Rip Esselstyn, New York Times bestselling author and PLANTSTRONG founder, is living proof of the benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.
As part of his daily routine, he consumes around 2000 calories per day, made up entirely of minimally processed plant-based whole foods, and has consistently shown that it is possible to meet all of your nutritional needs, fuel an active lifestyle, and be satiated and satisfied while eating this way.
Maximizing Nutrition and Minimizing Risk: Get All the Nutrients Your Body Craves with a Plant-Based Whole Foods Lifestyle
Plant-based whole foods are nutrient-dense and provide a wide range of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that the body needs to function optimally. Whole plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and iron. They also contain fiber, which is essential for digestive health, and antioxidants, which help protect the body against disease.
Moreover, whole, plant-based foods provide all of the essential amino acids that the body needs to build and repair muscle tissue, making them a complete protein source. In short, by consuming a diet based on whole, minimally processed plant-based foods, you can meet all of your nutritional needs and enjoy a variety of health benefits, including reduced risk of chronic diseases, improved digestion, and increased energy levels.
Rip’s Daily Food Intake
Rip proudly shares his journey and the reasons why he chooses to eat plants each week via his podcast, and on the PLANTSTRONG Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok pages. He shares the benefits it provides and how you too can adopt this lifestyle for a healthier and more sustainable way of living.
Sometimes, he gets questions, like “If I eat your PLANTSTRONG foods, won’t I get too much sodium?”
Rip recommends a 1:1 ratio of sodium to calories in a healthy diet as a daily goal and guideline to ensure individuals consume a balanced amount of sodium. This ratio means the number of milligrams of sodium and calories per serving for any packaged food product should be around a 1:1 ratio.
This ratio is believed to be healthy because consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Consuming a diet that follows the 1:1 ratio helps individuals limit their sodium intake to a level that is within the recommended guidelines and reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure and other chronic health conditions.
PLANTSTRONG has worked incredibly hard at sourcing and creating convenient, pre-packaged foods that fall within this guideline. While the occasional sauce might be over the recommended limit, Rip’s journal shows that it is absolutely possible to eat well and still remain within the guidelines.
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