Eight months ago we watched a documentary on living a Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle. (WFPBL) Our before and after photo above shows the evidence of how this lifestyle has helped us lose weight as we are both a healthy weight now and healthier as a result. We have also ditched all medications (including High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol) and minor medical issues have also disappeared. Although we didn't dive into it right away, we knew this is what we were going to aim for. Maggie was already vegetarian and Becki was her de-facto vegetarian as it was too difficult cooking two meals.
The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
Forks Over Knives empowers people to live healthier lives by changing the way the world understands nutrition.
Forks Over Knives was launched in 2011 as a feature documentary. Backed by scientific research, the film presents a radical but convincing case that modern diseases can be prevented, halted, and often reversed by leaving animal-based, sugars and highly refined foods off the plate … and adopting a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle instead.
A whole-food, plant-based diet is centred on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes all animal products, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and unhealthy oils. Our Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet Is Not a Diet of only vegetables though they play an important part in our new lifestyle. We love our whole grains like brown rice, millet, quinoa, freekah and buckwheat; and legumes like chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, and lima beans. We have made many new exciting food discoveries as we have embarked on our new lifestyle. Maggie loves wandering through the Albany Farmers Market every Saturday and buying vegetables we have never tried before.
We have let go of the thinking that we need to eat a certain type of green vegetable for calcium, beans for protein, nuts for fat, and so on. The most important thing in our new lifestyle is to choose the whole, plant-based food we enjoy most and try something new! Our research has proven that whole, plant-based foods contain all the essential nutrients and in proportions that are more consistent with human needs than animal-based or processed foods.
There is undeniable evidence behind the benefits of whole-food, plant-based nutrition and research has proven that our bodies have the power to ward off or reverse chronic disease when nourished with whole plant foods. Natural, healthy, food is delicious and satisfying and more humane requiring fewer natural resources.
We want to help more and more people eat this way so that they, too, will experience true wellness. It is not what we put into our bodies but what we put on our bodies, such as shampoos, body lotion, make up and deodorant that has an effect on our wellness. We are now using natural (vegan) products that haven't been tested on animals.
Recently on our trip to Perth to attend 2 Award Ceremonies, we indicated our dietary request to be plant based. We were so happy that we weren't given just a bowl of vegies and some fruit. Our meals were beautifully presented, full of flavour and delicious.
Maggie and Becki are HideAway Haven hostess and they love sharing their story with their guests. We are not pushy with our views by criticising their lifestyle choices, but impress our guests with flavourful and filling plant based meals and treating them with tasty vegan desserts and snacks. We share our research about the health benefits of Plant-Based Eating vs. Meat Eating.