Our Mission

At Plant Based Nutrition Movement, a 501c3 charitable organization, 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.

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.  PBNM is a 501c3 charitable organization so donations are tax-deductible. 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

Taking Chef AJ to Kenya

You know, it is a huge gift to be invited to do what you love with a positive person urging you on and asking questions. That was my experience of being with Chef AJ. She was light-hearted and sassy- her trademarks!

Chef AJ had no idea what I was going to talk about. Whereas my friend Mark Cerkvenik demoed some wonderful WFPB recipes when he was on AJ’s show, I chose to present a PowerPoint with snapshots, videos, and commentary on a trip I took to Kenya pre-COVID19. It was a pleasure to share it with Chef AJ and her audience. You can see the episode here.

That vacation in Kenya was the trip of a lifetime. I grew up watching Jane Goodall, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, National Geographic, Born Free, and Daktari. Like a dream, it had been on my DO-It list since I was a little kid. But, in reality, while I was thrilled to be on Maasai Mara, as a veteran public health nurse and WFPB devotee, I was equally fascinated by the people’s health and their foodways. [Read more…]

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.

Thank You to Our Sponsor – Healthy & Happy Living

Local, small business, Healthy & Happy Living, has selected PBNM as their non-for-profit organization to support. Each Saladmaster | Healthy & Happy Living dinner and cookware presentation will earn a donation to PBNM.

During the presentation, guests will learn how to retain nutrients, reduce toxicity and learn how to make delicious, healthy plant-based meals in a fraction of the time. Guests can enjoy the interactive dinner at their own home or at the HHL’s Healthy Kitchen in Schaumburg.

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!

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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