Updated: Feb 27
Before we switched to a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) lifestyle, like most people, we would steadily eat more and more decadent food throughout the month of December, culminating with the culinary bacchanalia of Christmas.
I used to find that I felt so disgusting after all this dietary excess, that sometimes we would start our “New Years Diet” on Dec. 27th! Of course this would be some kind of crazy restrictive cleanse diet that left me in a state of continual mild hunger and would typically never last more than 2 weeks. As I got older, I began to realize that this New Year’s diet thing was just stupid because even though I would usually lose about 10 pounds, I NEVER COULD STICK WITH IT for more than a few weeks. So eventually, I just gave up on the New Year’s diets altogether.
A WFPBD by contrast, is built around the healthy carbohydrates of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. A WFPBD is a HIGH FIBER DIET by design. This leaves us feeling full and helps fight perverse cravings that occur when we are nutritionally deprived. The natural satiety of a high fiber WFPB lifestyle is the reason it is so successful for permanent weight loss.
I know that once I get to a certain level of hunger, I lose all will power and will eat virtually anything I can get my hands on. I found that after I switched to this high-fiber diet, I was never hungry in between meals for the first time in my life. This removed all the most common downfalls of desperation eating and the need to always meticulously plan ahead so I wouldn’t be trapped in a dangerous “hunger situation” which was always the beginning of the end for my old diets.
The average American only gets about 15 Gm of fiber a day which leads to many dietary related illnesses such as colon cancer and many other chronic diseases.
By contrast, a WFPBD aims to get about 40 Gm of fiber a day from health-promoting foods such as whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits.
To learn more about our story of painlessly losing over 20# and reversing my husband's pre-diabetes with a Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle and to get my favorite fiber-loaded morning smoothie recipe (with 16 Gm of painless fiber) click here: https://www.naturalstateplantbased.com/forum-posts-1.
Recipe at the bottom of the page! Find Plant-Based Nutrition Class dates and locations.