While we are living in the grip of thoughts and their resultant actions, it’s like being in a dream and not knowing it. Then we cause less suffering if we make those thoughts and actions consist of Dharma practice.
But these practices are not simply for distraction, or for maintaining cultural traditions, so don’t let’s get lost in mindless repetition or pointless ritual. Each practice has a point, which is to Awaken us from all suffering. When we become Awake in that way, we can drop the Dharma diet, or use it to inspire others.