I love food and am regularly tempted to start a recipe site. There is so much I would like to share, most of it directly copied from other sources, but all a source of much pleasure. Maybe I will do it, and maybe it will be public. But what I would like to share today is not so much love for food — there is enough of it out there — but mindfulness about food.
Today, we went to a vegan expo. The food was great, and I enjoyed the presence of so many people who value the lives of other beings. At this point, I am not a vegan myself — I eat just about everything. But, as conceited as it sounds, I feel like a vegan, and I am making plans to become at least a vegetarian. What we eat is primarily a prudential decision, but when other conscious beings get harmed in the process, there is an ethical aspect to our decision. I practise ethical decision-making whenever there is the possibility of harming other beings; killing and eating others is wrong when there are good alternatives to doing so. Therefore, it should be the norm for a highly developed society like ours not to eat meat. Healthy nutrition is possible without animal products, and there are more good vegan recipes than I could ever try out.
I am weak for not being a vegan right now, and my only excuse is that dietary restrictions make travelling much harder. I promise to change as soon as I settle down, maybe sooner.
When all ingredients are ethically sound, eating for pleasure is good! To make the most prudent decision, I also try to get accustomed to food close to nature and to never settle for unhealthy easy food. It is beyond the scope of this essay to specify healthy eating, but I can confirm the wellbeing it creates. I have found this to be true not only in diet: Simple is prudent; easy is inferior.
I have a lot of respect for those who give up food for Soylent to save time and money, though I am not going to do it. There are many possible ways of nourishment; please just don't give in to comfortable junk food.