A healthy diet is nutritious food without toxins or addictions. Despite their popularity, trusted toxins and addictions in our diet are common, covert causes of conflict and sickness. So we should avoid toxins like pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides; and we should avoid addictions like honey, sweets, chocolate, vanilla, cola, coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. What should we eat?
We should eat organic food and follow a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet. Organic food (which excludes chemicals) minimizes toxins, and a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet (which excludes meat, chicken, and fish) minimizes our cravings for addictions. The result is an organic, addiction-free Lacto-Ovo-VEgetarian diet, which I call the “LOVE Diet," my acronymic recipe for health, which combines tasty vegetarian cuisine with whole dairy and eggs.
Contrary to popular opinion, we don't need meat, chicken, or fish. They lack balanced nutrition and cause addiction. The LOVE Diet replaces meat, chicken, and fish with beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, which offer more nutrition and less hunger or addiction. Delicious and nutritious, with satiety and sanity, the LOVE Diet is a recipe for peace and health, our most crucial but elusive goals.
The opposite of the LOVE Diet (nutrition) is the “HATE Diet” (addiction). The HATE Diet (Honey, Alcohol, Tobacco, Espresso) is a non-organic diet that includes meat, chicken, fish, and addictions. Addicting and afflicting, with cravings and ravings, the HATE Diet is a recipe for conflict and sickness, our everyday reality. So delete meat, and pledge veggies. Choose LOVE, not HATE.
We have a love-hate relationship with food. We love to eat, but we hate to shop, cook, and clean up. And of course, we worry about our weight. Why is this? Perhaps food reminds us that life is not only fun, but also fragile, frustrating, frightening, and mystifying.
Life is a metabolic mystery. No matter who we are or what we do, we all have to eat, drink, and go to the bathroom. But how and why the food we eat transforms itself into life, and ultimately waste, is a mystery that science cannot fully explain.
It's hard to live with such mystery. So we distract ourselves with sweets, fast food, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and entertainment, while we ignore the biological basis of life - especially the connection between food and waste.
But farmers can't ignore this connection. They understand the cycle of life, and they know that crops depend on compost and manure. Farmers keep us alive, and we owe them our gratitude.
We owe a special debt of gratitude to organic farmers. They know that crops should not be genetically engineered or contaminated with toxic chemicals, and that farming must be safe for the farmer, consumer, land, water, and animals. They are pioneers for health and ecology.
You can also be a pioneer for health and ecology. First, support organic farmers and local farmer's markets. Second, support health food stores and encourage supermarkets to carry organic products. Third, share your knowledge and experience with family, friends, physicians, and public officials. Your health and your planet depend on you.