28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot

28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot

28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot
by Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez

I don’t want to get into the habit of reviewing non-vegan cookbooks, but lately some have unintentionally slipped through. Thus was the case with registered dietitians Jessica Jones’ and Wendy Lopez’ 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot.

I was too excited about seeing Plant-Powered in the title to double-check what the authors meant. While their health reboot is clearly built around plant-based foods, they don’t reject using animal-based ingredients as “flavor boosters,” in their recipes.

By encouraging plant-powered eating, both registered dietitian-nutritionists have seen dramatic results in their patients:

“The more they include plants in their diet, the more they shed those extra pounds, reduce their blood sugar and lower their blood pressure and cholesterol.”

One ingredient, in particular, merits their special attention as a “nutritious food that provides protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, and a range of vitamins and minerals.” 

This surprising superfood is the inconspicuous BEAN.

They’re fully aware that, for some people, beans loaded with non-digestible oligosaccharide (all-uh-go-SACK-are-ride) fibers cause bloating and gas. So they’ve give a few tips on how to eat more of them without those discomforts.

  • Increase your bean consumption slowly.

  • Drink plenty of water with beans and all fiber-rich foods.

  • Change the water a few times when soaking beans before cooking.

  • Rinse canned beans under cool water.

Our family eats beans every day! I’ve yet to notice any flatulence beyond what’s normal from a healthful diet.

Many paths lead to a fully plant-based life. Some vegans have gone completely plant-based overnight. Others transition from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to vegetarian, then to vegan and finally to a whole food, plant-based diet.

I personally spent about 6 months eating vegetarian before going fully plant-based. For me, the cookbook’s suggestion to use animal-based “flavor boosters” has completely lost its appeal.

But I still recognize that Jessica and Wendy’s Reboot could be an important step in someone else’s plant-powered journey!

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