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Cookhouse Hero's

Frequently Asked Questions

When I first started this Food + Fitness as Medicine adventure, I wish I'd had a quick access to these 25 FAQs! Since Cookhouse Hero is an education-focused resource designed to offer a wide range of info, these frequently asked questions are comprehensive. One important point: this list isn't the standard, abbreviated tool seen everywhere (great addition but not usually detailed). Instead, it was created to educate and guide readers with evidence-based data, insights, practical tips + tricks, and links for rabbit-hole explorations. Need support? LMK. Got your CH notebook/pad ready? Let's dive in!

Seven Categories:

Nutrition / Diet / Lifestyle / Medicine / Fitness / Habits + Behaviors / Food for Thought



  • If I stop eating animals and animal products, how do I get enough protein? (#1 question)

  • My cousin lost 42 pounds doing Atkins and told me that carbs are unhealthy. Is that true? (#2)

  • Are supplements recommended for plant-based eaters? (#3)

  • Is a WPF diet safe for kids and the elderly - don't they have unique nutritional needs?

  • I'm vegetarian and eat eggs and cheese. Aren't these foods healthier than meat?




  • What about stress, sleep, and relationships - don't these things have a major impact, too? 

  • Why are "everything in moderation" and "the 80-20 rule" not recommended approaches?

  • I've heard that a plant-based diet is expensive. Is that true? My budget is limited. 




  • How much and what kind of exercise / movement should I do to create optimal health and longevity?

  • It seems athletes are particularly targeted by powder, supplement, and animal-protein gurus. Can athletes achieve their fitness goals on a whole plant foods diet?



  • Plant-focused diets seem to teach an all-or-nothing approach. What's your 95% WPF approach?

  • What's the difference between being vegan and being whole plant-based? It's so confusing!

  • What foods and beverages are included in a whole plant foods diet?

  • I've been vegan for three years, but I'm still over-weight and often tired. What's up?

  • How can I convince my picky kids to eat food heroes like broccoli and green leafy veggies?




  • If a whole plant foods diet can reverse chronic diseases, why don't doctors know about it?

  • I'm taking medication for type-2 diabetes. How can I reverse this disease without pills?

  • Obesity and breast cancer run in my family. Are these conditions inevitable for me, too?


Habits + Behaviors


  • How can I learn to enjoy shopping and cooking?

  • Is food addiction the same as other addictions?

  • Why is cooking at home so important? I'm not giving up restaurants (from CH: me neither).

  • How do I transition to a WPF or vegan diet if my family and/or friends aren't on board? 

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Food for Thought


  • How can farmers and ranchers transition from raising animals to growing primarily plants?

  • Why are some vegan activists so militant and preachy about animals and climate change?

  • What do you think about faux-vegan foods like vegan cheese, Beyond burgers, and soy ice cream? 

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What are Cookhouse Hero's top 12 food heroes?

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."

- Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the UN (died 2018)

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be​ans  (+ lentils)


apples (+fruit)

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quinoa (+grains)





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steel-cut oats

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raw walnuts

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sweet potatoes

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broccoli (+veggies)

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flax (+chia)



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