Our Mission

At Plant Based Nutrition Movement, we are dedicated to providing communities with resources that support the eradication of chronic diseases while helping create a healthier planet through the wonders of a Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle.

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Your Donation will enable us to bring nationally recognized speakers to the Chicagoland area, to increase our training of cooking coaches, and to provide free or reduced-cost informational and cooking programs to under-served communities. We greatly appreciate your support!

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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 on 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 and their byproducts) while WFPB is about what we do (plants).

Food for Thought

Paying Attention to Your Body’s Signals for Optimal Health

The human body is a marvelous creation. It tells us how it is doing every day. It speaks when it’s doing great, just like it speaks and when things aren’t so wonderful. Many of us ignore the messages our bodies send. But that’s the beauty of it – the body gives a ton of signals to alert us when it’s in need of something so we can do what’s necessary to achieve optimal health. Perhaps our greatest challenges are paying attention and acting on the signals we receive.

Use these strategies to tune in to what your body is telling you:

* Assess how you feel each morning. The early morning hours are can be an ideal time to listen for the body’s signals. At that time of day, it’s often very quiet, so you can pay closer attention to the physical signals.

* Determine if you experience any new aches when getting out of bed.

* Figure out if you wake up feeling lousy, even after a sound night’s sleep.

* See if you wake up with any ailments that you didn’t go to sleep with.

* Check to see if you are alert and well-rested or groggy and tired even before your day begins.

Compare the effects of different food choices. As we go through our routines day by day, it’s sometimes tough to maintain proper nutrition. Especially if you’re always on the go, you may end up making some questionable food choices. If that happens, it’s important to notice what kind of impact your food choices have on your body. From there you can make informed decisions about the best foods to fuel your body. (read more…)

In her recent visit to Tacotarian in Las Vegas, VP Harris shared that she was reducing the amount of animal products in her diet. “When she came in we were able to chat for a quick few minutes and we asked her about dabbling in veganism and she said she was doing vegan before 6pm and she heard about our restaurant from her good friend Senator Cory Booker,”

Read more about it here.

UN climate change report calls for change to human diet … to eat less meat

While we are on a mission to help educate and inspire people to move toward a predominantly, if not completely, whole food plant based dietary pattern for health reasons, there is no question that our individual dietary choices have a profound impact on more than our own health, both current and long term. With the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it’s become abundantly clear that a dietary pattern that focuses on meat consumption, with the accompanying massive deforestation required to produce grains fed to cattle, is simply not sustainable, and the IPCC has concluded that making whole food plant-based choices offers us our best hope to slowing the climate crisis. This article in “Nature offers great insights for those interested in learning more.

PBNM Welcomes Our New Sponsor – Cool Beans

When National Geographic researched to determine where on the planet were the longest lived healthy people (identified as the Blue Zones), the one characteristic that all those populations had in common was their diet included beans!

Our friends at Cool Beans make it easier for you to add more beans to your health-promoting diet. We invite you to check them out for yourself and be sure to look for them at your greater Chicago area Sunset Foods, Pete’s and Plum Markets!

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 our Contact Us form…we’d love to have you on the team!

And by all means, connect with us on social media as well!

Become a PBNM Volunteer – You Choose How

“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

Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University

“There are two kinds of Cardiologists: Vegans and those who haven’t read the data”
and “I don’t mind dying, I just don’t want it to be my fault.”
~ Kim Williams, MD

Past President of the American College of Cardiology

Thank You!

We couldn’t accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, we are most grateful!