At Plant Based Nutrition Movement, a 501(c)(3) 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, especially for our children.
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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). Additionally, we focus on how to invite, teach and grow our children in this whole food, plant-based vegan lifestyle for the health of people, animals and our planet.
Food for Thought
Healthy Kids, Food, and Family, Especially During the Holidays
No matter the species, fit and growing youngsters are hungry a lot of the time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and National Center for Health Statistics, the average healthy male infant is expected to double his weight by three months of age. If he follows typical growth charts, then by 15 months, he will have doubled his weight again. In addition to that, his weight is expected to double between the ages of 3 and 9 years and continue to increase by about 5 lbs per year until age 20. [1,2]
Weight is not all that children gain in the years between infancy and adulthood. They develop teeth, bones, brain, internal organs, and immune system intelligence. They acquire language, social skills, and psychological and emotional resilience. They also gain control of bodily functions and physical movements, and more. The quality of the food they eat affects all these facets of human development.
The exponential growth that children experience in their first 20 years explains the need for high-quality, nutrient-dense foods most, if not all, of the time. This fact is important to remember because we are what we eat, especially when learning and developing as quickly as children do. Food choices and eating patterns are very sensitive aspects of a person’s life. Food is wrapped up in family, culture, country, patriotism, socioeconomic status, political ideologies, religion, morals, and ethics. It is also woven into local commerce, national economies, and world politics. In the Global North, the predominant eating pattern is animal-centric and full of processed foods. These dietary patterns are held in place by ongoing education, national customs, and commercial advertising. [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.
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.