Whole Foods Plant Based Community Meeting

Edey Sanders, Janet Hayes, Lisa Heenes

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and treat disease with nutrition.” Thomas Edison

We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the A-9/Phoenix Room, Cottonwood Palo Verde. Updates are on Sun Lakes Nextdoor.com. Everyone is welcome. All questions are good questions. Bring a pen and paper to take notes.

Whole Foods Plant Based focuses on fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds—preferably organic. White sugar, artificial sweeteners, fast foods, processed foods, meat, and oils are avoided.

We don’t give medical advice or claim cures. We care about animal welfare, the environment, and our health. We share information, answer questions, suggest tips, and give support in a WFPB way of eating.

August 2019—Our first WFPB meeting. It all began when Judy reached out to Sun Lakes Nextdoor.com community for support with WFPB eating. She felt frustrated with health issues and maintaining plant-based eating. There were numerous responses to Judy’s post, and WFPB meetings began! We understood swimming through the unclear waters of food choices, learning how to prepare healthy WFPB meals all while enjoying what we ate. We shared our personal journeys, heard from attendees about health struggles, motivating testimonies on how WFPB improved their health, and discussed various doctors recommending a plant-based diet.

Quoting Dr. James Bennie, “In the world of medicine, if I put you on a pill, I could see you back every three months. That’s how we make money in medicine. If I put you on a plant-based diet and you get better, I may never see you again.”

September—Guest speaker Alecia Turner, Bread of Life Bakery, Arizona, spoke on the ancient and highly-nutritious, low-gluten Einkorn grain. She shared the ways removing dairy and modern wheat transformed her family’s health. Alecia delivers to our meetings and takes orders for her delicious fresh-baked breads.

October—We clarified the protein myth, how to shop for groceries, which food products to avoid, ordering WFPB in a restaurant, addictive food additives in processed foods, reading labels, and accessing our Google group resources.

November—We covered menu planning for Thanksgiving, gave out holiday recipes, where to order readymade plant-based dinners, cooking tips, WFPB tips, homemade condiments and sauces.

December—Guest speaker Mike explained and simplified Caloric Density. We had more on menu planning for Christmas and holidays, touched on WFPB basics.

January—Guest speaker Nutritionist/Herbalist/Author Linda Curry talked about food replacements while stepping across the bridge over to a plant-based lifestyle, the emotional relationship with food, and food addictions.

Feb. 19—We’ll review the information from our previous meetings up until February, including plant-based doctors, videos, movies, websites, books, resources online, etc. There will be something for everyone.

Be sure to sign in when you arrive to be added our group email.

See you Feb. 19!