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You Are What You Eat

Most of us are familiar with the saying, "You are what you eat."

Where did this saying come from and what does it mean?

Let's dig in.

In 1826, French lawyer Jean Anthelme Brillat- Savarin wrote, "tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." This statement wasn't meant to be taken literally. Rather, implying that the food one eats has a bearing on one's state of mind and health.

A well-balanced meal is key to our well-being. Everything we eat makes up our inner being and outer fabric.

Humans are made up of trillions of cells, each one demanding a constant supply of daily nutrients in order to function optimally. Food affects all of these cells and by extension, every aspect of our being: mood, energy levels, thinking capacity, skin, hair, sex drive, sleeping habits and general health.

Almost everything is ok, in proportion. If you eat some ice cream or candy every once in a while, it will not have a significant impact on your health. However, a diet high in sugar, refined carbs, unhealthy fats and processed foods slows the brain, hampering memory and learning.

The food we consume doesn't just go in one end and out the other. In fact, the foods we eat alter the nutrients in our body.

Think of your body as a machine that is constantly regenerating itself to keep all of its parts in an optimal peek state of efficiency. It does that by relying on your body's internal manufacturing plant of cells. If you feed it bad fuel, it will produce unhealthy or weak cells.

Don't worry! This does not mean that eating has to be bland or boring. A vast number of foods are both healthy and tasty. By filling your plate with fruits, vegetables, quality protein and other whole foods, you'll have meals that are colorful, versatile and good for you.

Happy eating!

-The Good Heir Journey


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