I started Fruit & Stuff as a kind of virtual note-card box to collect, organize, and retrieve what I knew and what I was learning. Giving up meat motivated me to eat more fruit and vegetables, but you don’t have to go all-out vegan or vegetarian (that’s a subject for another day) to enjoy the benefits of eating more “fruit & stuff” now. Subscribe and follow me on Facebook for updates when new articles are posted.

I can’t guarantee that if you stop eating meat all your diseases will be healed and you will have amazing energy for the rest of your life. I can’t prescribe a regimen that will guarantee results. I can’t predict what will happen in your body and mind if you eat more “fruit and stuff” or give up animal foods. Your body and its history shares many features with other bodies and their histories, but you are unique. I can share what I have experienced and hope that knowing it will help you on your path to better health and a better life.

I grew up in Texas, but I have lived half of my adult life in Mexico. In Texas I learned to appreciate home-grown tomatoes, green beans, okra, strawberries, peaches, watermelons and pecans. In Guadalajara, Mexico, I was introduced to an array of fruits and vegetables that I had never heard about–colorful pitahayas, fragrant guavas, cherimoyas, mangos, avocados and chayotes. I stopped eating meat a few years ago because I wanted better health, so I was motivated to revive my interest in all those plant foods and to learn about others–jackfruit, portobello mushrooms, tofu, and nutritional yeast.

Mary Ann Lesh