Alisia Essig is a plant-based nutritionist, the founder of PlantWhys, and the creator of plant-based courses and group coaching where she offers busy moms and individuals simple solutions to eat a more plant-based diet, without turning their lifestyle upside down.
As a mother of six children, including twin baby boys, Alisia found herself rushing to the emergency room with her 37-year-old husband who had just suffered a stroke. After multiple tests, doctors found no clear answers and encouraged their family to avoid saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol, and to eat more fiber.
Alisia dived deep into the research and found that eating a plant-predominant diet would not only decrease her husband’s risk of stroke but also decrease ALL types of chronic diseases. She now helps busy individuals find simple solutions through her Eat for Longevity Framework, which teaches a proven formula on the best way to eat more plants so people can have more energy, and live longer, healthier lives free of pain and chronic disease.
Alisia is a strong believer that counting macros or following any other protein-focused diet trend is not the best way to obtain optimal health. It is
understandable why many still think this way, as guru after guru is teaching how to increase your protein to make sure to hit your macro goal. But here is something she wants you to think about: Following the latest diet trend may help you lose weight or gain more muscles, but does it reduce your overall risk of chronic disease in the long run? Not necessarily. In fact, some may increase their risk of dying from cancer or heart disease. The truth is bodybuilders only have an average life span of just 47 years.
There is a new way of looking at food. It isn’t just about hitting your calorie and macro targets so you can lose weight or gain muscle in the short term. What you choose to eat now can either promote or prevent disease in the long run. And at
the center of importance is how many whole plant foods you are eating daily. If everyone ate 8-10 fruits and vegetables daily, 7.8 million lives worldwide would be saved annually, because it dramatically reduces your risk of chronic disease. And eating a variety of plants is key. In fact, if you are eating a variety of 30+ plants a week, (that includes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains) it has been shown to improve your gut microbiome and consequently reduce your risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more.
Plantwhys’ goal is to reach millions with their message and help people eat more whole plant foods so they can feel better now and live longer later.
Alisia has been featured in LDS Living Magazine, Studio 5 Television Show, the Plant Strong Families Podcast, The Don’t Assume Podcast, and the Wisdom with Trish Podcast.
In addition, Ali regularly shares powerful plant-based insights on her Instagram account @Plantwhys