Feel great without having to count calories or limit food intake!

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dee

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Posted: 23 Sep 2006, 18:29
Thw wholefood diet is a great way to eat longterm. No need to count calories or restrict food intake. Eat in season and include lots of veggies, fruit, pulses, grains,nuts and seeds into your diet every day. See the difference in your energy levels. If it's natural and comes out of the ground as nature intended enjoy and see the health benefits. Your body will drop unwanted pounds and you'll feel more enegised and motivated to keep on going to reach your goal weight.Smile
Mary2

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Posted: 23 Sep 2006, 18:50
Great diet - said one carrot to another carrot. Laughing

You have obviously thought a lot about it and I really like your personalized tips. Can I ask though if there's a reason you haven't included meat in the diet, is it just a personal preference?

Thanks
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dee

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Posted: 25 Sep 2006, 05:20
Red meat or chicken isn't included in my wholefood diet. Infact fish isn't a wholefood either but i think it's ok to eat it twice a week for some variety and protein. Basically all wholefoods are living foods and dead animals don't really fall into the category of the living. If you do however love meat i don't think it is a tragedy if you eat it on occassion but make sure you have lots of living food with it!

It's amazing how much better you feel and function if you eat lots of living food and clean water!
Mary2

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Posted: 26 Sep 2006, 03:28
That's amazing, I've never actually thought about living food and (dare I say it) dead food. It's a really interesting approach and one that hopefully you'll prove up works!
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esh

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Posted: 27 Sep 2006, 20:02
dee wrote:
If it's natural and comes out of the ground as nature intended enjoy and see the health benefits. Your body will drop unwanted pounds and you'll feel more enegised and motivated to keep on going to reach your goal weight.Smile


What a great diet. Great concept. Well done and good luck with it.
mostrow13

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Posted: 28 Sep 2006, 06:15
Dee, You really should be spreading the word about wholefoods. It is an important message. I have one question though, how do pasta, bread and noodles fit into a wholefood diet? I am obsessed with noodles and chocolate for that matter. Is dark, organic chocolate considered a 'whole' food? MConfused
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Bren911

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Posted: 28 Sep 2006, 09:14
You are sure getting some support for your diet, I'll have to take a closer look and maybe create my own.

thinner120

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Posted: 26 May 2013, 17:39
That is good news and I am happy for you! Just curious..does it require portion control?
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roseomg

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Posted: 26 May 2013, 19:16
My mom has lost 80+ lb from a whole foods vegan diet without counting a single calorie, and she is always telling me to adopt it (I am a little less enthusiastic about it because I love S.A.D* and meticulously counting cals, but she's given me a wealth of info on the topic). She doesn't eat raw all the time and does allow for some processes like grinding whole wheat to make flour for pasta. Boiling, roasting, fermenting, dehydrating, essentially cooking in any way is a process and with noodles they've already been processed several times before they are sold to the consumer. Processing doesn't necessarily mean that the food is not whole, however. (and, off topic, a couple of these processes are still considered raw, for that matter. Including dehydrating and possibly fermenting?)

A whole food is exactly what it sounds like, the entirety of the vegetable/grain/fruit. To demonstrate this point, think of a wheat or rice mill. They grind the entire stock of wheat to make the grain. "Enriched" or white wheat and rice is made by taking the shell off of the grain in the milling process and what is left is the soft white inside. The important thing about the shell is that 99% of the nutrients are found on that part of the grain, which is why enriched/white flours and rices are less nutritious.

Another example of a whole food is a potato with it's skin. The skin is where an abundance of the minerals that are good for us are located. Skin the potato, skin the health benefits! Luckily enough, the skins for these foods can be absolutely delicious. Some are not so delicious, like a banana's skin, but I wouldn't blame you for not eating it since it's gross in my experience (I'd still consider the inside of the banana whole just for practical reasons although technically it wouldn't be).

A 100% whole wheat pasta will be a whole food, just ground up into flour and then rolled out into noodles. I wouldn't buy them if they were bleached or enriched, because those processes take out nutrients negating them as 'whole.' There is also debate on how fine the flour is ground and what difference that makes, but for people just starting out it shouldn't matter too much.

As for chocolate, I would think that you would be hard pressed to find a whole foods chocolate. The process for making chocolate involves taking the cocoa bean out of the pod and fermenting it, proceeded by dehydrating it. Then the beans are winnowed and the shell of the seed is removed. What we consider chocolate is made from the nib inside the beans, which is then processed again. It's a long and arduous process, but really interesting! My advice would be to limit chocolate if you are attempting to adapt a whole foods plant based diet, but that doesn't mean that you can't eat it at all! I'd buy the higher percentage dark chocolates, and many of them are vegan.

Hope this helps, I know this wasn't my topic, but I totally endorse the whole foods diet. I am not vegan, and I do eat meat and cheese but I try to limit them to about 20% of my diet or lower.
fawkesmom

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Posted: 26 May 2013, 20:50
I would recommend watching the documentary "Forks Over Knives" to anyone who is wondering about the health benefits of giving up animal products or switching to a whole foods diet. Lots of good info based on long-term studies done in China and the U.S. Its on Netflix.

But yes, I have been making the switch to a vegan whole foods diet (I'm not quite all the way there but pretty close) and I've dropped almost 2 pant sizes in the last 2 months. I'm excited for my next physical. I'm sure my cholesterol numbers and liver function numbers will be greatly improved. Smile
mwessinger

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Posted: 26 May 2013, 23:38
thinner120 wrote:
That is good news and I am happy for you! Just curious..does it require portion control?


Since all of the original posters above in this necro-bump haven't posted in a good five years, doubtful that they will be back through to give any details any time soon. LOL
Spacey47

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Posted: 27 May 2013, 00:48
mwessinger wrote:
thinner120 wrote:
That is good news and I am happy for you! Just curious..does it require portion control?


Since all of the original posters above in this necro-bump haven't posted in a good five years, doubtful that they will be back through to give any details any time soon. LOL

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fawkesmom

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Posted: 27 May 2013, 15:44
Ha Ha. I should learn to read the dates on things.
MissMerryBer...

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Posted: 27 May 2013, 20:56
I 100% agree!!! yay! Smile
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