“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
One of the only actions that all animals take is to eat, consuming foods to give the body the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, fats, and other nutrients required to function. It is widely known and accepted (even by “western medicine”) that nutrition is one of the most important factors in health, both physical & mental.
My own diet, and all of the food that I make for other people is 100% plant-based, avoiding all chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides whenever possible. I don’t usually refer to myself as a “vegan”, although that word can be applied to my food habits, simply because of the negative connotations that go along with it because of the militant vegans (who love to try to force their own beliefs on others), and because being vegan does NOT mean you are eating a healthy diet. I’ve met many vegans whose diets consist mostly of prepared & packaged foods, just without animal products in them.
I practice what is called Mindful Eating; when you eat something, listen to your body, and let it tell you whether or not that is something that is good for you. If you eat a meal and feel lethargic after, you should be avoiding some part of that meal; if you eat something and have trouble sleeping that night because of indigestion, clearly you shouldn’t be eating that. These ideas are very simple and easy to live by, but due to lack of knowledge and an abundance of conditioning, most people don’t even realize that these practices are possible. Many people, especially in America, have resigned themselves to (or take toxic pharmaceuticals in an attempt to deal with) having constipation, trouble sleeping, skin problems, and many other things that could easily be remedied simply by eating well.