May 6, 2018

Buddhist advice on what not to Eat.

We care, many of us, about our health. We spend silly money on popular fads, whether paleo, gluten-free (most of which is bad for you), broth or turmeric or whathaveyou. Some of these fads have real merit. Some…not so much (turmeric concentrates toxins from the earth…so if your turmeric ain’t organic, you’re mainlining toxins).

It’s important that we keep things simple. Eat local. Eat no more than you need. Eat mostly veggies. You know, Michael Pollan’s food rules. Enjoy your food. As Trungpa Rinpoche used to say, don’t eat your concepts.

I’d add, don’t eat poison (pesticides is just a fancy word for poison). And don’t cause suffering by your meals—your food represents at least three “votes” a day. So don’t vote plastic. Don’t vote animal suffering—whether you’re vegan or not, you can boycott factory farms.

Support your local farmer—that’s something Republicans and Democrats alike should be able to agree on.


I asked Michael Pollan why he’s not veggie. See his answer here.

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Roxanne Nelson May 7, 2018 5:24am

They are good rules to follow, and I haven't eaten meat/dairy in decades. Also no junk or fast food, etc. But I always balk with the "eat local." Maybe if you live in southeran California, or in another warm place where food grows year round, you can eat local. But what am I supposed to do in winter? I can't buy local veggies in January. So eating local is not always possible. And I should add that given a choice of local or organic, I will go with organic. Just because something is local, doesn't mean it is the healthiest or best option. Organic and local is the best which is why I frequent the farmers market, but local is meaningless if it is GMO, grown with pesticides, etc.

Elephant Journal May 6, 2018 3:50pm

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Nikki Weigel May 6, 2018 1:59pm

My 10yr old asked me yesterday if we can be Vegan together. ❤️ They’ve been wanting to learn more about how to be better humans. More ball jars, less to go cups. The mommy who went to IIN 5 yrs ago is high-fiving me today. Some things just take time and persistence. Oh, and modeling.

Darcy Rathjen May 6, 2018 1:49pm

The link "I asked Michael Pollan why he’s not veggie. See his answer here." takes you to a page where the video link is "broken"...

Praneet Mazzia May 6, 2018 1:36am

Yes ., I beleive that but i try to reduce wheat and meat as possible but sometime it's difficult cause different physical, diet focus, and opinion. but if can do i think will make balance. :-)

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