You are what you eat. Maybe you’ve heard this phrase used redundantly like I have, but have you ever thought about whether or not it’s really true?
Let’s think it through step-by-step to find the answer.
1. When you take a bite of food, you chew and moisten it in your mouth, it travels down your esophagus,is churned around in your stomach, and then it makes its way through your intestines. At all of these points, the food is exposed to digestive chemicals and enzymes that break the food down into very small particles and individual molecules.
2. Once that bite of food reaches your small intestine and colon (large intestine) in the form of small particles and individual molecules, they are absorbed through the walls of your intestines and enter into the bloodstream.
3. As these molecules flow through the bloodstream, they are taken up by your cells and form the very structures and systems of your body and help create the energy you need to live.
So, it looks like you are what you eat!
This simple fact has the power to change the way you think about food. It means that the food you eat has a tremendous impact on your health and forces you to recognize the importance of the food that goes into your mouth. It means you have the power to literally impact the composition of your body and (the long-term quality of your health) at every meal. Now that is some food for thought!
Have I convinced you to spend more time thinking about and planning what to put on your plate? I sure hope so! Eating real, non-processed foods (or as minimally-processed as possible) will result in a healthy, strong, energetic body to carry you through life. Here are some examples to help explain what I’m talking about.
Eating foods containing healthy fats (such as avocado, almond milk, coconuts, olives, nut butters, nuts, and seeds) will positively impact fat and cholesterol levels in your blood stream.
Decorating your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables (such as bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, garlic, cabbage, asparagus, onions, leafy greens, melons, berries, and citrus fruits) will fill your body with vitamins, minerals, and others health-promoting substances to help build a resilient body and immune system.
Getting ample protein from a wide variety delicious sources (such as nuts, seeds, beans, fish, and whole eggs) will build strong new cells and tissues.
The possibilities are endless! Now that you know you are in fact what you eat, kick the junk food to the curb and eat food that will make you the best version of yourself.
…You are what you eat eats too, but that’s another blog post 🙂