We believe there are many “Whole Food Eating Styles”. Whole foods to us means foods that are not highly processed and essentially end up on the plate the way they were grown, with the exception of some cooking if not served raw.
Whole Food eating styles could include a Paleo Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, The Atkins Diet, a Low Carb-High Fat Diet (LCHF), a Keto or Ketogenic Diet, a Vegetarian Diet, a Vegan Diet, the Dukan Diet, and even a Carnivore Diet (diet comprised of meat and animal products only). A meat only diet seems extreme, but many people are now experimenting with this and having success as a way to combat many health issues. Many people also subscribe to a plant only diet and have great success with this approach.
A “Whole Food” style of eating means eating foods that have few ingredients and are not highly processed in a food manufacturing plant. This would be beef. chicken, pork, and most other meats, most fish and seafood (wild caught is best), most vegetables that are grown above ground, a limited amount of fruits (mostly in-season berries), but few or no grains. The exception might be some ancient grains. Ancient grains are foods like spelt, bulgur, millet, barley, oats, and sorghum; and pseudo-cereals like quinoa, buckwheat, and chia. Not exactly staples in most modern households, except for maybe oats.
Some folks would include dairy products, and whole grains (corn, wheat, rice) and beans in these eating styles. We find it best to avoid most dairy, and most processed grains. These foods should be avoided not only for the fact that they are high on the glycemic index (turn quickly into sugar and stored as fat), but most corn, soybeans, and wheat are now genetically modified organisms (GMO). GMO foods are at issue because they have not really been studied long-term, and there is little research as to how these hybrid food sources are accepted and processed by our bodies vs real whole nutritious foods.
If your body does not know how to process and break down a certain unknown substance (chemicals included), it probably is isolated and stored in the fat cells, or may even be converted into fat. The best example here is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFC) and its many derivative additives in processed foods.
You do not have to eat meat on a whole food diet, but you do not have to avoid meat either. The best approach is to limit carbohydrates, increase your intake of good oils and saturated fats, and only consume moderate amounts of protein with each meal. This is the most effective way to lose weight, but also it will afford you many other health benefits.
A whole food style of eating may help to decrease the onset of symptoms for Metabolic Syndrome and also prevent many chronic diseases as you get older. This is thought to include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, as well as the risk of cancer, and other diseases.