I've kept promising to start a thread to share information and recipes about following a plant based diet but don't want to exclude anyone so please join in if you want to share information or recipes or even if you are a meat eater but fancy cutting back and trying something new now and again. I will post some recipes/articles and/or videos at regular intervals and perhaps talk about/review some of the many books available and welcome contributions from other people who are already established or just starting out A whole food plant based (WFPB) diet means you eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes (beans & lentils) nuts and seeds. The higher percentage of your diet this makes up the better - preferably 90 % or more for maximum benefits to health. It avoids processed carbohydrates such as white flour, sugar, white rice & white pasta as well as minimal salt and oils. However if someone really doesn't want to give up all meat or dairy its better to follow as much of the WFPB diet as possible whilst cutting down on meat and dairy than doing nothing at all. The single biggest benefit to health you can do is eat more fruit and vegetables - especially green leafy ones. Being vegetarian or vegan in itself is not enough if you still consume lots of junk/processed foods and high fat or fried foods.