Fruit and Stuff is mostly about improving personal health, and the blog has the Do-It-Yourself Plant-Baser in mind. My hope is that everyone will switch to plant-based and make it their way of eating for as long as they live. In addition to personal health, there are moral, spiritual, and environmental reasons to do so, but those concerns will be left for the most part to other publications.

Regardless of whether you are following someone else’s plan or making it up as you go, you will benefit from becoming conscious of EVERY SUBSTANCE you take into your body. Ask yourself what it is doing FOR you and what it is doing TO you. Acknowledge your reason for taking it into your body, whether you are eating it as food, drinking it as beverage, or swallowing, injecting, snorting or smoking that substance as therapeutic or recreational drug.

If you are following a prescribed plant-based diet for a specific health outcome, by all means you should comply with the requirements of that diet and the recommendations of your health care provider. Long-term success is more likely if you accept sole responsibility for your health and your choices. You may choose to adhere strictly to a prescribed eating plan, but that in itself is YOUR choice, and YOU, not the experts who designed the plan, must make the choices every day about what you eat, what you think, and how you live. You and you alone, not the experts, will enjoy or suffer the consequences of following a plan you have chosen.

Animal products are bad for everyone’s health, but eliminating them flies in the face of thousands of years of habit, tradition, and even religion. It takes courage, patience, and tolerance to live a meat-free life in a meat-driven world. I try to not make a big deal of it. Good manners require that I respect the choices others make about what to eat and what to serve, but they also require that others respect my choices when I say, “No, thank you.” I don’t define myself by a name related to a way of eating. I am not A Vegan or A Vegetarian or A WFPB. I am simply a human being who, on a particular occasion, is choosing to eat plants and nothing else.