A whole foods plant based diet. What is it? Besides something I’m attempting to achieve. I’ve been moderately successful. Most of the time. Sort of.
Its a diet based on eating exclusively (for the most part) whole plant foods. Foods that have one ingredient in them. Like bananas or rice or beans. So fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Excluding all animal products, including fish, and excluding processed foods and oils.
It’s quite simple actually. If you can answer no to the following questions:
- Does it come from an animal?
- Is there more than one or sometimes two ingredients on the ingredient list?
- Does it come in a box or a can.
Some tips to sticking to it.
- Buy foods that you like. For example I don’t like carrots or cucumbers. Don’t ask me why. But I don’t. Therefore I won’t buy carrots or cucumbers because no matter how much I buy I won’t eat them. I do, however, like spinach and zucchini. So I’ll buy those.
- Don’t knock it until you try it. This goes to both a whole foods plant based diet and individual foods.
- Don’t be afraid to eat something that isn’t a whole plant food. I’m an ethical vegan so eating animal products will never happen. Going out to eat at a restaurant with friends and their vegan dish has oil in it. I’ll eat it. If a friend offers me something that’s vegan but not necessary a whole food, I’ll eat it.