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40 Quotes to Celebrate “Let’s All Eat Right” Day

Ms.Dora, a certified Christian counselor, explores facts, attitudes, and habits that can help us maintain our physical and mental wellbeing.

Honoring Adelle Davis, famous 20th-century American nutritionist (1904-1974)

Honoring Adelle Davis, famous 20th-century American nutritionist (1904-1974)

Who Is Adelle Davis?

Let’s All Eat Right Day is celebrated annually in honor of Adelle Davis, born in Lizton, Indiana, on February 25, 1904. She became famous for her passionate promotion of healthy eating and her 10 million copies of various books on the topic. In addition to her role as a nutritionist in major New York institutions, her zeal earned her titles like “queen of optimal eating” and "the most famous nutritionist in the early-to-mid-20th century." Much of her food principles are still being followed today.

Here are 40 quotes to encourage healthy eating on the day when others are making the effort. They all support Davis's teachings. She promoted natural foods for health and fitness, and despised foods that were overly processed and sugary. She deserves to be celebrated for her pioneer efforts in this important field.

Adelle Davis was the most famous nutritionist in the early-to-mid-20th century

Adelle Davis was the most famous nutritionist in the early-to-mid-20th century

Food Is the Best Medicine

1. "A healthy diet is a solution to many of our health-care problems. It’s the most important solution." —John Mackey

2. "The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition." —Thomas Edison

3. "The food you eat can be either the safe and most powerful medicine or the slowest poison." ―Sukhraj S. Dhillon

4. "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" —Hippocrates

5. "He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors." —Chinese Proverb

6. "Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments." —Bethenny Frankel

7. "When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." —Ayurvedic Proverb

8. "Over weeks and months . . . you will get addicted to the awesome taste of healthy food . . . and start wondering why you never did it earlier!" ―The Fitness Doc

9. "Healthful whole foods improve our brain function as well." —Marilu Henner

Consider Plant-Based Diets

10. "People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass." —Pino Caruso

11. "A significant number of research studies have documented that heart disease is easily and almost completely preventable through a diet rich in plant produce and lower in processed foods and animal products." —Joel Fuhrman

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12. "Came from a plant, eat it; was made in a plant, don’t." —Michael Pollan

13. "Don’t talk of love and peace when you have a dead animal on your plate." —Socrates

14. "I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person." —Ariana Grande

15. "I’ve found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet." —Carl Lewis, Olympic gold medalist

16. "This may surprise you, because it surprised me when I found out, but the single biggest thing an individual can do to combat climate change is to stop eating animals." —James Cameron

17. "As disease in animals increases, the use of milk and eggs will become more and more unsafe. An effort should be made to supply their place with other things that are healthful and inexpensive." —Ellen G. White

18. "Nothing has benefited me more physically, mentally and most important spiritually, than adopting a vegan diet. The best decision I have made as a human for me and the planet." —Tim Shieff, professional freerunner

Adelle Davis promoted natural foods for health and fitness.

Adelle Davis promoted natural foods for health and fitness.

Avoid Processed Foods

19. "Sugar and fat don’t occur together in nature. Food scientists combine them in processed foods, which override our systems and make us crave more." ―Shawn Wells

20. "GMOs are linked to digestive problems, among other things. . . . And some processed foods actually contain toxic chemicals, often used to prevent spoilage and enhance flavor." ―Kristin Cavallari

21. "When you go to the grocery store, you find that the cheapest calories are the ones that are going to make you the fattest—the added sugars and fats in processed foods." ―S Michael Pollan

22. "Processed foods not only extend the shelf life, but they extend the waistline as well." ―Karen Sessions

23. "Forget about nuclear war; the real weapons of mass destruction are fast food, highly processed carbs, and high-fructose corn syrup!" ―Brian Quebbemann, M.D.

24. "Any food that requires enhancing by the use of chemical substances should in no way be considered a food." ―John H. Tobe

25. "Mother Nature’s powers cannot be stuffed into a pill." ―Michael Greger

26. "All the pre-made sauces in a jar, and frozen and canned vegetables, processed meats, and cheeses which are loaded with artificial ingredients and sodium can get in the way of a healthy diet. My number one advice is to eat fresh, and seasonally." ―Todd English

Eat Moderate Portions

27. "Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health." ―Julia Child

28. "The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor." ―Chinese proverb

29. "Healthy does NOT mean starving yourself EVER. Healthy means eating the right food in the right amount." ―Karen Salmansohn

30. "Never eat too much, even if you are very hungry." ―Proverbs 23: 2 ERV

31. "Never abuse the stomach by overeating, but do not deprive yourself of the wholesome, palatable food that health demands." ―Ellen G. White

32. "If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health." ―Hippocrates

This is probably Adelle Davis's most famous quote

This is probably Adelle Davis's most famous quote

Make Healthy Choices

33. "If something has a whole list of ingredients that you cannot pronounce, it should not make it into your shopping cart." ―Amy Leigh Mercree

34. "If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food." ―Errick McAdams

35. "A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time—pills or stairs." ―Joan Welsh

36. "When you eat foods high in fiber, you feel full faster, making you less likely to overeat and more likely to have weight loss." ―Denise Austin

37. "With the chronic obesity in America, it's more important than ever to not only feed kids healthy foods but to teach them how to make healthy choices on their own." ―Jennie Garth

38. "Being pregnant is not license to forget all the rules that you abide by when you're not pregnant. . . . Eating proper foods throughout the day is even more important when you're pregnant." ―David Kirsch

39. "Preferring healthful foods is a skill, and skills take practice and perseverance to develop." ―Joel Fuhrman

40. "When you gradually add in nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods, you simply stop feeling cravings. You run out of space in your belly for the old junk. Instead of craving, you feel full, fulfilled, and content." ―Kathy Freston


  • Adelle Davis Foundation, The Queen of Optimal Eating, 2016
  • Holiday Smart, Let's All Eat Right Day (visited 1/26/2022)

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