With the ever-increasing hash tags in the modern day, online post you’re bound to have come across one in particular that isn’t self-explanatory. That is #WFPB. The first time I heard of WFPB was while reading Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s book ‘Whole’, the follow-up to his first book ‘The China Study’ (a MUST READ for anyone who is keen to understand the connection between dairy consumption and cancer). Campbell explained the abbreviation – Whole Food, Plant-Based. So, if you follow a WFPB diet you follow a diet that consists entirely of whole foods (without refined sugars, flours and oils) and completely void of all animal products.
Initially, this diet proposal may seem impossible, preposterous even, but it’s not. Trust me! I’ve been plant-based for 12 years and I have been pleasantly surprised at the discovery of the wide and variety fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables our Creator has gifted us with. Personally I choose to use small amounts of oils and salts in my cooking and also use minimally refined products, such as gluten flour (to add texture to ‘meat-like’ sausages and mock steaks) and rapadura (evaporated and granulated cane juice used in the place of white sugar). Ideally, aiming to eat the majority of the foods in your diet in their whole food form is optimal.
As Author Ellen White wrote:
Let the diet reform be progressive. Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men. The time is near when, because of the iniquity of the fallen race, the whole animal creation will groan under the diseases that curse our earth. – Testimonies for the Church 7:135, 1902 CD 356.2
Yes, we will need to gradually learn how to wean ourselves from animal foods, like eggs, milk and butter, but thankfully we live in a time where we have the additional motivation of knowing that current science supports White’s conclusion that plant-based is best. May God guide us to make the healthiest choices possible for ourselves and our families.
P.S. I have recently published a plant-based cookbook which uses predominantly whole foods. Thankfully it is so easy to prepare wholesome meals. Also for any American readers, please take a look (and buy one if you like!) at my cookbook Kickstarter campaign
(cheap postage and free ebooks for early bird purchases). Feel free to share the link with others who may like to try some yummy, easy-to-prepare meals too. And for the rest of the world, the cookbook is available from my website www.notonlycarrots.com with a 40% discount off the ebook (instant download!) for every hardcopy cookbook purchased.
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Great article, Leah! I’m on a whole food, plant-based diet too and it has opened up a whole new world for me. I love the flavors, textures, and colors of the foods God created for our enjoyment. Every meal is a treat, especially when it features home grown produce. All the best with your new cookbook!