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Plant-Based Diet Guidance and Coaching to Help You 
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Are you struggling to go on, or stay on, a plant-based diet to improve your health so you can enjoy life more?

And or perhaps to eat cleaner and help the planet out in the process?

Whatever your reasons, it can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be ...

If you know how, coupled with ongoing direction, education, and a strong system of support.  

It can also definitely be fun, satisfying, and quite delicious : )   

And eventually ... just so easy ... a way of life.

A whole-food, plant-based diet is associated with things like

... a much lower incidence of diabetes and overall cardiovascular disease. [1]

... improvements related cancer, such as prostate cancer in men [2] and breast cancer in women. [3]

... losing weight, and in a recent study, doing so by eating all that you want, no restriction. [4]

... mental health in the areas of improving mood and the ability to accomplish goals. [5]

... the healthiest and longest living people on the planet. [6]

... and in relation to Covid, cutting your risk of getting infected [7]

... and if you do contract it, reducing its severity by up to 73 percent [8]

And when it comes to some common concerns, you can

... easily get enough protein with this diet approach, as long as you eat enough calories. [9]

... enjoy delicious and almost infinitely varied types of foods so you never get bored, including things like mashed potatoes, corn, rice, beans, and sweet potato pie, as for the most part, all cultures' favorite primary and comfort foods revolve around starches – and with adding in other vegetables, fruits, and spices, choices become practically limitless. [10]

... happily save money as plant-based diets are found to cost considerably less, not to mention savings on lifestyle medicines, like for diabetes or high blood pressure, that you may be able to reduce or come off of completely (advisory; do not attempt medication changes without the approval and guidance of your primary prescribing health care professional). [11]

So, when it comes to pursuing a whole-food, plant-based diet ...

Are you ready to start adding more plants (fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, and nuts) to your diet so you can optimize your opportunity for better health and vitality, with more vigor to indulge what makes you happy, and perhaps even live longer?

Whether you're just a little bit ready, or a lot, check out our developing menu of choices to start you down the road to a more, and perhaps eventually, fully, plant-based diet lifestyle ...

Or, to further fortify your already underway plant-based efforts.

whole-food, plant-based diet guide ...

Dr. Robert Curtis, resident health coach and nutrition specialist.

Hi, Robert here – again, welcome!

As the chief plant-baser at plantimize.com, I want you to know that I started this site to share my experience and ever refining knowledge (new science comes out all the time) about living and thriving on a plant-based diet. 

Also, I've got years of clinical know-how under my belt, having been a long practicing health care professional, that's culminated in being here on my health journey – to continue to share with you on your quest.  

Check out more about this site, you (yes you), and me, here – and feel free to call on me to help you transform your health and life for the better – as an added support to your primary health care relationship.

Enjoy plantimize.com as a resource all the way up to partnering with me to help guide you if that’s your desire.

So, please eat all you want here – there’s always at least food for thought on the table : )


1.  Cardio-Metabolic Benefits of Plant-Based Diets. Kahleova H, Levin S, Barnard N.  Nutrients. 2017 Aug 9;9(8). pii: E848. doi: 10.3390/nu9080848.

2.  Intensive lifestyle changes may affect the progression of prostate cancer. Ornish D1, Weidner G, Fair WR, Marlin R, Pettengill EB, Raisin CJ, Dunn-Emke S, Crutchfield L, Jacobs FN, Barnard RJ, Aronson WJ, McCormac P, McKnight DJ, Fein JD, Dnistrian AM, Weinstein J, Ngo TH, Mendell NR, Carroll PR.  J Urol. 2005 Sep;174(3):1065-9; discussion 1069-70.

3.  Effects of a low-fat, high-fiber diet and exercise program on breast cancer risk factors in vivo and tumor cell growth and apoptosis in vitro. Barnard RJ1, Gonzalez JH, Liva ME, Ngo TH.  Nutr Cancer. 2006;55(1):28-34.

4.  The BROAD study: A randomized controlled trial using a whole food plant-based diet in the community for obesity, ischemic heart disease or diabetes; N Wright, L Wilson, M Smith, B Duncan & P McHugh.  Nutrition & Diabetes (2017) 7, e256 (20 March 2017) doi:10.1038/nutd.2017.3

5.  The GEICO study: A multi-center randomized controlled trial of a nutrition intervention program in a multi-ethnic adult population in the corporate setting reduces depression and anxiety and improves quality of life; Agarwal U, Mishra S, Xu J, Levin S, Gonzales J, Barnard ND.  Am J Health Promot. 2015 Mar-Apr;29(4):245-54. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.130218-QUAN-72. Epub 2014 Feb 13.

6.  The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest, Nov 6, 2012, by Dan Buettner

7.  The Zoe Covid study (ongoing), in conjunction with Harvard Medical School and King's College London, lead researcher Tim Spector, July 13, 2021

8.  Plant-based diets, pescatarian diets and COVID-19 severity: a population-based case–control study in six countries
Hyunju Kim1, Casey M Rebholz1, Sheila Hegde, Christine LaFiura, Madhunika Raghavan, John F Lloyd, Susan Cheng, and Sara B Seidelmann, BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health 2021;4:doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2021-000272 June 7, 2021

9.  Nutrient profiles of vegetarian and nonvegetarian dietary patterns. Rizzo NS, Jaceldo-Siegl K, Sabate J, Fraser GE.  J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Dec;113(12):1610-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2013.06.349. Epub 2013 Aug 27.

10.  The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! Jun 4, 2013 by John McDougall MD and Mary McDougall

11.  Cheap or Expensive? The REAL Truth About Plant-Based Diets, by Rosane Oliveira on March 3, 2015, University of California Davis (ucdintegrativemedicine.com)

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