IS IT HEALTHY TO EAT JUST PLANT BASED WHOLE FOODS?

I get asked this question all the time by clients so I thought it best to answer!

People want to hear from doctors, professors, nutritionists and health researchers as well reputable institutions like prestigious universities, world- health organisations as well as world renowned publications that eating only Plant Based Whole Food (PBWF) is a healthy choice!

People want to be assured that their body and brain are getting the right nutrients from PBWF’s that allow them to thrive as well as preventing possible disease.

People want to know that by eating PBWF they wake up fresh, have tons of energy, and feel mobile, light and strong.

I can assure you that the answer is yes to all of the above and has been widely published by doctors, professors, nutritionists, health researchers, universities, world health organisations and world renowned publications that everybody can research and read.

Have you heard of The China Study?

The China Study is a book by T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and his son Thomas M. Campbell II, a physician. 

First published in the United States in January 2005, it’s sold over one million copies, making it one of America's best-selling books about nutrition.

The China Study examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products (including dairy) and chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and bowel cancer.

The authors of this comprehensive 30-year research study conclude that people who eat a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet (avoiding animal products as a main source of nutrition, including beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, and milk, and reducing their intake of processed foods and refined carbohydrates), will escape, reduce, or reverse the development of numerous diseases. 

They concluded that "eating foods that contain any cholesterol above 0 mg is unhealthy”.

There are many more examples where doctors, professors, physicians and universities have collaborated and come to very similar conclusions as The China Study.

Another example is Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. who received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University in the USA. 

“Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

His scientific publications number over 150, “The Best Doctors in America” 1994-1995 published by Woodward and White cites Dr. Esselstyn’s surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. In 1995 he published his benchmark long-term nutritional research “Arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients”. That same study has been updated twice and has since been published as a book called Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. In July of 2014 he reported the experience of 198 participants who were seriously ill with cardiovascular disease. During 3.7 years of follow up, of the 89% adherent to the program, 99.4% avoided further major cardiac events.

Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant based diet since 1984. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.”

From my years of research and trialling different foods in the pursuit of the perfect food combination, I have discovered some invaluable knowledge.  I can say with confidence that nobody on this earth can dictate what the perfect foods are for people to eat – that every person is unique.

In my quest to find this answer, I have discovered that eating PBWF is by far the champion when it comes to delivering optimal vitality and health

But I discovered something else which became very apparent to me during one of my water detox fasts. Which is that we all have an unconscious internal communication system that gives subtle and sometimes very obvious signals for us to act on. Some will describe it as our ‘innate wisdom’ that is trying to guide our food choices. Reconnecting to this wisdom (and learning to trust our senses again), is something I’m incredibly passionate about.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of people have either never heard of it, don’t trust it or don’t know how to interpret this kind of internal communication from our senses. Over the years, I have become very skilled in listening and then acting on these unconscious signals that are there to guide us when we make food choices (other important choices in our lives). 

This unconscious communication system, this ‘innate wisdom’ that we can tap into seems to favour eating PBWF on a day-to-day basis. 

After researching and studying literature and case studies about the longest and healthiest living communities that are alive today, i.e. Bama (Nigeria), Nicoya (Costa Rica) or Hunza (Pakistan), it did not come to me as a surprise that these people all seem to thrive predominantly on PBWF.

These people eat mostly fresh food from their own gardens or eat what nature provides organically in their natural environment. They eat organic PBWF that either grows in the ground, on the ground or above the ground.

If you were to ask these people how many calories, carbs, vitamins, proteins or iron they ate, they probably would look at you strangely and wonder what you were talking about.

Like Dr. T. Colin Campbell and many of his acclaimed colleagues, they all thrive on PBWF and so do many millions of other people on this beautiful earth today. 

When you eat a wide variety of PBWF, you are guaranteed to receive everything your body can metabolise and put to use because your body is designed for PBWF only.

If this was not the case, then the longest and healthiest living communities today and millions of PBWF eating people (including Dr. T. Colin Campbell) would not be thriving. 

If you would like to do some further reading and research into this topic, below is a list of world renowned health experts who research and write on this topic! 

•    T. Colin Campbell, PhD: http://nutritionstudies.org/
•    Dr. Dean Ornish: www.deanornish.com
•    Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn: www.dresselstyn.com
•    Dr. Michael Greger: www.nutritionfacts.org
•    John McDougall, MD: https://www.drmcdougall.com/
•    Neal Barnard, MD: http://www.pcrm.org/
•    Michael Klaper, MD: http://doctorklaper.com/
•    Joel Fuhrman, MD: https://www.drfuhrman.com/
•    Alan Goldhamer, D.C.: http://www.healthpromoting.com/
•    Doug Lisle, PhD: http://www.healthpromoting.com/
•    Matt Lederman, MD: http://www.transitiontohealth.com/
•    Alona Pulde, MD: http://www.transitiontohealth.com/
•    Thomas M. Campbell, MD: http://www.thecampbellplan.com/
•    Garth Davis, MD: www.thedavisclinic.com
•    Pam Popper, PhD, ND: http://drpampopper.com/
•    Ginny Messina, MPH, RD: http://www.theveganrd.com/
•    Jack Norris, RD: http://jacknorrisrd.com/
•    Joel Kahn, MD: https://drjoelkahn.com/
•    Jeff Novick, MS, RD: http://www.jeffnovick.com/
•    Julianna Hever, MS, RD, CPT: http://plantbaseddietitian.com/
•    Dr. Kim Williams, MD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1oB569xq88

What’s the difference between Vegan and Plant Based Whole Food?

There is a real difference being a vegan and eating PBWF. Generally speaking, people’s motivation for adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle is prompted by animal rights issues and the ethical treatment of animals (very important to me as well). Vegans will often consume processed food as part of their diet.

People who follow a whole food plant based diet generally do it for several reasons but certainly for their health—either to prevent chronic illness and disease or reverse chronic illness and disease; processed food isn't included PBWF diets. 

Even though they both have the word “diet” in them, neither the vegan diet nor the whole food plant-based diet are diets at all. They are both styles of eating that have nothing to do with calorie restrictions or counting things like carbs and protein as I mentioned before.

What about my vitamins?

People are sometimes still confused about their intake of vitamins, proteins, iron, carbs and calories when eating plant based whole food (and for good reason). All these concepts and ideas are made up by the scientific industry (funded mostly by corporate companies). So be careful about who you read and listen to!

But I can categorically assure you (as do the people I’ve already mentioned above), that when you eat a good variety of Plant Based Whole Food, you no longer have to worry about these things. You will get plenty of good nutrition just from what you eat and your body will start thrive and you will feel so much happier!

Let’s have a look at the table below just in case you still have concerns:

 

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The majority of dieticians, nutritionists and doctors have been educated by the same non-sense textbooks and don’t encourage people to eat PBWF’s . 

Instead they want people to supplement their life with stuff that their body can’t process properly. They want you to be treated by remedies that only focus on the symptoms. People have become profit centres for health practitioners in this never-ending health symptom epidemic.

It is my belief that it is time for people to start listening to their own innate wisdom and get themselves on a path of true health through eating PBWF and drinking structured water. The difference you will feel is truly amazing.

It’s time to be your own Guru!

Best wishes
Edwin