Sep 17, 2018

Here are some simple and easily digestible (ha!) strategies that will enable you to quickly become a faithful ‘health boost shopper’.

I have been eating and shopping for a Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) diet for over 20 years, and I can share with you from personal experience why eating a balanced WFPB diet is a guaranteed health experience if you do it consciously.

So please buckle up and enjoy the short but fun ride with me today! But first, some simple rules to quickly cut through all the smoke and mirrors about healthy food shopping.

  1. Wherever you place your attention when shopping for food, it will most likely appear in your pantry or fridge. Therefore, focus on what you want.

  2. Eating WFPB makes your food choices easier, automatically eliminating unhealthy/unnecessary food you are not meant to eat.

  3. Buy what’s fresh, in-season, locally produced and naturally farmed. What is worth eating grows in the ground, on and or above the ground in whole form.

  4. Try and purchase all your food from natural farmers directly, Farmer’s Markets, local markets, a grocer and health food shops. This is where you’ll find most likely natural foods.

  5. Don’t worry about calories, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, etc. You get everything your body needs when you eat a balanced WFPB diet.

Are you unsure what WFPB foods are? They are nature’s foods in ‘whole form’, meaning they have not been processed, and if they are processed in whole form, it is done so that all its parts are still available! Below are some foods that I get asked about if I consider them to be WFPBs:

If you want to eat bread, eat bread where the grain has not been processed, i.e. 100% Rye or Spelt bread, so you know that the kernel with all its parts is still intact.

As with bread, choose pasta where the kernel is 100% intact. i.e. spelt or buckwheat pasta is excellent to eat, and you can buy it at most health food shops.

If it is not processed (other than by the sun) – this is still considered a whole food (but eaten in moderation as it is concentrated).

You can make your fermented foods with structured water and unrefined sea salt.

All the oil your body needs comes from Whole plant-based foods. Does that mean you don’t need any processed oils? That is correct! You gain all the healthy fats from your WFPB diet. How simple is that! What about cooking, you ask? A great way to cook your veggies is to steam them or cook them with a bit of water in the bottom of the pan (adding spices and herbs for flavour if you like). Alternatively, you can roast veggies in the oven without oil – try it; you’ll be surprised! If you want to use oil for cooking, I recommend cold-pressed Cocus oil; unrefined Cocus oil can withstand high temperatures and, is a great option and is considered a whole food. Cocus butter is an excellent alternative to butter.

Fruit or vegetable juice is considered processed food. There is a reason why you don’t eat six apples in one go or a kilo of carrots at once! Apples and carrots contain fibre, and the liquid does not. As soon as we remove the fibre, it is no longer what nature intended for you to have. The trick is not to try to outsmart nature. Instead, let nature nurture you most naturally!

When considering what to eat, the food should look the same as when harvested. It’s preferable to buy produce from farmers who farm naturally. It’s a great idea to build a relationship with the farmers at your local Farmer’s Market – ask them plenty of questions and get to know them – they generally love to tell you how they grow your food!

Your body and brain will begin to thrive as soon as you provide yourself with what nature intended for you to have.

Food that does not come in its whole form is not considered real food. So you might wonder why our supermarkets are full of processed foods. It’s straightforward. Processed foods last longer than non-processed foods, making them much more profitable because of the longer shelf life.

“Control oil, and you control nations; control food, and you control the world.”

This was a quote from Henry Kissinger, an influential political figure in the 1970s. The control and management of global food supplies have been a corporate and political priority for decades, with US-based conglomerates leading the charge.

Many harmful chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and hormones are used in growing and farming to boost production, and they end up in your body and nature.

It’s time to stop looking the other way and take full accountability and responsibility for your health. Stop believing in the nonsense stories that producers of processed food tell us. Stop thinking your Government will look after your health and well-being.

Once you know what food is, it becomes easy to shop for it. You will realize that most foods in the supermarket are toxic and harmful.

Be in charge of your health and joyfulness.

Eating WFPB foods creates optimal health, preventing illness and diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, and in many cases, helps dissolve it.

Who says so? Many colleagues in the field are listed below…

T. Colin Campbell, PhD Cornell University

Thomas Campbell, MD University of Rochester

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, MD Cleveland Clinic

Michele Simon, JD, MPH Eat Drink Politics

Jill Edwards, MS, CES Nutrition Studies

Michael Greger, MD, FACLM

Doug Lisle, PhD TrueNorth Health Center

Lindsay S. Nixon The Happy Herbivore

Bruce Monger, PhD Cornell University

Dean Ornish, MD Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Amy Lanou, PhD UNC Asheville

Neal Barnard, MD PCRM

Allison Wilson, PhD Bioscience Resource Project

Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, RD University of South Carolina

William W. Li, MD The Angiogenesis Foundation

Anne Bingham, MD Crescent Street OBGYN

Erin Campbell, MD, MPH University of Rochester

Rui Hai Liu, PhD, MD Cornell University

Yami Cazoria, DO, MPH, MS Nourish Wellness

Robert Cheeke Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness

David J.A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, DSc University of Toronto

Howard Lyman The Mad Cowboy

Anne Ledbetter, EdD Nutrition Studies

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