My Favorite Food and Health Quotes

My Favorite Food and Health Quotes

I have chosen my favorite food and health quotes to inspire you to transform your health by starting with your food choices. When you make a conscious choice to eat whole foods that are organic and nutrient-rich you will start to heal your body and transform.


I chose the beautiful butterfly picture to go with this post because butterflies are a symbol of change and transformation. The metamorphosis from caterpillar to chrysalis to a gorgeous butterfly is one of the greatest and most amazing transformations.


Whenever I need a little extra inspiration and help I read these quotes and they keep me going strong. I hope that these quotes will keep you motivated, uplifted, joyful, and focused on your path to vibrant health and wellness.


If you have a favorite food or health quote please feel free to share them with everyone in the comment area.


Here is the list of my favorites:


  • The act of putting into your mouth what the earth has grown
    is perhaps your most direct interaction with the earth. ~ Frances Moore Lappé


  • We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. ~ Adelle Davis
  • Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ~ Hippocrates


  • When we learn to eat properly we begin to rebuild our bodies and to fulfill our purpose on this planet to grow in health, creativity, wisdom, and compassion. ~ Dr. Ann Wigmore


  • Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.  Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce. ~ Michael Pollan


  • Eating with the fullest pleasure is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude. ~ Wendell Berry


  • You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients. ~ Julia Child


  • Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food. ~ Andrew Weil
  • One cannot think well, love well, and sleep well, if one has not dined well. ~Virginia Woolf
  • There is no love sincerer than the love of food. ~ George Bernard Shaw


  • Food is our common ground, a universal experience. ~ James Beard


  • A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. ~ Aesop


  • If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food. ~ Sally Edwards


  • Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are. ~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
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  1. Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are. ~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
    I just love this quote, Shelley, thanks for sharing and reminding us that we are part of our environment we are one with it,and when caught by goals and stress we tend to forget who we are and where we come from;)
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Patricia, That quote is one of my personal favorites as well. You are so right when you mentioned that our busy lives sometimes make us forget our connection with the earth. When we grow and eat whole foods it is a great way to remind us of this connection. Visiting our local farmers’ markets if we can’t grow our own food is also a great way to remind us of this connection along with providing support to our local farmers.

  2. All the saying are great: I specially love this one “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

  3. It’s incredible how the soil has all the essential elements of life of us to live by. It is a special connection between man and nature. Not only that it is good for health but also taste good.

  4. Thank you for sharing this. I put it on my tool bar to read and share.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      I was happy to share France! These quotes really help keep me motivated to eat well and I appreciate you putting them on your tool bar to share with others. 🙂

  5. Steve Vernon

    Hi Shelley! I’m with you on this, especially the idea of eating foods with ingredients I can’t even pronounce. It goes without saying that the closer we can keep our food source close to the earth, the better off we are, and while not being anal about it (I pretty much eat whatever I want), I find I far more enjoy eating foods that I make (or have been made) from scratch, using good natural ingredients. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I don’t “splurge” every once in a while and enjoy one of those “naughty” foods just for the fun of it, but I think our incredibly resilient bodies can handle a little misbehavior periodically. It’s when it becomes a lifestyle that it becomes a problem.

    Oh . . . AND . . . you have given me a rich new source for material to use for one of my clients’ (an Italian market) Facebook page. Thanks! 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Steve, I agree with you that whole foods made from scratch taste great and have lots of healing properties. I hope your clients’ enjoy the quotes.

  6. Hi Shelley,
    How wonderful are these quotes! My favorite has always been “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”. If we lived by this, then the US wouldn’t be in the health mess it is in!

    Isn’t it amazing how simple it is to eat well and yet most people just don’t know how anymore.

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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Clare, I’m glad you like the quotes, and Hippocrates is one of my favorites too! Eating well can be simple if you take a little time to seek out fresh real foods that taste fantastic and nourish the body completely. I’m on a mission to show people that eating healthy can be delicious and easy. 🙂

  7. Food IS definitely a common ground with everyone. We all need to eat and have developed preferences. Food can be associated with good and bad memories. When I think of arepas, I think of when I was in Colombia and the good times I had there and sitting at the table trying all these fresh ingredients that had no preservatives. Even the sugar was not like what we see on the shelves in the US, and much healthier.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Nile, You are so right. I have some wonderful memories of eating delicious meals with my family and going to the farmers’ markets to shop for fresh ingredients and learn from all of the farmers. Sounds like your time in Colombia was great!

  8. Thank you Shelley for these great quotes.

    The quote that caught my eye was the one by Virginia Woolfe. I have believed for a long time that food prepared with love in mind is better for us than any other kind of food. I am not sure exactly what she meant in her quote, but to me, dining well, in part anyway, means dining on a meal that has prepared with the energy of love in mind and in hand.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Michael, I agree with you. Preparing food with love is so important and it tastes great! The quote by Virginia Woolf is a good one. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. Oh I love quotes and these are all new to me – what a treat! Kind of stumbled over the one about not eating what my great grandmother wouldn’t eat – mine passed away before I was born, but I do know she was Cherokee Indian and still lived on the reservation in Oklahoma – so I have no clue what kind of food she would approve of 🙂 I’ll be thinking about that one for awhile …
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  10. Such a great list of quotes. I love great quotes and have a rather long list on my “about” page on FB. I have been eating healthier lately and this site is keeping me motivated to keep doing so. Thanks for these quotes and your other positive articles on food!

    — Jupiter Jim
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      HI Jupiter Jim, Thank you for the kind comments! I’m so grateful that my site is keeping you motivated to eat healthier and I will keep posting more recipes and inspiration.

  11. Hi Shelley,
    I really love quotes, they are food for the mind and can really inspire you, even though quotes about food are rare they really great to make you have a healthier life, thanks for sharing…
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      I agree with you Kostas, quotes are food for the mind and they can be so motivating and uplifting when you need that extra inspiration to keep on track.

  12. Hi Shelley, Awesome quotes about food. My favorite one is ‘Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food.” I am one that believes if you don’t eat things from a package or box, you are eating well (unless you nuke it)
    Food to me brings people together. Maybe it is because I grew up in NYC and ate every kind of ethnic food there was offered through the years, I can understand the variety of cultures through food.
    Thanks for the quotes,
    Donna Merrill
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Donna, I’m with you that food does bring people together. I’ve had some of the best times of my life sharing great food with my family and friends. I’m glad you enjoyed the quotes.

  13. Shelley,

    This is the statement that I know is so important. With all the warnings about not eating fat, sugar, junk food, fried food, bread, eggs, milk, cheese, etc., etc., I find that the most important thing to keep in mind is whether I love eating a specific food.

    “Eating with the fullest pleasure is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. ”


    Dr. Erica
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Dr. Erica, I believe that choosing whole healing foods that taste delicious to you are really one of the keys to truly enjoying eating. If you experience no joy with eating because you are listening to all the warnings, then food no longer provides the wonderful experience, pleasure, and connection that makes it enjoyable. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  14. What a great post, Shelly! I love your quotes.. and it is soooo true!! Eating from that which the earth has grown is so much better for us.. I starting a juicing and “raw” cleanse 6 days ago.. not sure how long I can hold it up, but the plan is to do at least 50 % raw from now on… a good start for me I figure.. I doesn’t certainly help when you have others around who do what you do. That is what I am finding the most challenging!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Holly, I’m so glad you love the quotes. I hope your juice and raw cleanse is a big sucess! Eating 50% raw plant food is a great way to add lots of healing nutrients to your diet and it will really make a big difference in your health. I hope you can get the other people in your life to support you and start eating in a more healthy way. If they do it will be great for all involved.

  15. Hi Shelly…thanks for a great post. I would also like to add this comment from the NKJV of the bible…”Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit… and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NKJV). Changing our diet to a more raw, vegetarian lifestyle is a great way to improve our health and our mental focus.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Martin, Our body truly should be treated with respect and eating healing whole foods is absolutely a great way to improve our health and mental focus. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Hi Shelley,
    very enjoyable and inspiring quotes.
    I like the reason for why you have chosen the picture for the symbol of transformation.

    Since peace is one of the most important things for me I like the quote by Aesop and I’d rather eat simple food.

    Thank you so much for sharing these!
    Love and Light
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Yorinda, I’m so glad you enjoyed the quotes. I like sharing inspirational quotes to keep us all motivated to do things everyday to stay vibrant and healthy. Love and light to you too!

  17. “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”
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  18. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.
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