Plant-Based Primer: The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Plant-Based Diet

Plant-Based Primer: The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Plant-Based Diet

One of the most powerful steps you can take to improve your health, boost energy levels, and prevent chronic diseases is to move to a plant-based diet. If you’ve seen Forks Over Knives, you know that science shows changing your nutrition is a powerful way to live longer, help the environment, and reduce your risk of getting sick.

You’re probably thinking that moving to a plant-based diet sounds like a great idea, but you don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, you’re in the right place—we’ve got the tools, insight, and expertise to make the change easy and enjoyable. We’ll answer your questions, provide helpful advice, and share the techniques you need.

How a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet Can Boost Your Health

There’s excellent scientific evidence that many chronic diseases can be controlled, reduced, or even reversed by moving to a whole-food, plant-based diet. Scientific research highlighted in the landmark book The China Study shows that a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and other major illnesses. Many people also report bigger fitness payoffs, more energy, reduced inflammation, and better health outcomes after making the switch.

What is a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet?
It’s delicious! Before we get into what we mean by “whole-food, plant-based,” it’s important to dispel the myth that such a diet is hard work or boring. You might think that avoiding animal ingredients limits your options, but the reverse is true. You’ll become a more innovative cook, enjoying some of the best flavors you can imagine. You’ll try new ingredients and find a deeper appreciation of your food. It’s easy, too, especially with helpful tools like our meal planner.