“Nutrition is a collective thing, a holistic idea that works in your body like symphony providing nutrients packaged by nature in a single food.” T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Author of The China Study and Whole – Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts!
A whole food, plant-based diet is holistic in the sense of its basic nutritional composition of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) and vitamins and minerals (micronutrients), which include antioxidants and phytonutrients. The whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. Plant foods provide all nutrients the human body requires — carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, fiber, — and sufficient calories. All these nutrients acts like symphony in the body with each nutrient doing its specific job and working in concert together. So, consuming a diet of whole plant-based food is truly a holistic approach that nourishes the whole body with the vital balance of nutrients.
Eating a whole food plant-based diet supports and promotes, what is called, ‘Spontaneous Healing’ which is where the body starts to heal and repair damage done by damaging quantities of fat, protein, cholesterol, and chemicals are ingested from the beef, chicken, cheese, refined flours, and sugars which are sources of present day malnutrition—excesses and deficiencies of vital nutrients plague these foods.
Eating the right food is more effective for your health than any supplement or pill! The only two vitamins that are not produced by plants are vitamins D and B12. You can get vitamin D in some fortified cereals or from sunlight, and B12 you can get from a supplement. For vegan or plant-based diets it is recommended that pregnant and nursing women, and people following a plant-based diet strictly for more than 3 years, take five micrograms of vitamin B12 each day to ensure that they are getting an adequate supply of the vitamin. (Both vitamins are stored in your tissues for long periods of time.)
The right foods you eat can heal faster and more profoundly than the most expensive prescription drugs, and more dramatically than the most extreme surgical interventions, with only positive side effects.