“The Whole Foods Diet” is far from a “diet” book in any traditional sense. Written by the CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market, John Mackey, in collaboration with the physicians behind Forks Over Knives, this is a book that skips over aesthetic weight loss and goes straight for the “meat” of whole-foods plant-based eating: improving public health.
As our nation struggles with spiking rates of diet-related chronic diseases – from obesity and heart disease to diabetes – “The Whole Foods Diet” draws on case studies from the healthiest societies in the world, health experts, and even stories from Whole Foods Market employees to share the not-so-secret solution to healing our nation. In short: Eat our damn veggies before we saddle ourselves with lifelong illness and bankrupt our healthcare system*.
(*My words, not Mackey’s, but let’s be real here…)
While the book advocates for a 100% whole-foods plant-based diet, it does allow that getting 10% of your calories from animal foods is probably safe from a health standpoint. But all three of the book’s authors ascribe to a fully plant-based diet – which leads one to think that the extra 10% might even refer to the occasional Beyond Meat chicken salad and Gardein meatball sub.
While there is an entire chapter dedicated to the ethical implications of a diet free from animal products, there’s no guilt-tripping to be found in this book—just lots of empowering information and an accessible 28-day plan to get you on the path for long-term health.
And if you need some additional help to meet your new plant-eating quota, check out the online platform for the book for customized meal-planning, complete with grocery lists and killer recipes!
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