What does WFPB mean?

Whole-food, plant-based. This means the recipe uses only plant-based foods in their whole form.  For example, whole wheat and not white flour, brown rice not white, the whole avocado and not avocado oil, etc.  A whole-food, plant-based diet is based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Those foods can be in any form, however. For example, you don’t have to eat whole peanuts, peanut butter is fine because it’s made of whole peanuts and no part of it is removed. Peanut oil is not a whole food.

What is the difference between WFPB and Vegan?

Vegan food is all food that does not come from animals. It is a great start to eating plant-based, but does not mean the foods are necessarily nutritious. Oreos, Pop Tarts, Hershey’s chocolate syrup and french fries are vegan.  Sugar, oil and refined flours are all vegan but are not whole foods.

While WFPB is vegan, vegan does not mean WFPB.

What do you eat in a typical day?

In the morning I always drink a green smoothie, then usually some oatmeal, whole wheat toast with avocado or peanut butter and banana.

Lunch is usually leftovers from dinner the night before, or a big salad, a veggie sandwich with hummus, a baked potato, or other ideas you’ll see on my blog. We eat a lot of apples and bananas, too.

Dinner is always something exciting! My day centers around a delicious, vegetable-heavy sit-down dinner with my husband and baby.

Snacks and after-dinner treats are some of my favorite things to make. You’ll see lots of my ideas on my blog.

What health benefits have you seen from eating this way?

We are rarely sick, and when we do get sick we recover quickly. My baby has never had an ear infection or any signficant sickness (knock on wood, she’s only 12 months).

We effortlessly maintain a healthy weight. I actually weigh about 10 lbs less than I did in high school. I gained 18 lbs in my pregnancy and was back to my pre-pregnancy weight within weeks.

We enjoy the blessing of being able to “run an not be weary, walk an not faint.” We love to run, hike, bike, have dance parties in the kitchen, and do yoga for at-home date nights. Being physically active brings us a lot of joy and relieves stress.

Of course, no matter how healthy one eats, there will always be physical ailment at some point or another—it’s a necessary part of life and an experience that teaches us a lot of empathy, patience, and much more.

Why avoid oil? 

I can understand avoiding meat, but why eggs and dairy? 

Do you eat sugar?

How do you get enough protein?

Is it safe for pregnant women and infants to eat WFPB?

How do you know what’s true about health? 

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