It’s a diet that encourages eating foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and seeds, legumes (such as black beans), nuts and seeds, seaweeds, and other “whole” foods. The word whole-foods is a misnomer since the foods themselves are generally not whole, but they are presented in a diet.
Doesn’t this kind of diet sound more like a vegetarian diet? No, it doesn’t. Many people mistakenly think that switching to a whole-foods plant-based diet means they’ll no longer be eating meat or dairy products. However, a big part of the whole foods concept is that you can eat a wide variety of plant-based foods and not just meat and dairy products. This is why many people on this type of diet tend to feel a bit hungry between meals.