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whole foods, plant-based foods?

By following a healthy well balanced plant-based diet, a host of heath benefits can be achieved. Remember we want to get back to basics - back to the earth.
 
 
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Balsamic Beet Salad
Whole foods, plant-based eating includes wonderfully healthy, colorful delicious food including whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. Plant-based is a diet free from dairy, meat and oil. We also embrace watching our sodium, fat and sugar intake. And many of us even manage to exercise regularly.

The numbers don't lie!
There are a myriad of web site with health statistics - illustrating the extent of the North American health crisis. I am not going to repeat the obesity and other food borne disease statistics here, I would venture to guess that you are already aware, that's why you're here. If you wish to refresh your memory, here are some of the facts presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Plant-based foods include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Pot luck picnic

Dessert cake

Picnic plate

The numbers don't lie!
In the first study of thousands of vegans in the Journal of American Diabetics Assoc. as reported by NutritionFacts.org, it was shown that plant-based (vegans), on average, were the only healthy weight group in North America with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 23.6. On the other end of the spectrum, meat eaters have the unhealthiest BMI of 28.8 and are 40 pounds heavier than vegans.

The numbers don't lie!
The research numbers can be found in the publications of these pioneers and experts in the field of plant-based eating

The numbers don't lie!
So how about my numbers? I had been physically active and had a healthy weight most of my adult life. But the middle age spread and poor health crept up on me - before I knew it I had taken medication for hypertension for ten years, my glucose numbers were borderline and cholesterol numbers were climbing. My husband Tom and I got serious about pumping up our physical activity, we joined a gym and started to modify our diets.

Then for the last leg of the journey, we joined the ENGINE 2 challenge which came to our little corner of the world, Mercersburg PA. My physician Dr. Liz Geoge spearheaded the effort to make rural America healthy by inviting Rip Esselstyn, author of ENGINE 2 DIET and graduate of Mercersburg Academy, to our Healthy Eating Adventure 28-day kickoff challenge...and the rest is history!! My numbers don't lie - I no longer take meds and am what I consider my fighting weight, that is, the same as when I was a college-freshman!! And Tom is right there with me, no more meds and a 50 pound weight loss! WE...GOT HEALTH!!

For additional links and references on various common questions and answers on plant-based issues, view this PDF file.

PLANT-BASED FAQ

Heirloom tomatoes
 I can coach you to get healthy too!!
To help you make the transition to eating plant-strong, Coach BJ offers the following services:
  • Getting the facts on plant-based living
  • Reading and interpreting food labels
  • Learning to stock your kitchen
  • Making a shopping list and taking you shopping
  • Planning your starter meals
  • Providing fast-and-quick recipes to get your started
  • Learning to cook delicious colorful meals
  • ...and more
Go Here for more details on my services and to fill out an Information Form requesting a FREE consultation (1/2 hour).
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