Our Mission

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.

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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) 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

Care and Feeding of the Gut Microbiome (Part 3 of 3)

This month we close this 3 part series on the care and feeding of the gut microbiota. Last month we looked at what to consume in moderation to strengthen your microbiome. This month we look at what to include to keep all of your gut micro-buddies well fed and well cared for. Studies have shown that microbial diversity is key to how well they function together. Therefore, the suggestions below are intended to increase microbe numbers and diversity. Along with the list below, remember to eat smaller portions and chew your food thoroughly. The microbes that comprise the microbiome are small and mighty, but they don’t have teeth.

1.Play Outside 

Over the past 200 years, people have gradually moved away from open rural spaces toward densely packed urban areas. As a consequence of that migration from farm to city, we don’t go outside to work or play nearly as much as we did even 30 years ago. Think about this: the majority of people living in the western hemisphere work or go to school indoors during the day. When not in school, young people are more likely to spend their free time watching screens (TVs, computers, tablets, and phones) than playing in a park. The same is true of adults, especially in the colder regions.

Less time outdoors means we are not exposed to nature like we used to be. Because of this, we come across fewer microbes, which limits the gut microbiome population’s diversity. The good news is that you can improve the health of your microbiota by spending active time outside. Start a garden, go to the park or a beach, have a picnic outside, walk on a trail, skip stones on a lake. The bottom line: getting out in nature will increase your microbiome population diversity. It might also help your attitude, and that’s a good thing.

(read more…)


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.

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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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We’d love to hear from you.  Whether you have a question, are looking for particular support, have medical expertise and wish to be involved, or want to volunteer, let us know! Together we can make a difference!


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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

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!