Plant-Based Eating 101

Why you should care about nutrition

Most deaths in the United States are preventable, and related to nutrition.

OUr culinary philosophy

STLPCL is a PlantPure Community affiliate and adheres to the following culinary philosophy:

 Our focus is on the following whole foods that are minimally processed:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Legumes/beans
  • Ingredients and meals that have no added oil and are low in sugar and salt

The culinary philosophy adopted by PlantPure Communities allows for modest levels of added salt and natural sugars through foods like dates and raisins, based on the assumption that as people experience the benefits of this diet, they will do their best to reduce these ingredients as much as possible over time. Taste preferences change, so once we become accustomed to a low-salt and low-sugar diet, we discover that these flavors “pop” at low amounts. Our culinary philosophy also allows people the opportunity to have, now and then, a fun dessert and even a glass of beer or wine.

The only ingredient we advocate avoiding as much as possible is added oil. This ingredient is not necessary to the creation of great-tasting meals; it is possible to create great flavor without oil

PPC Advisory Board member, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, has long maintained that you get most of the potential health benefit from dietary change simply by moving to a whole food, plant-based diet. Becoming a purist, such as by removing nuts completely, is not likely to create much additional gain, and whatever gain might appear pales in comparison to the gain from going fully plant-based. In his view, we can gain more than 95% of the potential health benefit by moving to a whole food, plant-based diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Folks can quibble about whether there are incremental benefits by removing plant foods, such as nuts, but why do this when the cost may be a diet deficient in flavor and diversity? Our goal is to launch a movement that transforms society and gives people ample options to enjoy their meals through a flavorful and healthy array of plant foods.

There are two impulses present in many of us. One is the impulse to be “right” and to judge those who are “wrong.” The other is the humble, nonjudgmental impulse to love. We favor the second, knowing that love is the more powerful and more transformational choice. Our approach is to be inclusive and respectful, welcoming people from all backgrounds and at all different stages in their journey to improved well-being.

Source: PlantPure Communities

Legal and Medical Disclaimer

The information provided on this websites is intended as educational information.  Please contact your doctor before changing your diet. The information St. Louis Plant-Centered Living provides on this website, in our programs, at our events, or on our public pages, is intended to be general and not specific to any one individual. You should talk to your doctor about any allergies or reactions to foods you have experienced in the past. You should also consult your doctor about any nutrition program and whether or not it is a good fit for you. A doctor’s advice is critical to your success in any program offered on this website and by St. Louis Plant-Centered Living.