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PSA from Cookhouse Hero / What's a WPF Diet ? / What's a WPF Lifestyle ? / Learn Even More About WPF

PSA from Cookhouse Hero

"A WPF diet and lifestyle is the ONLY approach which has shown to REVERSE chronic illnesses like heart disease, hypertension, type-2 diabetes, allergies, arthritis, dementia, chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, many auto immune ailments, and some cancers. When the same amount of evidence-based research shows that toasted everything bagels, peanut M & M's, and spicy bloody Mary's can do this (via peer-reviewed, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials showing long-term outcomes), I'm ALL IN !!!" 


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What's a Whole Plant Foods Diet*?
(let your body + your toilet do the talking)

Cookhouse Hero's definition of a WPF diet (aka WFPB - whole foods plant-based) includes:


  • any edible plant which is pretty much intact as Mother Nature and Father Time intended.

  • things with eyes, things that have a mother, and plant-based processed foods are off the list.

  • macro-nutrients: fats, sugars (carbs), and proteins come from whole plants.


Plant-focused, clinical research has been available for over a century, and more specifically, since the 1970's. So, why don't a vast majority of medical schools worldwide include Food + Fitness as Medicine? Perhaps it's time to ask way more of our doctors, educators, curriculum developers, and institutions.

My WPF kitchen generally consists of three categories: 


  • PERISHABLE: 60% to 65% perishable fruits; vegetables; fresh herbs; mushrooms (fungus); aromatics (onions, garlic, ginger, lemon grass, etc).

  • PANTRY: 20% to 25% intact whole grains; dry beans; dried lentils, dried fruits; dried herbs; spices; teas; raw nuts; raw seeds; cacao powder (72%+).

  • PACKAGED: 10% to 25% food in Tetra Paks, tins, tubes, bottles, jars, and bags: water chestnuts; tomatoes and paste; artichoke hearts; frozen** peas, corn, edamame, fruit, greens, and veggies; beans; soba noodles; whole wheat noodles; tamari; miso; vinegar; mustard; salsa; low-salt pickled foods.

Cookhouse Hero asks you to consider: try WPF for a few months - this is the time it takes to re-awaken your taste buds. Kindly tell your possibly food and/or beverage addicted brain to bugger off and let your body (and toilet) do the talking.

* Usually, the word diet has two distinct meanings: one involves calorie/food restriction, and the other means a way of eating for a lifetime. Throughout Cookhouse Hero, the second meaning is meant most often.

** Food for thought: the words frozen foods can conjure up visions of factories and freezer burn. Turns out, frozen foods can be even more nutritious due to letting the food ripen and a fast harvest-to-packaging turnaround. Fresh foods are often harvested unripe/unready, sit in a holding facility, and travel long distances to the stores. If a farmer's market is available, wonderful. Side note: for me, the flavor profile of frozen foods is horrible, but greens are an exception.

"I follow the four S's - soups, salads, steamed vegetables, and starches. A whole foods, plant-based diet doesn't have to be so complicated."

- Thomas Edison, American Inventor (died 1931)

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What's a WPF Lifestyle?
(ten steps for a possible hospital-free life)

A WPF diet is also intrinsically connected to what is often called a whole foods plant-based lifestyle (it's quite a mouthful!). Throughout Cookhouse Hero, I use the term WPF lifestyle. It looks something like this (9 + 10 are from me):

  • WPF: eat a variety of nutrient-dense whole fruits, whole vegetables, legumes (beans, lentils, split peas), intact whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, and added flavors like vinegars, spices, and low-salt mustards and salsas. High-water content foods and foods lower on the glycemic index/load scale are also recommended. Although salt is generally avoided, some advocates (including CH) use a bit of miso, low-salt tamari, or iodized and natural sea salt. 

  • Fiber: eat an abundance of fiber-rich whole plants. Fiber helps keep our LDL cholesterol low, blood-sugar spikes in check, hunger more controlled, and poop regular and healthy. 

  • Avoid: avoid animals, animal products, processed and junk foods, processed faux-vegan foods, refined flours, refined carbs and sugars, and plant oils. Also avoid excessive protein and excessive fat intake -  all types of protein and fat. Alcoholic beverages are rather limited or generally avoided. Tobacco is off the list, too.

  • Drink: drink primarily water and tea which keep our pee color light. Some advocates drink coffee in moderation. 

  • Sleep: get regular, healthy sleep (in a cool, dark, uncluttered space) - at least seven to eight hours a night.

  • Unplug: unplug everyday via meditation, deep breathing, yoga, being in nature - whatever this look like for us.

  • Fitness: move our bodies daily through a wide range of exercise, dance, sports, yoga, and other fitness adventures.

  • Love + Support: connect to a WPF community, give and receive love, and pay it forward.

  • Contribution: try to create SOLUTIONS. Express kindness, gratitude, generosity, patience, skeptical critical thinking, listening skills, fearless truth-telling, and unapologetic leadership (broad definition), as often as possible.

  • Livelihood: try to make an IMPACT. Choose a job/career/hobby/volunteer group that's fulfilling. Contribute to leaving the world a healthier, more humane, and more eco-stable place now and long after we're food for fungi. 

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