Plant-based eating is now considered one of the best ways to lose weight and prevent diabetes and heart disease.

Have You Tried the Plant-Based Diet Yet? Learn How Here

If you keep up with the latest news on health and nutrition, then you’ve probably heard of the plant-based diet, now considered by some as one of best ways to lose weight and protect your health as you age.

Recent research shows that switching to a whole food plant-based diet can help with a host of health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and osteoporosis. And eating a plant-based diet can help you trim your waistline, too.

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco is now offering Health Education classes that make it easy to learn more and join in the plant-based eating movement. In three weekly sessions you’ll get all the information you need, along with tips, recipes, and helpful resources.

Two interactive informational sessions are followed by a cooking demonstration that will equip you with the basic tools for creating delicious home-cooked meatless and dairy-free meals and snacks. In fact, you’ll learn an entirely new way to cook and eat in just three short weeks!

“People who switch to a plant-based diet are really excited because they actually can see amazing results in their lipids and blood sugar in just a few weeks,” says Kaiser Permanente Nutrition Health Coach Heather D’Eliso Gordon, who teaches the classes. “With the help of their primary care physician, many people are able to adjust medications such as insulin or statins.”

While giving up meat and dairy products might sound daunting, D’Eliso-Gordon says that most people enjoy this new approach to eating once they get started. “People are happily surprised because it opens up a whole new way of cooking and looking at foods.” she says.

One person who’s taken the Kaiser Permanente Health Education class and seen results is Jeffrey Rose, a manager at the San Francisco Medical Center. “We all know we need to eat more vegetables and whole foods, but we don’t know how,” says Rose. “This class gives you so many ideas and tools that you walk away feeling confident to make these changes.”

And, says Rose, he quickly found that even giving up certain favorite foods wasn’t that hard. “All of a sudden you’re eating all these high-quality vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, and you realize this stuff tastes really good,” Rose says. “You get your taste buds back.”

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco is offering plant-based diet classes six times a year. The next series beginning in May is already full, but additional classes will be offered in July, September, and November. Sign up now, as these classes fill up fast!

Plant-based diet classes are open to both members of Kaiser Permanente and non-members. Non-members pay $55 and members pay just $35. Register here or call 415-833-3450 or email for more information.

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.