Forks over Knives documentary - watch on campus here:

Whole foods, plant-based diet

Research has documented that adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet is a reliable and effective way to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and reduce your risk for many diseases including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The word "diet" is used to mean your characteristic way of eating over the long term, rather than a short-term change in what you eat in order to achieve some short-term goal. This is a long-term plan. The main characteristics of this diet are eating whole foods (like brown rice and whole wheat bread) instead of processed foods (like white rice, white bread, corn syrup, and refined sugar), and eating plant-based foods (like vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and beans) rather than animal-based foods (like meat, fish, cheese, eggs, and milk). Our crash course fills in some details, but is no substitute for detailed reading of more authoritative sources.

The challenge

Try eating this way for one month. We will help you with recipes and encouragement. Have your cholesterol and weight checked before you begin and at the end of the month and add your results to our Results page. In just a month you should start to see some benefits. BGSU faculty, staff, and students can get blood work done easily and at low expense, see the Results page for details. This wiki is an effort initiated and pursued by BGSU faculty and staff for the purpose of improving the health and well-being of BGSU faculty, staff, and dependents. We have been working with BGSU Recreation and Wellness. Because BGSU is self-insured, improving the health of its members should result in decreased insurance costs, but this would only be another pleasant side effect.


There are many vegan recipes online which follow these guidelines. Not all vegetarian recipes are oriented toward whole foods, and not all are strictly plant based. We have collected recipes and cookbooks that we like at this link.

Finding plant-based whole foods at BGSU and in Bowling Green

This page has some information about whole foods, plant-based eating at BGSU.

Videos (ordered by relevance)

Forks over knives

There is both a book and a movie about whole foods, plant-based diets. The book has good recipes.

The China Study

Book by T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and his son, Thomas M. Campbell II. BenBella Books, Inc. 2006.

T. Colin Campbell Foundation

A clearinghouse of information related to whole foods, plant-based diets.

Other books on diet and health

Research articles on whole foods, plant-based diets


Popular press

Nearby groups