You Are What You Eat
Most of us probably grew up hearing the words "you are
what you eat". Most
likely too, they were just words. We didn't even
associate a meaning to them, other than thinking we better eat all the
vegetables on our plate so we didn't get into trouble. Possibly
we even quietly slipped the veggies
to the dog under the table?
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in 1826, "Tell me what
you eat and I will tell you what you are", he never meant his quote to
literally. He was stating simply that the food one eats has a bearing on
one's state of mind and health is.
considering the average person's state of health today,
the words have real meaning and invoke genuine thoughts and concerns as
reflect on the obesity epidemic, heart disease, chronic fatigue, rampant
auto-immune diseases, Type II Diabetes and on and on.
to the American Medical Association the human body
requires certain food elements to live, including the right amount of
(amino acids), carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats / oils and
a daily basis. A balanced diet is essential for providing our bodies
nutrients required to make it function properly. Sounds
here's the rub. The typical American diet has excesses
of sugar, salt, alcohol, tobacco, fats, chemicals, pesticides,
colors, preservatives and hormones and is deficient in protein,
protein, vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, fiber, amino acids, complex
carbohydrates, botanical factors and water. We are deficient in the very
the American Medical Association tells us we need in our diets.
Michael Pollan, American author, journalist, and
professor of journalism writes, "Our ingenuity in feeding ourselves is
prodigious, but at various points our technologies come into conflict
nature's way of doing things, as when we seek to maximize efficiency by
planting crops or raising animals in vast monocultures. This is
nature never does, always and for good reason practicing diversity
about our cars. Most of us wouldn't dream of driving our car if it
wasn't properly 'fueled' up with gas, water, oil and air in the tires.
thing anyone wants is to be driving down a highway and have their car stop
because it wasn't properly maintained. Yet that is exactly what many of
to our bodies by eating foods that do not provide essential life
for Nutrition Policy & Promotion states, "Dietary factors are
with four of the ten leading causes of death in the United
States: Heart disease, Cancer, Stroke
Diabetes, AND 50% or more of these deaths are diet-related. In fact, 70%
doctor visits are from diet-related conditions with the number one
when we grew up hearing the words "you are what you eat",
our Moms understood Savarins's words and had the wisdom to know the food
fed her family could promote either a life of energy, vitality, good
overall well-being or a life likely to be controlled by fatigue,
a higher risk of early death due to disease processes such as heart
cancer, stroke and diabetes.
bottom line is this; good nutrition equals prevention
which equals health. Good nutrition comes from food but today's
style means 'fast and easy' have replaced 'nourishing and healthy'.
You! Nutrition is all about good health on the go. Come in
and see for
yourself! We focus on our customers' unique needs and provide personal
attention to help everybody achieve their individual wellness goals. We
eating for health both a simple and an easy concept!
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