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Wearing a veneer of perfection never did me any good.   — Liz Phair

I’ve been on a quest to eat healthier my entire life. My problem? I LOVE to eat!

When evidence (LINK) showed that a whole food, plant-based diet could be healthy, I was cautiously interested in learning more.

But, wow! When I delved into looking for recipes, information, and resources in 2015, I was confused! Lots of differing opinions, many recipe sites, lots of “research.”

I was completely out of my league and not at all comfortable hanging out with strict judgmental and largely young and skinny experts I came across.

I was an expert home cook, but dependent on fat and salt. I loved all kinds of food and not at all convinced I would ever give up favorites — ever! I loved research, but only reliable and reviewed research from expert sources.

The more I learned the more confused I became.

What does a whole plant diet include? What does it exclude?

Is it the same as vegetarianism, veganism?

What’s a nutritarian? What’s a flexitarian?

How do I go about feeding a family on a whole-plant diet? I have one teen that only eats meat, and one that only eats noodles!

Are all whole-plant eaters skinny and young?

How can I possibly make a meal out of plants?

And for the love of all that is holy, can I really enjoy a whole-plant diet? Because if it doesn’t taste good, I’m O-U-T.

What About You?

Just starting out on a whole plant journey? Or are you already eating that way but finding it a challenge? Or maybe you’ve fully adopted a whole-plant lifestyle but are looking for encouragement, new recipes, menu ideas, or cooking tips?

Whole Plant Foodies may be just what you’re looking for.

About Me

I’m Melissa Weir. I’m a wife, a mom to two great kids, and doggie mama to two needy boxers. I worked in corporate jobs for 25 years. I became a full-time stay-at-home mom in my late 40s, when we adopted our second child.

It’s been a wild ride, and that’s the way I like to go through life.

I’ve always loved to cook, but I find it much more challenging to create tasty and satisfying meals on a whole-plant diet. I’ve learned a lot in the past few years, and I’m happy to share what I know.

I especially love travel, global culture and ethnic food.

I’m an open book, truly. I have lived a great life so far, and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

What I’m Not

I’m not a doctor, dietician, nutritionist or professional chef.

I’m not perfect at anything, and I don’t try to be. I work on progressing towards my goals, but I gave up on perfection long ago.

It’s not my place to judge, so I don’t.  I don’t care if you are old or young, meat-eater or vegan, black or white, gay or straight. Fat, skinny, world-class athlete or couch potato. All respectful humans are welcome here. Those that are interested in realistic information, yummy recipes, and science-backed resources about whole-plant eating will especially find this site useful.

I’m not 100% compliant with a whole-plant diet, and I don’t freak out because of it. I do the best I can. Some days that means I take a bite of a hamburger or eat a piece of cheese.

I guess I just lost all the PETA vegans. No harm meant.

I encourage my friends and family to cook and eat more healthfully, but I don’t preach. Everyone is on their own journey.

I’m not skinny. I am happy.  We are not about losing weight here (although many MANY people do). We’re about eating better and living full, happy lives, whatever that means to you.

Check Us Out

There is a growing library of resources here. We have tips and tricks, pantry lists, shopping lists,  and recipes of all kinds The recipes are tested and tasty and the prep times are realistic!

Some of the links to products or services on Whole Plant Foodies are affiliate links. That means if you follow the link and purchase the item, I get a small commission — like very tiny — for referring you to the product. You don’t pay any extra for the product, and it helps me offset the costs of maintaining Whole Plant foodies.

Thank you for stopping by. Truly, it means a lot to me!

Have a question or a comment, or a suggestion on how I can help? Please let me know!

If I don’t have the answer I can probably point you to someone who does.