The Buddha on Eating Food

The Buddha said:
Take a mendicant who reflects properly on the food that they eat: ‘Not for fun, indulgence, adornment, or decoration, but only to sustain this body, to avoid harm, and to support spiritual practice (AN 4.159 Sujato).
The Buddha was the first to eat that we should eat to live, not live to eat. Eating serves only three purposes, "to sustain this body, to avoid harm, and to support spiritual practice." There is nothing here about eating for pleasure. Yet that is what most people do. But this is not the way of the Awakened One.

The Buddha said that the wise person "is not attached to food" (Dhp 93 Buddharakkhita). How do you do that? "Mendicants, when the perception of repulsiveness of food is developed and cultivated it’s very fruitful and beneficial" (SN 46.69 Sujato). It also helps to eat plain food, without salt, oil, and sugar. If you don't like it so much you might eat less.

In fact, the Buddha recommended "moderation in food" (Dhp 185). For “When a man [or woman] is always mindful, knowing moderation in eating, his discomfort fades, and he ages slowly, taking care of his life” (SN 3.13 Sujato).

The lastest science shows that a whole food, plant-based diet that is low in salt, sugar, and oil-free is the healthiest diet. In fact, oil is the Vegan killer. So avoid all oil if you really want to be healthy (Cf. The Starch Solution by Dr. John A. McDougall).

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