It is that time of year again and the whole vegan world is blogging up a storm.
I will be posting as much as I can this month, which is really no different than any other month. But for the month of September, I will be posting my experiments with cooking without oil, less refined sugar, and little to no salt. Why?
I am a student of Dr. T. Colin Campbell. He and others like Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish and Dr. McDougall (click here to read my post about my favorite doctors) promote what they call a whole foods, plant based diet (WFPB.) Unless you follow this closely, you might not know that there is a difference between the vegans and the plant based people. Recently, I was quoted in an article recently discussing the two sides.
Vegans are ethical vegetarians. The choice to live a vegan lifestyle extends beyond diet. We consciously avoid animal products as much as possible in our clothing (e.g., wool, duck down, leather, silk), leather and suede shoes, cosmetics, etc. There is no way to be 100% vegan because, for example, there are animal products in tires but we do the best we can.
The WFPB group do not identify as vegan per se but they only eat plant based foods which is the same thing as vegans but theirs is a choice based on health. The main difference being that they refrain from adding oils, refined sugar and salt (or just a little) to their cooking.
The WFPB diet has shown great results for sick people, people with diabetes, people who are overweight, people with heart disease, people who eat overly processed foods. We are none of those people, but, I am curious. Will I feel even better than I already do? Will we have even more energy than I already do? Will the food taste just as good or better?
So during this MoFo, I am going to be WFPB! Let the experiment begin!