Online platforms like Forks Over Knives, GingerKale, and several others offer a supportive, engaging environment to learn about the Whole Food, Plant-Based lifestyle. Some of these communities get a ton of engagement. The most important thing is that people are sharing their insights, concerns, and questions, and a dialogue ensues with others who are treading the same path.
What is a Whole Food, Plant-Based diet?
The term was handed by Dr. Campbell, author of The China Study, who found that a vegan or plant-based diet is not sufficient for optimal nutrition. The ideal diet consists of plant-based foods but in their purest possible form. For example, sugar, oil, and salt are plant-based, but cannot be considered healthy as these are highly processed foods with almost no nutrients.
To get maximum nutrients, it is best to avoid processed foods and to opt for wholesome foods such as whole-wheat bread instead of white bread, and olives instead of olive oil. The principle is very simple: The more you eat the purest possible form of a plant-based food, the more nutrition you are putting into your body.
While prioritizing fresh produce is a superb option, greens powders are quite ideal alternatives, especially for people with little to no access to whole foods. According to healthcanal.com/nutrition/
Why should I look for an online community?
While the science is clear on the benefits of a Whole Food, Plant-Based diet, there are not many people who actually eat this way. In our world, it is not common to avoid animal foods and to eat just plant-based foods instead. Because of that, you may find it difficult to meet other like-minded individuals in your direct environment who also eat plant-based.
It is important to find other people as they can help support and inspire you in overcoming the challenges of this lifestyle (such as lack of options when eating out, and negative feedback from our closest friends and family). You may get discouraged if you don´t feel supported.
Today we would like to encourage you to connect with an online community, such as the ones mentioned earlier. It will help you get the support you are probably craving for and inspire you to stay on the path even when faced with some common challenges.