Why A Whole Foods Plant Based Diet?

What does it mean to eat WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based Diet)?  Primarily it means choosing to only eat foods that are unprocessed (or whole) and come from plant sources.  It means choosing not to eat anything provided by animals.  Eating WFPB means eliminating all meats and fish, dairy or all kinds including cheese and yogurt, as well as eggs. That sounds pretty crazy to most people I’m sure.  Once upon a time it sounded absolutely LUDICROUS to even myself!  I mean… how do you get your protein?  Well that is a post for another day.  So why did we choose a WFPB way of life?

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We do it for our health!  Individuals who choose a WFPB diet often enjoy better health including fewer battles with typical diseases like diabetes, cancer, obesity and the range of problems that brings, and heart disease.  Eating like this is not a magic bullet to avoiding disease but it certainly is a pretty darn good one.

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My Experiment With Batch Cooking and The Happy Herbivore Meal Plans…a multi part series

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My family has been at this Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) way of eating for at least 3 and half years now. Switching up our diet was one of the better decisions we’ve ever made.  I talked about our reasons in a former blog post Why A Whole Foods Plant Based Diet a while back.  To sum it up for you I can say this… WFPB gives us greater health, more money in my pocket, it save’s God’s animal creatures, and it has a positive impact on the environment.  It feels a bit irresponsible to me to eat any other way.

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All of that said I’m just like any other mom.  I’ve got four crazy kiddos, a hectic schedule, and more commitments than I probably should have.  I’m also not all that crazy about cooking.  My husband is the real chef of the family.  Our 7 year old son is following in his foot steps.  In our house it is usually my husband’s responsibility to do the meal planning, food shopping, and a good deal of the cooking.  Lately though it has made more sense for me to take on more of these responsibilities.  Evenings are simply easier if I can get dinner on the table as my husband is arriving home instead of sitting down to eat an hour later as is typical if he cooks.

The problem is that I’m not that great of a cook.  I just don’t have the experience.  Creating meal plans and shopping lists is time consuming and overwhelming for me because these are not things I’m used to doing.  Who has TIME for all of this!  Not me!  Set me loose in a grocery store and I’m likely to break the budget by hundreds of dollars and come home with nothing that we can actually make a meal out of.  That’s where The Happy Herbivore comes in. The Happy Herbivore, also known as Lindsay S. Nixon, is a fantastic lady and fabulous chef.   I love her cookbooks.  ALL OF THEM!  Which is ironic because cooking just isn’t that exciting to me.  My family has been using her recipes since we began our plant-based journey so I know her meals to be simple to make and totally delicious.  That makes me excited buy her meal plans.

Over the next several weeks I’ll share with you how these meal plans work, especially for someone like me who has limited grocery shopping and cooking experience.  We hope to cook most of a week’s worth of meals at once so cooking each night is a snap.  Plus then my hubby can lend me a hand.  Heading into this I have some goals.  I’d like to clean up our diet a little.  We aren’t perfect.  I’ve fallen back into a potato chip habit and we are using a lot more oil than we once did.  I’d like to see if we can shave our grocery budget a bit.  I’d like to try some new recipes as I feel like we’ve fallen into a bit of rut with our meals.  I also would love to finally understand the joy that others find in the kitchen.  That’d be amazing!