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!

PBNM Solidarity Statement

Right now, our national house is on fire. Nationwide. Our house is burning. The flames of racism, white supremacy, and associated privilege have been carefully tended and fanned in The USA for more than 400 years. African Americans have borne the worst of the inferno for all those years just because of the color of our skin.

This month, with COVID19 deaths taking a higher toll among African Americans, and sky-rocketing unemployment, and all the other pre-existing conditions, the situation reached ignition point. Then, a few seriously misguided people have added gasoline and BOOM! The house is exploding. We have another holocaust. Again. (Read our complete statement here…)

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).

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PBNM and Purple Sprout Cafe in Wheeling, IL are thrilled to offer you mouth-watering, appetite-satisfying delicious food! From now through September 30, 2020, Purple Sprout wants to take some of the hassle out of your day by offering several of their fabulous dishes at a 10% Discount. All you need to do is give them our discount code of PBNM10 before you place your order.

Visit PBNM.org/purple-sprout-cafe-and-pbnm for all the details!

Food for Thought

Water

It is summer in the northern hemisphere. The temperatures are hotter than usual, especially with climate change. So now, more than ever, we need to focus on drinking enough water.

Water, H2O, is an essential nutrient. That means we cannot produce enough from our body processes to sustain ourselves . Furthermore, we can’t get enough just from eating solid food. We must drink enough water to meet our body’s needs.

An easy way to know how much water you need daily is to take half your weight in pounds. That is the number of ounces you should drink every day. For example, a person weighing 200lbs should drink 100 ounces of water per day.

While a person can drink too much water, it is pretty rare. When it does occur, it is often in athletes who over-hydrate or as a result of certain forms of mental illness. It usually comes from drinking more than 1 liter of water per hour, over several hours. However, most healthy people will not drink too much water under normal circumstances.

On the other hand, dehydration is relatively common. It occurs when we take in less water than we use in metabolism and lose through breath, urine, sweat, and feces. Even though we can survive for days drinking less than the recommended amount, long term dehydration can lead to big problems like:

  • Heat injury. Heat injury occurs when we don’t drink enough and sweat heavily. Heat injury can range between mild heat cramps to potentially life-threatening heatstroke.   (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

Upcoming Classes

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.

Help me find a class

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

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.
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September, 2020 Newsletter – COMING SOON

PRIOR EDITIONS

“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!