First (1) it saves the 4700 animal lives that are being needlessly slaughtered EVERY SECOND! By 2048 it is estimated that the world's oceans will be effectively without fish.
Second, (2) it saves our planet by cutting greenhouse gasses by half! Animal product farming produces the most carbon harm by far of any industry. For example, its carbon footprint alone dwarfs the carbon produced by all of transportation combined which includes planes, trains, autos & trucks, and boats & ships! It is the reason that 90% of the world's rain forests, the planet's "lungs," are being decimated. The enormous amount of waste that animal farming produces pollutes our air, land, and water and creates a huge deadzone in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. Precious resources such as land and water are needlessly wasted in animal farming. Leaders such as Bill Gates have stated that animal farming is not sustainable.
Third, (3) we are all "vegan wannabes," that is, the vast majority of us cannot stand to see harm done to an animal. There are even laws against animal cruelty yet farm animals are excluded and filming them is prohibited. This dichotomy between what one believes and what one does in supporting this abhorrent behaviour destroys our spirituality whether it is part of a major religion or otherwise.
Finally, (4) every scientific study has proven that consuming animal products is harmfull to one's health. Practically all of the major deseases that kill people in the developed world come from eating animal products. Even the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had to remove the word "meat" from its nutrition recommendation!
The WPN movement has been identified as the greatest movement of 2017 and it continues today. Already millions of human lives have been transformed and saved by WPN as the world races to the tipping point where like slavery and race descrimination, misogyny and gender discrimination, homophobia and sexual descrimination, and even smoking have become disparaged and WPN goes mainstream. Soon the term "human supremacist" will be hated as much as "white supremacist" is now. The power in this movement is that anyone can immediately stop supporting this cruel and destructive behavior right now.
Join us, join the movement that is saving lives all over the globe and is changing the world. It costs you absolutely nothing to try and will save your life, your spirituality, the planet for your children, and our fellow earthlings, the animals!
This website will show you how and point you to the leaders in this greatest of all revolutions! I even show how our healthcare system crisis can be solved and how you and your employer can start receiving a monthly check for half of your monthly helath insurance premium through the "P5 Initiative."
So, for what are you waiting?
Just by adopting a Whole Plant Nutrition (WPN) lifestyle and staying active, I went from 214 down to 149 pounds and dropped my Total Cholesterol (TC) from well over 193 to 132 and my Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) from over 138 to 75; all without ever taking any drugs. My Body Mass Index (BMI) went from 30 to 21 and my pants size went from 40x32 to 32x32. At age 65 I am 5'11".
Often the term "Whole-Food Plant-Based" (WFPB) is used though some people have argued that "Plant-Based" doesn't necessarily mean 100% plants but merely principally plants. I use the term "Whole Plant Nutrition" and the initialism "WPN" since it removes any doubt. WPN and WFPB refer to the same nutrition.
A vegetarian (though technically a “lacto-ovo vegetarian”) diet often includes animal products such as dairy or eggs whereas a vegan diet has no animal products whatsoever. WPN improves upon a vegan diet in that it excludes processed foods such as white flours and oils which are not whole foods. The term "whole" simply means "unprocessed" and are simply plants as they are found in nature. For example, an apple is a whole food or whole plant since it is found in nature on an apple tree. Apple juice is not a whole food or whole plant since there is no such thing as an apple juice tree. Apple juice comes from a factory where apples are processed. Processing removes nutrients and fiber. Another common example is oil. Olive oil is processed though some may argue that "pressing" is not much of a process. Olive oil, as all other oils, has no fiber and practically no nutrients, just 100% fat. At least an olive has fiber and nutrients.
The term "SOS Free" refers to foods that have no added salt, oil, or sugar. Whole foods by their very nature are SOS Free, whereas some vegan foods may not be SOS Free, and are considered vegan "junk" foods such as sodas and chips.
Until TC and LDL levels are below 150 and 57 respectively, consumption of highly caloric whole foods such as olives, coconuts, avocados, and even seeds and nuts should be limited so that one's daily total fat consumption is about 10% of one's daily caloric intake. This comes out to be about 25g for me. Dr. Michael Greger gives evidence that consuming one ounce of nuts per day is very beneficial and the added 20g of fat surprisingly does not adversely degrade one's low-fat objective. This allows me to consume about 45g of fat, practically all of which is unsaturated.
The term WPN is best used with the word "lifestyle" instead of "diet." The problem with the word "diet" is that it suggests a temporary period in which a goal is to be reached and when the diet has achieved its purpose, it is no longer needed. The benefit of keeping to a WPN regimen is that it is a diet for life. It works for all conditions (with a very few food exceptions for a very few specific diseases) and mitigates, prevents, or even reverses all of the top diseases that kill Americans. It is the ideal lifestyle that everyone, worldwide should eat at all stages of life after being weaned. Until then a mother's (of the same species!) breast milk is ideal.
WPN is a "high-carb" regimen. Remember, only "whole foods" or "whole plants" are considered in WPN. "Whole" means "not processed." Ironically from the perspective of avoiding added sugars, sodas, white flours, white breads, and most donuts, bagels, cookies, chips, crackers, oil-popped popcorn, candies, and milk chocolate, the faddish "low carb" diet has it right. WPN advocates agree wholeheartedly with all of this since these foods are "processed," that is, all of their fiber and nutrients have been removed. (The oil-popped popcorn retains its fiber and nutrition but is inundated in added oil. Air-popped popcorn is good.) However, low carb advocates have it wrong when they exclude the rest of the carbohydrates, the good unprocessed carbohydrates and instead they promote fats and protein. These good carbohydrates are the carbs with fiber that have not had their fiber processed out of them. Note that no animal products have fiber. A WPN high carb diet means that the only other two substances that humans can digest, fats and proteins, must be kept low, and that is the case. Keeping these below 10% apiece insures that one gets 80% carbs. High levels of fat clogs blood vessels at all levels, arteries, veins, and capillaries. Not only does the decreased blood flow lead to cell loss resulting in dementia and even back pain, there is a drop in sexual performance. Consumption of too much fat often leads to excessive weight gain and insulin resistance that results in diabetes.
With respect to protein, keeping protein consumption to about 10% of one's daily caloric intake is also important since excessive protein consumption is not healthful and has been shown to shorten lifespan. That comes to about 70g per day for me. WPN easily meets this recommendation and can easily go well over this amount if desired. For example, most vegetables have between 10% and 20% protein with beans having about 25%. In fact, all fruits and vegetables have at least 6% protein which is exactly what the human body requires. This makes it impossible for persons eating only plants to have a deficiency in protein when consuming the recommended number of calories a day. A protein range of 8% to 12% is given by Dr. T. Colin Campbell since lactating women and athletes may require levels closer to 12%. Big strong muscular animals like gorillas seem to have no problem getting enough protein and calcium for strong muscles and bones by eating only plants. It is noted that unless stated otherwise, all consumption percentages are with respect to kilocalories (kCal) or as colloquially spoken, "calories" since basing one's input upon the actual weight of the food and not its energy/fat producing capability is meaningless. It is important to note that adopting a WPN lifestyle means there is no need to count calories or go hungry since WPN foods are naturally low in calories. The only requirement is to eat a variety of whole foods, include a daily tablespoon of ground flax seeds for Omega-3s, a B12 supplement, and vitamin D for times that you are not getting enough sun.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) rates foods according to their nutrition per calorie on a scale from 0 to 1000. Foods with the highest nutrition and lowest number of calories per serving such as mustard/turnip/collard greens, watercress, and cooked kale earn the top ANDI score of 1000. On the other end of the scale, sodas, for example, have an ANDI score of 1 and granulated white sugar, 0.
Health = Nutrition / Calories = ANDI score is the formula used for choosing the best foods for good health.
For example, Whole Foods Market embraces this concept:
“Often what people mean when they say it is their personal choice is that it is a free choice that they are making. And they are not making their choices freely because without awareness, there is no free choice.” Dr. Melanie Joy, PhD Psychologist, from the film Vegan 2018 @37:12
There is so much information on the Internet. YouTube, Wikipedia, and the world-acclaimed TED (Technology Entertainment, Design) Talks at ted.com are wonderful sources. I subscribe to many YouTube channels and turn on notification so that I am alerted as soon as something is posted.
Listed below are some of the doctors at the forefront of the WPN revolution, some of my favorite yougthful WPN proponents, and a collection of my favorite websites, Apps, books, documentaries, YouTube videos, and channels.
Some of my favorite doctors at the forefront of this revolution are listed below. I've also included the name of a book of theirs and/or a link to a presentation of theirs.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell: The China Study
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Dr. John McDougall: The Starch Solution
Dr. Joel Fuhrman: Eat to Live!; also The End of Dieting
Dr. Neil Barnard: Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes; also The Cheese Trap
Dr. Michael Greger: How Not to Die
Dr. Janice Stanger: The Perfect Formula Diet
Dr. Michael Klaper
Dr. Milton Mills
Dr. Dean Ornish
Dr. John Westerdahl
Dr. Tel Oren
Dr. Richard Oppenlander
Mr. Nathan Pritikin (honorary doctor)
Mr. David Robinson Simon (BA, JD): Meatonomic$
All have websites, books, videos, and often courses and retreats.
My favorite “celebrity” advocate is John Robbins who is the son of Irvine Robbins, the cofounder of the famous ice cream empire, Baskin-Robbins. John Robbins courageously decided to not take over his dad’s multibillion dollar empire since consuming ice cream kills millions of people including the other cofounder, Burt Baskin. Instead he cofounded The Food Revolution Network at https://www.foodrevolution.org and with his son Ocean Robbins, became a leader in the WPN revolution that is changing the world. Definitely check out his site.
Many of the aforementioned doctors, like John Robbins above, are supported by their children. Among the most noteworthy is Dr. Esselstyn‘s son Rip Esselstyn and Dr. Campbell’s son Dr. Thomas Campbell. Rip Esselstyn‘s The Engine 2 Diet and also Plant-Strong are his two most popular books. His website is at https://www.engine2diet.com. Dr. Thomas Campbell helped his dad write The China Study considered by many to be the book that started the WPN revolution in earnest.
Some of my favorite youthful WPN advocates, all of who are on YouTube:
”Earthling Ed” earthlinged.com https://youtu.be/Z3u7hXpOm58
"Bite Size Vegan"
"Mic. the Vegan"
"Happy Healthy Vegan"
"Those Annoying Vegans"
"Plant Based News"
"Guilt Free TV"
"Plant Based Science London"