Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living
Beginning a Healthy Lifestyle
It is important before you begin any significant dietary change that you have a physical check up with your doctor. Blood work should include:
Full CBC (Complete Blood Count)
Full Lipid Panel:
Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and Ratios
Blood Glucose (preferable fasting level)
Vitamin B12 and D3 (25 OH)
CRP level (C-Reactive Protein) a marker of inflammation in the body.
A Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle includes a powerful diet. These test will help enable you and your doctor to track your progress towards a healthier lifestyle. If you are on any medications, your doctor will need to monitor your medications as this Lifestyle approach often reduces or eliminates the need for many currently prescribed medications.
Cleaning out our pantry - Eliminating unhealthy food choices (high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, unhealthy additives) is key to beginning a healthier lifestyle.
Understanding food labels – Learning the meaning of food labeling and avoiding overly processed foods (saturated fats, high sodium, sugar, GMO ingredients (soy, corn, cottonseed and corn oils), additives and soda consumption).
Grocery Shopping – learning to navigate around your grocery stores for choosing healthier food options.
Importance of hydration – Drinking sufficient water to maintain your hydration levels. When you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
Importance of exercise – Moderate exercise (30 minutes a day) is key in maintaining healthy circulation of bodily fluids. Walking and other exercises can be fun and easy.
How to begin –Introduction into the foods groups that make up a plant-based diet. Whole grains, beans and legumes, vegetables, greens, fruits, nuts and seeds.
Fear of the unknown.
Fear of eating differently then your peers.
Temptations of unhealthy food choices.
Divided Kitchens – When your partner/spouse or other family member chooses to not change their diet.
Holiday Traditions – How to maintain your new Lifestyle during the Holidays.
Eating out – Dining with friends and at restaurants
Benefits of a Plant Based Diet
A Whole Foods Plant Based diet is low in fat, has zero cholesterol and is high in fiber as well as being nutrient dense which provides us with substantial amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals throughout our day and renewed energy and less fatigue that so many people are experiencing today. Scientific studies have shown that a plant-based diet may lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure and benefit in weight loss (if needed), improved elimination, improved sleep and improved immune system, which leads to a healthier, more vital life and one which often prevents common disease.
Cooking and Meal Planning Demo
We would provide six to eight plant based dishes that would include samplings of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees. This would provide employees with meal options when working various shifts. An early morning shift worker might prefer something more breakfast-like, an afternoon shift something more lunch-like and evening shifts something more dinner like. During the cooking demonstrations we will interact with employees and answer any questions they may have regarding a Plant Based lifestyle. My husband Skip Stein, is my assistant and works with me as needed. Recipes will be provided for employees to take home along with educational material to help encourage them to consume more vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
It is not uncommon to have silent employees struggling with health issues or whom may have a family member struggling with health issues and would find having reading material to take home to their advantage. We could help prepare a literature rack to be located in break-rooms with health educational information. Employees could take copies relating to different health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, weight loss etc. and how lifestyle changes can benefit them when dealing with these lifestyle ailments.
Senior health is also important and a major healthcare cost for companies. I would like to reach out to the corporate retirees as well. We could work with the company to prepare a cooking video series focuses on Plant Based recipes. A monthly newsletter showcasing Plant Based nutrition and it's impact on Heart Disease, Adult Onset Diabetes and other lifestyle diseases to be featured each month and so on.
Time and Cost
The corporate investment with Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living would be based upon total number of participants, time provided, plus expenses. Without any knowledge of the corporate budget for a program like this, it would be difficult for us to asses the magnitude of a program until we have a firm plan in mind and can move forward.
I am excited for the opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise on plant-based lifestyle and nutrition. It is my sincere desire to work with Delta's Wellness Program and to help employees and retirees move forward and gain control of their health and well being with the addition of my services. Seeing is believing, if it looks good and it smells good and it tastes good and of course easy to prepare, more people will be willing to embrace a plant based lifestyle to improved health and longevity.
Nancy A. Stein
Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living