Whole Food Plant-Based Living - Prescription for a Healthy FutureBy Jeanne Schumacher. We have the power to prevent and reverse many chronic diseases, and to be healthier and happier than we ever imagined possible. A whole food plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle is the key! A WFPB lifestyle aims to maximize consumption of nutrient-dense plant foods while minimizing processed foods, oils, and animal products. It encourages lots of vegetables (cooked or raw), fruits, beans, peas, lentils, soybeans, seeds and nuts (in small amounts) and is generally low in fat. Research shows that plant-based diets are a cost-effective, low-risk intervention that may lower blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels as well as increase weight loss and reverse many chronic diseases (diabetes II, high blood pressure, heart disease, certain cancers and autoimmune diseases) as well as reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower heart disease mortality rates.