Here's part of a post I made to the existing Whole Foods team, explaining my vision for this team:
As a result of both extensive study and personal experience I believe that the best diet for humans in general and for me in particular is a very low fat, whole *plant* foods diet, as promoted by Drs. John McDougall and Neal Barnard.
Health is by far my primary reason for paying attention to what I eat. There are many programs that will help a person successfully lose weight, but the kind of program I advocate will also prevent, manage and actually reverse most of the chronic diseases that plague the industrialized nations. I am able to manage diabetes and two auto-immune disorders, plus metabolic syndrome, with minimal medication, including none for the diabetes, or for BP or cholesterol
I have felt frustrated by (what seems to me to be a) lack of support for that kind of program here. None of the meal plans come close. The staff member who hosts the veggie team seems to actively dissuade people from a strict vegetarian diet. The discussion there includes a lot of high fat, high salt, highly processed food, as well as dairy and eggs.
[My vision of a new team includes]:
...whole foods, strict vegetarian. I'm not 100%, but I'd like at least one place that supports the way I choose to eat, even if that's not how I eat all the time.
...No dairy, no eggs, no added fat.
...a focus on health, not animal rights.
I see a place for:
...non-cookbook reviews/recommendations (how to start, scientific support, living in a world of omni's, etc.)
...meal planning: how to, samples
...how to...entertain, be a guest, pack a lunch, cook for a mixed family, avoid spending your entire life in the kitchen.
...general support...a place to vent when our families, doctors, co-workers, in-laws, etc. make us want to grit our teeth as we smile back.
So, here I am, and here it is.
For now the team is private, while I post messages to build the structure I envision. Thanks for checking us out!
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Whole Foods for Health
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