Learning to love real food

Discovering Whole food, plant based eating

What is Whole Food, Plant-Based?

Whole food is minimally processed and in a state that is close to what it looked like when it was harvested. Plant based is food that grows from the earth and you can probably recognize its appearance. Eating food with a focus on whole food and plant based is good for your body, the planet and most importantly it tastes great!

sliced kiwi fruit

My Mission

Honestly, my mission is to introduce my adult children and husband to a variety of plant-based foods. I feel like I failed my children when they were young by not focusing on healthier eating habits. In my defense though, I didn’t even think about eating healthy until I was about 50. Better late than never I guess.

Exploring Foods

Join me in exploring all that whole food plant-based eating has to offer. You don’t have to like everything but give it an honest try and learn to prepare healthy foods. Experiment and taste as many as you can. Enjoy the journey and the beauty and flavors that the earth has to offer. You just might wish you had started sooner.

Learning To Cook

Together we will find new recipes and methods for cooking. We’ll learn to draw out the best flavor in foods. We’ll discover food bloggers, cookbooks, and instructional videos to give us ideas and show us how to cook healthy recipes. We’ll explore ways to make our more familiar recipes healthier and plant-based.

Having Trouble Eating Healthy?

You’re Not Alone.

I hope you will join me on this whole food, plant-based journey and learn to love REAL food.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Plant-based Eating

How will I get enough protein?

Protein deficiency is almost non-existent in developed countries and usually only seen in people suffering from a severe calorie deficiency.

Find out more about protein from PCRM.org where Chuck Carrol, James Loomis, M.D. and registered dietitian Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. this “protein myth“.

Will I need to take vitamins to eat this way?

Per Dr Gregor, at NutritionFacts.org, getting enough vitamin B12 is absolutely nonnegotiable for those centering their diets around plant-based foods.

Want to know more about Vitamin B12 supplements, visit NutritionFacts.org for some great information.

Why should care about changing the way I eat?

You should care about what you eat for the same reason your doctor wants you to move your body more. It’s better for your health! Eating healthier can potentially prevent or reverse many conditions like diabetes and heart disease. On top of that, it’s better for the planet. 

For more information, watch this free documentary from ForksOverKnives.com.

Can I afford to eat plant based?

Because a whole food, plant-based way of eating is based around staples like rice, potatoes and beans you should definitely be able to eat on a budget. These foods are found in many package sizes. Buying from the bulk bins or larger quantity packages will save you money.

For ideas on how this can be done for only $7 a day per person, check out this sample menu and grocery list from ForksOverKnives.com.

Do I need special equipment to cook plant-based?

Most foods can be cooked in multiple ways and with a variety of equipment. So no, you don’t need any special or expensive equipment. Some equipment like an instant pot can reduce cooking times but it’s not required. Many recipes will provide instructions for alternate methods based on the equipment you have.

Here is a list of suggested equipment from one plant-based chef on NutritionStudies.org.

Where do I find plant-based recipes?

Start looking for recipes on the platforms that you’re currently on and most comfortable with. I like to search on Google and YouTube. I’ll also follow food bloggers on Facebook, Instagram , Pinterest and their personal websites. Pinterest is a great place for finding, organizing and saving links to recipes.

Lets Get Started!