Guide to WFPB

A whole food plant-based (WFPB) eating pattern is a versatile, exciting, and enjoyable way to eat. It centres on unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other legumes. Other whole or minimally processed plant-based foods are used as occasional condiments. With a few straight-forward tips you'll be on your way to adding more whole plant-based foods to your plate.

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You’re in the right place. Adding more whole plant-based foods to your plate is a scientifically proven way to optimise life, prevent disease, and often improve or even reverse longstanding health conditions. Our downloadable 2-page ‘Going plant-based’ guide is a nutshell primer on how you can reap the powerful benefits of this vibrant way of eating.

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Tools for health professionals

We have also developed a complete toolkit to support health professionals to incorporate nutritional approaches into patient care. Freely available for digital download, the toolkit includes:

  • A 12-page colour guide for health professionals
  • A colour poster to display in their clinic
  • A patient dietary assessment survey
  • Patient handouts

If you would like to provide these tools to your GP or other healthcare provider, access them now.

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