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.

Donate to PBNM

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!

To stay abreast each month of what PBNM is up to, including upcoming events, projects we’re working on, information we think you’ll find important and interesting, and much more, we hope you’ll subscribe to our monthly Newsletter. Simply click here.

PBNM Pre-Thanksgiving Virtual Event

We put our in-person gatherings on hold due to COVID-19. Well that’s gone on long enough! We miss you so we are starting up again, this time virtually via ZOOM. We’ll provide the education and support on your plant-based journey with a special focus on the holiday season. For your part, bring your questions and challenges and feel free to enjoy your plant based meal as you participate.

Wed, November 18, 2020        6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST
Click here to register!

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!

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).

Order Weekly or Monthly Delicious Meal Plans and Get 10% OFF!

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

Positives from the Pandemic

The COVID 19 pandemic has been hard on so many of us. Frightening health outcomes, isolation, lockdowns, and measurable politico-socio-economic chaos make the headlines everywhere.  Here is one feel good story that is a direct result of the pandemic.

Let me introduce Miss Elizabeth Costello. We call her Aunt Betsy. At 83 years old, she has seen a lot and come a long way. This is her health story.

Betsy was born in 1937, just after the Great Depression. She has lived in Wisconsin her whole life. Her father had a large garden, and Betsy grew up eating fresh vegetables every day. However, Wisconsin being “The Dairy State,” she was raised on lots of cow’s milk, cheese, and animal products. Her father also hunted for small game, and the family was happy with whatever they had to eat.

Betsy kept to her strict Wisconsin diet as she aged. She also put on a lot of extra weight. Along with that, she developed many of the typical American illnesses, including breast, uterine, and skin cancer, hypothyroidism, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, neuropathy in her hands and feet, type II diabetes, gout, arthritis, and high blood pressure. Pain, fatigue and brain fog have been her constant companions for the last ten years. As if that weren’t enough, she has also suffered from digestive problems that cause unpredictable loose stools. She has been taking 15 different medications daily for many years. She uses a wheelchair or motorized scooter to get from place to place.  (read more…)

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.

“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!