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Plant-Based Health Mini Course

Over 30 minutes of free online learning for whole food, plant-based (WFPB) beginners

Over 30 minutes of free online learning for whole food, plant-based (WFPB) beginners

CNS Director of Education Jill Edwards, MS, CEP discusses the standard American diet (SAD), sometimes referred to as the "Western diet".

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What do I eat?

It's pretty simple: whole, unrefined, plant-based foods. That's it.

Why?

The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are enormous. When you adopt a whole food, plant-based lifestyle you can increase the odds that you will:

Lower risk of prostate, breast & other cancers
Prevent, even reverse, heart disease
Prevent & treat diabetes
Lose weight & have more energy
Live longer
...and much more

Go for green, use orange sparingly and stay away from red.

Whole PlantsVegetables including leafy greens, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds
Plant-Based ProcessedWhole grain pastas, breads, cereals, oil-free crackers, etc. Plant-based milks, oil-free sauces/dressings, tofu
Plant-Based Highly ProcessedProcessed plant fragments: non-dairy cheeses and ice creams, meat substitutes (plant protein isolates), refined flour products (white bread, pasta)
Salt, Oil and SugarAll oils (olive, coconut, palm, corn, peanut, sesame, flax, hemp, vegetable, etc.), sugary beverages, candy, fried foods, junk foods, etc.
Animal ProductsBeef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, etc., and all dairy products

Lindsay S. Nixon, best-selling author of the Happy Herbivore series of cookbooks helps us get started on our whole food, plant-based journey.

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A well-stocked pantry can provide a sense of safety and control when the news is frightful and the future uncertain. Stocking up now on whole, plant-based food items will help you weather the storm with less stress.

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If you're preparing to stay home more than usual, it's important to have healthful foods on hand in the refrigerator.

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Stock your freezer with a few go-to ingredients, and learn our strategies for using your freezer to save money and create faster, plant-based meals.

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Lindsay explains several replacements to use when adopting a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.

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Malik Yakini discusses the importance of food equity in creating a vibrant, just and sustainable food system. Food equity is the concept that all people have the ability and opportunity to grow and to consume healthful, affordable, and culturally significant foods.

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Pediatrician Jackie Busse, MD discusses the significant impact childhood nutrition has on lifelong health. Many of the chronic diseases of adulthood have their beginnings in childhood and if we're serious about preventing them, we need to focus on whole food, plant-based nutrition for kids.

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CNS Communications and Content Coordinator Evelisse Capó, PharmD shares how easy it is to cook delicious meals without using oil. One of the most important aspects of following a whole food, plant-based lifestyle, is eliminating added oil from your diet. Before long, you'll wonder why you ever needed it in the first place!

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Dr. Capó and her daughter Sheriza share some of their favorite immune boosting tips. For more delicious, healthy plant-based recipes, download our free Immune Boosting Recipes eBook.

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There's nothing better than healthy, delicious meals that don't take hours to prepare, especially when you're transitioning. Check out the following quick and easy recipe videos.

Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce

Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce

Broccoli Burritos

Broccoli Burritos

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms

Thai Noodle Salad

Thai Noodle Salad

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