What should I eat?

That’s a big question — here’s what my gut tells me

B. Lorraine Smith
4 min readOct 18, 2022
A wide view of my scruffy food system diagram centering gut health. Video with voiceover here.

This is a conceptual look at what to eat, centering a healthy gut within a healthy world. As I seek an economy that works in service of life, this is what my gut tells me, based on decades as a sustainability professional, as an eater, and as a person who owns pencil crayons. No more, no less.

Following is the narrative, also available with a scruffy diagram in this video. (Audio version below.) More technical stuff on the food industry to come through Matereality in due course.

So what should I eat?

I’ve come to realize there are so many different ways to answer this question. They may be influenced by my culture, where I live — a whole host of factors.

At the same time, I believe if I want to eat the best possible food I can — for my own health and for the health of the world around me — it comes down to a couple principles that I think get missed in a lot of the news and headlines (and meaningful concerns that people have).



B. Lorraine Smith

Former sustainability consultant replacing ESG with reality-based insights about corporate purpose and impact. https://www.blorrainesmith.com/