What does the saying "you are what you eat" mean?

Lisa Oz
Health Education

One of the possible explanations for why you are not as healthy as you could be - and by far the most important - is what you are putting into your body. The saying "You are what you eat" is literally true. Every one of your cells is replaced in about seven years, and your food is what those new cells are made from. So take a good look at what you have got on your plate. It is about to be a part of you. Are you really that attached to the chocolate cake? If you want your body to perform at a peak level, make sure you are giving it good quality material to work with.

Begin by taking inventory of what you routinely consume and ask yourself a few key questions. Do you eat whole foods full of vitamins, enzymes, and phytonutrients that will nourish you and provide the energy to keep you going all day? Or, do you consume empty calories that wreck havoc on your blood sugar and your waistline? How do you feel after you eat? Do you feel strong, comfortable, invigorated, or do you feel bloated, stuffed, queasy, or nauseated? When you wake up in the morning, are you bright, alert, and ready to greet the day, or do you feel sluggish, exhausted, or congested?

Answer these questions honestly, and be aware of the ways in which your body is trying to communicate with you about your food choices. If it is not totally happy, change what you are doing. How you go about it is completely up to you. There are a gazillion diet books out there. Some are better than others, but you need to find something that meets your specific needs.

When you eat consciously, you can eat whatever you want. You just need to think about what you are really doing. Are you eating because you are physically hungry or are you looking for something else? You never wolf down a box of cookies out of starvation. The hunger pangs that most of us are trying to squelch with our voracious appetites are emotional and spiritual in nature and can only be temporarily quieted with french fries. Feeding the belly is not feeding the soul. The annoying law of diminishing returns applies to both nachos and narcotics.

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