Be intentional about the food you eat. By this, I don’t necessarily mean labeling yourself as one thing or another. I mean sitting down, thinking about the food you eat and consciously deciding what you believe about it. If you eat meat and enjoy it and appreciate the protein it gives you, then fine, eat meat. But also think about whether it matters to you where your meat comes from and how it’s raised. If so, make your meat purchases based on those beliefs. If you only eat plant-based foods, why are you doing that? Is it because it’s the latest fad and people around you make you feel bad if you don’t? Or is it because you truly believe that’s the best way to eat for your body? Before you put that next snack cracker in your mouth, think about what the ingredients are and what it will or will not do for you. If you decide that you still want to eat it, go right ahead. But if you decide that you don’t want to eat it, don’t feel like you have to just because it’s there.

Eating is one of the most intimate things we do. Don’t just automatically go through the motions, eat like everyone else is eating, or eat according to cultural customs without thinking about whether that’s truly the food that you want to put into your body. The food we eat does deserve time, effort and thought. It deserves our attention and intention.

To find out more about why this is so important, check out Eating with Intention.