I have struggled with my weight my whole life. When I tell you that this lifestyle is easy, sustainable and rewarding I'm speaking first hand. This is a diet with very few rules:
1) If it came from an animal, don't eat it.
2) If it has undergone processing that you couldn't do in your own kitchen, don't eat it.
3) If it is a plant i.e. vegetable, fruit, nut, seed or bean eat it!
Speaking more directly toward weight loss and preventing heart disease, stay away from oil. There is no such thing as a "healthy oil". Whether it is derived from olive, vegetable, sunflower seed, coconut, almond or any other plant it still is calorie dense at 120 calories per tablespoon and has virtually no nutritional value. Oil is not a food group and has no place in a weight controlling, heart healthy diet. Omega 3 fatty acids are available through milled flax seed, chia seed and hemp seed. You don't need oil.
Nuts and seeds need to be eaten in moderation. When I first transitioned to an all plant diet, my weight hit a plateau after losing 40 lbs. Not knowing what I was doing wrong, I attended one of the PBNSG lectures and realized I was eating way too many nuts and seeds. As soon as I cut back to about 12 almonds every other day instead of eating half a bag full in one sitting, the plateau disappeared. Over the next 8 months I lost another 50 lbs.
It's going on 2.5 years for me now. My internist took away all my blood pressure and cholesterol pills a year ago because THEY were making me sick. He keeps monitoring me with lab work and blood pressure checks but can't find anything wrong with me anymore. I've lost about 95 lbs plus or minus 2 lbs. Other than counting out 12 almonds I don't measure my food.
The rules of eating healthy have been summed up before and they always say the same thing: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants". That's just 7 words. Let's add one more word. "Eat whole foods. Not too much. Mostly plants."
For more information and encouragement, join us at PBNSG.org and start!