The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet

The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet


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ISBN-13: 9781476753300
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Series: Forks Over Knives Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 39,847
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alona Pulde, MD, is a family practitioner specializing in nutritional and lifestyle medicine in Los Angeles. Alona developed the lifestyle change program used for patients in the film Forks Over Knives, as well as in her clinic, Transition to Health: Medical, Nutrition, and Wellness Center. She is the author of Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health and The Forks Over Knives Plan.

Matthew Lederman, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. He lectures for the eCornell T. Colin Campbell Certificate Program in Plant Based Nutrition and appeared in the films Healing Cancer From the Inside Out and Forks Over Knives. Along with Alona Pulde, he cofounded Transition to Health: Medical, Nutrition, and Wellness Center and coauthored Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole and The Forks Over Knives Plan.

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In the spring of 2009, we received a very interesting phone call. On the line was Brian Wendel, who said he was making a film on the power to prevent and treat chronic disease with a whole-food, plant-based diet. He turned to us because we were running our medical practice using this diet as a primary treatment. Brian wanted to show an audience how patients suffering from serious chronic conditions can, with relative ease and in a short time, turn around their difficult situations and achieve true health and vitality—just by eating well. Given our experience and training in lifestyle medicine, we were confident in this approach. We knew the power of this way of eating and were eager to help in whatever way we could to introduce its significant promise to a wide audience. And so without hesitation, we agreed. The film Forks Over Knives was released in theaters and on home video in 2011. The responses of audiences worldwide surpassed our best hopes for its reach and influence.

            The food-as-medicine concept is now reaching millions of people and the movement is growing stronger each day. The movement’s popularity is driven by one important factor: The lifestyle works! More and more people are learning that a diet based in fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes intervene makes all the difference when it comes to achieving good health . . . and the word is spreading in a big way.

            Nearly five years after our involvement in the documentary, we are thrilled to have teamed up with Forks Over Knives again—this time to provide this four-week transition guide. In this book, we bring you the specifics of the Forks Over Knives philosophy and guide you through an A-to-Z transition so you can live the whole-food, plant-based way for a lifetime. Among other things, we detail what a whole-food, plant-based diet is and is not—and you’ll see that this means you will be living on food that is not only healthy, but also hearty and satisfying. We show you how to survive and thrive on the foods you love—like pancakes, burritos, mashed potatoes, and lasagna—and at the same time, get all the nutrition you need.

            People seek dietary changes for various reasons, whether it’s to become healthier, lose weight, improve athletic performance, or just feel better. Regardless of the reasons for wanting a change, you are probably looking for a better result than you are getting now. Many diets fail because they tend to be nothing more than variations of the Standard American Diet. That is, they basically require a reshuffling of the same animal-based foods—oftentimes in order to meet target goals for certain individual nutrients, such as protein, calcium, or omega-3. They also tend to follow similar principles, such as counting calories or even purchasing supplements from the diet’s author.

            On the other hand, when you adopt the Forks Over Knives way of living, you will be trying something completely different. You will not be eating for single nutrients, counting calories, or buying supplements from us. Instead, you will simply focus on eating the whole, plant-based foods you enjoy. Though the food you’ll eat is neither unfamiliar nor exotic, the composition of your plate of food will change substantially—so much so, in fact, that the lifestyle achieves something unlike anything else out there.

            The hallmark of the whole-food, plant-based lifestyle is its unique ability to prevent, halt, and even treat chronic illness, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The changes it can bring to your life are often rapid and measurable.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dean Ornish ix

Part I Eating the Forks Over Knives Way

Chapter 1 What Is the Forks Over Knives Plan-and Why Will It Work for Me? 3

Chapter 2 Let Food Be Thy Medicine: The Science Behind a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet 15

Chapter 3 The Forks Over Knives Lifestyle: How Can Eating More Lead to Weight Loss and Better Health? 25

Part II Welcome to Your Four-Week Transits

Chapter 4 Week One: The Forks Over Knives Breakfast 53

Chapter 5 Week Two: The Forks Over Knives Lunch 77

Chapter 6 Week Three: The Forks Over Knives Dinner 97

Chapter 7 Week Four: Fine-Tuning Your Lifestyle 115

Conclusions You're on Your Way! 135

Part III The Recipes

Breakfast 141

Wraps, Roll-Ups, and Burgers 154

Side Dishes and Salads 175

Soups and Stews 190

Casseroles 213

Pasta and Noodles 235

Amazing Grains 245

Sauces, Dips, Dressings, and Salsas 258

Desserts 275

Acknowledgments 289

Resources 291

Notes 295

Index 309

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The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half the book is recipes. My husband and I are accomplished in the kitchen and these recipes taste awful and has incredible prep time beyond what is specified. I have an open mind and am willing to try anything that will help with health. But, these recipes are really awful. It's all about selling a book. Shop around. I get the concepts, but there are many more books out there with better recipes than this crap.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He worked and worked. Hoping his master wouldnt beat him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I would learn something new. I didn't. So I listed books that you will better off spending your money on. Either I or my friends and family have used them and guess what they actually worked. Good luck. Losing weight is a struggle and we are all in this together.