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Madeline Hardacre, MD - A SUPPORTED LIFESTYLE JOURNEY

Madeline Hardacre, MD - A SUPPORTED LIFESTYLE JOURNEY

Madeline Hardacre, MD - A SUPPORTED LIFESTYLE JOURNEYMadeline Hardacre, MD - A SUPPORTED LIFESTYLE JOURNEY

WHOLE FOOD, PLANT - BASED NUTRITION

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Whole food, plant- based (WFPB) nutrition is more of a lifestyle than an actual diet. The basic principles involve the following:

  • eating mainly whole, minimally processed foods
  • focusing on plants including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds
  • limiting or completely avoiding animal products
  • excluding refined sugars, white flour, and processed oils
  • lots of attention is given to food quality

While many times this gets confused with a vegan diet, there are subtle differences. Vegan diets completely eliminate all animal products but don’t necessarily pay attention to the quality or processing of the food. Whole food, plant - based nutrition is mostly plants (some people do still have meat, dairy, or eggs occasionally) with lots of attention paid toward eating as many diverse and unprocessed plant foods as possible.

Why is whole food, plant - based nutrition an important aspect of Lifestyle Medicine? One of the MOST powerful steps you can take to improve your health is to transition to a whole food, plant - based lifestyle. Lifestyle Medicine is focused on the evidence behind the root causes of chronic disease. Population studies and randomized controlled trials around the world have shown over and over again that diets that consist of a foundation of plant foods have a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers (colon, breast, and prostate), dementia, osteoporosis, and have greater longevity. Over the past 25 years, thousands of research publications have demonstrated prevention, treatment, and even reversal of some of these conditions through a transition to whole food, plant - based nutrition. So load up your grocery cart in the produce aisle and let’s get started!!!.