Lifestyle medicine is a branch of medicine dealing with research, prevention, and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical inactivity, and chronic stress. Having used the five pillars of lifestyle medicine in their own lives Dan and Cherese Tarter are pleased to be able to pass along the knowledge behind their successful health transformation at each and every patient encounter.

Five Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine is the use of whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances, and positive social connection as a primary therapeutic modality for treatment and reversal of the chronic disease.

Why is Lifestyle Medicine Essential to Sustainable Health and Healthcare?

The rise in chronic disease trends and related healthcare spending in the United States and many other countries is unsustainable. Type 2 diabetes alone is a looming global pandemic with incalculable consequences. This being said, there is good news.

The good news is that 80% or more of all healthcare spending in the U.S. is tied to the treatment of conditions rooted in poor lifestyle choices. Chronic diseases and conditions—such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, multiple types of cancer—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health conditions.

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Whole-Food Plant-Based Resources


Forks Over Knives
Engine 2 Diet
The China Study
What the Health
Diet Fiction
Plant Pure Nation
Vegan 2020
Game Changers
Eating You Alive


Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes by Cyrus Khambatta and Robby Barbaro

How Not to Diet by Dr. Michael Gregor

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas Campbell

Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD

Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Caldwell B. Esselstyn, MD

The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighters 28 Day Save Your Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds by Rip Esselstyn

How Not to Die by Michael Greger, MD

The Healthiest Diet on the Planet by John McDougall, MD

The Starch Solution by John McDougall, MD

Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Garth Davis, MD and Howard Jacobson, PhD

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.

The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy by Neal Barnard MD

The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss: A Revolutionary Approach to Conquer Cravings, Overcome Food Addiction, and Lose Weight Without Going Hungry by Chef AJ

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs by Neal Barnard

The Plant-Based Solution: America’s Healthy Heart Doc’s Plan to Power Your Health by Joel K. Kahn MD


The China Study Quick and Easy Cookbook by Del Sroufe

The China Study All-Star Collection: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes from your favorite Vegan Chefs by Leanne Campbell, PhD

The China Study Family Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Bring Your Family to the Plant-Based Table by Del Sroufe

The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the breakthrough film by Kim Campbell

Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook by Del Sroufe

Epic Vegan Instant Pot Cooking: Simple Oil-Free Instant Pot Vegan Recipes for Lazy F@cks
by Hannah M Janish and Derek R Howlett

The No Meat Athlete Cookbook: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts – and the Rest of Your Life by Matt Frazier and Stephanie Romaine

The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook: 125 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Jump-Start Weight Loss and Help You Feel Great by Neal Barnard, MD and Robyn Webb

Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Matthew Ruscigno

The Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made with 8 Ingredients or less by Brandi Doming

The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook by Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn

The Engine 2 Cookbook: More than 130 Lip-Smacking, Rib-Sticking, Body-Slimming Recipes to Live Plant-Strong by Rip Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn

Happy Herbivore Light and Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great by Lindsay S. Nixon

The Change Cookbook: Using the Power of Food to Transform Your Body, Your Health, and Your Life by Milan Ross, and Scott Stoll, MD

The Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free & Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Lindsay S. Nixon

The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100+ Easy, Healthy Recipes That are Ready When You Are: by Toni Okamoto

Straight Up Food: Delicious and Easy Plant-Based Cooking Without Salt, Oil or Sugar by Cathy Fisher
Forks Over Knives: Flavor!: Delicious, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Cook Every Day by Darshana Thacker


Forks over Knives:

High Carb Hannah:

Engine 2 Diet:

Eat to Live:

Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center:

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM):

Dr. Greger’s Nutrition Facts.Org:

Plant-Based On a Budget:

T. Colin Campbell Cengter for Nutrition studies:

Plantiful Kiki:

Phone Apps

Forks Over Knives (FOK)

The 21 Day Vegan Kick Start

Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center

Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen

Happy Cow – Vegan restaurant locator



How to Transition to a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

  1. LEARN!  Watch Videos, visit web sites, read books, browse cookbooks and consider meeting with a health coach trained in whole food plant-based (WFPB) eating.   
  2. EAT! Incorporate more healing whole foods in your diet.  Use Dr. Gregor’s Daily Dozen to get foods proven to prevent and reverse disease into your diet.  At this stage, don’t take things out of your diet just make the good stuff a priority. 
  3. DISCOVER! Try some whole food plant-based recipes.
  4. CREATE! Develop your CORE 5 breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snack/desserts you really enjoy.  Stock your pantry with the supplies you need to rotate these core meals. 
  5. CLEAN UP! Get the processed foods, refined oils and animal products out of the house.
  6. EXPLORE! Expand your Core 5 meals by trying a few new recipes each week until you have a variety of WFPB meal options you enjoy.

WFPB Coaches

Need a coach to help you transition to a whole food plant-based diet, we have a recommendation!


Becki Timson

10469 Dunlap Drive
Nampa ID 83687



Phone: 541-390-9057

Chef Becki in the Kitchen