Episode 38: Whole Food. Plant-Based Nutrition w/ Toni Abbruzzese & Mandi Benecke

You may remember Toni Abbruzzese from Episode #19 titled PCOS Met It’s Match when Toni told her story of how she suffered from PCOS and after taking medications that didn’t help and caused horrible side effects, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Toni researched and adopted a strict whole food, plant-based diet, her fibroids disappeared and she’s been healthy and thriving ever since. Toni’s personal experience has driven her passion to help others to achieve health and wellness through holistic nutrition. Toni has a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is certified through AFPA as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Toni is the Certification Director for WFPB.ORG.

You can hear Mandi Benecke’s story on Episode #7 called Autoimmune Awakening where she goes into detail about how she was able to discontinue all medications for ulcerative colitis and stay in remission by adopting a whole food plant-based lifestyle. Mandi is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist through AFPA.

Toni and Mandi are currently continuing our Holistic Nutrition Education to earn their Master Level Nutrition Certifications to become board certified and work toward their passion of coaching other people who suffer from varying diet-related diseases. They believe that with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, many of the diseases we encounter today can be both avoided and cured.

The basic principles of a whole-foods, plant-based diet are as follows:
* Emphasizes whole, minimally processed foods.
* Limits or avoids animal products.
* Focuses on plants, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts, which should make up the majority of what you eat.
* Excludes refined foods, like added sugars, white flour, and processed oils.
* Pays special attention to food quality, with many proponents of the WFPB diet promoting locally sourced, organic food whenever possible.
On a WFPB lifestyle, you’ll naturally get about 80% of your calories from complex carbohydrates, 10% of your calories from protein, and 10% of your calories from fat.
Unlike many common myths would have you believe, carbs in and of themselves are not the enemy. Simple carbohydrates, like those found in refined grain products (i.e. white bread, white pasta, and pastries) should be avoided, as they are mostly devoid of nutrients and packed with calories, but complex carbohydrates, which are the carbohydrates found in whole plant foods, are rich in fiber, which expands in the stomach, filling you up faster and keeping you full longer.
The Mayo Clinic states Investigators have studied the relationship between plant-based food intake and various ailments in many, many studies. Spoiler alert: Eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains win.
Yet a recent series of articles in the Annals of Internal medicine calls that into question, claiming that there isn’t enough evidence that less meat improves health. The backlash from the nutrition community has been swift, calling the studies flawed, and even requesting that the journal retract them
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