Health & Mental Wellness In Diet

Ok this is a list of all the plant foods I consumed in about a week, I believe that plant family diversity is crucial to a healthy balanced diet including mental wellness, I think this is why indigenous people all around the world in the past had good nutrition & health. In our westernized diets we consume a lot of human altered plants more genus & species of fewer families of plants giving the illusion that we are consuming a diverse range of plants. So I made a list of my week it took ages but it was fun and I learnt more about the foods I eat which I always love, so give it a go and see how diverse your diet is in plant families my count was at least 36 different families & I’m sure to have missed some.

Consumed plant foods in one week 2013 

Plant Family is first then Common name, Genus & Species, in capitals at the end- (BF) means bush foods, (F) means foraged, fresh or dried, (P) means processed plant food. In this list I include herbal teas & other hot drinks because you get nutrition from them also.


Amaryllidaceae Family

Brown & Red Onion (Allium cepa)   

Spring Onion (Allium.sp.)

Shallot (Allium cepa var. aggregatum)

Garlic (Allium sativum) 

Apiaceae Family

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)

Araceae Family

Taro (Colocasia esculenta)

Arecaceae Family

Coconut (Cocos nucifera) (BF)

Asteraceae Family

Bitter Greens (Cichorium intybus)

Chicory root (Cichorium intybus)

Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius, Syn.: Polymnia edulis, P. sonchifolia)

Sow Thistle (Sonchus sp.) (F)

Camomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

Calendular flower (Calendular sp.)

Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale)  

Boraginaceae Family

Borage flowers (Borago officinalis)

Brassicaceae  Family

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) Red & Green

Wild Mustard Greens (Braassica juncea) (F)

Kale (Brassica oleracea  Acephala group)  x 2 types

Pak Choy (Brassica rapa subspecies pekinesis & chinensis)

Caricaceae Family

Paw Paw (Carica papaya)

Chenopodiaceae Family

Red Beets (Beta vulgaris)

Sliver Beet (Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla) 

Convolvulaceae Family

Kumara/Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas)

Coast Morning Glory (Ipomoea pes-caprae) (BF)

Cucurbitaceae Family

Yellow Button Squash (Cucurbita sp.)

Zucchini (Cucurbita sp.)

Pumpkin (Cucurbita sp.)

Chayote (Sechium edule)

Elaeaocarpaceae Family

Blue Quandongs (Elaeocarpus angustifolius) (BF)

Euphorbiaceae Family

Cassava (Manihot esculenta)

Fabaceae Family

Chickpea flour (Cicer arietinum) (P)

Soy Beans (Glycine max) (P)

Brown Lentils (Lens culinaris)

Red Kidney Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Cannellini Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)

Snake Bean (Vigna unguiculata subsp. Sesquipedalis) 

Fagaceae Family

Acorns (Quercus sp.)

Lamiaceae Family

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Peppermint (Mentha sp.)

Lauraceae Family

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)

Bay leaves (Laurus nobilis) 

Malvaceae Family

Hybiscus flowers (Hybiscus sp.) (F)

Musaceae Family

Banana (Musa acuminate) x 2 types


White crab apples (Syzygium pseudofastigiatum) 

Oleaceae Family

Olives (Olea europaea) (P)

Poaceae Family

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Wheat flour (Triticum spp.) (P)

Oats (Avena sativa)

Brown Rice (Oryza sativa)

Polygonaceae Family

Dock root (Rumex sp.) 

Rosaceae Family

Hawthorn leaves & berries(Carategus sp.) 

Rubiaceae Family

Coffee beans (Coffea Arabica)

Ruttaceae Family

Orange (Citrus sinensis) x 2 types

Lemon (C. limon)

Limes (C. aurantifolia)

Mandarin (C. reticulate) 

Pomelo (Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis)

Scrophulariaceae Family

Mullein (Verbascum sp.)

Solanaceae Family
Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) x 2 types

Tomatoes (S. lycopersicum) x 2 types

Eggs Plant (S. melongena) x Purple & White

Capsicum (Capsicum sp.) Red, Green & Yellow

Chillie (Capsicum annuum) 

Theaceae Family

Tea (camellia senensis) black & green

Urticaceae Family

Nettles (urtica dioica) (F)

Vitaceae Family

Red Wine/Grapes (Vitis Vinifera) (P)

Winteraceae Family

Tassie Pepper berry & leaves (Tasmannia lanceolata) (BF)

Zingiberaceae Family

Ginger root (Zingiber officinale)

Wild Ginger root & leaves (Alpinea caerulea) (BF)

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)


Laminariaceae Family
Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana.) (BF)

Ulvaceae Family

Sea Lettuce (Ulva lactuca ) (BF)


Agaricaceae Family

Button Mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus)

Suillaceae Family

Slippery Jacks (Suillus luteus) (F)

Have fun with this and I wish you all good health & Wellness


4 comments on “Health & Mental Wellness In Diet

  1. haha well actually bowel movement has always been a problem for me no matter what diet I have but eating this diversity of plants and my fermented foods has been the best for me so far that is if I haven’t had to take pain killers ect they always mess with my system 🙂

  2. Interesting topic. Just came across this:

    The FAO estimates that more than 10,000 species of plants have been used by humans for food since agriculture started approximately 10,000 years ago, of which a much smaller number have been domesticated.

    Today, we rely on a handful of species for human food. The FAO states that just 12 crops provide 80% of food energy. Of these, just four (wheat, rice, maize and potato) provide 60% of global food energy.

  3. Yer mate it isn’t only scary for food security reasons our bodies are not evolved to eat the foods we do now.
    The bushfoods, weeds and fungi in my diet are not in shops so I’ve had to go outside and work for this nutrients putting me in direct contact with nature so I’m learning all the time learning about the natural systems and myself within those systems as part of nature and reliant on nature it is very dynamic and healing and the knowing I can feed myself from nature gives a great sense of happiness and satisfaction not in a materialistic scenes this is something much deeper it is primal it is spiritual. 🙂

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