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Julieanna Hever on the Benefits of a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

Dietitian and personal fitness trainer Julieanna Hever, known as the Plant-Based Dietitian, is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition which will be published on Aug. 2, 2011. In the video above, she outlines the benefits of following a plant-based diet.

She points out that it is from plants that we find the healthiest sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients and fiber. Sticking with strictly plant-based foods, you can avoid the pitfalls of animal-based foods, including saturated fat and cholesterol. For those easing into a new way of eating, she suggests transition foods include veggie burgers, and vegan cheeses to replace the animal products. And of course, the reward, is discovering all the delicious foods that replace those animal products.

Julieanna Hever’s book is available for pre-order at Visit her official Web site for a wealth of information, including a Plant-Based Food Pyramid. You can also find out more about her newly released movie, To Your Health, co-produced and directed by Jesse Pomeroy in which she interviews numerous experts in the field of plant-based nutrition, including Dr. T. Colin Campbell, co-author of bestselling landmark book The China Study, who was also featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives.

It’s great to see the plant-based diet receive so much attention in recent years. There have been a number of best selling books in recent years, including the aforementioned The China Study, as well as Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live, Dr. Neal Barnard’s 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin’s Skinny Bitch and Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Diet, just to name a few.

And on the other hand, there are books — notably Dr. David Kessler’s The End of Overeating, — that have identified serious damage that can come from the fat, sugar, and salt laded diet of processed foods we have come to know as the Standard American Diet (SAD) which has a most fitting acronym. Such a diet will not enhance our health, let alone help us lose weight. So it’s gratifying that word is getting out in a wide variety of media.

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