I eat a mostly Whole Food Plant Based diet. (WFPB)
Foods that come from the ground, in their whole form, as close to the way Hashem made them.
I know for those who are used to eating eggs for breakfast, tuna fish for lunch, and grilled chicken for dinner, the way that I eat seems extreme and out of reach. You might be thinking, "Why do I eat this way?" "Where do I get my protein from?" "Don't carbs make you fat?" "Eating healthy is so time consuming!" and "How do I make it taste good?"
Let me explain. I didn't always eat this way.....
Growing up, I struggled with my weight and had an unhealthy relationship with food. I tried countless diets and food plans, and I never stuck with any of them long-term.
All-day long I found myself thinking about what I did or didn’t eat, how much I weighed, how thin I was – or wasn’t. Naturally, this affected my emotional wellbeing as well. I was worn out.
I needed to find a better way!
I wanted a plan that would combine my long-standing interest in health and nutrition, with a way of life that would get me results and be balanced and sustainable....
Through meeting with health professionals, taking courses, and reading books, I discovered WFPB and began to piece together a plan that worked for me as a busy, frum woman. FINALLY!
This has changed my life and the lives of countless others, BH.
My daily diet is centered around whole plant-based foods that are naturally lower in calories and saturated fat, gentle on the system, really filling, and packed with proteins, nutrients, vitamins and minerals. And delicious!!! I began to lose weight without even trying and felt amazingly energized and satisfied. My overall health improved too and I never looked back!
Here are just some of the benefits of a plant-based diet:
Of course, weight loss is not a bad side effect.
I know what you are thinking... if I don't eat fish, eggs, dairy or meat at each meal, what do I eat???
Here are the categories of foods that I choose from:
Vegetables, especially leafy greens, which boost your metabolism, burn fat, and are full of digestive enzymes (especially when they are raw).
Starchy Vegetables (sweet pots, pots, squash, etc)
Legumes (chickpeas, beans, lentils)
Whole, Unprocessed Grains (brown rice, oats, quinoa, buckwheat, etc)
Raw Nuts and Seeds, Avocado (almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, etc)
Eating these foods allows one to feel healthy, energized, and satisfied on fewer calories, which naturally translates into keeping slim.
In future posts I hope to IYH explore this further and help you slowly incorporate more of these foods into your diet.
Remember, it's not all or nothing! Try making one meal a day a WFPB meal. For example, try this yummy Chia pudding or some steel cut oats with a sprinkle of cinnamon and slivered almonds for breakfast. Quinoa salad with edamame for lunch or a big bowl of lentil soup and a packed green salad at dinner.
Let me know what you think in the comments below. And if you relate to my struggles with food, are tired of the false hopes and "yo-yoing", and want to make a change, please reach out to me and let's talk.