By Molly Patrick
Jan 19, 2016,
Have you ever seen this?
And thought to yourself, what the hell does that mean?
Want Fucking Peanut Butter?
Wait For Plan B
Warning: Foul Party Breath?
Turns out it has nothing to do with peanut butter, an alternative plan, or stale booze breath.
WFPB stands for Whole Food Plant Based, which refers to the Whole Food Plant Based diet.
I’m taking it back to basics with today’s fuckery and before I go any further, I need to jump on the mic and tell you that if you don’t eat 100% Whole Food Plant Based or 100% Vegan, you will experience nothing but love from me.
My work in the world is to help you eat more whole plant food and less of everything else, regardless of your current diet. That’s right lover, everyone is welcome to this clean food orgy. Well, except for assholes. Assholes will be swiftly removed.
Let’s hop over to the Whole Food Plant Based bus stop and take a looksy.
The Whole Food Plant Based diet consists of whole plant foods that haven’t been overly processed or refined.
This way of eating focuses on vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole grains, and nuts and seeds. It excludes meat (including poultry and seafood), dairy products, and eggs. The Whole Food Plant Based diet also excludes highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.
People eat this way because it’s damn healthy and in turn, it makes them feel really good. Study after study has shown that eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet is the best way to lose weight and keep it off, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, increase energy, and protect the body from degenerative and chronic disease (like Type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancers, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, and more).
When people feel like crap, can’t lose weight after trying diet after diet, and/or have been warned by their doctor to get their numbers under control, this is the diet people turn to (if they’re lucky enough to find out about it).
Health related issues or wanting to avoid health related issues is the driving force behind most people’s decision to follow a Whole Food Plant Based diet.
Let’s talk about the Vegan diet for a hot second. But first, a quick detour.
It’s important to understand that when animals are raised for food (whether that’s for meat or for dairy), they do not have a happy life. It’s an extremely sad existence for these animals, from start to finish. I won’t go into the details because it’s enough to make me throw up in my mouth a little. Just know that it’s bad. If you want to know the full extent, watch the documentary Earthlings. This will give you the full, bleak picture.
Okay – detour completed – back to the Vegan bus stop.
A Vegan diet is free of all animal products and all animal derived by-products. So no meat (including poultry and seafood), no dairy products, no eggs, no honey, no gelatin, no anything that comes from any part of any animal. Ever.
Take note that oil, refined flour, and sugar aren’t on the vegan no list. This is because these foods are technically vegan, and following a Vegan diet is less about health and more about the ethical treatment of animals.
Oreos, a grilled cheese made with white bread and processed vegan cheese, packaged vegan hot dogs, olive oil, vegan donuts, vegan candy bars – and other foods like these do not fall under the Whole Food Plant Based way of eating, but they do fall under the Vegan way of eating.
I should note that following a Vegan diet is usually just part of following a Vegan lifestyle. This lifestyle avoids anything that is made from animals, whether that’s for food, clothes, shoes, accessories, bedding, or anything else that is derived from animals. So no leather, no silk, no fur, no anything that comes from any animal ever.
Vegans are known to be pretty damn vocal about their stance on the ethical treatment of animals because animals have no voice and they are unable to defend themselves. I have no patience for preachy, judgmental vegans, but I do applaud their determination in savings animals from inhumane conditions.
I just think there are better, more efficient ways of spreading the message, none of which have anything to do with making people who aren’t 100% vegan feel like shit about themselves. But that’s another fuckery altogether.
It’s a fact that judgmental Vegans can put people off, and for this reason there are lots of people who don’t want to associate themselves with the word “Vegan”, so instead they use the word “Plant Based”.
And this is the crux of people’s plant based confusion (as a side note, Plant Based Confusion should definitely be a ride at Disneyland).
People who are advocates of the Whole Food Plant Based diet (like myself) often use the term “plant based” for short, because Whole Food Plant Based is a fuckin’ mouthful.
So we have people talking about the Vegan diet using the term “Plant Based” because they don’t want the word Vegan attached to them, and we have people talking about the Whole Food Plant Based diet using the word “Plant Based” because it’s shorter than saying Whole Food Plant Based.
I totally get why people are confused.
The thing is, there’s no final verdict on whether “Plant Based” is technically short for Whole Food Plant Based, or just another term for Vegan. You won’t find this term in the dictionary, so it’s up in the air and it can go either way.
When I use the term Plant Based, I’m referring to the Whole Food Plant Based way of eating. When someone else uses that term, they might be referring to the Vegan diet. No one is wrong. It’s just different interpretations of these terms.
And this illustrates beautifully why it’s important not to overthink shit. And the first step in not overthinking something is to get clarity around it and understand the basics.
Only when we understand something can we simplify it in our mind and not get hung up on the details.
So call it whatever you want, but at the end of the day, if you want ridiculously good health and you want to drop weight, focus on eating whole plant foods in their natural state and stay away from processed foods, whether they’re vegan or not. Easy as that – not a damn thing to get hung up on.
And now you know that WFPB has nothing to do with peanut butter.
If you’re ready to stop half-assing your clean eating routine and truly start eating for your health, jump on our weekly Plant Fueled Meal Plans and all you have to do is follow along.
Today’s recipe has a little bit of genius in it. I’ve managed to come up with the perfect oil-free Roasted Potato recipe. Here’s what my hilarious, beautiful, talented, no bullshit recipe tester and friend told me after she tested this recipe.
“I love these potatoes! I had one roasted so perfectly that it popped in my mouth. Like air was sealed/roasted in and it just exploded a little when I bit into it. It was perfect 🙂 And without oil!”
Try it out and then post a pic in our (hilarious) private Facebook group.
- 6 cups red potatoes leave the skin on the potatoes, 885g, cubed
- 2 cups onion 225g, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup tahini 65g
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon onion granules
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 10 turns fresh cracked black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (175°C).
- Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and add the chopped onion, tahini and the non-dairy milk. With your clean hands, work the tahini and the non-dairy milk into the potatoes until they are totally coated.
- Add the onion granules, garlic granules, dried basil, dried dill, smoked paprika, sea salt and black pepper and stir until well combined.
- Place the potatoes in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (or two if your baking sheet isn’t big enough to hold all of the potatoes in single layer).
- Bake for 30 minutes, take out of the oven, flip with a spatula and put back in the oven for another 30 minutes. Serve hot.
I hope that you have a happy week. May it be filled with eating lots and lots of plants.