What is a WFPB Diet?
I am on a WFPB diet (whole food plant based diet.) Only I don’t call it a diet, I call it a WFPB lifestyle.
I’m not here to tell you what to do but by simply changing what I ate I was able to cure a good portion of my 20+ undiagnosable symptoms and I’m losing weight too boot. And the weight is coming off without even trying (seriously, none at all, I have a knee injury.)
So why don’t you read this article if you’re struggling with symptoms that the docs can’t figure out, or if you’re struggling to lose weight, something you read might just resonate with you and change your life forever.
What the WFPB Diet Did for Me
The WFPB diet kick started my weight loss again after a two year plateau. After losing 50 pounds over the course of year, keeping it off for a year and then gaining over 8 pounds back, I was at a loss for what to do. I was exercising regularly and consuming a low calorie (but highly processed) diet. What I didn’t realize was because my diet was highly processed I was basically consuming empty calories devoid of any nutritional value.
In a sense, I was starving my body even though I was consuming the recommended caloric intake for my lifestyle, height and weight to lose weight. But the nutrients for my body to work to his full potential at the cellular level weren’t there. My hair started falling out. My skin was dry and cracking. My scalp dried up and caused dandruff. I had athletes foot, migraines, severe night sweats, leg cramps, carpel tunnel, extreme mood swings and sharp stabbing stomach pains on the daily… do I need to go on?
Once I switched to a whole foods diet, I saw small changes within 3 days, dramatic changes at 10 days and cures to some symptoms in 30 days. Within a few days of adding morning green juices and plant based meals I had more energy, I was sleeping better and my stomach didn’t feel like it was being ripped open every morning.
At around the 1o day mark some of my 20+ symptoms were totally going away. My legs and ankles were no longer cramping or locking and my mood was starting to stabilize. And by day 30 I had lost 13 pounds and hadn’t had a headache in almost 3 weeks. Better yet, my brain fog was starting to subside – I could think clearer, do basic math again and hold a conversation with someone without forgetting what I was saying in a the middle of a sentence. It was literally a miracle.
A whole foods plant based diet saved my life.
What is a WFPB Diet (or a WFPB Lifestyle?)
A WFPB lifestyle is when a person consumes whole foods that are plant based, this means no dairy, no meat and no processed foods! You might be thinking “that means vegan!” And the thing is, I really don’t like the V-words (
vagina vegan or vegetarian.) For some reason, whenever they are mentioned people attach a negative connotation to the words.
Whole foods plant based lifestyle sounds so much calmer and is easier to digest . I also remind people that it doesn’t mean you can’t ever ever ever eat meat. You’re a grown up! If you want a piece of meat go ahead… just inform yourself on the consequences (and benefits if you’re eating the right meat!)
Hell, go ahead and eat that commercial meat if it means avoiding some awkward confrontation with your future husband in law’s parents who’s home you’ve been invited to for the first time. Just load your plate first with any available veggies, fruits or whole grains. Then go ahead and add a teeny tiny piece of meat, just to say you tried it and thank you. If that doesn’t appeal to you and you’re 100% committed to a WFPB lifestyle take the veggies and fruits and anything else that grows from the ground and politely decline the meat. If asked about it tell them! Ignorance is not bliss.
As far as diary, I’ve always had a weird thing with diary. I’ve always thought it was disgusting to drink the milk of another animal. Especially from another animal where the milk is full of animal growth hormones intended to make a tiny bovine gain a couple hundred pounds in a few months! Now tell me, why would I want to drink that? No wonder so many people are lactose intolerant -we’re not supposed to be drinking that milk.
Lastly, processed foods are really hard to get away from but this might be the most important one. If you rid your diet of anything, I would choose processed foods. When you get rid of processed foods you’re essentially forced to eat whole foods. No more frozen dinners, packaged foods or microwaveable meals! You stop ingesting as many man made chemicals (which can turn into toxins in the body.) You stop shoving nutrient lacking cardboard into your body and instead fuel yourself with nutrient dense foods that it can use to heal. Believe it or not, the body can do amazing things when given the right tools to do it with.
If anything above has resonated with you or sounds like something you’re going through, it might be time to start introducing more whole foods into your life. And if you need help, contact me! I’m a health coach specializing in helping people get started on a path to a healthier lifestyle. Read more about my health coach journey here.