“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” — Michael Pollan
I believe eating an organic, whole foods, plant-based diet is the most healthful and sustainable way of eating. It doesn’t inherently exclude any food, but rather promotes the consumption of mostly plants. It’s not a fad; it’s a reasonable way of eating for an entire lifetime. It’s an environmentally-conscientious, responsible diet, and in my opinion, it also happens to feature the most delicious ingredients and flavors out there!
I believe in eating organic, locally grown foods whenever possible. Yes, buying organic can cost more than conventional, but it’s an investment in our health and money well spent. I choose to make this a priority for myself and my family. Making this long-term investment in our health saves us money in the end with far fewer medical expenses and a much richer quality of life. Consider it preventative health care.
- The American Dietetic Association released an article in 2009 stating: “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
- Here’s the Mayo Clinic’s testament to eating more plants.
- This online health chat with Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD via the Cleveland Clinic touts the benefits of a plant-based diet.
- Carole Bartolotto, MA, RD explains her “Top 5 Reasons to Eat a Plant-Based Diet” here.
- This article argues that the foods we choose to eat have a much greater impact on the drought in California than household water usage.
- This report in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that a lactoovovegetarian diet is more sustainable than the average American meat-based diet.
- Andrew Weil, M.D., and Donald Abrams, M.D. highlight the cancer-preventing and fighting nature of a plant-based diet as discussed in this interview.
- Here you can learn all about the Blue Zones — a name given to select regions around the globe in which people are living the longest (and happiest) lives. They all share a few key lifestyle characteristics, one of which is eating a plant-based diet.
- In his book and documentary In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan highlights the dangers and tracks the history of what has come to be known as the Western diet, and then clearly outlines the steps we should take to eat a real-food diet and attain optimum health.
The verdict is in, and the votes are unanimous: an organic, whole foods, plant-based diet is the nutritional component of optimal health for both ourselves and the planet on which we live.