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The Whole Foods Diet

The Whole Foods Diet

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The Whole Foods Diet is a way of eating that is in stark contrast to the heavily processed and nutrient-void style of the American Diet. Centered around eating very little or no processed foods at all, the Whole Foods Diet is abundant in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and organic or free range meat, poultry, dairy and seafood.

Many studies have linked the mass consumption of packaged foods, which are usually high in fat, sugar, hydrogenated oils, refined flours, and additives, to the prevalence of obesity and weight-related health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. The Whole Foods Diet is not just a way of eating that can markedly improve health and reduce risk of these diseases, but it is also seen as a backlash to the overly manufactured food industry, which regularly uses genetically-modified ingredients, artificial additives and mysterious ingredients.

A Whole Foods Diet is often followed by those looking to lose weight, clean up their diet or heal from a chronic health condition.

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  • Has the potential to reduce risk of disease
  • Will help you lose weight
  • Engenders appreciation of the taste of foods in their natural and unadulterated state
  • Encourages shopping at farmer's markets and eating local and seasonal fresh foods
  • Abundance and ease of processed foods may make this diet difficult to follow exclusively

The Whole Foods Diet is comprised of eating foods in their fresh and unprocessed form. The mainstay of a Whole Foods Diet is fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and organically-raised meat, poultry, seafood and dairy.

In general, The Whole Foods Diet is a low glycemic diet with a proper balance of complex carbohydrates, lean protein and the right kinds of fat. White foods like white flour and sugar are avoided as are additives found in packaged foods like nitrates and MSG. Food is either cooked or eaten raw with minimal dressing and adornment. If seasonings are used they are generally healthy. Think olive oil, vinegars, honey, sea salt, fresh herbs and spices.

A typical day on the Whole Foods Diet, might look like this:

  • Breakfast: Steel-cut oats topped with mixed berries, whole almonds and sweetened with honey

  • Lunch: Green salad topped with vegetables and poached chicken breast and seasoned with a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice

  • Dinner: Wild-caught salmon, spinach sautéed with olive oil and garlic and quinoa.

  • Dessert and snacks include fresh or baked fruit, nuts, smoothies, whole-grain crackers and nut butters.


Since the Whole Foods Diet supports a healthy way of living, regular exercise is done on most days of the week.


The Whole Foods Diet is a healthy way of living inspired by those who want to consume clean and nutritious foods as well as be in control of the ingredients and conditions used to grow and create their food. While it’s unarguably healthy, The Whole Foods Diet takes effort and discipline to follow considering the fast-food and ultra processed culture of our food industry.

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I don't believe this should be called a "diet". It's a healthy lifestyle. We are not born to eat the crap American companies feed us. Junk is everywhere! I always thought I ate healthy until I started reading the ingredients in my food, and now I have decided to eat what nature provides for me.

posted Apr 4th, 2015 3:17 am



An update:

In January, I bought my wedding dress, and it was too small. The zipper wouldn't go up my back. I started this change of food intake in June, and I've now lost 3 inches each off my bust, hips and stomach. Now my dress has to be taken in! I'm still as healthy as ever, but I've had to eat just a fraction of processed foods to be able to sustain my weight, as my wedding date is only 6 weeks away! I don't want to get smaller before that date.

Post late October, I will continue on this change of food, as I'm fitting into the clothes I used to wear five years ago!

Note for readers: I have had to trial and error with my energy intake. I do hardly any physical exercise at all, and so since I hardly need the energy, I don't need to eat much energy.
The point I'm trying to make is: eat less energy than you need, which is what any diet requires, not just this one.

I get compliments left-right-centre. This change of food will give you a lift. Try it!

posted Sep 11th, 2011 1:09 am


I'm going to try this!!! i watched a documentary last night called forks over knifes, it changed the way i look at food now.... America is seriously killing all of us with processed foods, and over use of meat, and dairy products. They have vast proof that this food is the leading cause of cancers and heart disease alongside cigarettes. i highly recommend anyone that thinks of using this diet, or knows someone you would like to be turned onto the idea. Even if they don't want to... show them this documentary it will prove this theory . its called Forks over Knives and i watched it on Netflix. it may save your life!

posted Sep 10th, 2011 10:47 pm



This is a diet I thought about myself an didn't realize it was an actual diet. I wanted to diet, to lose weight, but none of the diets appealed to me. So I spent a week binging on fresh fruit and vegetables only, and that kickstarted me into this diet. However I take it a step further.
I don't have any dairy if I can help it. None whatsoever. No cheese. No milk. No cream.
But I also had to keep myself sane. I love soft drink and discovered a cordial that was low in almost everything and replaced lemonade for soda water. I also allow myself some popcorn if I want a junk food snack instead of deadly chocolate or crisps.
I've Lost approximately 7kg or 2 inches off my hips, tummy and chest each and I feel sensational, my face isn't as bulky and my arms aren't touching my body as much as they used to. I'm ALWAYS getting compliments on my weight loss too.
This diet worked wonders for me, and it's not a temporary thing either. It will stay like this until I need to put weight back on or stabilize.
One thing I don't do though, is if I spend a weeks at my dads or mums, I don't try to retain the diet if I don't have complete access to fresh foods. I don't lose my head over it.

posted Aug 25th, 2011 5:15 am


I am a vegetarian and want to loose weight for my daughters wedding in April. I cut out all animal products and flour and in only one week I feel soo good. Full of energy that I haven't even weighed myself. The pounds don't matter, how I feel seems to over power my goal to loose weight. I'm never going back to my old vegetarian diet!

posted Jan 8th, 2011 8:35 pm



I've been at it for 2 weeks...I feel SO GOOD!

posted Nov 27th, 2010 4:40 pm



Thanks for sharing that Cheryl! I too did the same thing you did. I practiced eating whole foods and I started to destest junk food. I lost 40lbs doing it and that took a couple months. But it only took a few weeks for me to slip and I gained about 20lbs back because I let myself indulge too much. So I think you are right and I'm trying to get back on track. So I guess I'll have to just go cold turkey this time!

posted Nov 20th, 2010 5:16 am


Lauren -- I'm right there with you. I'm 42 and was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Luckily it was stage 1 and a hysterectomy took care of it; however, I've really thought long and hard about what I've been eating. I'm going to start a whole foods diet to make sure I don't have a recurrence. I just wanted you to know that you are not alone. Good luck to you!!!

posted Nov 17th, 2010 2:47 pm


I was diagnosed with cancer in February of this year. I was only 25 years old at the time. This week I was discussing HFCS with my oncologist and she told me that cancer feeds on all types of sugar. That's all I needed to hear. The more I thought about it, the more I believe all the processed foods I eat are literally going to kill me. It's time to get on a better track.

posted Aug 27th, 2010 7:58 pm



I have lived on a diet like this for extended periods of time and loved it. For it to work, you have to make it a new lifestyle. It really helps when you can find friends who live like this too. Also if you can convince your family to join you, that is a huge help. The secret to staying on it is to try not to splurge too often. When you eat healthy, your taste buds switch and you actually crave real food. Junk food (believe it or not) actually becomes less appealing...sometimes even disgusting. But if you eat those french fries and donuts a few times, then your taste buds will start craving it again. This happened to me and as a result, I slowly crept back to my old habits and consequently gained 30 lbs. I am back on track now and am looking forward to eating whole foods..not in addition to junk food but IN PLACE of junk food.

posted Jan 9th, 2010 12:38 pm


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