Master ClassPlant-Based Diets — By Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia
What was the inspiration behind Plantable?
The catalyst behind Plantable was yet another incidence of cancer in my family. I uncovered just how much lifestyle provokes inflammation and impacts our immune system. I learned that calorie restriction was not the solution to improved health—switching to a nutrient-dense diet was. But change is hard. No one really wants to do it. And so, Plantable was born—a program that is easy and enjoyable, while effortlessly shifting our eating habits for the better.
How did you land on a plant-based diet being the one?
While many physicians may offer nuances for what they consider the best diet for health, it is uncontroversial that a diet rich in plants—whole grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds—is optimal for health. In starting Plantable I spent close to a year researching every diet there was and understanding the biochemistry of the body with each approach. A whole food, plant-based diet that is devoid of added sugar, refined grains and processed foods, keeps insulin in check. It is filled with fiber, slowing down digestion and reducing inflammation. It’s also filled with the natural nutrients that bodies need. Therefore, our approach has been to introduce people into this way of eating and have them experience for themselves just how quickly their body rests and their overall health and well-being is improved.
A healthy kitchen should always be stocked with…
Broccoli, baby spinach leaves, kale, a variety of beans, carrots, avocado, tasty tomatoes, cashews, pecans, nutritional yeast, onions, garlic, olive oil, Ezekiel bread, hemp seeds, lentil pasta, Pomi tomato sauce and a variety of spices. And a water filter. Why? Because you have the makings for so many meals with these basic, yummy ingredients. And if you're not inclined to cook, there's always Plantable!
What are some danger foods in the standard diet we should ditch—stat?
Added sugar, sweeteners and crappy snacks. They fuel hunger and prompt storage of fat. What’s the fun in that?
What sets Plantable apart from the other similar services?
We are a program to help make change easy. Let’s be honest, the advice of eating more greens and beans, and cutting back sugar isn’t new news anymore. But why isn’t everyone doing it? Because change is hard and sometimes unwelcome. Plantable makes it easy. Our meals are there not only to provide the ease and convenience, but also to ensure people are satiated and enjoy the experience of a plant-heavy diet. We combine education and coaching with every program, in order to reset habits effectively. And because it is a fully immersive program, the results can be experienced so quickly. Ultimately, that’s what also gets people excited. Amazing results, made easy!