Is there an absolute “best” way to eat? One that tastes great, makes us feel good, doesn’t destroy the Earth, doesn’t inflict unnecessary suffering on other living creatures, and isn’t harmful to our health?
How about vegetarianism? Veganism? Lacto-vegetarianism? Raw food-ism? Juice fasting? Should we just do whatever feels good? Modified ovo-cannibalism? Maybe total fasting is the way to go?
What makes one way of eating (or non-eating) “better” than another? And who decides what’s “best,” anyway?
Making choices can be hard sometimes—especially if we don’t have any handle on what the Absolute Truth is (or don’t believe there is one)—and eating is just too important to put off making decisions about.
Plus, considering that:
1. We can’t remain in these bodies forever—no matter how nutritious our lunches are, and
2. All living being subsist on other living beings (no matter what),
Why not check out some practical eating advice that Krishna (described in the Vedas as the Absolute Truth In Person) offers:
“If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.” (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.26)
“Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform — do that, O son of Kunti, as an offering to Me.” (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.27)
Here’s another one:
“The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, verily eat only sin.” (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 3.13)
Someone who sincerely wants to do the best thing, and accepts—even theoretically—that Krishna is who the Vedas say He is (the Supreme Being), may want to look into the science of prasadam, the art of offering food to God.