see if there is one currently scheduled near you
Many of our instructors are just getting started and may not yet have something on the calendar. Let us know if you’re looking for a class, and we’ll let the instructors know of your interest.
Are you passionate about sharing the Plant Based Nutrition message?
We are always looking for volunteers to help advance this powerful and much needed message. From helping with outreach to communities, restaurants, medical professionals, to sharing your whole food plant based knowledge via PBNM Groups or Cooking Classes, to participating at events or helping with social media, including taking videos and photos, we’ll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits your interests, schedule, and talents.
Complete the form below to Contact Us…we’d love to have you on the team!
UN climate change report calls for change to human diet … to eat less meat
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“How did we get to a place where the companies that profit from our sickness are the ones telling us how to be healthy; where the companies that profit from our food choices are telling us what to eat!”
~ T Colin Campbell, PhD
“There are two kinds of Cardiologists: Vegans and those who haven’t read the data”
~ Kim Williams, MD, Past President of The American College of Cardiology
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